A little while ago I came across a link for some shirts with colourful inner cuffs that are revealed when you roll up your sleeves. After a little rummage around their website
it turns out that the company was started by a school friend of mine, Daisy Hambro, who is now a volunteer teacher in Mumbai with the Akanksha Foundation
I love hearing about what people are up to – particularly when they have interesting jobs – so I got back in touch and she kindly took the time to answer some questions for me:
When did you start Tobias?
I started Tobias in July this year. It has taken me about two years of toil and trouble to try and get it all started. Now it is finally off the ground, which is so exciting.
I am drawn to all the amazing colours and prints of India and my idea was to combine that passion with an effort to help India’s under-privileged children. The shirts came about when I started sewing fabric off-cuts onto my boyfriend’s cuffs to make them look more interesting. And it just went from there.
Can you tell me a little about the Akanksha Foundation?
It is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide Indian children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives.
What makes their work important?
They have a number of schools and centres in Mumbai and Pune and reach out to nearly 5,000 children. They provide a strong educational foundation and to help them plan how they can earn a steady livelihood as a step towards improving their standard of living. It gives these children a chance to escape the brutal cycle of poverty.
How long have you been working with them?
I have been working there as a volunteer teacher for the past three years and so have really been able to see first hand what a difference they are making.
Where are you based?
I am currently based in south Mumbai but I make a lot of trips back to London in the school holidays.
Can women wear the shirts too?
Yes, I live in them. They are the best thing to in the sun as the cotton and linen are amazingly soft. I also love wearing them with a jumper and turning the cuffs up to add a extra splash of colour.
If you’d like more information about the Akanksha Foundation click here, and if you’d like to go ahead and buy a Tobias Clothing shirt click here. More pictures of their beautiful shirts below: