More than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. Check out these six inspiring examples of how fashion is helping.
1. SEP Jordan
Stunning embroidered accessories - each one made by a single artisan in the Jerash "Gaza" refugee settlement in Jordan. SEP Jordan, who count global celebrities amongst their brand ambassadors, can also collaborate with designers to produce bespoke pieces.
GAIA's bags, accessories and jewellery are handmade by refugee women resettled in Dallas, USA using vintage, artisan-made and sustainable materials. Each item comes with hangtag signed by the refugee artisan who made it.
Nisa is an underwear label from New Zealand that aims to provide refugee women with meaningful and interesting paid work, using GOTS certified organic cotton wherever possible.
4. From Found
From Found employ women from refugee backgrounds in Australia to produce their customisable pieces using sustainable, recovered or recycled fabrics.
5. Knotty Tie
Knotty Tie was founded with the specific purpose of creating opportunities for refugees resettled in the USA. The ties are made from sustainable fabrics and with no minimums, they can provide wholesale custom designs in your chosen patterns, colours and sizes.
6. Makers Unite
Makers Unite bring together locals and refugees in The Netherlands to co-design and make bags, gadget cases and travel accessories from the lifevests worn by those fleeing into Europe across the Mediterranean. Their strong design aesthetic and the unique story behind each piece make for an accessory that will always be a talking point.
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