On Monday April 27th, we are releasing a capsule, consisting of the Patta Darkest Night Hooded Sweater, Patta Independent Hooded Sweater and the Patta Forever Hooded Sweater.
In these times of uncertainty, it can sometimes help to assert yourself: we will be here forever, independent as fuck, even in the darkest night. History has proven that we can’t always count on our governments, so it’s up to ourselves to help each other get through and progress. All we got is us. So we work from home, we practice social distancing, make quarantine content, closed our three brick and mortar locations for the time being, and shared the #staythefuckhome hashtag again and again.
However, as much as we continue to encourage people to stay inside and practice self-isolation, we realise that working from home and social distancing are luxuries that not everyone can afford.
Besides that, home is not a safe place for everyone. We will therefore donate part of the proceeds from the Patta Darkest Night Hooded Sweater, Patta Independent Hooded Sweater and the Patta Forever Hooded Sweater to the Blijf Groep, a private initiative in Amsterdam that has been successfully campaigning against domestic violence for nearly 40 years.
In addition to developing forms of assistance for the entire family, Blijf Groep has, in recent years, gained a great deal of experience in assisting children who have witnessed domestic violence. Alongside shelters for women and children, they also offer shelters to men who are survivors of domestic violence.
The Blijf Groep serves the two western provinces of the Netherlands: Noord-Holland (including Amsterdam) and Flevoland. There are crisis shelter services in Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Almere, and follow-up care in the other locations, all open during this lockdown. The Blijf Groep runs the Domestic Violence Support Centers in three regions. In total, there are 42 crisis shelters, 5 emergency beds, 2 high security locations and 125 supported living locations in various forms (including 7 locations for men).