Nisa Manufactory: The Nisa team takes over!!

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Nisa Manufactory: The Nisa Team Takes Over!!

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What is Nisa?

Nisa is an ethical underwear and clothing manufacturer based in Wellington, New Zealand, who employ women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

It was founded by Elisha Watson in 2017 to provide employment for former refugees in the process of settling into New Zealand life.

Nisa would provide meaningful work and training in New Zealand's garment industry: making comfortable and stylish underwear, swimwear and activewear, while also helping with employee's English skills and to navigate the new country they have arrived in.

What's happening?

In March 2023, Nisa was put up for sale. And in June, they announced they were closing.

In the final 5 weeks of business, it became really clear that you - the customers - valued the products that Nisa's staff made in their Wellington workshop.

This response inspired Production Manager Pam Lowe to make a last-ditch effort to save Nisa; the jobs Nisa provides; and to keep making the clothing you love into the future.

And that's where you come in - restarting a company is a mammoth task!

We need to pay the staff to re-stock the briefs and bras you know and love; buy fabric for new lines to keep things rolling; pay the lawyers and advisors to make it all official; and to start paying for all the shop fittings, fabric, elastic and machinery that otherwise would've been sold.

We Funded! What Now?

Wow. Wow. Wow. We funded in under 24 hours from 498 backers. And the pledges have not stopped coming in!

So we decided to set a stretch goal to buy a casing machine when we reached $100,000. And you smashed that on Day 2!

That's going to allow us to put underwire into bras and swimwear. It'll also give us the funds to develop our first underwire bra.

1000 pledges

Next, you took us past 1000 pledges! So we released a digital cookbook filled with 22 recipes from the kitchens of our staff and alumni.

You can download this culinary tour around the world as soon as you make a pledge - just check Update #8 for the link.

We'll make sure we send it out again after we close too, just in case you miss it. 

What's next?

It's hard to keep up with such a great crowd. Know that every pledge you make creates work for our team. 

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

Why are we doing this?

Nisa is one of a dwindling number of clothing manufacturers in New Zealand.

We feel strongly that it's important to keep these skills on-shore where we can. 

You can only by New Zealand-made if it's an option in the first place!

We also know you love what we make - and if we're not in business, we're not making the clothing you love!

Finally, we're an employer, and that's at the heart of all this. Our employees find meaning in their jobs with Nisa.

Watching them apply for other jobs was heartbreaking. We knew the jobs they had at Nisa provided them with the living wage, meaningful work and surrounded them with people who love and support them.

But that's not just our opinion. Last year we received a GoodMeasure report from ImpactLab, which quantified the effect Nisa provides to it's employees. It showed that every $1 invested in Nisa created $3 in social value for our employees. You can read more about our employment mission here.

We want to continue sewing: not only the briefs, swimwear and activewear you know and love - but we also want to open up our workshop to others.

We will be providing a new contract manufacturing service to New Zealand and international designers and labels looking for high quality manufacturing of knit garments. We are a fantastic manufactory who can provide patternmaking and sampling, right through to production manufactured stock runs.

So we have to at least try, right?

Our vision for the new Nisa

We're shaking things up in the fashion world. We're not just about comfy, stylish undies and swimwear anymore – we're diving into contract manufacturing too. Yep, you heard it right! We're spreading our wings to team up with select designers and brands who share our ethics and passion for sustainability . 

This move isn't just about expanding our reach; it's about creating more opportunities for  amazing women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who’ll make up our team. With our top-notch skills, transparent practices, and a commitment to quality, this felt like the natural progression to keep Nisa going and expand our impact, making the world a better place. 

We believe that fashion can be a force for good, and by diversifying our revenue streams through contract manufacturing, we're not only ensuring a brighter future for Nisa but also empowering women to thrive and contribute to their communities. 

Together, let's stitch a tapestry of positive change, one garment at a time. Join us on this exciting journey and be a part of something truly transformative.

What does Nisa need money for?

New ranges - last year our swimwear sold out and we want to be able to offer you a new range.

Replenishing our stock - after closing down, the cupboards are bare.

Lawyers and accountants to make everything official. PledgeMe fees. And to make a start paying for all the shop fittings, fabric, elastic and machinery that otherwise would've been sold.

Socks

Our gorgeous Checked Merino socks sold out in the begining of June. We need to commission the wonderful team at Norsewear to make us some more. 

This will cover the minimum run in each of our popular colours.

New swimwear

We're planning to bring back 8 of our most popular styles by the end of October, ready for New Zealand Summer '23/'24.

We will be making this from ECONYL® - a recycled nylon/spandex fabric made from nylon waste.

The colours need choosing, the materials need purchasing, producing, cutting, and assembling. All this requires investment up front. 

We're offering a swimwear pre-sale as part of our rewards so you can get first dibs on our latest collection.

The changing rooms

We have... feelings about our changing rooms. This picture probably says more than a thousand words - one that comes to mind is 'grim'.

We want every aspect of visiting Nisa to be a great experience for every customer, and that means our changing rooms need an upgrade.

Better lighting, new mirrors, a rug that is going to last and the names of our supporters forever immortalised in gold on the walls. 

Buying the company

We've bought the business! The deal was done at the 11th hour. Nisa had already closed it's doors, sold all it's stock, and closed down the website. But miraculously, on the day of the goodbye party, we signed the sale agreement.

This was no mean feat, and there were costs incurred. Not only getting the deal over the line, but also paying for machines, shop fittings, fabric and elastic stocks that would have otherwise been sold off.

When Elisha founded Nisa, her dream from the begining was that one day it would be taken over by it's staff.

Dreams can come true - but we need your help now to continue this one.

Rewards

We've spent some time trying to come up with great rewards for our backers. We hope you like them as much as we do!

Name our socks

Every dollar truly counts and we want every backer to feel appreciated.

Every backer, big or small, will have the opportunity to vote on the name of our new socks.

