Meet Alexandre. For the past four years, Alexandre has been homeless on the streets of Paris. For a while, he found safety and security in a social housing estate, but after the building was sold, he had nowhere else to turn.
The concept of Sheltersuit won the heart of designer Gabriela Hearst. This resulted in a generous donation from her and #soonforward towards the first distribution of Sheltersuits to keep 250 unsheltered homeless individuals warm this winter.
Berlin is facing one of the coldest winters in years – with temperatures falling below freezing. This winter, the Sheltersuit Foundation teamed up with Arztmobil (a mobile doctor’s van initiative), a programme organised by Caritas, to provide Sheltersuits to Berlin’s most vulnerable individuals.
Panhandling at an intersection, we met Brian, a 36 year-old army veteran who served his country for 10 years and had three combat tours; two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. A native of Dallas, Texas, Brian has been living on the streets in Tucson for nearly 5 years.
For this ongoing project, we engage with unhoused communities in various cities, amidst an unbiased global pandemic. The intimate documentary reflects the unraveling of society and exposes the equal measures of strength and vulnerability of each of its characters.
By capturing these raw moments in a new light, we challenge the mainstream representation of an ever-increasing, forgotten group of individuals. It reminds us that people who experience homelessness should neither be labeled nor disregarded. Each person has a story to tell.