Dutch clothing line Stripes is attempting to improve the lives of inmates with its artisanal prison-made clothing. Stripes produces high-quality garments by working together with inmates who are committed to changing their lives. Through the program, Stripes creates "authentic products that have a real story, reminding you how valuable freedom actually is."
Stripes helps empower inmates who want to work on its products by offering them creative art classes and work-related certificates for classes such a computer programming, business or graphic design. The goal is to help inmates learn values and skills that will help them to re adapt to society after they leave prison.
The sophisticated prison-made clothing is currently being manufactured in the Netherlands, but with a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company hopes to bring the project to additional prisons in Belgium, France and the US.