Polichicks is a left-wing political clothing label, formed by friends Marieke Hardy and Sara-Jane Chase. Borne from a deep desire to change the world, the label began when both girls pooled together their particular talents (rabid political hunger and a dazzling knowledge of fashion respectively) and began to create individual pieces and accessories focusing on various political issues.
Polichicks is based on the belief that being aware and actively involved in world politics is sexy. Our clothes and accessories acknowledge that it is possible for activists, young and old, to raise the roof decked out in half-way decent duds.
Frustrated by sparse fashion choices for the conscientious protestor, and fed up with having to don oversized Bonds screen-print t-shirts to get a message across, Marieke and Sara-Jane hope Polichicks provides a sexier alternative for those with something to say.
The label is not affiliated with one particular political party. Polichicks believes in the voice of the Left.
A Few Sticky Questions
During the paparazzi blitz that came hand-in-hand with the launch of Polichicks, the ladies were forced to answer a few justifiably sticky questions about their morals, political affiliations and labour. We felt it only fair to share with you their responses to the following questions:
1) Do the Polichicks want to marry the ALP or what? What’s with the Gough Whitlam bag and general ALP brown-nosing?
- While there are a few Polichicks products based on folk in the ALP we feel have done more good than bad (Gough ‘Land Rights Now’ Whitlam and Joan ‘Jett’ Kirner for starters), there’s no particular affiliation with the party itself – neither Marieke nor Sara-Jane are members of the ALP. Watch out for further Greens-related items in the future, and should the Democrats ever manage to rouse themselves from their self-medicating political coma then we may rustle something up for them too.
Polichicks is not a clothing label ‘inspired’ by the ALP.
2) Does Polichicks use union labour?
3) Don’t you feel a bit weird raking in the profits off causes such as Sorry Day or the plight of refugees? Shouldn’t you be donating some of the money to the relevant organisations?
- Firstly, we’re not making any money. Trust us. Marieke and Sara-Jane both have full-time jobs in their respective lines of work and don’t use Polichicks bucks to pay living expenses. The money we make from sales goes back into the account so we’re able to create more products for the range. While the number of things to be pissed off about makes it impossible to siphon a major percentage of bucks into just one particular cause, we do donate what we can to those who have inspired us – Get Up.org <link to www.getup.org.au> and Refugee Action Collective www.rac-vic.org and so on. Likewise, whenever we set up stall of stall at a protest a percentage of money we make on the day goes to the particular cause. Thanks for asking, though.