Rebel Nell was started with the sole purpose of employing, educating and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. We make jewelry from unique local materials, while providing a transitional opportunity for women in Detroit. Our goal is to help these women move from a life of dependence to one of self-reliance, overcoming barriers to employment through the fruits of their own labor. Working directly with local homeless shelters, we identify women who are ready to make this transition to a new phase in their lives.
Rebel Nell’s product line starts by repurposing graffiti, an abundant local resource here in the Motor City. We collect this graffiti after it has fallen off of walls. Initially these scraps of graffiti look a little rough on the surface, just like many people’s first impression of Detroit. However, after we take it through our process, we’re able to reveal all the beautiful layers that make up the graffiti, just like the intricate layers that make up our city. After some hard work and TLC, the women of Rebel Nell turn that scrap of graffiti into a unique piece of wearable art.
Our primary goal at Rebel Nell is to restore the confidence in the women we hire. In addition to employment, we provide financial literacy, business education and a focus on life wellness to help them successfully transition to an independent life.