Somali American empowers refugees through fashion


Mohamed Malim, a 26-year-old former refugee, advocates and empowers other refugees through a unique medium: fashion.

 “I’m a fashion guy,” he said. “What you wear is what you stand for.”

Malim was born in a refugee camp in Kenya after his parents fled the civil war in Somalia in the 1990s. He came to the United States when he was four years old, and currently lives in south Minneapolis.

He founded his clothing line, Epimonia, in 2018, with the goal of making all refugees feel as supported as he and his family did when they arrived in the United States 20 years ago. The materials he uses are as unique as his vision–Epimonia clothing uses repurposed life jackets worn by refugees crossing the Mediterranean.


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