Australian charity Thread Together was started by the former director of swimwear brand Seafolly, Andie Halas, who wanted to do something with the brand’s extra stock and end-of-line pieces. Halas realised the impact these unused closes could have on so many thousands of people – as well as reducing landfill waste – and recruited other Australian fashion labels to donate clothes, before partnering with charities to distribute to those in need, Marie Claire reports.
The major difference? Apart from everything being brand new – imagine how good it would feel being able to wear new underwear and bras, rather than second-hand – Thread Together gives women and men in need a choice: they can pick whatever they like and need from the store for free, whether it’s a new Camilla & Marc shirt and pants for a job interview or a new dress for a teenager’s school dance.
Thread Together has opened its first hub in Canberra – a joint venture with St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra. Located above the Vinnies store on Colbee Court, the hub is a place where members of the community can not only get a new wardrobe but also where they can feel safe and secure.