The power to change stuff:

Business is tough, cut throat and competitive.

The drive, purpose and ‘why’ is different for everyone.

There is a growing shift to models of social enterprise and profit for purpose as businesses not only look to operate differently but also seek to meet increasing consumer awareness and understanding that we can change stuff and by doing it together we create significant impact.

From Cafes offering skills training and jobs for homeless young people, to consumer goods where profit goes back to tackling global poverty.23637122_2507090

Our business was started with the vision to offer more fair and ethical ways of trading and change the world (just a little bit). We distribute Freeset Fairtrade, organic Bags, tshirts, ethical aprons and scarves in New Zealand and Australia and offer both retail and wholesale options.

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Fifteen years ago our producer, Freeset started as a group of 20 Women in Kolcatta along with a Kiwi Couple -the vision for the business was to bring freedom into their neighbourhood – to give empowerment and choice to Women who had been caught in human trafficking and the sex trade in India. Pure and simple they wanted to see change and some good in their neighbourhood.

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The model is simple Freeset offers jobs making bags, but also sewing T-shirts, screen printing and opportunities to move into supervisory and administrative office positions.

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There are now over 250 Women employed, they continue to inspire us to reach beyond all that is comfortable and give us drive, purpose and ‘why’.

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“You have the power to change stuff!”*

* thanks to Daniel Flynn from Thankyou for the quote and inspiration.

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Fresh in – Cotton Canvas Aprons

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Hello!

Hospitality, retail, workshop or home? Our organic cotton canvas aprons have launched. We can even sort screen printing for you.

These heavy duty organic (G.O.T.S certified) 310 GSM cotton canvas aprons made by Freeset make a great uniform option.

 

About the apron.

  • 100% Organic premium cotton canvas
  • Fair trade manufactured in a WFTO factory
  • Reinforced Cross back strap.
  • Antique brass eyelets.
  • Double front pocket
  • centre-front length approx. 88cm
  • width approx. 79cm
  • unisex one size fits all
  • Screenprinting or DTG option

No minimum orders and we can sort printing aswell, why not get in touch.

 

Or visit us and buy online.

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Liminal DTG –

 

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We’re excited to announce the newest member of the Liminal family, our very own Brother GT-381 DTG (direct to garment) printer.

What is DTG (direct to garment) printing:

Direct to garment printing (DTG) is a great alternative to traditional screen-printing for lower volume orders, and the detail is extraordinary with shading and unlimited colors. Its the fast way to print your design on our great range of ethical blank basics.

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Come and visit our showroom or email us an image sales@liminal.org.nz . We’ll take your idea and print it before your very eyes- or shortly after.
We only print and offer a range of ethically produced fair trade,100% organic cotton t-shirts, tote bags and tea-towels by Freeset or our own range of fairtrade organic hoodies.

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Can’t think of anything to print- we’ve got some designs ready to go.

Want to know more:

Check out our specific LiminalDTG website Here

Or shop online for your customized Mens t-shirt, Womens t-shirt, kids t-shirt or tote bag

Our spec sheet and artwork requirements are availible here

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Who Made Your Clothes? Sustainable Fashion in Australia

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A few weeks back we collaborated with the wonderful team from Dorsu, an ethical fashion business based in Cambodia, to put together a night of sustainable fashion. The purpose of the event was to share with consumers about fair and ethical fashion, and the impact of individual purchasing choices for people involved in making our clothes.

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We had a variety of products available for sale on the night, including our limited edition Paper Rain tees, as well as our basic tees and bags made with Fairtrade, Organic cotton and jute. We shared our vision of hope and freedom for women trapped by human trafficking in Kolkatta, and how our products are creating real change by providing the women of Freeset with a sustainable livelihood and restoring their sense of dignity.

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A big thanks to Karma Cola for the deliciously refreshing fair trade soft drinks, the team at 75 Reid St for the beautiful venue, Dorsu for helping us to put the event together and sharing in our vision for a more ethical fashion industry. A big thankyou also to our fantastic photographer, John Xavier Photography and his partner Tara for their beautiful photos capturing our products. Finally, a big thankyou as well to all our Melbourne supporters who came along to support us, purchase our products and hear more about our producers in India.

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To learn more about why we are passionate about sustainable and fair fashion, check out this video below.

To help us continue to provide hope and freedom to women in Kolkatta, please consider purchasing our Fairtrade, Organic tees, bags or accessories online.

 

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Where to shop?

We want to share the many amazing and courageous businesses offering a choice and alternative to the fast fashion model in the recent documentary: The True Cost.

New Zealand:

Earth Sea Sky

Kowtow

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Little Yellow Bird

Australia:

3Fish

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Dorsu

Etiko

Online and Global

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People Tree

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Freeset Gateway Campaign Update

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Freeset’s Gateway Campaign, which aims to fund a building in the heart of Kolkata’s red light district that will become an incubator for small businesses to give freedom to women in the sex trade, has recently celebrated a huge milestone.

The purchase and renovation of a property at the entrance to Sonagacchi, Kolkkata’s largest red light district, was completed in August after almost 2 years of planning and much hard work from the Freeset staff and cofounders. The vision for the Gateway Campaign came after a desire to expand the capacity of Freeset to provide employment and social services to more women and girls in Kolkata. The broader vision is for Freeset to become a catalyst for the growth of new “freedom businesses,” providing women with an array of vocational choices to help them find freedom.

