She is on a boat, clutching her two-year-old son, so tight, wishing she could protect him from all he’s seen. She thinks of her war-torn country...or what remains of it. Her two-year-old cries, hungry and shivering. She is aware that she is of the lucky few who were able to secure a spot on this raft but is terrified of what lies ahead. She wonders what will become of her husband who was unable to join her on this journey but told her he would catch up to them. She never thought they would be separated like this. Choking back tears, she stares down at her son's eyes that ache from crying. His ribs have become clearly visible. She stares to the point where an endless blue sea meets an endless blue sky and wonders if that is where hope lies.
Blue Meets Blue was founded by Shahd Alasaly. Upon learning that we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since WWII, Shahd wanted to find a way to help. She combined her background in fashion with her desire to support the refugee community. She then put together an incredible team to help with the Blue Meets Blue mission.
Randa Kuziez comes in with an extensive background in refugee work and serves as the Strategy Consultant for Blue Meets Blue. Lavon Pettis comes in with a background in media outreach and serves as the Public Relations Coordinator. Rakan Shams El-Deen is a designer who had his own fashion line in Turkey and has recently resettled in the United States, he is co-designing the upcoming line with Shahd. Blue Meets Blue stands for endless freedom and connectedness, as free and connected as the blue of the ocean meeting the blue of the sky. Most importantly it is the refugee artisans that help Blue Meets Blue achieve its mission!
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the number of refugees and internally displaced people has reached its highest point since World War II. There are currently 65 million refugees and internally displaced people around the globe.
When Blue Meets Blue was first just an idea, it was the Syrian Community Network (SCN) that helped them get in touch with the refugee community in Chicago. blue meets blue was able to empower several Syrian refugee women to achieve self-determination through their skill-set.
Blue Meets Blue is an ethical clothing line that employs refugees in the USA. Many left their war-torn homes in search of something better for their families and themselves. By purchasing our clothing you are providing refugees in the United States with jobs, empowerment, and hope. We truly thank you for being a part of this. To learn more about the refugee crisis click here.
"We love our pieces from blue meets blue. It really feels good to make a purchase and support these women."-Sally H.
"I believe in helping people to help themselves. By supporting blue meets blue, you're helping these women have jobs and support themselves. I definitely want to be a part of this." -Leena K.
"You'll love these products. High quality, fashionable, and custom. I'm so glad I gave it a try." Hoda R.
"I first learned of blue meets blue at a pop-up shop where they shared their stories and their beautiful products, and I am so glad I did." -Stephanie A.
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