Holi Boli Blog Archive

Sunday, 2 September 2018

2018 September - New Zealand Fashion Week with Tonic & Cloth

The New Zealand Fashion Week was a real blast.  A dream come true thanks to Tonic & Cloth who choose to partner with Holi Boli to make their clothes ethically with sustainable materials.  We are really proud to be working with Tonic & Cloth as they stand for empowering the women and our planet.  Jodie has passionately poured her life into getting her label up and running and it has been a privilege to partner with her. Check out the Good Sustainable Fashion Show at NZ Fashion Week 2018 sponsored by Good Magazine.

Please have a gander at her online store that has just opened - www.tonicandcloth.co.nz

Here are some snaps of the clothes and the fun we had at the NZFW2018:

Back stage passes! Ready to Rock n Roll

Getting Tonic & Cloth garments ready for models

Jodie (Tonic & Cloth) with models wearing Tonic & Cloth

Enjoying the show before our turn.
And now for the photos of the awesome Tonic & Cloth garments (now available online):

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

2018 August - New Zealand Fashion Weekend Here We Come!

Exciting Holi Boli news....

Wow!  It is amazing how life turns out.  When I chose to come live in the backwoods of India I thought I had traded all the glitter and glam of the fashion world for the heat and dust of beautiful India.  Apparently not!  I am going to the New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW)  all because of another NZ woman's dream to empower women in rural India.  Jodie Woods started Tonic & Cloth a few years ago and after a chance meeting with Jodie and we hit it off; our universes were very much aligned.  Holi Boli is now proudly manufacturing for Tonic & Cloth.  Just recently, Jodie got a phone call from the people at 'Good Magazine' and was invited to be part of their Sustainability Section at the end of the NZFW in what is being called New Zealand Fashion Weekend.  In turn, Jodie invited me to join her.  Holi Boli have just finished making the outfits for the models.  I am heading to NZ to join Jodie and friends in Auckland for the NZFW.  WOW!  I am super excited and incredibly grateful.  It is funny how life turns out.  This is a dream come true for any NZ fashionista!  Watch Jodie tell the Tonic & Cloth story in an interview below (I am in there on her computer for a bit - LOL):

You gotta love how crazy life turns out.  It will be a pretty quick trip to NZ.  I will spend time with my son who is living with my parents doing year 11.  I will get to see a few Napierites and Hamiltonians.  But mainly I will be in Auckland, which is great, I will be meeting a few people there who I haven't seen in ages and a few for the first time who have been such great influences of Holi Boli without even knowing me.  That always amazes me, people can be so generous!  

OK,  Thanks for letting me share my excitement.  Lots of love to all you sisters!

Kindest Regards,
Ana and the Holi Boli Team.  #loveyoursisters #holiboli


Sunday, 29 July 2018

2018 July - Newsflash

We are super excited to welcome Sanghamitra and Rubina to Holi Boli.  Contracts in hand. Best part of my job! Banita ensures the ladies understand my poor Odia language.  Thanks to u who have supported Holi Boli !  Special thanks Two Lippy Ladies  and Tonic & Cloth 

Monday, 16 July 2018

2018 July - What have CHICKEN EGGS got to do with it?

Ethical and sustainable are buzzy words at the moment.  It seems that many people like the idea of buying ethical and sustainable.  Fair trade is an important brand these days.  Many of us want to know that we are not harming our planet or the life on the planet with the purchases we make.  In my last blog I wrote about the important part we play as consumers and the role that business has in giving consumers the choice to be ethical and sustainable (of course sustainable is part of being ethical and vice-versa).  It is such a buzz at the mo that the New Zealand Fashion Week is having a section on sustainable fashion which Holi Boli is super proud to be a part of through Tonic & Cloth.

Check out the Tonic & Cloth articles in Good Magazine and in Stuff.co.nz

Free Range Chicken Eggs (source: BBC)
So, what has CHICKEN EGGS got to do with it?

Well, it seems that we want ethical and sustainable practices in theory.  We are ready to sign a petition or protest but we are not ready to open our wallets.  According the story I was reading this morning in Stuff.co.nz, "we want free range eggs right up to the point of buying them."  Businesses are listening to the petitions and protesting but we are not backing them up.  We need to open our wallets to make a difference.   The chicken eggs make this point. 

Protesting Caged Chickens (source: Stuff.co.nz)

Of course, I know that we are not all millionaires. And I would agree that the ultimate, in the case of the chickens, is leave the animals alone.   I don't want to argue those points right now.  The point I making now is that we want ethical/sustainable practices in business but we don't want to buy the products of the ethical/sustainable business. Let's change this trend.  Most of us can afford ethical/sustainable options without breaking us financially, if you are not in that camp then I am not preaching at you.  

I believe that right choices, making the tougher calls, are ultimately more satisfying.  I wrote a few years ago about the importance of the ethical/sustainable business to focus on quality and treating our customers like heroes (because when you make the tougher calls to open your wallet you are a hero - like a real life Captain Planet).  That means ethical/sustainable businesses must take leading roles in quality and not expect our heroes to pay more for less quality and poorer service.

Captain Planet (source: tumblr)

Holi Boli plug moment;  at Holi Boli we aim to make clothes that last!  That you can wear over and over.  Quality clothing is a part of the sustainable package because you can hand good clothes on when you are finished with them and the next wearer feels as awesome as you.  We are risk free - if you don't like your Holi Boli product we will exchange it or give you your money back (so long as you haven't worn them out and about).  We expect to provide you with the best quality clothes (we wrote about that too). We want you, our hero customers, to feel as empowered as we do when you buy our products.  That is ethical! Holi Boli products are awesome quality - guaranteed.

We make a difference.  Make ethical and sustainable be more than buzz words.  Lets open our hearts and wallets.  If you have to eat eggs, eat free range.  If you have to wear clothes, wear ethical clothes, wear sustainable clothes.  Be a hero, empower women, empower the planet and empower the free range chickens!

www.holiboli.com  - our dresses are made with love so you will love wearing them!  We empower women in rural Indian through ethical / sustainable fashion.  We run vocational training for women giving them the freedom to make choices and to have status in their village.  Do you want to buy a dress?  

Check out these awesome businesses who have invested into Ethical Fashion: