A new, young entrepreneur has recently appeared in the area; the designer of a new clothing line called A1C Fashion Co.

At the head of this new venture is Noémie Chabot, a 14-year-old student from École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury.

“I’ve had the idea back in December [2017] and have been working on it ever since. It officially launched in mid-May 2018,” said Chabot.

For her, it all started with the desire to positively contribute to the cause of diabetes; to make a difference.

From that will came the “how”.

“It had to be something easy to see, something that anyone could wear. I also wanted a product that would be appealing to potential customers.”

Custom t-shirts are indeed a growing trend, becoming a popular way to spread awareness of messages, causes, brands or trends.

The goal of the brand is twofold: to spread awareness of diabetes and to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), an organization committed to improving the lives of every person with type 1 diabetes – including Chabot herself.

For anyone with diabetes, the name A1C should ring a very familiar bell (Chabot is banking on people’s curiosity to spread awareness), it being the name of the blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and gauge how well you’re managing your blood sugar level.

“I thought it would be an interesting idea to create a new collection after each A1C test. The current collection is called ‘6,8’, which was my last score.”

Even though the first collection has been on sale for only a month, sales have been  good and Chabot is quite satisfied with the results. The 6,8 Collection features a selection of tank tops, t-shirts and hoodies, with prices ranging from $25 to $40.

Anyone curious about A1C Fashion should visit the website and browse through the current collection at a1cfashion.ca and not only support a good cause, but one of the area’s youngest entrepreneurs.