Getting in Bed with some Soulful Sleepwear

When a previous Soul Story star suggested after our interview that I check out One Night Stand, I looked back at her with an expression of confusion, with an awkward "excuse me?", to which she laughed and added, "they're a cool new socially conscience company that makes sleepwear." "Oh... " I replied, "haha... sounds interesting".

This was my introduction to Jamie Green's company, One Night Stand. A sleepwear business he launched about twelve months ago in Melbourne after his second business, a cafe in Melbourne's Flinders St, left him near broke and homeless, sleeping on the floor of his cafe as his couldn't afford to pay rent elsewhere.

We organised a time to talk over Skype and this is how things went down: 


Got Soul - Hey Jamie, thanks for taking some time out to have a chat. I have to admit, when a friend of mine suggested I check out One Night Stand, I wasn't sure what to expect. 

Jamie - Haha, that first impression happens a lot, which is exactly what I wanted as I think it creates an instant level of curiosity and interest in what we're doing.

Well it worked for me. Of course I now know it's a sleepwear company, not some type of dating service. Can you tell me how One Night Stand all came about? 

Sure. One Night Stand is actually my third start-up, after my previous business — a cafe on Flinders St — went pear-shaped. I almost lost everything, including a place to call home. For six months I was sleeping at the cafe and at mates' places because I couldn't afford to pay rent. Luckily with the help of my family and friends I was able to sell the cafe and get myself out of that situation.

This experience, as much as it sucked, taught me how quickly things can go bad and how hard it would be for those who don't have such great support around them like I had to help them out.

So you decided to start another business? 

I've never really worked for anyone else, apart from a few jobs part-time jobs here and there. My parents have always ran their own business and I guess that type of 'well if that didn't work, try something else' mentality was passed on to me. So with the lessons I learnt from the cafe I began to do some research into starting a non-for-profit, and what I realised is that although they were doing great things, they always seemed to get stuck at this particular level. Where this is as much as we can do. Then I picked up a book by Richard Branson called 'Screw Business as Usual', and in it he explains -

how you can use business as a force for good. So I came up with the idea to design and sell pillowcases and a percentage of the profits would go into projects to help homeless youth.

This was around the time you also got a scholarship to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, is that right?

It was, that was an eight month incubator program where we were able to really rip the idea apart and build it from the ground up. I couldn't recommend that program highly enough!

What were some of the key things you learnt from the program? 

I think planning out the expected growth of the business and attaining some insightful market research were great pieces of advice I certainly valued. For example, we realised some products last year to test the waters first and attained some great information. We now that our main supporters are going to be female between the ages of 17 and 27, that have a social conscience but also appreciate design and fashion.

Speaking of design and fashion, can you tell me more about the quality of materials you use in your products? 

With everything we want to do, we really want to set the bar high and that includes the quality in the materials used in the creation of the products. We'll first try to find as ethical and socially responsible materials as possible that are the highest of quality. We've been lucky enough to find a manufacturer in Sydney that is able to make a lot of our products and another one in India that is recognised as a sustainable manufacturer, powered by environmentally friendly sources like wind and solar and is also a fair working environment. 

It's kind of bullshit that you can't make a profit being as ethical as possible. If you're hurting the environment and people, what's the point. If we can set the standard and showcase a proven business model that works by having things made in Australia from ethical or organic fabrics with profits going into different social projects and still experience growth, then I think that's just as important as making a billion dollars.

What are some of these social projects One Night Stand supports? 

Our first project that we're partly funding is a bus project run by Open Family which is an organisation down here in Melbourne that looks after youth homelessness. They go out four nights a week and provide food, supplies, blanckets and have a chat with these kids. Just hanging out with them is so important, because it's all about building a relationship with them first. They've been burnt so many times before and are therefore quite resistant to accepting help from others. Then once that relationship has been built you can begin to talk to them about different options around housing and employment. We are actually aiming to film a short documentery of this soon, so our customers can see what they are supporting too when buying our products.

Great idea! What's next for you and One Night Stand?

We're aiming to launch our new range of products online soon, including a couple of Jerseys, Sloppy Joe's, Pillow Slips and Tote Bags (Sloppy Joe's & Pillow Slips are available now at Then really build on these products and promote that we are a sleepwear company that is looking to take on the bigger competition.

