What is The Paper Rain Project?
We are a New Zealand based social enterprise which specialises in hand-crafted and ethically sourced art goods. Our artworks and products help to raise funds - as well as awareness - for a number of social and environmental 'Causes'. We are super passionate about doing GOOD with our business. We originally began with custom painted recycled boards, and then began to produce and print our own apparel. Our work is complimented in store with a few other select brands that also share our ethics. Click here to browse our collections.
What is this about?
We believe clothing should not be fast, nor be produced at the cost of the Earth or people along its production line. We exist to provide a high-quality alternative to the fast, mass-produced and unethical items that are too common in today's marketplace.
Everything we sell comes from sustainable and ethical sources. We create in-house, or via fair trade producers that have incredible stories of their own. Our staff earn above a living wage. Our collaborators are paid fairly. We believe that high quality, creative goods are best created as locally as possible or produced using transformative trade overseas.
Production lines can change communities, for better or for worse, and when we have transparent, honest and supportive creation, we can do good with business. To put it bluntly, choosing fair trade simply equates to the acknowledgement that someone else's life has an equal value to yours. Using recycled and sustainable products is the only way the world should be moving in today's climate. We're always looking to do better where we fail... To us, this is business the way it should be.
Where are you based?
Our workshop and HQ is in Marlborough - a beautiful region at the top of the South Island in New Zealand. We're available online 24/7 and ship worldwide. We do not have any physical stores but you can find us at a number of retailers around the country.
Are you a Collective?
No, we're a small business which collaborates with a number of talented individuals. We produce about 80% of the product in our store as well as a number of artworks. Indigo and Wills, our co-founders, work full time at our Marlborough HQ.
Although we make art, as well as our boards, we feel we make a better whole through collaboration. To complete our apparel and board art range, we work with around 30 artists. These collaborations give the guest-artists creative freedom whilst fitting the bill for our ethics and brand. We work with extraordinary people to produce high-quality, ethical and creative products.
Is your board art rideable?
Our board art is made for hanging on the wall as a unique form of artwork. However, we do make a range of riders which we can etch our range of collaboration artworks onto. Our two-board rideable offering includes our mini 'Bullet' board and our stainless steel strengthened bespoke 'Drop-through' decks.
What kinds of boards do you sell?
HAND-PAINTED ONE OF ONE: Our hand-painted one of kind boards are made purely for wall hanging. These are unique, bespoke and collectable art items crafted from macrocarpa, rimu or blackwood with many painting hours invested in them!
WINE-BARREL ART BOARDS: These were our original in-house made art board. Hand-built from recycled French oak wine barrels in our workshop, each deck is crafted from wine-soaked wood. After several years of refining and perfecting, our original barrel board makes a bespoke piece of art with a unique history. *NOTE: These are now a limited release. Sign up to our newsletter to find out more.
MACROCARPA ART BOARDS: Crafted from locally grown, small wood-lot macrocarpa, these blonde coloured beauties are our unique take on the retro skateboard - an ode to a classic which is specifically designed to look great on your wall. Laser etched or hand-painted artworks.
RIMU ART BOARDS: Created from recycled native wood which has been reclaimed from house renovations throughout the South Island. Polished up and shaped to create unique artworks with a range of hand-painted works from select guest artists.
BOARDS FOR RIDING: Our rider series are made from locally and sustainably grown blackwood. In two unique shapes, these are bespoke boards which you won't find anywhere else. You can add one of our selection of laser etched artworks as well as a custom inscription.
Are you a charity?
No, we're a social enterprise. This means we are a for-profit business that chooses to donate some of our profit to carefully paired charities or causes. We are a business for good and hope to inspire other businesses to do things this way too. We're really passionate about how our products are produced and, where we work with others, we need to know that it is a fair relationship. It is really important for us to support charities, groups and suppliers which help society and the natural environment.
Can I submit my artwork or be featured in your store?
You are welcome to submit your work but please know that we're not currently looking for any new artists.
Who makes your clothing?
We have several fair trade suppliers who put ethics and sustainability at the focus of their manufacturing. The majority of our apparel is made by the award winning NZ company, Little Yellow Bird. They manufacture in India using GOTs certified, rain-fed cotton which is traceable right back to the farms that grew the crop. Our clothing shapes, developed with our in-house pattern maker, Nathan Ingram, is unique to Paper Rain.
Our kids t-shirts are sourced from a Kiwi company based in Kolkata, India who help retrain women out of the sex industry. The tees are 100% fair trade and organic cotton.
These honorable Kiwi folk make sure our production teams are well cared for and that profits from every purchase goes towards community services such as sanitation, clean water and education. Our t-shirts are hand-printed in-house at our cherry farm orchard here in Marlborough.
Do you create custom designs?
We no longer produce custom designs for boards BUT we collaborate with many different artists to produce unique boards and we hope you will find something special for you in store. After a design we have but on a different type of board? E.g a Tobias Illustrations Wolf but on a wine-barrel board - Let's talk. Please email at email@example.com :)
Do you wholesale your clothing, boards or tote bags?
Yes! Check out our wholesale page for details or emails us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
How often do you get new t-shirt designs?
There is no set system for this. We support slow fashion, not fast fashion. Our design timelines depend on the speed of sales of our existing designs (which we hope to give time and space to be appreciated). We hope to eventually roll over our artwork more often, with a wider range of shapes and sizes but currently we are focussing on generating longevity in supporting the causes each design is paired with.
Do you screen-print commercially?
Can I swap or return my tee?
Absolutely! You can return or swap out the design or colour of a t-shirt - so long as the cotton has no marks and has not been washed or worn. As we are the only producers of these garments we are happy for you to make this change with us without a receipt. Please see more on this on our Returns & Exchanges page.
Will I have to pay international customs/ duties on my shipment?
Potentially! This really depends on which country you are in. NZ/Australia - heck no. Further abroad? Please check with your local post office to determine these charges. Read more on this over on our Shipping page.
Where do you get your Courier Bags from?
We are so happy to share this information with you! We get these great shipping bags from R3 Pack right here in NZ. They are matte black, home compostable and made from plants. So much awesome.
Do you offer lay-by on boards?
Yes! We now offer Afterpay throughout our online store. For other lay-by options, please email us at email@example.com to chat about options.