Why Choose Us?

Dread Funky aims to promote an ethical way of life as a rebellion against today’s disposable, throwaway culture; we pay artists a fair wage and we recycle materials where possible. When you buy from us, you are supporting fair trade and local artists and business.

“Each garment is wearable art, made with good energy and vibes which resonate with your own frequency when worn. I hope my work will empower and inspire you to be your most colourful and vibrant self - this is my gift to you!”

Lauren Dowling
Owner, Founder & Artist

About Us

Lauren Dowling

Owner, Founder & Artist

Dread Funky is the brainchild of Sheffield-born Lauren Dowling, a visionary seamstress with a passion for creative expression, spirituality and uniqueness. 

Lauren started Dread Funky as a one-woman venture, operating out of her living room with nothing but a sewing machine and a head bursting with ideas. Today, she travels the world to absorb the global culture that inspires her work and manages a small team within the business to help bring her dream of sharing her art with the world into reality.


As well as on our online shop, our items are also available at our store in Sheffield.


The Vaults, 440-442 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1FQ.

Store Hours

Monday — Friday

9am - 5pm


9am - 5pm



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