19 April 2018
- FARA Shops


FARA is launching a new collection of limited edition totes made from sustainably sourced, donated fabrics and re-purposed leather garments during Fashion Revolution Week.

Totally handmade in London

Made from fabrics donated to FARA Charity Shops

Totally made and designed by women in prison to help marginalised young women in Romania


Available online from Tuesday 24th April 2018, Fashion Revolution Day and in FARA shops Notting Hill and Belsize Park from Thursday 26th April.

#whomadeyourbag is the question FARA can answer with confidence. Each ‘Totes for Everyone’ bag has been made by women serving in a prison in London, at the ‘Making For Change’ fashion training and manufacture unit established by the London College of Fashion, UAL and the Ministry of Justice in 2014 at HMP Holloway. The unit moved to its new home of HMP Downview in summer 2016, where it has since doubled its size. The project aims to increase well-being and reduce re-offending rates among participants by equipping them with professional skills and qualifications within a supportive environment.

Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner said:

“We know there is a critical shortage of technically skilled people within the UK fashion industry which is why Making for Change is so valuable. not only does it address a recognised skills gap, but it provides meaningful training to female offenders as part of their rehabilitation. We know that education is vital in giving people the opportunity to change their lives for the better.”

From the L.C.F. blog 'HRH the Countess of Wessex visits Making For Change at HMI/YOI Downview'

FARA has worked with Making For Change since 2015 and this is the third collection of ’Totes For Everyone’ produced by the social enterprise. Of the collaboration with FARA Professor Corner said:

I always love seeing projects that combine fashionable design and social responsibility and this scheme we undertook with FARA Charity is exactly that.”

Read the full Frances Corner website article here

Since April 2016 sales of the totes have successfully helped fund the pilot project run by FARA Charity to assist marginalised young women develop parenting and life skills.

Carmen Pop, FARA Hostel Programme Director in Satu Mare said of the project:

“The most important objective for us is for them (young mothers) to understand how to raise and, of course love their children unconditionally.”

This year funds from the totes will go to further support young women in FARA Hostels who through guidance and training are finding routes to avoid poverty and social exclusion.

Elena Niculescu, Programme Manager at St. Francis Hostel, Bucharest explains the impact of FARA Charity’s help on two young women who came to the Hostel programme from institutional care:

“The girls have rid themselves of the social stigma placed on institutionalised children and have realised more in their life than traditional expectations.”

Over the last six years FARA Charity have helped around 130 young people aged 18- 26 years to access the training and work they need to gain employment and live an independent life through the FARA Hostel programme. This is one of many progressive programmes developed by FARA Charity since it was founded in 1992.

These apposite totes combine style and social responsibility through this innovative collaboration between London College of Fashion, UAL, the Ministry of Justice and FARA.

Blog written by - Jemma Banks - FARA Marketing Manger

FARA Charity Shops supporting the work of FARA Charity transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Romania. FARA Enterprises Limited is wholly owned by the FARA Foundation. Registered Charity No. 1139349