boyandgirlco’s Lost and Found initiative
They’re having a whale of a time giving back to the community with their new social initiative and proving once more that businesses ‘do good’ in our cool capital.
Lost and Found is the latest business burst behind boyandgirlco’s Anita and Carlo Krikowa.
T-shirt design by Bookie (a.k.a. Katie McAuliffe)
This couple have stretched their world of sustainability. They no longer just create furniture out of discarded recycled pallets, they produce homewares and clothing—all to the strictest of ethical standards.
The first cab off the rank with the clothing line, the ‘Whales’ t-shirts, are out now, produced under the new Lost and Found social initiative.
The tees are pretty nifty for many reasons, but mostly because funds from sales go straight back into the community, specifically to women and children affected by economic domestic violence, to help them begin a new chapter in their lives.
‘From the “get go”, we wanted to be business owners who give back in a meaningful way to the community we live and work in,’ says Carlo. ‘We survive because the community supports us, and have a responsibility to donate back. We’ve always given regularly to Menslink and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT. We wanted to do more and so started Lost and Found.’
Both Carlo and Anita experienced domestic violence in their youth. For Lost and Found they pinpointed the economic side of the problem as needing help, knowing it’s not as well understood. ‘When a victim faces economic domestic violence it’s pretty tough,’ says Anita. ‘The abuser can control all of the money and even prevent the victim from having an allowance or secure ongoing employment.’
The new tees truly are wearable art. The design is by Canberra artist ‘Bookie’ (Katie McAuliffe) who is part of the boyandgirlco team. The animal kingdom is Bookie’s ‘thing’ and her ability to weave in many detailed components into each piece of art is evident with ‘Whales’. ‘At first, some people don’t there are whales, never mind two of them,’ says Anita. ‘Then they study further and uncover more and more.’
‘Earth Positive Apparel manufactures the tees, selected for their manufacturing processes which respect the earth and workers (protected by Fair Trade laws). They’re made using 100% organic cotton, 73% recycled water and 90% renewable energy. Each has an information tag attached made of recycled wood that can be used as a bookmark.