Can Clothes Change A Girl’s Life? Designer Phoebe Dahl Shows You How.

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Though only 27 years old, Phoebe Dahl is changing the course of girl’s lives with her clothing company, Faircloth & Supply. Through her tightly edited collection of hip but wearable basics (think striped linen joggers and sweatshirts with a twist), she provides school uniforms to girls from Nepal, which often serves as their ticket to freedom in a country ravaged by sex trafficking. But unlike some other charitably minded collections, these are clothes that you’ll actually want to wear; the linen, for instance, is inspired by found fabrics, heritage textiles and cool Japanese indigo-dyed fabrics.

Phoebe started her love affair with design at a young age, becoming fascinated by vintage fabrics and silhouettes.

“I remember making skirts and selling them to girls in school when I was just ten.”

After learning technical skills in design school, she worked as a design assistant in Amsterdam where she wound up taking a clandestine trip to Asia. Travelling to Japan and India for the first time sparked an “aha moment” for her.

“In Japan, I fell in love with how the girls were dressing – big linen dresses over jeans with espadrilles…And when I went to India, which was the first developing country that I had ever visited, I knew immediately that I wanted to merge my love of fashion with a cause that was important to me.”

Faircloth & Supply’s mission is both simple and clear: to empower young girls through education. Phoebe chose to begin her work in Nepal because of the pervasive sex trafficking problem. “It’s a country where we can make a large impact through education so donating a school uniform to one of these girls is a very special gift.” By partnering with the General Welfare Pratisthan  Faircloth & Supply is able to operate on a “one for one” model, so that every time an item is sold, a girl in Nepal receives a uniform. And since Nepalese girls are not allowed to attend school without a uniform, it means that they have a real shot at continuing on to vocational schools to develop a lifelong profession.

Phoebe says that the most inspiring part of this journey is being able to return to Nepal and see all the change that Faircloth & Supply has helped to create.

“I was able to go back and personally hand out some uniforms and it was such a great reminder of why what we do matters. Through conversations I had with some of the girls we clothed, I found out that our uniforms act as a shield – protecting them from sex traffickers who tend to pray on the uneducated girls.”

Phoebe dreams of growing Faircloth & Supply  and encourages others to make more conscious clothing alongside her. “I would love to be a brand that gets people talking and inspires others to make a difference,” she says.  GLAM4GOOD thinks she is doing just that!

GLAM4GOOD loves this video on Faircloth & Supply’s initiative with Woman Weave, a women’s empowerment organization in India. To learn more about Phoebe Dahl and Faircloth & Supply’s give back initiatives like this one check out their website.

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