We reserve the right to veto offensive names, but otherwise we'll respect the democratic process.

50% off briefs or socks

Pledge at this level and get a voucher for 50% off a pair of briefs or socks once we're up and running again. Can be redeemed online or in-store. Does not include postage.

Choose from our top selling brief styles - Ada, Jules, Sabina, Marilyn or Quinn.

You'll also get a vote on the name of our socks.

Your name on the changing room wall

Our changing rooms need a makeover.

While we're there, we'll put the name of every backer who contributes $25 or more on the changing room wall, so every customer knows you helped us in our hour of need!

You'll also get a vote on the name of our socks, and a voucher for 50% off a pair of briefs or socks.

The Bird of Helping Hands Print Briefs (formally the 'I Helped Save Nisa' Undies)

A exclusive run of underwear only for supporters of this campaign. With the Bird of Helping Hands Print on them, designed by the Royal Master Artist at the Kingdom of Klah.

You'll get to choose your size and style from our four most popular styles - Ada, Quinn, Sabina, or Jules.

You will be contacted after the campaign closes for your choice of size and style. Briefs base colours will vary. 

This reward includes postage inside New Zealand, but international shipping may need to be arranged at additional cost after the campaign closes.

You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

Workshop tour and morning tea

Backers who pledge at this level will receive an invite to our workshop for morning tea and a tour. Pam's even said she'd bake scones!

Tours will run in small groups of up to 10. We'll aim to hold one each fortnight once we're open again. 

Come see what we do, see your name on the changing room wall, and pick up your 'Bird of Helping Hands' briefs while you're in the store.

Surprise Me Pack

Do you just want to buy some good undies at a great price? We don't have the materials to make entire lines right now, but we do have a lot of 'blanks' - cut undies that just need to be assembled.

When you buy this reward, you'll recieve three pairs of underwear in your choice of style and size. You will not recieve a choice on the colour. That's the surprise!

Choose from Quinn, Sabina, Ada, Marilyn or Jules styles.

You will be contacted after the campaign closes for your size and choice of style, BUT remember the colour and elastic combo is the surprise!

This reward includes postage inside New Zealand, but international shipping may need to be arranged at additional cost after the campaign closes.

You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

First dibs on swimwear

Part of the funds we're raising will be used to purchase the materials for and manufacturing our 2023/4 swimwear range. 

We make our swimwear from ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon waste including fishing nets, old carpets and industrial waste. 

Instead of polluting the Earth, this waste is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It boasts the same qualities as brand new nylon. But unlike traditional nylon, ECONYL® can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again - Please return it to Nisa for recycling at the end of it's life.

Your pledge will get you exclusive first-access to the new swimwear collection, and one item from it.

If you don't like the collection when it's released in October, then you'll get $220 store credit available to use from January 2024.

You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

Make your own undies or t-shirt workshops

These are half-day sewing workshops held in the Nisa Workshop in Wellington.

Tickets are available in single, double, or coporate teams options and are limited to 6 attendees per session. Transport and accomodation are not included in your pledge.

Single and double ticket attendees will be offered a range of dates in late 2023 and early 2024 after the campaign closes. Please book a ticket to either the undies or t-shirt workshop by pledging for the appropriate level.

Corporate teams will be able to choose from either the t-shirt or the undies workshop for your team. We will also give teams first-priority for December dates so you can book this for your end-of-year activities if you want.

You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, one pair of 'I saved Nisa' briefs, and a vote on the name of our socks.

Bespoke briefs

Every body is different, and Nisa loves everybody’s body. If you struggle to find the perfect pair of pants, Pam will work with you to design the perfect fit for your body.

Pam will meet with you in person if you are located in Wellington, or via video call if you are elsewhere in the world. She will listen to your needs and work with you to design a pair of briefs that work for your body.

You will then be provided with 14 pairs of your bespoke briefs in your choice of colours - plus one pair of 'I Saved Nisa' undies designed to fit you as part of your pledge. Your pledge includes postage within New Zealand, but international postage may be additional and collected after the campaign closes.

If you wish to purchase more of your perfect pants in the future, you will be able to do so at additional cost at the time.

You'll also get your name featured on our changing room wall, a pair and a vote on the name of our socks.

Name our swimwear

Our new swimwear collection is going to need naming. Backers at this level can choose the swimwear item (on a first-pledged, first-served basis), and then name it.

Nisa reserves the right to reject offensive names, but otherwise it's up to you!

You'll also get one item of swimwear in the size and colour of your choice, a pair of 'I Saved Nisa' undies, your name will be featured on our changing room wall, and you get to vote on the name of our socks.

Silver Card

Thank you so much for your support. Your pledge gets you a Silver Card, which will entitle you to 30% off all online or in-person orders for 3 years.

Your name will also feature on our changing room wall, you'll recieve one pair of 'I saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

Sample Run

Are you a new or existing designer looking to get your swimwear, underwear, or activewear line off the ground?

Pam will work with you to make patterns and samples of up to 10 designs.

Includes the option to engage in an ongoing manufacturing contract with Nisa so your designs will be made by a living wage employer in New Zealand.

We'd really encourage you to get in touch with Pam before making your pledge at this level. Her email address is at the bottom of this page.

Your name will also feature on our changing room wall, one pair of 'I saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

THE GOLD CARD

You are our biggest fan and our new VIP. As a thank you for your incredible generosity, you'll get 50% off all orders for 5 years online or in-person, as well as free shipping.

You can expect VIP treatment in-store, and Pam might even make you a batch of scones if you let her know you're coming!

Your name will also feature on our changing room wall in the colour of your choice, you'll get two pairs of 'I Saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

This is what you get, when you Pledge at each level:

The Team

Li Ling Ho - All-round business generalist, with a soft spot for creativity. She holds the purse strings so Pam and Yuri don't blow the lot on shoes....

