Five years ago, Dutch designer Bas Timmer heard tragic news: A friend’s father, who had become homeless, had died of hypothermia one night while sitting outside a shelter waiting for it to open. Timmer, a recent fashion school graduate, had been working on winter clothing for his new brand and was struck with a sense of guilt. “I was selling clothes, and 500 meters from my small studio, a person died because he didn’t have warm clothes,”. He decided to try to find a solution for others living on the street.
Sheltersuit, the first design he launched, is a warm, waterproof jacket with a zipper on the bottom that can attach a second piece at night to transform into a sleeping bag. An oversized hood helps shade streetlights when someone tries to sleep, and a built-in scarf adds warmth. Big pockets store belongings. A backpack stores everything during the day. All of the parts are made from upcycled materials, including tents and sleeping bag fabric donated from manufacturers.
Timmer gave the first prototype to a homeless person who immediately liked it and began sharing it with two homeless African migrants who couldn’t legally use Dutch shelters. “I thought, okay, I’m going to make 100,” he says. He initially planned to go back to his fledgling brand. But demand for the Sheltersuit kept growing. Over the last four years, Timmer, working with a team of volunteers and a handful of paid refugee employees in the Sheltersuit Foundation’s small factory, has produced 6,000 of the items. This year, he plans to produce another 6,000. You’ll meet Bas on 21 October during the opening of CWF2019!
Plenary opening CWF2019
MAKING A CHANGE BY PLANTING A SEED FOR A BETTER WORLD
Let’s take you on a wave of hope. Worldwide there are many societal challenges, but just as many geniuses who want to change the inevitable. The speakers and performers of our opening programme all tackle challenges in a creative and innovative way and create unexpected solutions. They make their mistakes and show their vulnerability on stage. Not being 100% sure becomes an enormous quality. They want to change the inevitable. And they will change the inevitable. Open your hearts and minds, be positively confused by a dazzling opening session of the CWF2019.
MEET & GREET OUR TOP SPEAKERS & INSPIRATORS
CWF HOUSE, EINDHOVEN
During CWF’s Future Food Experience on 21 October we give you the unique opportunity to meet several top speakers and inspirators of the Creativity World Forum 2019! Between 18.30 and 20.30 hrs they are happy to connect with you, share their stories and answer all your questions.