The refugees in Paris with a flair for fashion

French fashion students are collaborating with asylum seekers

on a fashion project called The Reprise

Location: Paris, France

The project gives participants the skills to transform second-hand clothes

into edgy menswear

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSTAINABILITY-IN-FASHION STUDENT AT INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE LA MODE, KYLE EMUNSON, 25 YEARS OLD, SAYING:

"So a huge objective is being able to, not only teach the refugees skills, so that they can possibly one day be integrated into the French workforce through the skills that they learned here, but also really giving them social empowerment, really giving them the opportunity to be able to learn from this project and get an income."

The workshop is based inside a holding center

that houses 200 asylum seekers in a southern Paris suburb

(SOUNDBITE) (French) AFGHAN REFUGEE FROM GHAZNI, ALI HOSSAINI, 33 YEARS OLD, SAYING:

"When I'm done with my painting training, I want to start painting and decorating, in Paris or maybe in another city. And I'd like to start my own company. Maybe, right?"

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