The Power Of 1: Suited To Survive
"My dream is to protect everybody that is forced to sleep outside," says Bas Timmer, a fashion designer from the Netherlands. Five years ago Timmer launched Sheltersuit Foundation after the father of two friends died on the streets of the Netherlands due to hypothermia.
"I felt obligated to create something that can prevent this from happening," says Timmer.
"Clothing is protection," he continues. "I went to my studio, took an old tent from the basement and an old sleeping bag and I created a waterproof jacket with a zipper on the bottom where you can attach a sleeping bag. The waterproof suit protects you day and night."
That's how it all started.
From there, Bas Timmer created a factory to produce the protective gear, a factory that employs people that seek refuge in Europe.