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In 2018, Mohamed Malim introduced Epimonía, a fashion and accessories brand for a cause, with the release of its signature accessory, the Embracelet. A former refugee from Somalia himself, Malim launched the label with the goal of utilizing fashion to empower refugees in the United States.
Focused on sustainability and responsibility behind all its endeavors, today, Epimonía’s home base in Minneapolis employs local refugees, ensuring standards for a living wage are met. The brand’s signature bracelet is also made consciously, using recycled life jackets collected in Greece, which were worn by those seeking asylum during their journey across the Mediterranean. Additionally, 50 percent of Epimonía’s profits are donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
“I believe we need to lift up refugees to shed a positive light on their stories and to combat the hate and xenophobia we commonly see surrounding them,” said Malim.
Available in red, black, orange, and red, the simple-yet-chic Embracelet features a colorful band with a silver industrial buckle. If you’re looking for a way to wrap up your holiday shopping and support a good cause in one, there’s still time to snag a few Embracelets (available singularly or in sets of four) for every person on your list—or one of Epimonía’s other wearable offerings, like minimalistic baseball caps, t-shirts, and knit beanies.