Freeset’s dream is to see Sonagacchi transformed into a place of freedom. This strategically located building provides an ideal place to continue toward making that dream a reality. For all those who want to leave the trade, this building will be a beacon of hope, a place where they can begin taking their first steps to freedom.

15800_10152658798969590_8485243027789960556_nWith over 10,000 women and young girls trapped in the sex trade in Sonagacchi, the Freeset Gateway project will provide a way for many more women with a pathway to freedom. The new property will allow for:

  • Much needed space for many more freedom businesses to take root and grow
  • Dignified and sustainable employment that generates income for women and their families
  • Holistic social services including health-care, childcare, education and counselling

For last 14 years, Freeset has provided a vocational alternative to the sex trade for at-risk and trafficked women in Kolkata. Today, Freeset provides employment for nearly 200 women. With the purchase of this strategically located building, we can offer a choice of freedom to many more. The facilitation of new, sustainable freedom businesses and the provision of space for more social services are just two of the outcomes you can expect to see in the coming months and years.

Kerry, co founder of Freeset, is certain of one thing for the Gateway, “This place will be a place of freedom for many, if we’re in this together.” Thank you for journeying with us and believing in the freedom vision.

Liminal Apparel is sold out to the ethos and vision of Freeset, infact it’s why we started. We’re about fair trade made, organic cotton basics and bags. If you need custom bulk orders or a one of for your wardrobe.

Visit our store for Freeset product in New Zealand and Australia:

Australia: liminal.org.au      New Zealand: liminal.org.nz

We’ve got you covered

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Our Retail Stockists across Australia

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We are super excited to announce that we have 34 stockists of our bags, tees and accessories accross Australia! Our retailers play an important role in our story of #FreedomHopeRespect for the women that we work with in India. See below for the retailer closest to you where you can purchase our fair trade, organic apparel!

Melbourne

3 fair trade organic t-shirts for $65.00

3 fair trade organic t-shirts for $65.00

Dalcheri   –  Shop 47, Ford St, Beechworth –  http://www.dalcheri.com.au/

Driftwood  –  3050 Frankstons Flinders Rd, Balnarring

2Pocket Fairtrade – 277 Little Londsdale St, Melbourne – www.twopocket.com.au 

Empower International –  188 Main St, Bairnsdale  –  http://www.empower.org.au/

Five Grey Elephants  –  16 Henderson St, Ouyen

FOLKART  –  232 Yarra St, Warrandyte

Green Collect  –  71 Anderson St, Yarraville  – http://www.greencollect.org

Hummingbird 60  –  244 High St, Northcote  –  http://www.hummingbird60.com.au 

Imajine  –  422 Brunswick St, Fitzroy  –  http://www.imajine.com.au 

Just Planet Fair Trade Gift Shop and Cafe  –  37 O-Shanassy St, Sunbury  –  http://www.justplanet.net 

Museum Victoria  –  11 Nicholson St, Carlton  –  http://museumvictoria.com.au

Spirited Party Shop  –  81 Murphy St, Wangaratta

Threads of Nature  –  30 MacAdam Square, Croydon

Under the Juniper Tree  –  2/2456 Warburton Hwy

Sydney

Hand Stiched sari blankets

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Beauty Next  –  638 Table Top Rd, Table Top

East Blaxland Community Pharmacy and Post  – 2 Normic Ave, Blaxland

EPHAS  –  PO Box 6425, Frenchs Forest  –  http://www.ephas.com.au

Fair Trade Downunder –  36 Campbell St, Wauchope  –  http://fairtradedownunder.com.au

Gifts2ATee  –  7-11 Lanceley Place, Artamon

Liber8 Me Pty Ltd  –  PO Box 6040, Malabar

Little Peach  –  17 Byron St, Bangalow  –  http://www.littlepeach.com.au

Macquarie University  –  Gymnasium Rd, North Ryde

Mothers Union of Sydney  –  Shop 39, Town Hall Arcade, Sydney Square

Nourish Store  –  24 Hodgson Ave, Cremorne Point

Office of Environment and Heritage  –  Dome Rd, Dorrigo

Ollie and Me  –  Shop 3-5 Edessa Arcade, 90 Terralong St, Kiama  –  http://ollieandmeofkiama.com.au

One Village  –  59A Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

The Social Outfit Inc  –  353 King St, Newtown  –  http://thesocialoutfit.org

Thom, Dick and Harry’s  –  354 Argent St, Broken Hill  –  http://thomdickharrys.com.au

Tribes and Nations  –  Unit 1, 25 Flinders St, Lawson  –  http://www.tribesandnations.com.au

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Queensland

Vibrant Earth  –  Shop 4, Old Petrie Town, Dayboro Rd, Kurwongbah

South Australia

Malvern Chemplus  –  291 Unley Rd, Malvern

If you own a business or shop and would like to stock our products, we would LOVE to hear from you! Email sales@liminal.org and we will send you details of how to place your first order! Alternatively, head to http://www.liminal.org.au and place your order online.

Thankyou to all our incredible Australian retailers for being part of our story of #FreedomHopeRespect.

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