We love a man who is generous in the bedroom, and in life. Young dreamer and entrepreneur, Jamie Green, is the genius creator of Australian based sleepwear label 'One Night Stand', where every purchase provides a meal for a young person in need so everyone sleeps a little better.
'Ethically sourced' and 'social impact' are two values stitched into every decision made at One Night Stand and profits from your sleepwear range are donated to organisations which address issues of homelessness. Jamie, can you tell us how you developed such a strong passion for helping young people in need
We use the One for One model giving a meal to a young person in need with every sale, this way we ensure you are making an impact with every purchase.
After going through a bit of a rough patch myself following a failed business venture, it opened my eyes to the issue of young people sleeping rough. And I decided I wanted to help. I looked into starting a Non for Profit or becoming a social worker but I released my skills in business would be a much better use of time for the issue, so I decided to start a social business.
You have jumped into bed with the best do gooders going, can you tell us about your charity partners and the difference you are making together
We have recently partnered with Ozharvest who do a range of awesome things. One being food rescue and delivery to people in need. They also educate disadvantage young people around healthy cooking and eating.
When you launched One Night Stand you thought outside the box, by literally being in one for 24 hours on a Melbourne CBD street to raise awareness for your company and cause as part of ING Direct's Dreamstarter Program which even caught the attention of Sir Richard Branson. Can you tell us about your journey to that point, and how One Night Stand has changed your and other people's lives since
Ok yeah that was a bit crazy! I had partnered up with a company called ProjectProject who helped execute the idea. I had always been taught that if you didn't have much of a marketing budget to start a business you needed to do something extreme to get media attention. So the idea was to have my own One Night Stand to pre sell $24,000 worth of our first full range. Standing in the box changed my life view on how important chairs are. Since then (one year ago) we have contributed 4000 meals to young people sleeping rough and supported employment of migrants through our supply chain. We have also just signed on with a major Australian retailer who I can't name just yet, but will see us have a massive impact in 2015/16.
Not only do we love what you and One Night Stand sleepwear stand for, but we love your rad designs! They be satisfying our crazy for cactus, fruit salad lovin, boyfriend t-shirt borrowing, salty sweet dreamy ways! Where do you find inspirations for your designs
Hmm we really try to let our designs have a tailored personality. We aim to make you feel something different every time your wear a One Night Stand piece.
Who are your greatest teachers and what have they taught you
Hands down Branson. Not many people know I am dyslexic and dropped out of school after Year 10. His books have been my bible for years. He taught me that it's better to try and fail then never try at all. Also my Dad. He encouraged me that I could do anything when many others believed I could not.
Words you live by to sleep soundly at night
Everyday live by your value set, treat everyday as an adventure, and live your own life story.
Describe a day in the life of an Entrepreneur
Everyday is different. Sometimes you wake up and have great news and sometimes you have to solve massive issues. Today I woke up and followed up some emails at a cafe, then spent 2 hours at a bank trying to fix a problem, now I write this interview, then I'll meet a photographer for our next campaign and then I will drink a wine.
What advice would you give others who wish to start their own social enterprise and want to make a difference in this world
Find someone doing something like you, work out how they did it and then start. Take everyday as as it comes and find great mentors to guide you. Don't be afraid to fail and don't be afraid to try.
Why is it important to make a stand for what you are passionate about
We are only here for a short amount of time, it's important that we improve the world for the next people to come.
What exciting things does One Night Stand have in bed for us next
As mentioned before we just signed on with our first major retailer - more to come on that soon!
Anything else you want to add Jamie
Be kind to your Mumma (so cliche')