Yuri Mahecha - Lead Machinist and the person who has put more elastic on Nisa briefs than anyone else!

Pam Lowe - Production Manager/GM/terrible singer of 80's power ballad's. 

Queen Sudagar - Production Supervisor. Gets the things done. It's because of Queen you've got briefs on.

Hannah McHalick - Marketing and E-comm extraordinaire with a background in Graphic Design. Boom!

You can read more about us over on the Nisa website.

Media scrapbook

We're blown away by the support we've had so far. We're going to collect our media coverage about our re-launch and campaign here:

Trying to re-open Nisa, providing jobs for migrants and refugees (Radio New Zealand, 9 August 2023)

Workers raising $80k to save ethical fashion brand Nisa (Stuff.co.nz, 9 August 2023)

Want to contact us?

If you've got a question for Pam and the Nisa team, you can contact us through our website.

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THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

08/09/2023 at 1:02 PM

With three days to go, you all have made a huge decision for us - Thanks for voting!

 

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!

 

With three days to go

Swim Range Colours


Thanks to your fantastic taste, you've chosen the colors for our Summer 2023 reversible swimwear collection, and we're wasting no time.

We're ready to order the regenerated nylon/spandex fabric for the range, which means your sustainable, New Zealand-made swimwear is already in the works.

Pledge now to secure your swimwear at a discounted price of $220 each before they hit the market at $259.95. Plus, you'll be the first in line!

Pledge Now!

 

We have three days to go, please spread the word, and grab those rewards that will never be available again!

 

Shop now, and spread the load over Christmas - our rewards will make great gifts.

 

 

Thanks again, so much, for all of your support. It has really encouraged us and lifted us up - we feel as though we will achieve great things with the support of our amazing community.

 

Remember to watch the campaign as it closes at 8pm on Sunday - we think it'll be a nailbiter!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Lots of love,

 

xx Pam and the Team

 

VOTING IS OPEN FOR 24HOURS - PLEASE HELP US CHOOSE OUR SWIM COLOURS!

07/09/2023 at 9:04 AM

Oh my goodness!

We can't believe it - we are at over $141,000, and over 1140 pledges made - that's a heck of a lot of undies we have to make.....and we are so excited to make them for you!

In case any of you haven't seen this on our socials, or in our email - we are also needing help to choose the colours for our swimwear range.

So, for 24hours, you can vote on the colour combinations for this years reversible swimwear collection.

Follow this link and cast your vote now!

Which two combination's will make your cut? I've voted, along with over 600 other Nisa followers..... Will your vote be the one that tips the scales...?

 

Our PledgeMe campaign finishes at 8pm on Sunday, 10th of September

 

If you haven't already, Pledge Now for some great, never to be seen again rewards

 

And once again, thank you all so much for the support.

 

XX Pam and the Nisa Team

Final week! New rewards!

04/09/2023 at 12:20 PM

Happy Monday Pals!

I hope that you all managed to get out and enjoy some of that gorgeous weather we had over the weekend. In Wellington, it's really felt like spring is on its way.... YAY!

Did anyone try out any recipes from the cookbook over the weekend? I'm going to make the flan this week, and I'm so excited about it!

If you have made any of the recipes, we'd love to see them! Tag us! @nisa.workshop on Facebook and Instagram.

I'm really writing to let y'all know that we have added some fabulous new rewards!

Gia Surprise Me Pack! Get two Gia bras in the size of your choosing. 30 available for $199. Colours will be random.

Albertine Surprise Me Pack! Get two Albertine bras in the size of your choosing. 50 available for $179. Colours will be random.

Get in now before the campaign closes on Sunday! Click the link and pledge RIGHT NOW - our last bra reward sold out in three days!!

We've also got this great little poster that's gone into our window today:

If you've got a place people might see it - like a break room, club room, noticeboard or window - we'd be forever grateful if you wanted to print it out and put it up too. 

You can download a copy here

We've got one week left of this campaign and we don't want anyone to miss out on these great rewards! 

A few of them are getting pretty close to selling out, so if you know anyone who's been thinking about something, tell them to get in sooner rather than later!

Thank you so much for all your support.

Pam

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Thanks you, thank you, thank YOU!

23/08/2023 at 11:41 AM

We have hit $120,000 in pledges!

Wow.

Just Wow.

 

We are so humbled by all your support!

 

But, it doesnt stop there - Please share the campaign if you can. Share it far and wide on facebook and Instagram. Share a link with your coffee group, your book club and anyone who you think needs to know of the magic of Nisa, and the awesome employment opportunities it creates for women form refugee and migrant backgrounds.

More pledges means more work for the team.

And we're cooking up some more rewards for you - the Pledgers, that will be released if we hit 1000 pledges!

...and if we reach $150,000 - STAY TUNED!

 

Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you!

PRINT DROP: Meet the 'Bird of Helping Hands', formally known as the 'I helped save Nisa' print

20/08/2023 at 8:41 AM

The story of the Bird of Helping Hands:

"Hands are capable of many magical things, such as playing harps, sailing ships and taking the lids off jam jars. However, the greatest magic of all happens when they come together to combine their powers to lift up others, and like a grasshopper pirouetting out of the shadows, The Bird of Helping Hands is summoned. She has glossy feathers and a shiny diamond on her head, and as well as being a groovy companion (excellent levitational dance moves) she reflects all the good life zest back and around, much like a disco ball in a room of oranges. With the helping hands of all of you pledging to help the Nisa team reopen their doors, the magic has been created and she has been summond!"

This print has been exclusivly designed for our Pledgers by the Royal Master Artist of the Kingdom of Klah, and will only be available during this campaign. Once they're gone - they're gone!

Pledge Now, and get this amazing, limited reward.

 

A massive thanks goes out to Nina van der Voorn, the Royal Master Artist at the Kingdom of Klah, who has kindly made this wonderful print for us.

