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July 31, 2017 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]


NOPESISTERS is a social enterprise recently established by Wellington sisters Johanna and Brittany Cosgrove. Started in October 2016, the duo have sold over 700 embroidered t-shirts, donating thousands of dollars already to two chosen charities very close to their hearts, with each design going to a different charity.

NOPESISTERS grew out of a simple design that Brittany, 23, made into a t-shirt last October. Johanna, 25, put a photo of herself wearing the tee on Instagram, and within an hour they had received requests from 30 friends who wanted to wear one of their own — thus NOPESISTERS was born.  

The MastectoTee was their first design . It was inspired by the scars of their own mother’s battle with breast cancer and aims to spread breast cancer awareness and normalise and celebrate the scars of survivors. Proceeds were donated to the CanSurvive Dragon Boat team; a medal and award-winning dragon boat team made up of incredible breast cancer survivors. 

The NOPE tee profits go to Wellington Sexual Abuse Help, which provides essential and immediate services for survivors of sexual violence. The NOPE tee, which featured in HELP’s “I can’t keep quiet” Youtube video, promotes consent in order to foster safe and healthy relationships with a clear message that “NOPE means NO.” 

In the beginning, each t-shirt was hand stitched but, as demand grew, the stitching was outsourced to a local company, A1 Embroidery in Petone, in a bid to support manufacturing in Aotearoa.

The ethos of NOPESISTERS is simply “to make dope stuff for a good cause.” The t-shirts exist for a dual purpose — to spark important conversations and create awareness around their specific message; and use eye catching, unique designs to create a beautiful product for all genders.

NOPESISTERS is currently working on their third design to be released in August alongside a new charity partner which was also established by young women with a passion for sharing socially important messages. Keep an eye out for their new tee.


Support NOPESISTERS and their chosen charities over on their Facebook page — NOPESISTERS and Instagram @nopesistersclothing 

Catch NOPESISTERS at VicUFO’s Market Day on Wednesday 2 August at 17 Tory Street (upstairs)


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