– Andie, Founder of Thread Together
Thread Together was founded in 2012 by Andie Halas, former Director of Seafolly. Through her experience within the fashion industry she saw the potential for unsold clothes to support people in need. By collaborating with some of Australia’s largest clothing suppliers and social service agencies, Thread Together changes not just the future of the clothes but also the futures of people in crisis. Through Thread Together, companies with too much, can give to people that have too little.
When we first started our focus was to provide grassroots support to charity initiatives by providing clothing for activities such as community market days. Today, we continue to support charities through our ‘Wardrobe’ initiatives and out-reach centres. Our wardrobes and out-reach centres aim to create an authentic shopping experience and give those in need the ability to find and choose their own outfits. This in turn helps them to regain dignity and pride.
There are more than 20 Australian fashion retailers donating excess stock to Thread Together. This has resulted in tonnes of new clothing being diverted from landfill to date. It has cemented Thread Together as an effective solution for the textile waste problem in Australia.
Thread Together currently supplies clothing to six Wardrobes, housed within designated charities providing access to new clothing. The most recent wardrobe opened at Matthew Talbot hostel, a Sydney-based homeless charity which helps to provide clothing to more than 200 men per week.
Our short term goal is to have the resources and funding to help clothe 100,000 people each year.
We have existing services in most states. We are keen to build upon these and establish a larger footprint nationwide. Our vision is to expand our offering into rural areas across Australia to help those vulnerable and in need located in remote areas. To achieve this goal we are creating mobile wardrobes, with help from corporate partners.
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.