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 Sheltersuit: “People Helping People”

Vertiginous heels, mini-skirts much too tight, belts that cut off breathing; the idea that a piece of clothing can save a life has never crossed our minds. However, it finally popped into Bas Timmer’s head eight years ago when he learned that the homeless father of one of his friends had frozen to death. While searching for a “unique” garment for a school project, he created the Sheltersuit: a sleeping bag jacket. Then he created the Shelterbag: the same concept, but in a bag version. His foundation, eponymous of his first creation, which came to life in 2014, is dedicated to distributing this warm, waterproof, multifunctional garment to homeless people. It is also ecological, as it is designed from leftover fabric scraps and materials from brands, sometimes even big houses. Like Chloé, who collaborated last year with the foundation, creating a backpack made of recycled parts, whose purchase allowed two Shelterbags to be made. This season he presented, on behalf of the label Sheltersuit, a show at the Palais de Tokyo during the Paris Fashion Week. Supported once again by Chloé for the donation of raw materials, he unveiled a fashion disguised, practical, sometimes even reversible, imposing but above all sportswear. Their mantra, People Helping People, was printed on some pieces of the collection. With the street as essence, the models paraded around piles of the famous sleeping bag, which were (obviously) distributed to the homeless at the end of the show. 

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