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• 100% Organic Cotton
• Designed by ex-homeless artist David Tovey
• 10% goes to Pilion Trust
• Ethically produced by Fairwear Foundation Certified Manufacturer

More about David Tovey
On October 21st 2013, in a London park, David Tovey decided to take his own life. Cancer, HIV, cardiac arrests and a stroke were just some of the extreme difficulties that David had recently faced. Having successfully run the kitchen of his own central London gastropub, David now found himself homeless and seemingly with no hope.
A passing park attendant, named Gavin, snatched a syringe loaded with a lethal dose from David’s hands, sat and talked with him and contacted homeless charity and shelter, The Pilion Trust. This event would prove to be the turning point in David’s life.
In the years since, David has found his own home, his health has improved and his artistic talents and charity work have attracted the attention and admiration of the London community. Amongst David’s many achievements he has been made artist in residence at Diorama Arts Centre in Euston, where he organised and hosted the first One Festival of Homeless Arts.
Hopeful Traders collaborate with artists who have been affected by homelessness as designers for their clothing range. All their sales contribute money to homeless charities and every piece of clothing is organic and ethically manufactured by Fairwear suppliers.

We endeavour to dispatch orders within 2 working days from receipt of order and payment approval.

Most of the time orders are despatched the same day if received by 2 pm.

Please ensure that the shipping address you have given us is correct. We cannot be held responsible for items not delivered if the shipping address is incorrect or incomplete

Weight Based Shipping Rates:

 UK Shipping Standard  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £3.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £3.99
   1.01 - 2.00  £4.99
   2.01 - 2.70  £8.99
   2.71 - 3.5  £10.00
   3.6 +  £15.00
 Express Next Day Orders Before 2PM  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 1.00  £9.99
   1.01 - 2.00  £11.50
   2.01 - 10.00  £29.00
 International Priority Mail - Europe  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £8.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £12.50
   1.01 - 2.00  £18.00
   2.01 - 2.7  £22.00
   2.71 - 3.5  £35.00
   3.51 +  £40.00
 International Priority Mail - Rest of World  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £8.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £12.50
   1.01 - 2.00  £19.50
   2.01 - 2.7  £25.00
   2.71 - 3.5  £35.00
   3.51 +  £40.00

Standard Delivery

Please note: orders may require a signature on receipt.

Standard Delivery packages, which will not fit through your letterbox, may be taken back to the postal depot for collection (a note will be left notifying you of this).

Please note we cannot be responsible for orders undelivered to a business address using Standard Royal Mail service.

Next Working Day - Guaranteed before 1 pm

Order before 2:00 PM for NEXT WORKING DAY DELIVERIES (Royal Mail Special Delivery).

For orders posted on Friday: Saturday is not classed as a working day by Royal Mail so we cannot guarantee delivery on a Saturday. However, most Special Deliveries posted on a Friday are delivered on the Saturday before 1 pm.

Orders will require a signature on receipt.

If you are not in at the time of delivery Royal Mail should leave a card to inform you where your parcel has been left or so you can arrange for re-delivery.


Delivered within 5-10 working days by Royal Mail Airmail & International Signed For.

A Tracked order service is available for certain countries. Requires a signature on receipt.


Standard Delivery - approximately 8-12 working days. Orders will require a signature on receipt.


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA,

This is important.

Any customs or import duties are levied once the package reaches its destination country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient. We have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you may want to contact your local customs office for further information.

We offer a No Hassle Returns, Refund and Exchange policy.

Please refer to the information on your Delivery Note and proceed to the Customer Service link at the bottom of this site.