About Us

The i61 Collective is a group of like-minded people who are passionate about telling stories creatively through films, have a heart for building bridges and pursing peace, whether it’s inwardly, or outwardly through our lifestyle, projects, films and business. 

We started out as i61 Clothing but soon began to realise that there was so much more that can be done. We realised that everything we did was in some way connected and that every small step of kindness, added up, can change the world.

Our desire is to create projects that would have a positive impact on the world starting in areas of conflict. We use our products to educate, inspire and put hope on the streets of the world, and highlight issues facing the world today.

10% of our profit gets donated to support causes we believe in.

One of our strengths is storytelling through films, we have worked on various short film projects and would love to offer our services to people who are interested or want their stories to be told. Please Contact Us if you have further questions.

 
 
 Deborah Paul   Deborah was born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland and grew up in Los Angeles California. She returned to London over 30 years ago, to pursue her dream of working as a photographer. Deborah founded the ethical clothing brand, I61 Clothing.    Her desire to put “positive statement clothing” onto the High Streets of the world, and use fashion as a tool to highlight issues such as the refugee crisis and homelessness, has made the business unique in it’s sphere. Recently moving into film-making, she has a desire to use this medium to tell stories and share her heart for peace and reconciliation. She is passionate about freedom of speech and giving those who have not had that freedom, a space to share their stories.    She is also passionate about finding peace in silence and is dedicated to helping people enjoy the wisdom and depth that silence brings. Deborah believes that silence is one of the most powerful conflict resolution tool available to humanity. Meeting Christy was a life-changing moment for Deborah, igniting a passion and desire to see peace and reconciliation in a region of the world marked by conflict. She now has deep desire to help facilitate peace and change in anyway she can.

Deborah Paul

Deborah was born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland and grew up in Los Angeles California. She returned to London over 30 years ago, to pursue her dream of working as a photographer. Deborah founded the ethical clothing brand, I61 Clothing.

Her desire to put “positive statement clothing” onto the High Streets of the world, and use fashion as a tool to highlight issues such as the refugee crisis and homelessness, has made the business unique in it’s sphere. Recently moving into film-making, she has a desire to use this medium to tell stories and share her heart for peace and reconciliation. She is passionate about freedom of speech and giving those who have not had that freedom, a space to share their stories.

She is also passionate about finding peace in silence and is dedicated to helping people enjoy the wisdom and depth that silence brings. Deborah believes that silence is one of the most powerful conflict resolution tool available to humanity. Meeting Christy was a life-changing moment for Deborah, igniting a passion and desire to see peace and reconciliation in a region of the world marked by conflict. She now has deep desire to help facilitate peace and change in anyway she can.

 Christy Anastas   Christy was born in Bethlehem in the West Bank, she grew up through two intifadas. Living in this conflict left a deep desire to see a more peaceful future.    Christy spent over two years sharing her life experience in the UK since 2012. This resulted in her shining a light on areas she believed needed to be seen and also left her with the realisation that words are not enough, but combined with action is the way forward. Deborah and Christy met in the autumn of 2014 and the result of that friendship has dramatically changed their lives. She worked for i61 Clothing and saw the power behind combining words with actions, something she feels passionate about.    She moved into film-making with a desire to use it as an opportunity for others to share their experience and tell their stories. She also sees it as a tool for bringing people together from different backgrounds.     Christy’s own journey with silence and all it offers, profoundly changed her outlook on life and her desire to use silence to help others to tap into their inner reservoirs of peace. 

Christy Anastas

Christy was born in Bethlehem in the West Bank, she grew up through two intifadas. Living in this conflict left a deep desire to see a more peaceful future.

Christy spent over two years sharing her life experience in the UK since 2012. This resulted in her shining a light on areas she believed needed to be seen and also left her with the realisation that words are not enough, but combined with action is the way forward. Deborah and Christy met in the autumn of 2014 and the result of that friendship has dramatically changed their lives. She worked for i61 Clothing and saw the power behind combining words with actions, something she feels passionate about.

She moved into film-making with a desire to use it as an opportunity for others to share their experience and tell their stories. She also sees it as a tool for bringing people together from different backgrounds. 

Christy’s own journey with silence and all it offers, profoundly changed her outlook on life and her desire to use silence to help others to tap into their inner reservoirs of peace. 

 Jon Simmons   Jon is a digital project manager and online marketer, working on £1 million government funded website and supporting SME’s utilise digital to engage their audience. After experiencing how business can break down cultural boundaries in Israel, Jon created  israelinvestment.org , a UK based community who want to invest in ventures owned by Israel’s diverse communities, via startups, real estate, and the Israeli Capital Markets.    Jon has been onboard in the growth of  i61clothing.com  from website launch.

Jon Simmons

Jon is a digital project manager and online marketer, working on £1 million government funded website and supporting SME’s utilise digital to engage their audience. After experiencing how business can break down cultural boundaries in Israel, Jon created israelinvestment.org, a UK based community who want to invest in ventures owned by Israel’s diverse communities, via startups, real estate, and the Israeli Capital Markets.

Jon has been onboard in the growth of i61clothing.com from website launch.