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After being orphaned in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, brothers Rob and Paul Forkan were determined to find a positive lining to their tragedy and to honour their parents. Launching Gandys 18 months ago, the brothers created a line of flip flops, an homage to their time travelling with their parents, with the hopes to better the lives of orphans around the world.

Gandys gives 10 per cent of their profits to support projects abroad that aid the provision of education and health care for children in need. By 2014, the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, Gandys are aiming to have sold 230,000 pairs of flip flops, making it possible to open the first Gandys children’s home. All money donated to the Gandys Fandation goes towards building Gandys first children’s home in India.

Gandys are unique in their rope strap design, and continue their love of travelling through to the regionally-stamped branding. As well as inspiring people around the world to join the movement and donate, the brothers have also made an impact in the fashion world, with celebrity fans and having just won the WGSN Global Fashion Award for best footwear/accessories design team.

If you’d like to know more, or to purchase a pair visit their website at or watch Rob and Paul’s introductory video at

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Paige Richards

Paige's nitpicking of misspelt menu items led her to find her love of editing. Living in her adopted city of Melbourne, she is ever in pursuit of the perfect coffee, and the perfect little black everything. And like the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said, she keeps her money where she can see it - hanging in her closet.

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