Check out her other offerings at: www.kingdomofklah.com or @kingdomofklah

 

 

NOTE: Briefs base colour may vary from image. All Pedgers of this reward will be contacted by email to choose their preferred size and style once the campaign closes. 

 

 

The Royal Master Artist is returned! The print is coming - Hurrah!

18/08/2023 at 11:01 AM

Hello again you fabulous Pledgers!

 

I've got great news - The Royal Master Artist from the Kigdom of Klah has returned from their travels, and is working on the 'I helped save Nisa' print, and I just can't wait to see what it looks like!

 

This is an exclusive print limited to only the 500 pairs of undies available during the campaign  - that's all we're printing.

 

There are still some available through our PledgeMe rewards - grab them before they're gone for good.

Check out the awesome world of Klah:

 

https://shop.kingdom-of-klah.com/

Kingdom of Klah

We've hit $100k - WE ARE GETTING A CASING MACHINE!!!!!!!

16/08/2023 at 3:23 PM

Hello you Fabulous, Wonderful, Amazing, TRULY AWESOME HUMANS!

 

It's Pam here, and I am speechless.

Thank you all so very, very much - we have hit over $100,000, and currently have over 740 Pledgers.

 

This means that we get our very own casing machine, and I am so very excited by that. 

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Please keep sharing our post's. Please encourage other's to Pledge.

The more Pledge's = more work, more work = the more work we can offer our staff.

 

Thanks to you all, from the bottom of my heart

 

xxpampam

Stretch Goals and a new reward: 50% off bras!

15/08/2023 at 3:13 PM

Hello you phenomenal people!

We are stunned. This is overwhelmingly amazing. Our minds have been blown by your support! We thought this campaign was going to take so much longer to fund. But somehow it happened in under 24 hours!

That means YOU SAVED NISA! And a lot of you are going to have the undies to prove it!

Even though we've funded, the pledges are still rolling in. So we've started thinking about what we're going to do with this opportunity.

One piece of feedback we've been hearing a lot in the last 24 hours is that it's not just our undies, socks, and swimwear you want - you want our bras too!

We think it's important to strengthen the business as much as we can. And you know who is a big chunk of the market who do not currently wear Nisa bras? People who need an underwire in their bra!

So, we are releasing our first stretch goal. When we reach $100,000, we will be able to purchase a casing machine. That's going to allow us to put underwire into bras and our swimwear. It'll also give us the funds to develop our first underwire bra.

To help us get there, we have just added a special and limited release of 50% off vouchers for bras in our Albertine and Fifi styles. They're $40, and there's only 50 of them.

If that sounds like a bit of you, they're available now on our PledgeMe campaign

We love you so much,

Team Nisa

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First day thoughts: Thank you so much!!

14/08/2023 at 9:03 PM

Hello you amazing people!

We have been absolutely blown away by your support for our campaign today. We’d had our fingers crossed that we’d get 15% pledged towards goal, but Nisa clearly has the best suporters in the world. 

As I write this, 378 of you have blown our expectations out of the water. The campaign is currently sitting at a whopping $67,190 - or 84% of our campaign total! But I'm sure it'll be more by the time I've finished writing because you have not stopped since we launched!

Thank you, you are incredible!

One piece of news for you - our Bespoke Briefs reward sold out at 1pm (wow!), so Pam’s agreed to help another 5 people get briefs made especially for their body

These rewards are available to purchase now, but we’d recommend anyone thinking about it to get in quick!

We’ve really bet everything on this and we are just stunned by your generosity and positivity to our campaign.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Team Nisa

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    Cathrine Ackroyd
    10/09/2023 at 5:27pm

    "I ❤️ Nisa!"

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    10/09/2023 at 3:24pm

    "Best wishes to you All"

    Anonymous pledger
    10/09/2023 at 3:03pm
    Mary Self
    10/09/2023 at 3:00pm
    Susanne Ames
    10/09/2023 at 2:56pm

    "Tautoko your kaupapa as regards employing migrants (I am one) and sustainable NZ made clothing - not just "Fashion" or "couture" but the essentials ;)"

    Anonymous pledger
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    Selina
    10/09/2023 at 2:40pm

    "You are all amazing! Thank you and I can't wait to see what's to come :) :) :) "

    Kate Grant
    10/09/2023 at 2:40pm

    "We love Nisa!"

    Alice
    10/09/2023 at 2:30pm
    Thomasin Bollinger
    10/09/2023 at 2:23pm

    "So pleased nisa is continuing."

    Biddy
    10/09/2023 at 2:19pm

    "Kia kaha Nisa!! "

    Rebekah Sills
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    10/09/2023 at 1:49pm

    "I love your company and am thrilled to support this wonderful and innovative plan to live on into the future. Congratulations "

    Ruth Cunningham
    10/09/2023 at 1:39pm
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    "Grateful to help "

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    Followers of Nisa Manufactory: The Nisa team takes over!!

    Nisa Manufactory: The Nisa Team Takes Over!!

    Project 2023-07-24 22:36:00 +1200

    What is Nisa?

    Nisa is an ethical underwear and clothing manufacturer based in Wellington, New Zealand, who employ women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

    It was founded by Elisha Watson in 2017 to provide employment for former refugees in the process of settling into New Zealand life.

    Nisa would provide meaningful work and training in New Zealand's garment industry: making comfortable and stylish underwear, swimwear and activewear, while also helping with employee's English skills and to navigate the new country they have arrived in.

    What's happening?

    In March 2023, Nisa was put up for sale. And in June, they announced they were closing.

    In the final 5 weeks of business, it became really clear that you - the customers - valued the products that Nisa's staff made in their Wellington workshop.

    This response inspired Production Manager Pam Lowe to make a last-ditch effort to save Nisa; the jobs Nisa provides; and to keep making the clothing you love into the future.

    And that's where you come in - restarting a company is a mammoth task!

