A step in the right direction for Himalayan children

Fifty per cent of the profits from the sale of Fazl socks go to the homes providing shelter and education to orphaned and destitute four- to 18-year-olds

Fazl acrylic/nylon socks, handmade in Himachal Pradesh, C$24 (about £15)
Fazl acrylic/nylon socks, handmade in Himachal Pradesh, C$24 (about £15) | Image: Mingmar Sherpa

Canadian entrepreneurs Mike Gunn and Vanessa Tse met while volunteering at homes for orphans and destitute children in the Indian Himalayas a decade ago. In 2015, having married and finished their studies, they returned to work in the same homes in Himachal Pradesh. There they founded sock brand Fazl, which donates 50 per cent of its profits to the homes that provide shelter and education for four- to 18-year-olds and also assist with higher education.

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The socks in Fazl’s vibrant collection (from C$17.99, about £10) feature the traditional patterns of Himachal Pradesh and are handmade by women who are paid more than double the market wage, many of whom live in remote Himalayan villages. The socks all have Hindi names, such as the smart bottle-green, cream and fuchsia Bundar (monkey) or understated grey and white Shanti (peace). New to the Fazl collection are Chai (tea) and Saahasik (adventure), combining autumnal colours with geometric designs.

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