We're also looking to launch a crowd-funded campaign at the end of the year where we'll be able to hopefully raise enough money to sustain us for around twelve months so we can continue to grow and expand.

Awesome! I have a feeling you won't have too much trouble finding support to help you reach the amount you're after. Thanks Jamie for your time, I'm looking forward to getting in bed soon with my One Night Stand Sloppy Joe. 

Crawl into Bed with One Night Stand

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Simply looking good and feeling great

Holly has always been a fond fashion flea market forager and in 2009 decided to take the step behind the other side of the table to see if her passion for relaxed yet stylish, quality Australian made fashion would be well received. It was. Four years on, her label, Masinissa, has two retail outlets in Sydney, a flagship store in Mosman and collaborative Pop-up shop in Freshwater on the Northern Beaches with previous Got Soul star Carlie from Indigo Bazaar called the Darley Collective. 

Got Soul - So it all started in 2009 at the Paddington Markets, is that right?

Holly - I've always been a fan of the Paddington Markets. All the people there are owner/makers who do everything in their business. So when I was starting out I met a lot of good people who were extremely helpful and made me think more about how I wanted to grow Masinissa.

Got Soul - As in a business plan? 

Holly - Kind of, it was more so the practices in the business, like having everything made in Australia in small runs. I learnt that a lot of people liked buying something that they knew there wasn't a thousand of them. I think people are getting sick of fast fashion and would prefer to buy something that is eighty dollars and can wear for a few years, rather something that is twenty dollars that gets ditched at the end of a season.

Got Soul - But fashion is very seasonal and all about staying up-to-date with the current trend, isn't it?

Holly -

Yes, but you can still be fashionable without having to replace your waredrobe every couple of months by choosing quality staple pieces that can be mixed and matched over time and being creativty with different accessories.


Got Soul - This is how you've positioned Masinissa. A label that designs and makes quality basic fashion. 

Holly - Exactly, and that it's also Australian made too.  

Got Soul - You've recently collaborated with previous featured Got Soul star, Carlie from Indigo Bazaar. Can you tell me more about this?

Holly - Carlie is amazing, doing great things in sustainable fashion. We've teamed up, along with a couple of other local fashion businesses, to open a Pop-Up shop called the Darley Collective in Freshwater (Northern Beaches of Sydney).

When you start your own business it can be a lonely pursuit at times, so coming together with Carlie we're able to share our strengths and help out each other out with our weaknesses.

Got Soul - Now you've got me interested in the reason as to why you originally decided to take that step to start your own business.

Holly - I was working for a small business owner and I loved the intimate culture he had created in it. One day he said to me

"If you focus on doing something really well and you're passionate about it. Then you'll do well".

That created a surge of energy in me that I couldn't let go of and I thought 'well if I don't give it a go now. I probably never will'. 

Got Soul - Was being seen as an 'ethical' business always part of your plan?

Holly - It's actually something that has evolved naturally. I never really thought about going to China to source anything and getting involved in the 'rag trade' just to save money, there's certainly easier ways to make money than that. It was more so about creating something that I loved and quality clothes that make women feel good without having to try too hard.

Got Soul - So what's next for you and Masinissa?

Holly - It has to be online.  I love our shop in Mosman, but sometimes I feel like I'm just in this tiny corner of the world. I can't see myself rolling out another fifty stores across Australia, in fact I don't really want to do that. I want to spend more time with my family, I want to travel more and have more time to be creative.
 Masinissa Flagship Shop - Shop 3, 175 Avenue Road Mosman
Pop-Up Shop, Darley Collective -  2/18-22 Darley Road, Manly NSW 2095
  Masinissa Facebook
Masinissa Twitter
Masinissa Instagram 

Capturing the soul of the sea


I remember the first time I walked into the Saltmotion Gallery in Manly, NSW. My eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. Every wall was draped in some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. Maybe my reaction might have been a bit exaggerated due to my fond relationship with surf and coastal culture, however I'm confident that those that don't have a similar connection will still be just as impressed. 

