Orders for his distinctive cushions flood into Paboy Bojang's Naples studio from around the world. Bojang, 29, fled dictatorship in the Gambia, witnessed horror in Libya, survived a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, and flourished in Naples despite an inhospitable EU asylum system. His studio, In Casa by Paboy, was born after he posted an image of his first handmade cushion on Instagram in spring 2020. He employs three refugees to work alongside him making the cushions, which retail at €160, and a young Italian as a brand manager. “I want to show people that we have talent, we have knowledge, we make beautiful things, we shouldn’t just be working on farms and badly paid.”

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