Imagine a clothes hanger draped in cloth that stops the garments from falling off. And imagine it as a beautiful piece of furniture as well. Annika Jonasson did just that. Already being engaged in a number of charity schemes in the slum district of Bangkok, she had a brilliant idea. Why not give the penniless women and people with special needs the opportunity to produce these hangers for a fair wage in an environment that inspires hope and confidence?
This was the beginning of Hang on Hangers in its present form, that of a Fair Trade charity. The revenues go almost exclusively to the women in the project. Some have disabled children and the profits cover their daily needs such as food, healthcare, dental treatment and school fees. Hang on Hanger also supports other charities working in the Bangkok slums.
Steel hangers draped in soft cloth
Annica Jonasson: “Our business concept is to drape sustainable clothes hangers in beautiful cloth. At present the hangers come in two sizes, child size and adult size. Some popular patterns return year after year, but we are constantly renewing and creating new collections. Our aim is to stay at the forefront of current trends.”
Hangers with an X Factor
Axelent AB is expecting great things. At the time of writing, two hundred sets of three adult hangers in each set are making their way to Axelent. The hangers are wrapped in Axelent’s colours and will brighten up plenty of wardrobes around the world.
Hang on Hangers
Hang on Hangers was founded in 2010 by Annika Jonasson and currently employs around 20 women in the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok, Thailand. Many of these women have no other way of providing for themselves and the aim is to give them and other people with special needs the opportunity to work in a secure environment.