THREAD

Together

Fresh threads for brighter futures

About us

Clothing not only protects us from the elements, it helps shape our confidence, dignity and motivation. And that has the power to turn lives around. Thread Together was born from the belief that access to clothing could create brighter futures for those doing it tough.

Andie  Halas founded Thread Together in 2012, collaborating with some of Australia’s largest clothing suppliers and social service agencies to change the clothes and futures of people in crisis. We’re dedicated to making a difference to the homeless, victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers, indigenous communities, ex-inmates, and other vulnerable groups in the community.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH
COMMUNITY & CHARITY GROUPS ACROSS AUSTRALIA
$4,000,000
WORTH OF CLOTHES DISTRIBUTED
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OUR GOAL:
TO HELP 100,000 PEOPLE/YEAR
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50,000
PEOPLE ALREADY HELPED
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Fashion with a purpose

Our simple model for re-distributing surplus apparel, and our band of caring, generous partners has already improved the lives of many, and we hope to improve the fortunes of 100,000 people per year.

Through our work, Thread Together is:
– Providing a basic necessity to those who need it most
– Helping disadvantaged people turn their lives around
– Building confidence, self-esteem and motivation
– Supporting the environment by diverting surplus clothes from potential landfill
– Creating community engagement
– Giving corporate sponsors a way of meaningfully contributing to society

Thread together

“Our model is very simple. We collect end-of-line brand new stock from clothing providers. With the support of volunteers, the clothes are sorted by age, gender, and purpose, and then re-distributed to people in need through charities across Australia. I think of it as redistributive justice.”

– Andie, Founder of Thread Together

Our Team

The team at Thread Together brings strong expertise and experience, as well as deep empathy and understanding to support those in our community doing it tough.

GREG FISHER
General Manager

Greg started his career in the corporate world, specializing in property and media. His own life experiences saw Greg enter the not-for-profit sector in 2011, soon heading up another community organization, Our Big Kitchen in Bondi. Greg brings deep empathy as well as solid business acumen to his role ensuring that optimum care for those in need may be afforded. Greg is responsible for the day-to-day management of Thread Together as well as the expansion of community engagement programs.


ANDIE HALAS
Founding Director

As a former Director of Seafolly, Andie has a background in fashion and marketing. With her deep understanding of the clothing manufacturing world and a passion for giving dignity to the community’s most vulnerable and marginalized, Andie established Thread Together in 2012.


GARY PERLSTEIN
Director

Gary is the CEO and Director of Specialty Fashion Group, home to many leading clothing brands such as Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph, City Chic and Rivers. Gary is also Director of One Woman Foundation. With over 25 years experience in Australian fashion retailing, Gary has long felt the need for Australian corporate organisations to be more socially responsible and to give back to the communities they work within. He personally spear-headed Specialty Fashion Group’s involvement with Thread Together, facilitating both product supply and financial support. He brings extensive business experience and expertise to Thread Together, as well as an overriding desire to see end-of-line clothes from all clothing providers go to people in genuine need.  


ANTHONY HALAS
Director

Anthony Halas is a Director of Thread Together, from its inception supporting a lengthy pilot period to establish its relevance in the social services sector. Anthony is also CEO of Seafolly Australia, which under his leadership has grown from a relatively small Australian organisation to a global business. Anthony brings to Thread Together, strong business acumen, marketing expertise, corporate governance discipline, and important clothing-manufacturer contacts.