The person who caused my star-struck state is Mr Joel Coleman, a man who after picking up his first camera in high school art class, hasn't looked back since and due to his persistence and passion has now been able to make photography his full-time career.

After gathering myself back together to take a closer look around his gallery, I notice more than just amazing photos. Everything has a strong sustainability element to it. The merchandise is made from 100% organic cotton, the furniture/fittings is up-cycled timber, even when I pick up a business card I notice printed in the corner 'made from 100% recycled paper'. So you can imagine my delight when I received an email back from Joel agreeing to catch-up for a coffee.

Once we have a chat about how the surfs been and how the surf's is going to be, the conversation takes a diversion into how surfing, although certainly one of the lesser offenders, isn't as 'natural' as most people make it out to be.

 'We claim to be this ultimate eco sport, where it's just a person and a wave in nature. Realistically though, we are making surfboards from petrol based chemicals and wetsuits made from non-biodegradable glues and rubbers. We often drive long distances in vehicles the aren't the most fuel efficient. Sure it's more environmentally friendly than racing motorcars, but it's still got a pretty heavy footprint."

I nod in agreement with a lump of guilt in my throat, however Joel is soon to put my mind at ease when he follows up with some word's of advice and how he trys to apply it into his business as well.

The philosophy I keep coming back to is that; if you can't make it green, make it last. Instead of buying a new wetsuit every season, pay a little more and buy one that will last you two or three seasons. We try to take this same approach with Saltmotion too, we'll choose materials/products that have the least impact on the environment and if we can't find one that fits that 'green' credential, we'll go for the one we know is going to last the longest" 

Joel then makes a point that particularly strikes a chord with me about the common misconception that buying 'green' is more expensive.

"It's often more cost effective to choose a more sustainable option. Take for example lighting, you might need to spend about 30% more upfront, but that light globe will last you 80% longer than a cheaper alternative. Buying your cleaning products from an organic Co Op, where you take your own container back to them to be refilled, is cheaper than buying the other stuff from Coles". 

It's this type of thinking and approach that has enabled Joel to make his life's passion his career. Looking long-term and not settling for the easier, cheaper option. Just take a look at some of his work and imagine the amount of time and effort it would of taken to capture such remarkable moments. Joel is quick to add another key element to his success...

"Persistence. Just persist. Because there was so many times, I mean so many times where I could of just thrown my hands in the air and go 'It's just not worth it'... yeah you'll have to do everything on your own when starting out, but don't be discouraged by that, get excited by it." 

Joel has now built Saltmotion to a level where his daily email is now sent to tens of thousands of eager subscribers waiting for their dose of visual bliss. His work is sought after all around the world from Russia to Canada and he gets paid to shoot surfers in some of the most beautiful locations on earth. You'd certainly allow a little bit of gloating from someone who has achieved these types of milestones, but Joel simply shrugs his shoulders and says to me that he's just doing what he loves to do. Surely it can't be that easy Joel... or maybe it can...

At the end of the email I send out everyday I sign off with 'enjoy your day', because if you're in a situation where you're not enjoying your day, you've got to fix that and you're the only person that can do that. 


To buy one of Joel's photos you can either visit the Saltmotion Gallery at

Martet Place, Manly, NSW, 2095 or visit

sign up to receive Joel's Daily Photo's here SALTMOTION  

Saltmotion's Facebook SALTMOTION FB

Saltmotion's Twitter SALTMOTION TW



I know what you’re thinking... but I just couldn't help myself. Dustin may very well be what the title of this article is implying, but we'll leave that for someone else to write about. The title is actually a play on words about the company he started as an assignment while studying at the University of Sydney, HERO Condoms.

I know sex may be an awkward topic to read about – try writing about it – but it is a natural part of all life and yet also something that is the cause of one of the world’s most dangerous and fatal viruses, HIV. So it certainly deserves some attention and awareness and that's exactly what Dustin had in mind when he started HERO. 

"I was just sitting in the library researching different companies that were making a difference and I came across TOMS (TOMS is a shoe company that, for every pair of shoes sold, donates another pair to a child in a poverty stricken area in the world) and thought I could do something similar around reducing the number of people acquiring HIV"

The idea of providing condoms to areas in the world that are most affected with HIV isn't new, charities and government associations have been doing this for some time. It was only after Dustin looked further into the level of success these types of organisations were having that confirmed to him that there was an opportunity to make a greater difference.

