Gosia Piatek models Kowtow’s new designs to support the New Zealand Red Cross. Images supplied.
Today is World Refugee Day and it’s a day that is close to the heart of Kowtow founder Gosia Piatek who herself is a former refugee from Poland. Piatek’s business is built on strong ethics and principles of sustainability but the designer also yearns to help those in need wherever she can, particularly refugees as she understands what it’s like to be displaced from your home and have to set up a new life. Globally, 65 million people have now been displaced from their homes from conflict and persecution.
Kowtow have designed a limited edition top that is released today to help raise funds and awareness for refugees resettling in New Zealand. All the proceeds from the sale of the tops are going to New Zealand Red Cross, who are the primary provider of community refugee resettlement programmes here in NZ.
The sweet Heart House print is an extension of Kowtow’s latest collection, Dreamscape and features a house with a heart inside. Piatek sees it as a symbol that acknowledges the journey of refugees and welcomes them to rebuild their life in New Zealand. Kowtow’s Heart House tops are available in a long sleeve and short sleeve style exclusively online.