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Collection #3

Spiral

Spiral

Regular price $139.00

Zig Zag

Zig Zag

Regular price $139.00

Gold Flake

Gold Flake

Regular price $139.00

Brown

Brown

Regular price $139.00

Pink Illusion

Pink Illusion

Regular price $129.00

Block Print

Block Print

Regular price $129.00

Outback

Outback

Regular price $139.00

Shirts

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Guaranteed to stand out in a crowd, these shirts are made from the highest quality traditional West African fabric. Perfect for festivals, parties and walks on the beach, there can never be a dull moment in these incredibly unique shirts. 

This simple shirt design has been transformed by the West African wax prints into something unique and timeless. With fabric sourced from the chaos of Accra’s busiest market and sewn in Winneba, a small fishing village in Ghana’s Central Region, these shirts tell a story of freedom and respect as clothing that empowers both those who wear it and those who make it.

Hoodies

This jacket combines casual sportswear with the vibrant West African wax print fabric. Made using a breathable mesh knit lining, we created a unique lightweight jacket that brings a quick splash of the stunning Ghanian culture to the rest of the world. By standing for freedom and standing out, we hope to inspire a movement towards a socially responsible fashion industry and towards change with each jacket we make.

Bombers

Lightweight and colourful, our bomber jackets are the original Llewelyn Clothing product. Handmade with a cotton outer and smooth synthetic lining, these jackets are incredbly versatile and durable. With such vibrant colours we hope the conversation begins and those wearing these jackets can start to give a voice to the countless men, women and children still trapped in the silence of slavery.

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 is working for LlewelynClothing part time while he finishes his apprenticeship. After four years of slavery on Lake Volta between the ages of 12 and 16, he was rescued by Challenging Heights and is now fulfilling his dreams of becoming a Tailor. His bravery and compassion is both humbling and inspiring and it is a privilege to have him work with us. 

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.