NGOs: Merchandise Partnership
UNHCR is the United Nations programme mandating the protection refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, assisting in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. UNHCR actively organizes events to raise awareness and rally support for their cause. We value trustworthy partnerships to spread social and environmental impact. For that, we partnered with UNHCR in designing and producing merchandise to be distributed at their events.
We created a participatory design method in the making of our products to deliver the message of their cause. A two-day art therapy session was organized with traumatized refugee children residing in Istanbul. Art therapy encourages children to reflect on their pasts and feel comfortable with their current presents and habitats. The outcomes from the sessions were re-interpreted by our team of designers and applied as graphics on bags, wristbands and tags. A second collection of items featured Reflect Studio’s signature reflector prints to highlight UNHCR’s message #WithRefugees.