About Us


Self Sovereignty is run by two queer womxn of colour, myself and my wife, Laura.

We started Self Sovereignty as we found it difficult to find clothing which represented our values, our identities and paid tribute to our cultural lineages. I am the daughter of a refugee and have experienced first hand micro and macro aggressions due to my appearance and ethnicity.

Laura (Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa) identifies as takātapui - Māori and queer - and works in education familarising young people with Tikanga Māori and te reo Māori. The kaupapa or main idea behind our brand can be summarised as follows:

We hope to create quality apparel which helps continue important and needed conversations. We hope these conversations form the basis of action which works to dismantle systems of oppression with the end goal of bringing our ancestors dreams to fruition. We work to realize the dreams of our ancestors through our interactions, where we put our time and money and how we use words and images. 

Why Choose Us?

We print our products with care at our fulfillment centers in LA, Charlotte, Mexico, and Riga. Everyone enjoys paid time off, healthcare benefits, and a safe and friendly work environment.

Each facility has implemented corporate social responsibility initiatives, like LED lighting and recycling programs for paper, plastic, and glass. All ink waste is disposed of to meet environmental regulations. We also donate damaged products to charitable organizations.

Why we used water-based ink?

Screen printing is typically done with either plastisol or water-based ink. Water-based ink is superior for a number of reasons, including:

It’s environmentally friendly and safer for humans

As is implied by their name, plastisol inks are plastic-based. This means they contain a number of dangerous chemicals like PVCs and phthalates, which cause health issues and are harmful to the environment. Water-based inks do not contain such chemicals.

They also differ in how they’re cleaned up - water-based inks simply require water, while plastisol inks require the use of harmful solvents.

The end product is just plain better

Unlike plastisols, water-based inks soak into fabrics, which means they move and stretch with garments and won’t crack or fade with wear. This gives each print a soft, comfortable touch.