Fashion always needs to make a statement – and Thraedable knows this better than anyone.
The social enterprise is calling for a world where everybody has a voice, where everybody’s rights are respected and where sustainability is the norm.
To build this world, Thraedable is making clothes that amplify the voices of the downtrodden and forgotten by using the artwork that young people design in its art workshops as inspiration for a range of trendy t-shirts and tote bags, now available in The Big Issue Shop.
Each design tells a story of a journey through life, a journey like Emmanuel’s.
The rock music fanatic fled Nigeria after deserting the army and found himself arrested in Sicily for smuggling – despite being forced by Libyan militias making the perilous trip across the Mediterranean to Europe to read the compass on their boat.
The turning point for Emmanuel came when he joined art workshops in Sicily run by one of Thraedable’s partner organisations that also provides free legal aid for those excluded by the Italian refugee reception system.