It's called Mallu. We make streetwear using ethical fabrics and factories. Our main factory employs local women who have chosen to leave the Calcutta sex trade. Every T-shirt we sell helps to break that poverty cycle.
I used to work in sales and I saw how consumers were becoming more socially conscious. I'm also interested in fashion. Mallu was about putting those two together – fashion and fair trade.
After starting the brand with a couple friends we got picked up by the UC Centre of Entrepreneurship. We got an office and access to mentors and business leaders. That led to us entering the entré 85K challenge. We won best social enterprise, which earned us cash and recognition.
Our online store is going really well and we recently had a pop-up shop in town. The three co-founders got Summer Start Up Scholarships, so we could totally focus on Mallu. We bought a van, painted it up and travelled all over New Zealand. It's been a full on summer!
"Our main factory employs local women who have chosen to leave the Calcutta sex trade. Every T-shirt we sell helps to break that poverty cycle."
I started there because it was home. After first year I decided to branch out. I talked to a few UC students and decided to give it a crack. Best decision I've ever made! I love the UC campus. It’s casual and close knit. You see everyone skating in and out each day. It’s got a true student vibe.
Definitely MuSoc, the Musical Theatre Society. I started out with a part in Chicago and had the best time! I was on the Exec for four years and President for two. I really enjoyed the business side of it – finding sponsorship, balancing budgets. Some of the shows are $30,000 productions. We're talking real money!
I actually wanted to be an actor when I left school. Here, you can still do all the things you love while you're getting your degree. No other place gives you that opportunity. My mates around the country are so jealous!