    We need to pay the staff to re-stock the briefs and bras you know and love; buy fabric for new lines to keep things rolling; pay the lawyers and advisors to make it all official; and to start paying for all the shop fittings, fabric, elastic and machinery that otherwise would've been sold.

    We Funded! What Now?

    Wow. Wow. Wow. We funded in under 24 hours from 498 backers. And the pledges have not stopped coming in!

    So we decided to set a stretch goal to buy a casing machine when we reached $100,000. And you smashed that on Day 2!

    That's going to allow us to put underwire into bras and swimwear. It'll also give us the funds to develop our first underwire bra.

    1000 pledges

    Next, you took us past 1000 pledges! So we released a digital cookbook filled with 22 recipes from the kitchens of our staff and alumni.

    You can download this culinary tour around the world as soon as you make a pledge - just check Update #8 for the link.

    We'll make sure we send it out again after we close too, just in case you miss it. 

    What's next?

    It's hard to keep up with such a great crowd. Know that every pledge you make creates work for our team. 

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

    Why are we doing this?

    Nisa is one of a dwindling number of clothing manufacturers in New Zealand.

    We feel strongly that it's important to keep these skills on-shore where we can. 

    You can only by New Zealand-made if it's an option in the first place!

    We also know you love what we make - and if we're not in business, we're not making the clothing you love!

    Finally, we're an employer, and that's at the heart of all this. Our employees find meaning in their jobs with Nisa.

    Watching them apply for other jobs was heartbreaking. We knew the jobs they had at Nisa provided them with the living wage, meaningful work and surrounded them with people who love and support them.

    But that's not just our opinion. Last year we received a GoodMeasure report from ImpactLab, which quantified the effect Nisa provides to it's employees. It showed that every $1 invested in Nisa created $3 in social value for our employees. You can read more about our employment mission here.

    We want to continue sewing: not only the briefs, swimwear and activewear you know and love - but we also want to open up our workshop to others.

    We will be providing a new contract manufacturing service to New Zealand and international designers and labels looking for high quality manufacturing of knit garments. We are a fantastic manufactory who can provide patternmaking and sampling, right through to production manufactured stock runs.

    So we have to at least try, right?

    Our vision for the new Nisa

    We're shaking things up in the fashion world. We're not just about comfy, stylish undies and swimwear anymore – we're diving into contract manufacturing too. Yep, you heard it right! We're spreading our wings to team up with select designers and brands who share our ethics and passion for sustainability . 

    This move isn't just about expanding our reach; it's about creating more opportunities for  amazing women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who’ll make up our team. With our top-notch skills, transparent practices, and a commitment to quality, this felt like the natural progression to keep Nisa going and expand our impact, making the world a better place. 

    We believe that fashion can be a force for good, and by diversifying our revenue streams through contract manufacturing, we're not only ensuring a brighter future for Nisa but also empowering women to thrive and contribute to their communities. 

    Together, let's stitch a tapestry of positive change, one garment at a time. Join us on this exciting journey and be a part of something truly transformative.

    What does Nisa need money for?

    New ranges - last year our swimwear sold out and we want to be able to offer you a new range.

    Replenishing our stock - after closing down, the cupboards are bare.

    Lawyers and accountants to make everything official. PledgeMe fees. And to make a start paying for all the shop fittings, fabric, elastic and machinery that otherwise would've been sold.

    Socks

    Our gorgeous Checked Merino socks sold out in the begining of June. We need to commission the wonderful team at Norsewear to make us some more. 

    This will cover the minimum run in each of our popular colours.

    New swimwear

    We're planning to bring back 8 of our most popular styles by the end of October, ready for New Zealand Summer '23/'24.

    We will be making this from ECONYL® - a recycled nylon/spandex fabric made from nylon waste.

    The colours need choosing, the materials need purchasing, producing, cutting, and assembling. All this requires investment up front. 

    We're offering a swimwear pre-sale as part of our rewards so you can get first dibs on our latest collection.

    The changing rooms

    We have... feelings about our changing rooms. This picture probably says more than a thousand words - one that comes to mind is 'grim'.

    We want every aspect of visiting Nisa to be a great experience for every customer, and that means our changing rooms need an upgrade.

    Better lighting, new mirrors, a rug that is going to last and the names of our supporters forever immortalised in gold on the walls. 

    Buying the company

    We've bought the business! The deal was done at the 11th hour. Nisa had already closed it's doors, sold all it's stock, and closed down the website. But miraculously, on the day of the goodbye party, we signed the sale agreement.

    This was no mean feat, and there were costs incurred. Not only getting the deal over the line, but also paying for machines, shop fittings, fabric and elastic stocks that would have otherwise been sold off.

    When Elisha founded Nisa, her dream from the begining was that one day it would be taken over by it's staff.

    Dreams can come true - but we need your help now to continue this one.

    Rewards

    We've spent some time trying to come up with great rewards for our backers. We hope you like them as much as we do!

    Name our socks

    Every dollar truly counts and we want every backer to feel appreciated.

    Every backer, big or small, will have the opportunity to vote on the name of our new socks.

    We reserve the right to veto offensive names, but otherwise we'll respect the democratic process.

    50% off briefs or socks

    Pledge at this level and get a voucher for 50% off a pair of briefs or socks once we're up and running again. Can be redeemed online or in-store. Does not include postage.

    Choose from our top selling brief styles - Ada, Jules, Sabina, Marilyn or Quinn.

    You'll also get a vote on the name of our socks.

    Your name on the changing room wall

    Our changing rooms need a makeover.

    While we're there, we'll put the name of every backer who contributes $25 or more on the changing room wall, so every customer knows you helped us in our hour of need!

    You'll also get a vote on the name of our socks, and a voucher for 50% off a pair of briefs or socks.

    The Bird of Helping Hands Print Briefs (formally the 'I Helped Save Nisa' Undies)

    A exclusive run of underwear only for supporters of this campaign. With the Bird of Helping Hands Print on them, designed by the Royal Master Artist at the Kingdom of Klah.

