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Local company teams up with MNUFC to debut a new hat design

An orange patch made from Epimonia's iconic life jacket material was added to draw attention to the refugee crisis and the diversity of the soccer club.

MINNEAPOLIS — A local company is teaming up with a professional sports team to raise awareness about the plight of refugees in celebration of World Refugee Day on Sunday.

The hats Epimonia created in partnership with Minnesota United come in two different colors, black and light blue.   

Mohamed Malim is the founder of Epimonia, a company based in Minneapolis. He said the hats are the original football club designs, but added is an orange patch. The patch is Epimonia's iconic life jacket material.  The life jackets are collected by a non-governmental organization based in Greece and sent to Epimonia’s studio where it is upcycled into the company’s line of fashion apparel and accessories. The life jackets are worn by refugees when crossing the Mediterranean Sea on route to the Greek island of Lesbos.  Malim contributes 50 percent of the proceeds from his design business to refugee assistance organizations.

“Simply by being intentional with their fashion choices, people can and do show support for what matters to them,” says local Minneapolis fashion designer Mohamed Malim. “My goal is to get people everywhere to recognize the global refugee crisis as a humanitarian one.”

Malim says Minnesota United is a diverse team that represents the diversity of the state, so the partnership makes sense.

The new hat designs were launched on Friday.  You can purchase them at Minnesota United website. Epimonia and MNUFC will also donate half of the proceeds in support of refugees in Minnesota and throughout the world.

Malim is an emerging new face of fashion and will launch seven new products to through his NYFW virtual showroom appearance on Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m.ET.

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