Collaboration with people affected by homelessness and mental illness


Hopeful Traders Clothing and it's designers have caught the attention of publications ranging from iconic national magazine Big Issue, to cutting edge web magazine Bizarre Culture. Check out what they are saying about us here. 

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Big Issue

Outsider Art: From feeding celebs to dying on the streets

David Tovey Hopeful Traders Designer

I cooked for the Queen then lost my business, my health and my home. Art has saved me.

The Big Issue continues to champion people with unique views who have experienced the margins of society. David Tovey was head chef at the BFI and fed stars like Dustin Hoffman before health problems left him on the streets. His story shows how homelessness can happen to anyone but even the greatest of obstacles can be overcome... more 


Formerly Homeless People Talk About the Obstacles They Overcame to Get Housing

While studying at university I became very ill, due to my HIV-positive status, and found myself unable to work. My family weren't in a position to help me out financially, so I ended up getting two months behind on my rent. I attempted to get assistance from the council, but they told me I wasn't entitled to housing benefit... more

International Network of Street Papers 

Fashion brand Hopeful Traders let's homeless support each other

David Tovey Taxi Organic Sweatshirt

An innovative clothing label is helping a formerly-homeless artist in London give back to one of the charities that saved his life.

David Tovey is the first person to have his drawings printed on a range of T-shirts and sweatshirts produced by ethical fashion brand Hopeful Traders.... more

Designer boost for Homeless World Cup from social business T-shirt firm

Homeless World Cup fans can proudly display their support for the life-changing tournament on their chest this summer after the launch of two designer T-shirts.

The bold designs come from Hopeful Traders, a social business clothing brand that champions homeless artists... more

Bizarre Culture Magazine

An interview with ex-homeless artist David Tovey

David Tovey Hopeful Traders Designer

Recently, we had a chance to speak to ex-homeless artist and activist, David Tovey. David’s story is an inspiring one. He went from life as a successful chef and entrepreneur to being homeless; he has suffered a stroke, cardiac arrest, cancer and becoming HIV positive...more