    You'll get to choose your size and style from our four most popular styles - Ada, Quinn, Sabina, or Jules.

    You will be contacted after the campaign closes for your choice of size and style. Briefs base colours will vary. 

    This reward includes postage inside New Zealand, but international shipping may need to be arranged at additional cost after the campaign closes.

    You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

    Workshop tour and morning tea

    Backers who pledge at this level will receive an invite to our workshop for morning tea and a tour. Pam's even said she'd bake scones!

    Tours will run in small groups of up to 10. We'll aim to hold one each fortnight once we're open again. 

    Come see what we do, see your name on the changing room wall, and pick up your 'Bird of Helping Hands' briefs while you're in the store.

    Surprise Me Pack

    Do you just want to buy some good undies at a great price? We don't have the materials to make entire lines right now, but we do have a lot of 'blanks' - cut undies that just need to be assembled.

    When you buy this reward, you'll recieve three pairs of underwear in your choice of style and size. You will not recieve a choice on the colour. That's the surprise!

    Choose from Quinn, Sabina, Ada, Marilyn or Jules styles.

    You will be contacted after the campaign closes for your size and choice of style, BUT remember the colour and elastic combo is the surprise!

    This reward includes postage inside New Zealand, but international shipping may need to be arranged at additional cost after the campaign closes.

    You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

    First dibs on swimwear

    Part of the funds we're raising will be used to purchase the materials for and manufacturing our 2023/4 swimwear range. 

    We make our swimwear from ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon waste including fishing nets, old carpets and industrial waste. 

    Instead of polluting the Earth, this waste is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It boasts the same qualities as brand new nylon. But unlike traditional nylon, ECONYL® can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again - Please return it to Nisa for recycling at the end of it's life.

    Your pledge will get you exclusive first-access to the new swimwear collection, and one item from it.

    If you don't like the collection when it's released in October, then you'll get $220 store credit available to use from January 2024.

    You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, and a vote on the name of our socks.

    Make your own undies or t-shirt workshops

    These are half-day sewing workshops held in the Nisa Workshop in Wellington.

    Tickets are available in single, double, or coporate teams options and are limited to 6 attendees per session. Transport and accomodation are not included in your pledge.

    Single and double ticket attendees will be offered a range of dates in late 2023 and early 2024 after the campaign closes. Please book a ticket to either the undies or t-shirt workshop by pledging for the appropriate level.

    Corporate teams will be able to choose from either the t-shirt or the undies workshop for your team. We will also give teams first-priority for December dates so you can book this for your end-of-year activities if you want.

    You'll also get your name on the changing room wall, one pair of 'I saved Nisa' briefs, and a vote on the name of our socks.

    Bespoke briefs

    Every body is different, and Nisa loves everybody’s body. If you struggle to find the perfect pair of pants, Pam will work with you to design the perfect fit for your body.

    Pam will meet with you in person if you are located in Wellington, or via video call if you are elsewhere in the world. She will listen to your needs and work with you to design a pair of briefs that work for your body.

    You will then be provided with 14 pairs of your bespoke briefs in your choice of colours - plus one pair of 'I Saved Nisa' undies designed to fit you as part of your pledge. Your pledge includes postage within New Zealand, but international postage may be additional and collected after the campaign closes.

    If you wish to purchase more of your perfect pants in the future, you will be able to do so at additional cost at the time.

    You'll also get your name featured on our changing room wall, a pair and a vote on the name of our socks.

    Name our swimwear

    Our new swimwear collection is going to need naming. Backers at this level can choose the swimwear item (on a first-pledged, first-served basis), and then name it.

    Nisa reserves the right to reject offensive names, but otherwise it's up to you!

    You'll also get one item of swimwear in the size and colour of your choice, a pair of 'I Saved Nisa' undies, your name will be featured on our changing room wall, and you get to vote on the name of our socks.

    Silver Card

    Thank you so much for your support. Your pledge gets you a Silver Card, which will entitle you to 30% off all online or in-person orders for 3 years.

    Your name will also feature on our changing room wall, you'll recieve one pair of 'I saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

    Sample Run

    Are you a new or existing designer looking to get your swimwear, underwear, or activewear line off the ground?

    Pam will work with you to make patterns and samples of up to 10 designs.

    Includes the option to engage in an ongoing manufacturing contract with Nisa so your designs will be made by a living wage employer in New Zealand.

    We'd really encourage you to get in touch with Pam before making your pledge at this level. Her email address is at the bottom of this page.

    Your name will also feature on our changing room wall, one pair of 'I saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

    THE GOLD CARD

    You are our biggest fan and our new VIP. As a thank you for your incredible generosity, you'll get 50% off all orders for 5 years online or in-person, as well as free shipping.

    You can expect VIP treatment in-store, and Pam might even make you a batch of scones if you let her know you're coming!

    Your name will also feature on our changing room wall in the colour of your choice, you'll get two pairs of 'I Saved Nisa' undies, and you get a vote on the name of our socks.

    This is what you get, when you Pledge at each level:

    The Team

    Li Ling Ho - All-round business generalist, with a soft spot for creativity. She holds the purse strings so Pam and Yuri don't blow the lot on shoes....

    Yuri Mahecha - Lead Machinist and the person who has put more elastic on Nisa briefs than anyone else!

    Pam Lowe - Production Manager/GM/terrible singer of 80's power ballad's. 

    Queen Sudagar - Production Supervisor. Gets the things done. It's because of Queen you've got briefs on.

    Hannah McHalick - Marketing and E-comm extraordinaire with a background in Graphic Design. Boom!

    You can read more about us over on the Nisa website.

    Media scrapbook

    We're blown away by the support we've had so far. We're going to collect our media coverage about our re-launch and campaign here:

    Trying to re-open Nisa, providing jobs for migrants and refugees (Radio New Zealand, 9 August 2023)

    Workers raising $80k to save ethical fashion brand Nisa (Stuff.co.nz, 9 August 2023)

    Want to contact us?

