CANTA: I feel like NOPESISTERS just rocketed out of nowhere. You’ve had international coverage over something that started basically in your lounge. How does it feel for you both?!
NopeSisters: It was hugely surprising and felt surreal when people from overseas, outside our friends and family, wanted the tees, and began to ask for them. We are literally still working out of a bedroom office and social media has been an incredible tool for us in order to connect with people worldwide.
C: For the uninitiated, can you sum up what NOPESISTERS is about?
NS: It’s about creating something cool and wearable, which has a strong purpose behind it – to raise money and awareness for charities which we personally care about. That’s why our by-line is ‘making dope stuff for a good cause’.
C: Okay, so how do you manage to keep up with life and a running a legit charity like this?
NS: We support charities, but we are not a charity ourselves – we call ourselves a ‘social enterprise.’Balancing NOPESISTERS with our other jobs (barista and actor) has been a big learning experience and often involves a great deal of juggling. The day-to-day of our work involves logistically organising the t-shirt orders, replying to customer enquiries, social media and planning new ways to promote the t-shirts as well as regularly keeping in touch with our partner charities. It has been amazing for us that NOPESISTERS has grown organically and because of the success of the Mastectotees, we figured out that the model could work for new tee designs and ideas. We then had to search for perfect charity partners – which have real personal connection for us. That’s how our NOPE tee paired up with the amazing services of Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation. To be honest, we still do make it up as we go along – its early days – only half a year in. We also literally can’t get by without our Mum who has taken on heaps of admin work. It’s a real family business, so we all juggle our other work and fit this in with the demands of the NOPESISTERS work.