Brand new clothes for refugees

Not nearly new, not new to us, but unworn and direct from brands

Thread Ahead provides free brand new clothes, toiletries and accessories to people with insecure immigration status. Items at our events may be sample pieces, excess stock, customer returns, end of season or have (very) minor faults. This not only benefits our community, but also increases sustainability in the fashion industry.


The fashion industry is the world's second biggest polluter. It particularly harms communities who are more likely to experience displacement. We redirect brand new clothes, toiletries and accessories away from incineration or landfill, offering them to people with insecure immigration instead.


Dignity means running services which are community-led and provide outcomes beyond the relief of immediate needs alone. We relieve urgent, practical needs while offering dignified, empowering experiences to all visitors. We want everyone to leave our spaces with items they really love.


The UK border regime enacts violence in many different ways. Our spaces are open to all people with insecure immigration status. We want every visitor to feel safe and welcome, regardless of legal status, country of origin, age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or disability.

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