"I really wanted to gain an accurate as possible insight into the current state of high affected HIV areas and the level of help they were receiving. We chose Botswana, as it has the second highest HIV prevalence rate behind Swaziland (Dustin says Swaziland was just too politically unstable and corrupt) and found that although the NGO's setup there are doing the best they can, they are often out of stock of condoms for months on end and when they do get stock, the quality of the condoms are terrible. To the point that they'd rather take their chances."

So after leveraging his network at the University of Sydney, Dustin was introduced to a Botswana native, Kobo, who was working as part of the Medical Faculty at the uni and was quite well connected to all the ministries and high-level people back in Botswana. 

After a passion-fuelled conversation, they had planned an aid trip to Botswana with 80,000 HERO condoms to be directly distributed to the local ministries (keeping in mind, this was before one single condom was even sold here in Australia!!). The whole trip was filmed and documented which you can see and read further about by clicking on the 'Walk the Talk' link on HERO Condoms home page. 

You'd think that donating 80,000 condoms to battle HIV would certainly be enough of a good deed for any business to carry out. However, Dustin's the type of guy who sees that every aspect of a business can be set up to make a positive difference. Take for example the whole manufacturing process for HERO Condoms. He could have settled for the some cheap mass manufactured packaging, sourced cheap materials from all over the world and have the condoms made in a low wage, polluting factory.

Instead, the packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard, they use natural latex and a process that doesn't harm the tree from which the rubber is taken from, and found a manufacturer that pays fair wages and utilises environmentally friendly practices throughout the production of the condoms including water treatment and water recycling. He's also adopted a similar concept to that of the company that originally inspired him to start HERO Condoms, TOMS Shoes, where for every condom sold, another one is donated. All this and they retail for the same price as  any other condom product on the market!!

I'm amazed at the amount of work Dustin has had to put in to get the business to this stage and to be able to offer a product at an extremely competitive price. He humbly reaffirms that it's all been worth it, yet states it certainly hasn't been easy,

"I work on an average of about 70 hours a week, including weekends. But I'm just grateful that what I'm doing is so rewarding... when we were handing out the condoms in Botswana they were so thankful! It was just amazing seeing first hand how we were making a difference.”

Coming back to the 'Walk the Talk' statement, I feel it also sums up perfectly Dustin's personality and approach to life. He's a man of action. One who knows what he wants to achieve and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Maybe Action HERO might have been a better title for the article.


You buy HERO Condoms directly from or one of these pharmacies Amcal, Amcal Max, Guardian, SuperChem, National Pharmacy all around Australia.
Make sure to go follow them on Facebook too.

saving our soles and animals

There's two things Andrea loves more than anything in this world, fashion and animals.  It was these two loves that lead her to start Malc & Andi 18 months ago, a wholesale goods business that makes and distributes a variety of 'soulful' products, from vegan handbags to bamboo socks.

However it was their comfy organic thongs, which are stocked at one of my favourite local retail outlets, that caught my eye and prompted me to get in touch with Andrea.

We agree to meet at Malc & Andi's distribution centre in Northern Sydney and on my arrival I am greeted by two furry friends, Rosie (pictured) and Jack (who was too shy for the photo), both shelter dogs before Andrea took them under her wing. After a couple of minutes trying to befriend my new acquaintances, we begin to talk about her motivation to start Malc & Andi.

"I wanted to find a way that I could combine my passion for fashion and love for animals into a commercially viable business."  


Andrea was continually frustrated at how hard it was to find good quality fashionable handbags that weren't made out of leather, leading her to start thinking about creating a quality non-leather alternative. 


"The assumption is always that a good fashionable bag is leather. If you look in all the magazines, they're all leather. I saw a gap in the market to create a fashionable handbag that wasn't or wasn't trying to be leather. That's where it all started and has just grown from there."  


