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boyandgirlco’s Lost and Found initiative

Wendy Johnson

A lot of good can come out of a t-shirt featuring original wearable art.

Like those being produced, with tremendous care, by a new social good initiative called Lost and Found. The t-shirts are pretty specky, but the good is more about how they’re produced (more on this in a minute) and where the funds from sales go. They go directly to women and children affected by economic domestic violence, to help them begin a new chapter in their lives.

Lost and Found is the brainchild of Anita and Carlo Krikowa, the couple behind boyandgirlco, which has evolved from making sustainable furniture out of unused and unloved pallets, into a lifestyle company. Furniture is still front and centre, but boyandgirlco now also makes homewares and clothing—all created with the highest ethical, manufacturing and environmental standards.

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Ever since Anita and Carlo made their massive lifestyle change to start boyandgirlco—ditching secure jobs and a secure future—they committed to being part of the community. They both experienced domestic violence in their youth and so it was a natural fit to donate to Menslink and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT. But they wanted to extend their commitment.

“We chose economic domestic violence specifically because it’s not as well-known as some other forms of domestic violence,” says Anita. “This is when the abuser controls all the money in a relationship, rendering the victim helpless. It may even involve forbidding access to bank accounts, providing an inadequate allowance and preventing the victim from getting work or holding down a job.”

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Boyandgirlco have a formal partnership with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT which now manages the program, ensuring funds are channelled to those who need it most.

“Funds are provided direct to women to support them on their journey back into the workforce,” says Carlo. “They also provide kids with opportunities to have positive experiences in their community, such as music lessons and outdoor activities.”

The men’s and women’s t-shirts feature original art by Canberra’s Katie McAuliffe, a.k.a. ‘Bookie’ who is the resident artist at boyandgirlco. Bookie specialises in art with a warm story book feel and she adores the animal kingdom so it’s no surprise the first t-shirt features whales. You’ll need to take a close look before you visualise the two whales in the design, and don’t stop there. Bookie’s intricate design holds many hidden surprises.

The idea to make t-shirts was one thing, but manufacturing them to the strict ethical standards boyandgirlco lives by was another. “We spent hours researching companies before finding one that matched our own work ethics and standards,” says Anita. “Earth Positive Apparel, from Sweden, was the perfect fit.”

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boyandgirlco t-shirt’s are as ethically produced as you can get. They’re made using 100% organic cotton, 73% recycled water, 90% renewable energy (from wind and solar power) and are carbon neutral. They’re made by workers protected by Fair Trade laws and no child labour is used.

The women’s tee features a semi-scoop neckline, stitched rolled sleeves and a flattering shape. The men’s tee is a classic crew neck. Each one has an information tag attached made of recycled wood that can be used as a bookmark.

Bookie will create a new design four times a year, timed to the arrival of each of our new seasons. Soon you’ll also be able to buy a framed limited edition of ‘Whales’.

boyandgirlco t-shirts are available through Cardif Collective, Green Square Kingston (upstairs in the Cusack Centre) and through www.boyandgirlco.com.au $59.95

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, a few decades ago. She’s been living in Australia since 1995, having fallen in love with eucalypt trees and kangaroos. Wendy is passionate about Canberra and all the nation’s capital has to offer. She loves to write (about everything and anything) and owns her own pr and advertising business.

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