Our mission is simple
TO DELIVER NEW, GOOD QUALITY CLOTHING AND SHOES TO PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE DOING IT TOUGH.
As a society we recognise that people need food and shelter. We often don’t realise that people also need basic clothing. Many Australians don’t have access to a warm winter jumper, comfortable, waterproof shoes or even a clean pair of underwear.
Our focus is clear
SOURCE AND REDISTRIBUTE
Thread Together is the only organisation in Australia whose main mission and focus is to source new and excess clothing from fashion retailers and redistribute items to those in our communities that need it most. In five years we have distributed over $8 million worth of new clothing to people in our community who are vulnerable and in need.
- Over 100,000 people helped annually
Fresh threads for new beginnings
An increasing number of Australians do not have access to essential clothing. According to the Social Policy Research Centre report of 2016, 2.99 million people (13.3% of the population), are living below the poverty line. We believe that clothing performs a vital role in creating brighter futures for those who need it most.
With the help of our founding corporate and charity partners we continue to achieve our mission to clothe people in need – at no cost to them. Men, women and children that are finding themselves in a tough spot, are welcomed to choose a complete new set of clothes. This is facilitated through our Wardrobe Initiatives and Clothing Hubs.
Fashion with a purpose
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. As well as helping us achieve our mission, it has cemented Thread Together as an effective solution for the textile waste problem in Australia.
We are currently supporting the people who are homeless, youth at risk, Indigenous communities, survivors of domestic violence, refugees or long term unemployed. People in need of comfortable clothing to enable them to feel safe and warm, or people seeking clothing for a new job. Thread Together helps ensure those in need receive a tailored service, which reflects the current stage of their personal journey.
“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
Fashion partners donate end-of-line stock
Thread Together sorts and packs the clothes for purpose
Charity partners get the clothes to people that need them
FOUNDED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Thread Together was founded in 2012 by Andie Halas, former shareholder 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 Clothing Hubs. Our wardrobes and Clothing Hubs 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.
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.
ANDIE HALAS, Founder and Chair
As a former shareholder 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.
“We believe that disadvantage should not prevent people in our community from realising their potential. As well as providing the clothes that can change how people are perceived, the personal support that we provide restores optimism, confidence and self-esteem. 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.”
GREG FISHER, C.E.O.
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.
JACKIE FRANK, Patron
Jackie has been inducted to the Australian Magazines Awards’ Hall of Fame and has won Editor of the Year at Australia’s most prestigious magazine awards. She is called upon to present her expertise on the international stage and is often an advisor for best practice implementation. A strong campaigner for women’s rights, Jackie is heavily invested in making a difference to the lives of Australian women; raising awareness and pushing boundaries through award-winning campaigns about issues such as heart health, domestic violence and depression. Jackie is a regular personality on local media, appearing on the Seven Network’s Sunrise (Australia’s number one breakfast show) and bringing her ‘Frankly Speaking’ interviews to Seven’s successful Sunday Night news and entertainment show, as well as in the pages of marie claire.
ANTHONY HALAS, Company Secretary
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
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 1Woman 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.
JAMES GULBIN, Director
James has over 25 years of corporate advisory experience across mergers & acquisitions, equity capital markets and corporate law. In his previous roles at PwC Australia and, prior to that, Goldman Sachs JBWere, James has advised a range of public and private companies, including in the retail and consumer sector. In addition to his advisory skills, James has a strong belief in the social, environmental and efficiency benefits that Thread Together can help facilitate for both its charity and retail partners.
SHAUN GREENBLO, Director
Shaun’s passion for business is driven by his energy and a love for building relationships. This drive, along with a love of innovation and disruption has led him on an career spanning banking to fast-growth tech companies and running multiple SMEs. He loves using technology as a vehicle that can help change the world to become a better place by utilising technology to make businesses run more efficiently, grow fast and enable the passionate, engaged people working with me to achieve more good things.
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