Calais Light's new exciting initiative aiming to change the narrative around refugees in Britain by collaborating with some of the UK's biggest, edgiest clothing brands to provide refugees arriving in the UK, who often do not have more than what they are standing in, a chance to choose brand new, cool, age-appropriate clothing and shoes.
What is #CourtCommerce?
#CourtCommerce is the new initiative by Calais Light whereby we collaborate with aspirational/edgy/high-quality fashion brands & we ask them to supply brand new, age-appropriate clothing & shoes in specific sizes to refugees in the UK. We have partnered with Care4Calais & Refugee Action Kingston who support 4,000+ asylum seekers in the UK to distribute the brand new clothes.
#CourtCommerce is all about changing the narrative around refugees. All refugees have suffered unimaginable loss, travelled thousands of miles to escape war zones, persecution and famine. They have had to leave behind family, loved ones, luggage and most of their possessions. Most refugees only arrive with the clothes they stand up in.
Everyone loves new clothes, we all want to look presentable. This is no different for refugees who want to slot into society and begin a new life. New clothes can work wonders for refugees' mental health and their integration into society. Although second hand clothes are great, often these donations can be the wrong size, ill-fitting, dirty or just pretty dated for the 20-somethings who receive them. Calais Light aims that #CourtCommerce will change the way many British people perceive refugees, to introduce a new, more human narrative - one of personal dignity and choice.