Our Team

Lizzie Turner

Founder, Director, Designer

 

What does the Mane Project mean to you?

 

Being the founder and owner, Mane Project means lots of things to me.

Firstly it’s amazing to have a platform where we can easily share our stories and values. It’s also exciting to have an online destination for our future collaborations and expansions!



What does Organic mean to you?

 

It means protecting our environment, our bodies but more than anything protecting the farmers making and harvesting the cotton. If you want to learn more about this, watch the “True Cost”



What is the most important part of the brand mission for you?

To manufacture fairly and safely and in-turn create a safe and fair platform for customers to shop in a way where they feel informed and connected to the manufacturer.

Part of my mission is to create an international community. We are all humans wherever we are from and we are all connected through our humanity - only land and sea separates us!

 

The best advice ever given to you?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help/support whether it’s personal or business related. You matter and your dreams matter.

 

What do you really value that costs you nothing?

Family!

 

When did you start to make decisions in your life based around what you believe and value?

Probably when I was about 20yrs old. I think transitioning from teenage-hood to adult-hood brings lots of interesting things with it, and one of those things for me was asking “where did this come from? And where will it go?”

As the years have gone on, these questions have become louder and louder for me and apply to more and more things, and of course has a direct impact into the way I do business.

I’ve always tried to do what I can with what I have, but our manufacturing processes was really emphasised when our factories in China wouldn’t let us visit anymore which snowballed so many changes to the structure of the business.

 

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Helen Smith

Management, Logistics Co-ordinator

 

What does The MANE Project mean to you?

The MANE Project gets me so excited! I just love that there is another online platform for people to engage in a subject so dear to me, ethical fashion. The journal and manufacturers pages are very informative and a great opportunity to engage with our production process. I am so thrilled that ethical fashion is now stylish and easily accessible.


What does organic mean to you?

Your skin is your biggest organ and so absorbent! For me it’s a no brainer to use natural skin care, cleaning products and washing liquids therefore clothing is also highly important to me so I wear as much organic clothing as possible, if not organic always natural.

I also believe we are entrusted as humans to protect each other and our planet, therefore I believe organic cotton is vital in supporting workers health and preserving the earth for the generations that will follow us.

 

What is the most important part of the brand mission for you?

A maori proverb that has become a mantra for me is:

He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

It is an honour to work for a company with this at the forefront of their mission. Whether people are near or far we are all valuable and worth the energy to preserve.

 

I am also a huge fan of our Girl effect tee’s and the messages they convey around gender equality, it is a privilege to support Girl Effect and their mission.

 

What is the best advice ever given to you?

Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. This has and continues to guide me through life.

 

What do you really value that costs you nothing?

Time with my husband Josh and our daughter Naomi at the beach, so precious!


When did you start to make decisions in your life based around what you believe and value?

About 7 years ago while flatting in Auckland with Kareen our retail manager and learning through the film ‘China Blue’ about that state of the fast fashion industry. We had countless discussions around steps we can take in our lives that might reflect what we believe to be vital human rights and how to better protect mother earth. It was then I started living a more ethical and thoughtful life.

 

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Abby Parkin

Marketing, Content Creation

 

What does the Mane Project mean to you?

 

The Mane Project opened my eyes to a darker, more sinister, side of the fashion industry that I didn’t know existed.

 

For me, the seriousness of how damaging Fast Fashion is on our global community and environment is really hit home after watching the documentary, True Cost.

 

Mane Project is a true and accurate representation of my journey into the world of ethical consumerism. My work here encourages my husband and I to live a fuller life and has made me think twice before purchasing goods, from socks and undies to shampoo and washing powder!

 

What is the most important part of the brand mission for you?

 

To educate others and bring them with us on this journey as we delve into the world of ethical consumerism. I love that we are helping to create a deeper understanding and awareness of how much power to advocate for change we hold as consumers.

 

If the Mane Project can instill such huge passion for living an ethical life as it has in me, I believe in the potential for this to spread far and wide. The further and wider it spreads, the greater the impact we, together, will have.

 

The best advice ever given to you?

 

On my wedding day, someone told me to stop, breathe and take a moment to look around and (quite literally) smell the roses.

 

Soppy love story aside, I think there’s something to be said for making time and creating space to press ‘pause’ in life.

 

We live in a world where we are conditioned to think being busy is the same as being important and successful. It’s so easy to be consumed by emails, social media and ever advancing technology.

 

As a result I think too often we forget to pause and practice thankfulness for the simple things in life like our family, friends and good health.

 

The same concept applies to our choices in fashion. If we pause, do we need to throw away $15 on a skirt that we’ll only wear once or twice. If we pause, we have the opportunity to think about the women (or men) who make these clothes and what the impact of us supporting certain brands truly is.

 

What do you really value that costs you nothing?

 

Fresh air.


When did you start to make decisions in your life based around what you believe and value?

 

I have always tried to make conscious decisions, but since my work with Mane Project began back in March of 2017, I find my decisions are much more considered. I don’t eat meat, despise plastic bags and am converting my household goods to eco-products one by one (hit me up with any recommendations!).

 

And that’s the beauty of this project. If you open your mind to this awesome way of living, it changes you from the inside out and soon you find yourself becoming the consumed, rather than the consumer.

 

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Kareen Durbin

Retail Manager

 

What does The MANE Project mean to you?

Every girls go-to for purchases in which you know the questions regarding social and environmental sustainability have not only been asked, but resolved.

 

What does organic mean to you?

A positive rather than harmful impact on both the environment and the people involved in the creation of (each element of) a product.

 

What is the most important part of the brand mission for you?

Transparency - that customers can further explore, and be delighted with the story that is the production process.

 

What is the best advice ever given to you?

Ummm, so much good stuff but keeping to topic, when I first started considering ethics in a fashion context, I decided my priority was people, i.e “fair trade” and was wisely challenged to think through the interconnectedness of people and the environment...

 

What do you really value that costs you nothing?

A view, something cheesy like the sun setting over the Maunkau Harbour that I spotted last night. Amazing.

 

When did you start to make decisions in your life based around what you believe and value?

When I was studying fashion sustainability wasn’t a subject. So I went on to do postgrad as a means of exploring ways I could work from an ethical basis within this industry. That may or may not have been one of the first of such decisions, but it was defiantly the most expensive one!