2019 People's Choice Winner

Thread Together

We clothe Australians in need and provide an ethical response to fashion waste.

In an ethical response to fashion waste and offering dignity and hope for a better tomorrow, Thread Together partners with leading fashion labels and many of Australia’s grassroots charities to distribute excess fashion stock otherwise destined for landfill, directly into the hands of those who need it most.

To date, Clothing Hubs located in Sydney and Canberra have been the main channels for Thread Together’s distribution of clothing. As fully outfitted shopfronts staffed by Thread Together’s trained volunteers, Clothing Hubs are operated in partnership with 150+ location specific charities such as Anglicare and St Vincent de Paul. With a voucher or referral in hand from one of our 150+ charity partners, Aussies in need are able to access an authentic shopping experience in a safe, judgment free environment; where they are invited to try on, choose and take home high quality clothing according to their style and needs.

In being more than just about providing clothing, the Thread Together Clothing Hub experience is therapeutic in its promotion of positive choice making; in doing so transforming a person’s confidence and capacity to become successful social and economic participants. Ultimately, each customer walks out with not only new clothes but also renewed hope and dignity.

Thread Together pitch their dream at the 2019 Grand Final

Increasing numbers of Australians continue to lack access to basic necessities such as a warm winter jumper, comfortable and waterproof shoes, or even a clean pair of underwear. As recently as 2018, one in eight adults and over one in six children – totalling just over 3 million Australians - were found to be living below the poverty line and unable to afford basic necessities.

Clothing Hubs in Sydney and Canberra have to date clothed over 150,000 disadvantaged Australians with $8M of clothing donated by 30+ iconic fashion partners such as Seafolly, Camilly & Marc, The Iconic and General Pants. Additionally, these Clothing Hubs have been acting as a supplier for six Mini Hubs hosted by partner charities across NSW and two vans outfitted as Mobile Clothing Wardrobes servicing SA; in doing so significantly expanding Thread Together’s capacity to reach communities in need or those unable to travel, particularly in regional and remote Australia.

With impact studies showing that it costs just $5 to clothe one person in need, and backed by a growing list of established in-kind partnerships with charities, fashion labels, and Toll Logistics; Thread Together’s goal is to clothe an additional 89,500+ people in need across Australia by 2022 as a direct result of our national expansion.

A Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World grant will enable Thread Together to kick start its national expansion by outfitting and furnishing two new Hubs in Melbourne and Darwin for launch in 2020.

Thread Together has identified Melbourne and Darwin as ideal target locations for the first phase of expansion because,

  • 774,000 Victorians are living in poverty with a 12.6% poverty rate in the city, and 15.1% in regional Victoria. Melbourne is also home to the second biggest population of homeless, with 41.9 homeless per 10,000 – up 11% since 2011; with Victoria also hosting the second largest population of refugees in Australia.
  • Darwin, Northern Territory is the most poverty stricken state in Australia, the NT has 45% of Indigenous households living below the poverty line. The incidence of domestic violence related assault and homicide is also four times higher than any other state. 

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