Until 2020 stopped the world, I travelled a lot!
Italy, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Iceland, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Portugal, Colombia, Chile, and my absolute favourite, Antarctica, are some of the places I've been.
As much as I love travelling, there are certain places where I'm afraid my passport, money or credit cards may be stolen - especially in countries where I don't speak the language.
You know those places - cities where subway voiceovers tell you to be careful of pickpockets, or where people try to sell you flowers while sticking their hand in your pocket or waist bag...... I've even heard of a friend's uncle, a seasoned traveller who was wearing a money pouch around his calf, hopped on a train and in a few stops the pouch was cut from his leg without him even feeling it!
Being the practical person I am, in 2009 I created the perfect travel undies!
Squirrl undies are made from premium soft, comfortable cotton and spandex with a secret and hygienic front pocket to hide your money, credit cards, travellers cheques, passport and other important papers.
Personally, I've been known to leave my handbag in a restaurant only for it to be stolen. So, to Lynda-proof my holiday, I wear Squirrl undies all the time when I'm overseas, even in places that don't worry me.
I've worn Squirrl undies to festivals so if stuff is stolen from my tent it won't be important; and also to concerts and events so I don't have to take a handbag with me.
Squirrl's mission is to make travel safer every day - in Australia and overseas. In August 2020 we wanted to improve the ability of women in Victoria and Australia to travel around their cities and neighbourhoods more safely due to COVID.
We began selling a range of non-medical, water proof masks to women and children over 12 around Australia. We expanded the range to include a larger size mask - and we've found that men like them too.
Unfortunately in 2020 we needed to find a new, non-Australian manufacturer due to the declining garment manufacturing industry in Australia. Squirrl undies and masks are manufactured in Medellin, Colombia one of the world's oldest textile manufacturing locations.
We were so pleased to meet and visit the factory of a multi-generational garment manufacturing family. Barbara, Fabio, their children Cristina, Sebastian and Fabio-Leon and grandson, Isaac, know what they are doing. More than 60% of Colombia's garments are exported to the USA and we are delighted that we did not need to go to China in order to source our well made and comfortable products.
It's very important to us that we use only ethical manufacturers which treat their staff lawfully and respectfully. When we visited Barbara an Fabio's factory in Medellin unannounced, we were struck by the genuine laughter of staff, the cleanliness of the shop floor, the quality of the garments and their quantity of clients. We can guarantee they have safe working conditions, no child labour and award wages. It's important to me to make sure Squirrl doesn't add to the problems of the world.
Everything else about Squirrl is from the western suburbs of Melbourne. It's where we live, store our Squirrls, had the logo and other Squirrl designs created, manage our social media and website and even our packaging is made in the west! We are very proud Melbourne 'westies' and we are very, very proud to be running a global business from Melbourne's west.
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