    If you've got a question for Pam and the Nisa team, you can contact us through our website.

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    THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

    08/09/2023 at 1:02 PM

    With three days to go, you all have made a huge decision for us - Thanks for voting!

     

    THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!

     

    With three days to go

    Swim Range Colours


    Thanks to your fantastic taste, you've chosen the colors for our Summer 2023 reversible swimwear collection, and we're wasting no time.

    We're ready to order the regenerated nylon/spandex fabric for the range, which means your sustainable, New Zealand-made swimwear is already in the works.

    Pledge now to secure your swimwear at a discounted price of $220 each before they hit the market at $259.95. Plus, you'll be the first in line!

    Pledge Now!

     

    We have three days to go, please spread the word, and grab those rewards that will never be available again!

     

    Shop now, and spread the load over Christmas - our rewards will make great gifts.

     

     

    Thanks again, so much, for all of your support. It has really encouraged us and lifted us up - we feel as though we will achieve great things with the support of our amazing community.

     

    Remember to watch the campaign as it closes at 8pm on Sunday - we think it'll be a nailbiter!

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Lots of love,

     

    xx Pam and the Team

     

    VOTING IS OPEN FOR 24HOURS - PLEASE HELP US CHOOSE OUR SWIM COLOURS!

    07/09/2023 at 9:04 AM

    Oh my goodness!

    We can't believe it - we are at over $141,000, and over 1140 pledges made - that's a heck of a lot of undies we have to make.....and we are so excited to make them for you!

    In case any of you haven't seen this on our socials, or in our email - we are also needing help to choose the colours for our swimwear range.

    So, for 24hours, you can vote on the colour combinations for this years reversible swimwear collection.

    Follow this link and cast your vote now!

    Which two combination's will make your cut? I've voted, along with over 600 other Nisa followers..... Will your vote be the one that tips the scales...?

     

    Our PledgeMe campaign finishes at 8pm on Sunday, 10th of September

     

    If you haven't already, Pledge Now for some great, never to be seen again rewards

     

    And once again, thank you all so much for the support.

     

    XX Pam and the Nisa Team

    Final week! New rewards!

    04/09/2023 at 12:20 PM

    Happy Monday Pals!

    I hope that you all managed to get out and enjoy some of that gorgeous weather we had over the weekend. In Wellington, it's really felt like spring is on its way.... YAY!

    Did anyone try out any recipes from the cookbook over the weekend? I'm going to make the flan this week, and I'm so excited about it!

    If you have made any of the recipes, we'd love to see them! Tag us! @nisa.workshop on Facebook and Instagram.

    I'm really writing to let y'all know that we have added some fabulous new rewards!

    Gia Surprise Me Pack! Get two Gia bras in the size of your choosing. 30 available for $199. Colours will be random.

    Albertine Surprise Me Pack! Get two Albertine bras in the size of your choosing. 50 available for $179. Colours will be random.

    Get in now before the campaign closes on Sunday! Click the link and pledge RIGHT NOW - our last bra reward sold out in three days!!

    We've also got this great little poster that's gone into our window today:

    If you've got a place people might see it - like a break room, club room, noticeboard or window - we'd be forever grateful if you wanted to print it out and put it up too. 

    You can download a copy here

    We've got one week left of this campaign and we don't want anyone to miss out on these great rewards! 

    A few of them are getting pretty close to selling out, so if you know anyone who's been thinking about something, tell them to get in sooner rather than later!

    Thank you so much for all your support.

    Pam

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    Thanks you, thank you, thank YOU!

    23/08/2023 at 11:41 AM

    We have hit $120,000 in pledges!

    Wow.

    Just Wow.

     

    We are so humbled by all your support!

     

    But, it doesnt stop there - Please share the campaign if you can. Share it far and wide on facebook and Instagram. Share a link with your coffee group, your book club and anyone who you think needs to know of the magic of Nisa, and the awesome employment opportunities it creates for women form refugee and migrant backgrounds.

    More pledges means more work for the team.

    And we're cooking up some more rewards for you - the Pledgers, that will be released if we hit 1000 pledges!

    ...and if we reach $150,000 - STAY TUNED!

     

    Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you!

    PRINT DROP: Meet the 'Bird of Helping Hands', formally known as the 'I helped save Nisa' print

    20/08/2023 at 8:41 AM

    The story of the Bird of Helping Hands:

    "Hands are capable of many magical things, such as playing harps, sailing ships and taking the lids off jam jars. However, the greatest magic of all happens when they come together to combine their powers to lift up others, and like a grasshopper pirouetting out of the shadows, The Bird of Helping Hands is summoned. She has glossy feathers and a shiny diamond on her head, and as well as being a groovy companion (excellent levitational dance moves) she reflects all the good life zest back and around, much like a disco ball in a room of oranges. With the helping hands of all of you pledging to help the Nisa team reopen their doors, the magic has been created and she has been summond!"

    This print has been exclusivly designed for our Pledgers by the Royal Master Artist of the Kingdom of Klah, and will only be available during this campaign. Once they're gone - they're gone!

    Pledge Now, and get this amazing, limited reward.

     

    A massive thanks goes out to Nina van der Voorn, the Royal Master Artist at the Kingdom of Klah, who has kindly made this wonderful print for us.

    Check out her other offerings at: www.kingdomofklah.com or @kingdomofklah

     

     

    NOTE: Briefs base colour may vary from image. All Pedgers of this reward will be contacted by email to choose their preferred size and style once the campaign closes. 

     

     

    The Royal Master Artist is returned! The print is coming - Hurrah!

    18/08/2023 at 11:01 AM

    Hello again you fabulous Pledgers!

