The non-profit organisation Sheltersuit launches a collaboration with Chloé. With its new Art Director Gabriela Hearst, the French fashion house is striking out on a new path, one in which design with a purpose is key. For every bag sold by Chloé, two Sheltersuits go to homeless people.

In 2017, Bas Timmer and his Sheltersuits won the Dutch Design Awards Public Award and were nominated in the Product category. The Sheltersuit is a water and wind-tight jacket that can be transformed into a sleeping bag, providing the homeless with protection from all sorts of weather conditions. Each Sheltersuit is unique, as they are made from donated materials of high quality. For the collection with Chloé, Bas worked with the leftover fabrics from earlier collections of the fashion label. For every bag sold by Chloé, two Sheltersuits are donated to homeless people.

The suits are mainly made by people with a distance to the labour market, most of whom are asylum seekers with a residence permit. Through Sheltersuit they integrate into society. In addition to the location in Enschede, Sheltersuit now also has branches in New York (USA) and South Africa.

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