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Sheltersuit in 134 words

The right to warm clothing to protect people’s lives. That is what the Sheltersuit Foundation stands for. This Dutch ‘humanitarian startup’ uses innovative Dutch Design to protect human lives against nature. The Sheltersuit is the icon. This combination of jacket, sleeping bag and storage bag enables survival in harsh weather conditions. But Sheltersuit is more: the materials used are ‘upcycled’, it is low-threshold thanks to donations of materials by partners, the production from ‘people to people’ whereby refugees, homeless people and people with a distance to the labor market are committed for the fellow in need and Sheltersuit is a clothing brand the designs of Bas Timmer contribute to the free availability of Sheltersuits. In short: the Sheltersuit foundation is committed to protect human lives by making warm and protective clothing and everyone can contribute to our movement.

Our dream

The start – After Bas completes his fashion training, he decided to use his talents for the Sheltersuit project. The reason for was the tragic story of the death of his best friend’s father. The man was homeless and died in the street due to hypothermia. Bas decided to create a durable and free sleeping bag that would protect the homeless from the cold.

The development – Since the production of the first Sheltersuit in 2014, the foundation has developed in several ways. The Sheltersuit team now consists of 73 hard-working people who all contribute in their own way to a better, more social society. From volunteers to homeless people, and from refugees to people who need special care, they are all part of the team. The foundation itself has made great strides in terms of professionalization. The Sheltersuit Foundation is now located in an industrial business complex, Spinnerij Oosterveld, from which several creative startups work.

The spin-off – In addition to producing Sheltersuits, the foundation has also developed a second goal: increasing job opportunities for people with special needs. By creating jobs at Sheltersuit, people are given tools to actively participate in the labor market. Volunteers also receive guidance and training to increase their chances of a paid job at other companies.

Our dream – Sheltersuit’s biggest dream and ultimate goal is to make an impact worldwide and to inspire people to help each other.

Press releases from Sheltersuit

December 2017 | Warmth, light and power for refugees on Lesbos this winter

April 2017 | Free Sheltersuits for homeless people in Milan during Milan Design Week 2017

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