Creating new lives for refugees, one step at a time

We support refugees with employment, housing, scholarships, and more





Empowering refugees through fashion

Epimonía is a refugee-founded fashion label with a central mission of supporting refugees. We upcycle material from life jackets that were worn by refugees on the Mediterranean Sea and discarded upon arrival in Greece.

All of our products not only serve as a symbolic gesture of support and solidarity for refugees around the world, but we have multiple campaigns and partnerships that have tangible impacts on the lives of refugees.

Changing the narrative

We are driven to break down negative stereotypes of refugees often seen in the media. We continuously collaborate with refugee artists, influencers, and models. We have also launched a podcast and a blog sharing inspiring refugee stories.

How we started

Mohamed Malim is a former Somali refugee who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Today, he is a Somali-American entrepreneur.

Mohamed founded Epimonía out of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota as a fashion company dedicated to ensuring that all refugees receive the same level of support that he and his family felt when they arrived in the U.S. 20 years ago after fleeing the civil war in Somalia in the 1990’s.

Read more about Mohamed's story.

How our products make a difference

Proceeds go to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Helps cover citizenship fees for refugees through the International Institute of Minnesota.

Contributes to scholarships for refugee students through the Karen Football Association.

Provides housing kits full of essential items to refugees through Houston Welcomes Refugees.

Helps pay for life saving flotation devices for our friends conducting sea and air rescues.

Every life jacket crewneck purchased, we donate a jacket to a refugee living in a refugee camp.

Some of our press