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Zig Zag

Zig Zag

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Summer Ice

Summer Ice

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Pixel

Pixel

Regular price $96.75

Block Print

Block Print

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B&W Triangle hoodie

B&W Triangle hoodie

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Shirts

Pinkish Brown

Pinkish Brown

Regular price $68.00

Vintage Pink Short Sleeve Shirt

Vintage Pink Short Sleeve Shirt

Regular price $64.00

Pink Waves Short Sleeved Shirt

Pink Waves Short Sleeved Shirt

Regular price $64.00

How it Began

Just after turning 21, I booked flights to Ghana and over the course of two trips and four months spent there, I was able to create a clothing brand. The brand was established to directly combat slavery by tackling its roots of unemployment and vulnerability. Creating jobs through business, the process is sustainable as the benefits go both ways and we begin the transition away from aid and towards trade that the African economy so desperatly needs. LlewelynClothing was created to bring joy to the beautiful people who wear the jackets, as well as the beautiful people who make them. These brave and compassionate men and women have stitched themselves into my heart. It brings me great pride and happiness to say that through hard work and skill, they have combined their vibrant African Culture with Western designs to create a unique and beautiful jacket as well as a future of freedom they can look forward to. 

Emmison Vernon-Skewes,
founder of LlewelynClothing

The Team

David

David was the first member to join the team. Now 25, he started sewing at 10 years old and is our head sewer in charge of the workshop and teaching his incredible skills to the other workers. 

Naomi

Naomi is a beneficiary of Challenging Heights and became part of the team when Llewelyn Clothing was first established.  She supports her son Kofi who comes to work occasionally strapped to her back. Having never used an industrial machine before, she is still in the learning stages but her enthusiasm compensates for any inexperience and she is a joy to be around.      

Raymond

Raymond brings many years of knowledge and experience to our team. After his first wife died, he remarried and later divorced. Between the two marriages he had nine children but has still recently decided to adopt his nephew, a nine year old boy rescued after two years trapped in slavery within the fishing industry at age six. Raymond is now working hard so his nephew can attend school and receive the education he was deprived of while enslaved.         

Abraham

Abraham was enslaved from the age of 12 to 16 before his rescue and rehabilitation by Challenging Heights. While working as a slave on Lake Volta, he dreamed of becoming a tailor and despite being told that he would live and die as a slave on the boats, he never gave up on that dream. Later, when he was free, Abraham met the man who trafficked him into slavery and became his master. When asked how he was doing, Abraham answered by sewing his old master two shirts. The first shirt he said, was to show that despite everything he forgave his master, and the second shirt was his way of proving to the man that he could beat him into working and steal his childhood, but he could never, ever, take away his dreams.

Agnes

Agnes was trafficked by her paternal uncle and became a fisher girl on Lake Volta where she was traumatised by constant verbal, physical and sexual abuse over the course of four years. Finally free, Agnes hopes that if she becomes a fashion designer with an international following, she can then use her voice to end child trafficking and child labour and free those who are still bound within the shadows of slavery.

Issac

Sold into slavery by his own father, Isaac worked for his first master for some years before being sold to another man on Lake Volta to continue his work as a fisherman. After seven years of slavery, trapped in forced labour and enduring abuse, Isaac escaped and traveled 500km back to his hometown Winneba, where our workshop is based. At 27 years of age, he has not received any schooling but he is focused on becoming a tailor instead. Isaac wants the world to know that slavery still exists and wants to be a part of the fight against it. His dream is to set up his own shop in the future and employ others, especially those who are less privileged.    

My Inspiration

After watching this TED Talk by Lisa Kristine In year 12, I learnt the truth about Modern Slavery. I highly recommend taking the time to watch this.