     

    I've got great news - The Royal Master Artist from the Kigdom of Klah has returned from their travels, and is working on the 'I helped save Nisa' print, and I just can't wait to see what it looks like!

     

    This is an exclusive print limited to only the 500 pairs of undies available during the campaign  - that's all we're printing.

     

    There are still some available through our PledgeMe rewards - grab them before they're gone for good.

    Check out the awesome world of Klah:

     

    https://shop.kingdom-of-klah.com/

    Kingdom of Klah

    We've hit $100k - WE ARE GETTING A CASING MACHINE!!!!!!!

    16/08/2023 at 3:23 PM

    Hello you Fabulous, Wonderful, Amazing, TRULY AWESOME HUMANS!

     

    It's Pam here, and I am speechless.

    Thank you all so very, very much - we have hit over $100,000, and currently have over 740 Pledgers.

     

    This means that we get our very own casing machine, and I am so very excited by that. 

     

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

     

    Please keep sharing our post's. Please encourage other's to Pledge.

    The more Pledge's = more work, more work = the more work we can offer our staff.

     

    Thanks to you all, from the bottom of my heart

     

    xxpampam

    Stretch Goals and a new reward: 50% off bras!

    15/08/2023 at 3:13 PM

    Hello you phenomenal people!

    We are stunned. This is overwhelmingly amazing. Our minds have been blown by your support! We thought this campaign was going to take so much longer to fund. But somehow it happened in under 24 hours!

    That means YOU SAVED NISA! And a lot of you are going to have the undies to prove it!

    Even though we've funded, the pledges are still rolling in. So we've started thinking about what we're going to do with this opportunity.

    One piece of feedback we've been hearing a lot in the last 24 hours is that it's not just our undies, socks, and swimwear you want - you want our bras too!

    We think it's important to strengthen the business as much as we can. And you know who is a big chunk of the market who do not currently wear Nisa bras? People who need an underwire in their bra!

    So, we are releasing our first stretch goal. When we reach $100,000, we will be able to purchase a casing machine. That's going to allow us to put underwire into bras and our swimwear. It'll also give us the funds to develop our first underwire bra.

    To help us get there, we have just added a special and limited release of 50% off vouchers for bras in our Albertine and Fifi styles. They're $40, and there's only 50 of them.

    If that sounds like a bit of you, they're available now on our PledgeMe campaign

    We love you so much,

    Team Nisa

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    First day thoughts: Thank you so much!!

    14/08/2023 at 9:03 PM

    Hello you amazing people!

    We have been absolutely blown away by your support for our campaign today. We’d had our fingers crossed that we’d get 15% pledged towards goal, but Nisa clearly has the best suporters in the world. 

    As I write this, 378 of you have blown our expectations out of the water. The campaign is currently sitting at a whopping $67,190 - or 84% of our campaign total! But I'm sure it'll be more by the time I've finished writing because you have not stopped since we launched!

    Thank you, you are incredible!

    One piece of news for you - our Bespoke Briefs reward sold out at 1pm (wow!), so Pam’s agreed to help another 5 people get briefs made especially for their body

    These rewards are available to purchase now, but we’d recommend anyone thinking about it to get in quick!

    We’ve really bet everything on this and we are just stunned by your generosity and positivity to our campaign.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

    Team Nisa

      Cathrine Ackroyd
      10/09/2023 at 5:27pm

      "I ❤️ Nisa!"

      Rosemary Dahl
      10/09/2023 at 5:26pm
      Rosemary Dahl
      10/09/2023 at 5:25pm
      Rosemary Dahl
      10/09/2023 at 5:24pm
      Ann-Marie
      10/09/2023 at 5:21pm
      ish
      10/09/2023 at 5:14pm
      Nynke
      10/09/2023 at 4:51pm
      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 4:44pm
      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 4:34pm
      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 4:21pm
      Nasrine Tomasi
      10/09/2023 at 4:13pm
      susanne anderson
      10/09/2023 at 4:02pm
      Melissa Prom
      10/09/2023 at 3:48pm
      Jenny
      10/09/2023 at 3:24pm

      "Best wishes to you All"

      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 3:03pm
      Mary Self
      10/09/2023 at 3:00pm
      Susanne Ames
      10/09/2023 at 2:56pm

      "Tautoko your kaupapa as regards employing migrants (I am one) and sustainable NZ made clothing - not just "Fashion" or "couture" but the essentials ;)"

      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 2:46pm
      Selina
      10/09/2023 at 2:40pm

      "You are all amazing! Thank you and I can't wait to see what's to come :) :) :) "

      Kate Grant
      10/09/2023 at 2:40pm

      "We love Nisa!"

      Alice
      10/09/2023 at 2:30pm
      Thomasin Bollinger
      10/09/2023 at 2:23pm

      "So pleased nisa is continuing."

      Biddy
      10/09/2023 at 2:19pm

      "Kia kaha Nisa!! "

      Rebekah Sills
      10/09/2023 at 2:06pm
      Chloe
      10/09/2023 at 2:02pm
      Marissa Oliver
      10/09/2023 at 1:49pm
      Nicola Findlay
      10/09/2023 at 1:49pm

      "I love your company and am thrilled to support this wonderful and innovative plan to live on into the future. Congratulations "

      Ruth Cunningham
      10/09/2023 at 1:39pm
      Rolly
      10/09/2023 at 1:36pm
      Anonymous pledger
      10/09/2023 at 1:34pm

      "Grateful to help "

      Followers of Nisa Manufactory: The Nisa team takes over!!

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 10/09/2023 at 8:00 PM.
      Thank You, Help Name Our Socks?
      50% Off An Albertine Or Fifi Bra
      The Bird Of Helping Hands Print Briefs (formerly The 'I Helped Save Nisa' Undies)
      Surprise Me Pack!
      Surpise Me Pack - X2 Albertine Bra's
      Surpise Me Pack - X2 Gia Bra's
      First Dibs On Swimwear!