A Glasgow fashion brand aiming to end homelessness and eliminate its stigma is celebrating next week the year of its first physical store.
The Blankfaces, based on Great Western Road in West Glasgow, was founded in August 2016 and sells a range of clothing and accessories with designs created by someone who is or has experienced homelessness. They opened their first physical store in 2020.
The designs come from creative classes, run at various homeless shelters in Glasgow, where designers are free to talk and be inspired by their travels.
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For every product sold by that person, a percentage of the sales goes directly to them, and at the end of the year, all money generated is donated to homeless charities across Glasgow.
On September 11, the team will be celebrating their first anniversary – and will remember everything that has been thrown at them over the year since starting their first class at Barras.
Gerard McKenzie-Govan, who founded the brand, said Glasgow Live: “Being open for a year for me is a big deal, with everything that has happened with the covid, the lockdowns and the brexit.
“I just have to say a big thank you to all the customers who supported us throughout all of this, as well as my team and my family. Without them this would not have happened.”
Not only has the brand helped homeless people across the city, but it has also given students a great opportunity, collaborating with Glasgow Caledonian University, Galashiels and Ayr College on designs.
To learn more about Blankfaces or volunteering opportunities, you can visit the website, here.