Grown from there it has. As mentioned before, Malc & Andi now manufacture and distribute a vast variety of 'soulful' goods across Australia. The product evolution from handbags to thongs however, has been more luck than strategic planning, Andrea says. One of the business's suppliers in Thailand had decided to stop manufacturing their range of organic thongs and when Andrea heard about this, she jumped at the opportunity to take over the product line. They agreed and it has now become Malc & Andi's most successful product line. So much so, they are looking to introduce a kids' line next summer.

One key consistency throughout all the product lines though, is the influence of animals.

You'll notice that the embroidery on all their handbags are of a particular animal, and that their apparel will have a distinct animal silhouette of some description on it. Even the thongs have a paw print right next to their logo (see picture below).


This devotion to animals doesn't just stop with their design inspiration. 5% of all sales (yes that's sales, not profit) are donated to animal charities. When I ask Andrea where she thinks this level of caring and conscience comes from, she's not too sure,

"it's an interesting question, because it's like the nature versus nurture debate... I just feel better knowing I'm making an effort to make a difference" 


One thing she is certain of though is that there needs to be more ethical products available in the mainstream market. 

"I've had a few debates with people as to how best to market the brand. Are we an ethical label that is fashionable or a fashionable label that is ethical? The reason for the debate is that I believe you shouldn't have to compromise on the quality or look just because it's ethical."


This really strikes a chord with me as it is exactly what Got Soul is trying to promote and support.

I have no doubt that Malc & Andi will continue to grow and flourish. Just need to remember next time I visit Andrea to bring some organic dog treats with me.

Head to Malc & Andi's website to see their full range of products.
You can also buy their thongs at the following retail outlets:
 Sosmue - Online, Australia wide
Dr Earth - Newtown, NSW
Patagonia - Manly, NSW
Shop Next Door - Manly, NSW
Also, be sure to go like their Facebook page too.


a colourful Bazaar of ethical fashion

Carlie has always been quite the traveller, however it wasn't until a trip to the Himalayas that she found her inspiration to take that leap of faith and start Indigo Bazaar, an online shop that stocks a range of ethical fashion brands that are affordable, stylish and high in quality.

Our conversation delves straight into the mixed perception the term 'ethical fashion' has and how, although most people are very supportive when it comes to talking about it, there's still a hesitation to actually take out the purse/wallet and making a purchase. We humorously settle on the fact that we can thank our hippie parents' generation of 'tie-dye' and 'rainbows' for this.

organic cotton fashion

However, today 'ethical fashion' couldn't be any further away from this stereotype. In fact, it's becoming big business on the chic catwalks of the high fashion capitals, Paris and New York, both now hosting annual 'green' fashion shows. Carlie is on a mission to make this happen in Australia too.

 "Myself and a handful of others are really trying to make a 'Green Fashion Show' a reality here is Sydney & Melbourne." 


Indigo Bazaar - ethical fashion

One step that will certainly help Carlie with this aspiration is being listed as one of the 500 Ethical Fashion Forum Fellowship members, for Indigo Bazaar's work on best practice in the curation, marketing and sale of sustainable fashion through a multi brand platform. A honour she recognises modestly..

 "I was just thankful to be considered one of those who are trying to make a positive difference to the fashion industry."


indifo bazaar

Carlie admits it hasn't all been smooth sailing though. Her flair for risk taking and 'just give it a go' characteristics have maybe once or twice stretched the cash flow. But she insists that she needed to experience those moments to realise the importance of surrounding yourself with people who possess skills complementary to yours.

"When someone offers you help, take it. Especially if it's in area that you know isn't your strongest."

With an updated website to enhance the shopping experience on the cards, along with launching her own line under the Indigo Bazaar name, the future looks bright for Carlie and Indigo Bazaar. I'm also sure it won't be long before we see "Green Fashion Week comes to Australia" in the media headlines with Carlie's beaming smile directly underneath.


sustainable fashion

Head on over to Indigo Bazaar to take a browse through the online shop. 

Carlie also currently has a Pop-Up shop at 12-14 Lawrence St, Freshwater, NSW where she has collaborated with other local 'soulful' fashion labels.

