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Nisa x Dorsu

by Elisha Watson |  | 1 comment

WIN an $150 Dorsu voucher and a $150 Nisa voucher - see below for details.

Nisa and Dorsu have teamed up with the collab to end all collabs.  Both are brands that sew everything in-house at their own production studios, offering customers unparalleled insights into the manufacturing process and comfort that the makers of their garments are being valued and treated with dignity and respect.

Dorsu’s production studio is in Kampot, Cambodia.  Dorsu makes high quality basics for travel, work and home. The company was started by Hanna Guy and Mov Kunthear who combined their strengths to form a clothing company that cares. It was important to Hanna and Kunthear to build a safe and positive creative workspace, to employ their team under fair conditions and to offer their customers the opportunity to learn the story behind their clothing.  

Nisa’s workshop is in Wellington, New Zealand.  Nisa makes organic cotton underwear, with all of their sewers coming from refugee backgrounds.  Nisa was started by Elisha when she was a Wellington lawyer wanting to make a difference. In her spare time, she was volunteering with the Red Cross to help refugees resettle in Wellington, and observed first hand their struggle to find paid employment despite their desire to contribute to their new country.  Elisha bonded with women from refugee backgrounds about their shared love of sewing, and the idea for Nisa was born - employing these women to make cotton undergarments for other women in a safe and supportive environment.

Dorsu and Nisa were brought together by Jonathan from tech giant Atlassian. On Jonathan’s trip to NZ, he met up with Elisha and mentioned Atlassian’s strong connection to Dorsu, who manufacture all of their corporate swag.  He thought that Hanna and Elisha would get along really well, so the connection was made and Hanna and Elisha met up over Skype.

Since then, Hanna and Elisha have become great friends and share a certain solidarity over the challenges and joys of starting a production studio without any industry experience.  They catch up over Skype about once a month and come away buzzing with new ideas.

They decided to collaborate to create an ethical outfit for their supporters to win.  There is nothing quite like the ‘good feels’ you get from putting on a beautiful garment that you know celebrates the women who made it. 

To go in the draw to win an ethical wardrobe with a $150 Dorsu voucher and a $150 Nisa voucher, sign up to our mailing list at swee.ps/xGcNXvTvx . Competition closes August 16.

Comments (1)

  • Claire Knight on August 14, 2018

    Every small contribution compounds to a significant difference

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