Imagine seeking asylum in a country where you don’t speak the language, you don’t know anyone and you’re a skilled worker but can’t find a job. Emerging Adelaide fashion label and social enterprise From Found hopes to break down these barriers.
Partnering with the Australian Refugee Association, From Found will employ women from asylum-seeker backgrounds to create one-of-a-kind collections suitable for all women. The initiative aims to counter the isolation and limitations felt by many new Australians, using their skills while providing potential pathways to future employment or study.
“All the founders are women,” creative director Hannah Materne says. “We just want all women to feel beautiful, included and empowered.”
Sisters Lauren and Annie Bonnet join Materne as co-founders of the ethically conscious label, which prides itself on combatting waste by only using reclaimed, recycled and recovered fabrics. “All the fabrics are donated. It’s like a labour of love,” Materne says. “We create earrings, bags and headscarves so nothing goes to waste. Everything is used.”
From Found’s first collection – with eclectic patterns and colour combinations – will launch in October. It offers a shift dress, culottes, a crop top, mini skirt and tunic.
Each item is available for purchase at a discount on the label’s crowdfunding page, which will assist with production costs such as fair wages, an accessible workshop and adequate training for employees in preparation for the brand’s launch.