And be sure to follow Indigo Bazar on Facebook Page   and Instagram @indigobazaarxcarlieballard  as well

skull sculptor with soul

Kiss Hug Kiss - Matt Anglicas

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of skull candles scattered around different trendy retail outlets lately. However, I bet you haven't seen any quite as detailed and creative as the ones Matt makes under his design label kisshugkiss.

Matt's always had an interest in skulls but it wasn't until an old school friend, who also had a fond appreciation for bone anatomy, sent him a youtube link of a guy making skull candles that really grabbed Matt's attention.

silver skull

Being the multi-talented man he is (he's also a graphic designer, furniture craftsman and typographist) and a romantic at heart, he ordered what was needed to make one of these DIY skull candles to give to his girlfriend (yes, sorry girls he's taken). It wasn't long before his girlfriends' friends were lining up to get their hands on one of his skulls – and it just snowballed from there.

"Every time I made one it was out the door." 

It isn't only the level of craftsmanship that separates Matt's skull candles with all the others, he sources the best quality and most sustainable Australian made wax he can find – apparently that's bee's wax – and uses leftover cut-off materials provided by his sister who is studying fashion design, for packaging. 

 "Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is mainly crude oil, and I certainly didn't want to go down that path..."


With the level of demand for his skull candles you'd think Matt would be content with that, but Matt's the type of guy who draws inspiration and motivation from variety and change. He's already working on designing art feature pieces for interiors. 


Soy Wax
"I think if you pigeonhole yourself creatively you begin to fizzle out... if I could stay at uni and study every type of design discipline, I would."


He also plans to launch an online shop on his website where you'll be able to directly buy one of his skulls. Just goes to show, you should always stay in contact with your old school friends.



Head on over to Matt's website   to see more of what he's been up to. Also check out his  Facebook page and Instagram @_kisshugkiss_ 

barrels full of Quality Coffee with a Conscience

Australia isn't usually known as being a pioneer in the world of food, fashion and other trending markets, we often look to our older more 'cooler' siblings, Europe & USA, before we embrace something as our own. However, coffee is an adopted delicacy I think we are now beginning to take the lead in. Not only in quality, but also innovation and social responsibility.  Dan, who founded Barrel One Coffee Roasters just under 12 months ago, is one of the young 'coffee champions' leading this charge.

From the moment Dan's boss in his first hospitality job handed him a flyer to enter a barista competition he was hooked, and has been ever since.  

"Every chance I had I would be practicing by myself behind the machine. Entering every competition I could."


coffee beans

This passion has now transpired into a full-time business and he's already turning coffee heads on Sydney's Northern Beaches. But he's certainly put in the hard yards that commands this type of response. 

You see, Dan has gone to one of the most remote locations on earth to source his coffee beans, and when I say 'gone' he has literally travelled to a little island south of Vanuatu called Tanna Island, where 'coincidently' the most active volcano in the Southern Hemisphere is located. 

Dan from Barrel One Coffee Roasters

Dan says that this is perfect for coffee bean growing as the constant ash from the volcano fertilises the coffee plants. 

This natural fertiliser also means there is absolutely no need for any additional growing alteration, a term Dan refers to as 'Beyond Organic'.

"We literally just let it grow and that's it". 


Another term he mentions catches my ear as well, 'Direct Trade'. He explai

ns that the difference between 'Fair Trade' and 'Direct trade' is that Direct trade reduces the number of hands and miles the coffee has to go through before it hits your local cafe.


Organic coffee
"We deal directly with the farmers. So instead of them selling to a mass green bean supplier, we buy directly from them. That way the money goes straight to the farmers and into the local community"

When Dan and I begin talking about the risks associated with starting a business and what keeps him motivated, he simply says 


 "I love what I do! I know it's a bit cliche, but if you love what you do, you'll never work a day of your life... it doesn't even feel like a risk, because I enjoy what I do and so far that worked out pretty good".

It's clear that this type of attitude and the practices of quality and caring throughout the business will  see Barrel One Coffee continue to thrive. 


Barrel One Coffee Packages

You can buy some of Barrel One's coffee direct from   or head to there Facebook page.  Or if you're in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, grab a coffee from one of these awesome cafes:

Foundry Fifty Three Cafe - Manly
 Coffee Brothers - Mona Vale
Sugar Lounge - Manly