Komonibo-led fashion philanthropy receives Bustle Upstart Award, media coverage

January 11, 2018
A photo of Timi Komonibo
Timi Komonibo

Timi Komonibo, director of recruitment and diversity, is a 2017 recipient of Bustle's Upstart award for her work at Style Lottery, a fashion trading non-profit that provides women in low-income communities with access to fashionable clothing.

"Clothes are the first thing a lot of people will see, and they make a lot of judgements about that whether that’s right or wrong," Komonibo told Bustle. "We want to empower people to transition with the right clothes."

Komonibo started Style Lottery as a clothing swap pop-up shop in 2013, with the idea that one woman's trash is another woman's treasure. She adopted the mantra, "Restyle, reuse and reward." Style Lottery volunteers would travel across the country, women would trade out old fashions for new-to-them fashions, and whatever was leftover would get donated back to the community.

"It's just a great opportunity to connect with women and say, 'You are not your past, you are not your circumstances, you are whatever it is you’re trying to do in the future. I support you, and this is just my way of giving you a leg up,'" Komonibo told Bustle.

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