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The Gender Equal Tote Bag


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The renewed fight for women’s rights has been empowering and inspiring to be part of. We want to declare our support for this movement with feminist merch, too, but we also need to make sure the women making our feminist merch are being treated fairly.

Introducing our gender equal tote bag project, ahead of International Women’s Day 2017.

We commissioned Sydney artist Caroline Walls to create a gender equal print for us. We then recruited Freeset, a certified organic cotton and fair-trade production company based in Kolkata, to make and print these tote bags. Freeset is pretty special: it employs and upskills women who have been saved from Kolkata’s sex slavery industry. Freeset is currently working on its Gateway Program; a building at the entrance to the red-light district which will provide health care, accommodation, and support to women still trapped in the sex slavery industry.


Why is supporting gender equality in the fashion industry so important?

75% of garment workers, worldwide, are women, and they are often subjected to unfair wages, unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and forced contraception, and often have to leave their communities, their families, and their children – their support structure – to work in garment factories. In the developed world the fashion industry has an important role to play in the fight for gender equality, too. Whether it’s unhealthily-thin models walking down the runway, the latest ‘women’s interest publication’ shaming female celebrities for their bikini bodies, the latest seasonal trend being the waist-trainer, or the fact that even diversity is often tokenistic, the fashion industry creates this kind of idealised, impossible superwoman, when it should be celebrating female-identifying people in all of our diversity.</p> 

Read more about gender equality in fashion in our Gender Equality value section.

These tote bags will be couriered to customers no later than 1 March, 2017.

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Shipping time and cost will depend on where in the world you live, and where in the world the label you have bought something from is based.


If the label is in the same country as you, all orders over $50 will receive free shipping, if under $50 you will be charged $10 for shipping. If you live in Australia and are buying from a label which is based in New Zealand, or vice versa, your shipping will be $20; if the label you are buying from is in a different country from you, in the rest of the world, shipping will be $30.


It sounds complex, but we promise it's not, and that everything will be very clear on your check out page before you buy. For more information, check out our full shipping and returns policy, here.



If you would like to exchange a product, you must notify us within 7 days of receiving your goods. You can do this by simply logging into your account and filling out our Returns/Exchange/Faulty form. Once notifying us of the request you must return the item within a fortnight for the submission to be completed. For more information please go to our Shipping and Returns page here.


We also do not accept returns or exchanges on any sale items. We do not accept exchanges on earrings, underpants, socks and stockings, for hygiene reasons.  We only accept one-piece swimwear or bikini bottoms unworn, with hygiene stickers attached, with the exception of Vege Threads swimwear, which cannot be returned or exchanged, so please contact us if you have any questions about sizing.