Chilly Autumn mornings are made so much better with a visit to TVM. Come hang at Burleigh today and shop boutique market stalls, Rack Sales, devour delish street eats and…
We first met Tess Willcox a decade ago, right at the beginning of The Village Markets journey. From the get-go, we were drawn to her highly intelligent, innovative, mover and…
We first met Tess Willcox a decade ago, right at the beginning of The Village Markets journey.
From the get-go, we were drawn to her highly intelligent, innovative, mover and shaker vibe.
When she wasn’t setting up shop at TVM peddling her Moroccan wares sourced during her latest exotic overseas jaunt, she was cruising the streets on her self-carved ‘soul deck’ or doing the 9-5 hustle as PR and Marketing Manager of World Resorts of Distinction.
What really stood out for us, though, and still continues to do so today, is her ability to be a damn good human – voicing her passion for our planet and using her platform to make change.
Here we chat to Tess about how to run a successful business and be socially conscious.
TVM: Tess, after many years of blood sweat and tears you’ve recently acquired your company, World Resorts of Distinction and you’re CEO! You are the true definition of girl-boss and it seems entrepreneurism is in your blood. Did you study PR, how did you come to work for such an amazing brand and did you always plan on running your own company?
Well firstly, it takes a legit girl-boss to know one, and I’ve always been so incredibly inspired by what you ladies have done and continue to do!! Now, the process, which one would anticipate was a lot more intentional than my own. I did study PR & Journalism back in my heyday. I went to university with the intention of becoming a broadcast journalist with a dream to work on Getaway (didn’t we all!?), however quickly discovered that back then I hated being in front of a camera. I also struggled with the concept of writing about topics I wasn’t 100% invested in. So, the journalism side of things didn’t capture me as much as I thought it would, but I’ve always been an avid writer, creative and traveller. Somehow a fusion of all of those things managed to manifest themselves into the dream job all those years ago. My first ‘career’ job out of university was as a Sales Executive for World Resorts of Distinction, which I now own. I never intentionally set out to become CEO and owner, but a serendipitous succession of life events led me here after 15 years on and off with the company. Being incredibly invested in creating an intentional life, it still blows my mind that I get to do what I do every day, and I’m daily amazed at how the universe served this up for me.
TVM: Tell us about World Resorts of Distinction, has the focus always been on sustainability and socially responsibility?
No, definitely not. That is a pure emulation of who I am and a passion project that I have been injecting into the business since I became a partner 3 years ago. When I took over as sole owner on 1 July 2018, that was the number 1 goal – rebrand and restructure the company to be the ONLY brand of its kind to solely focus on sustainability and social responsibility. My predecessor ran the company with a very different focus and concept, which was still very successful in its own right. However, for me to personally sit comfortably in what I do every day (which is a dream come true), I need to know that I am effecting positive change in this world. I have a deep-rooted craving to save the planet and to effect change in every way possible. I want to be an active participant in creating this world and know that I am here to be a part of the revolution.
TVM: Your profile says you are a ‘peripatetic eco warrior’. I recall you having your own Instagram account in this area a while back to raise awareness on caring for our planet and your company WRD is very active on this – is this an area that you have been passionate about since an early age?
In many ways yes, but I wasn’t as vocal with it when I was younger. It grew within me as I grew as a person and learnt to be less self-involved. I think when you grew up the way I did, in a small country town spending a lot of time on the land, and in the ocean, it is instilled in you. It isn’t a separate entity to us, the planet, so I don’t understand the ignorance towards it.
TVM: If you could share five tips for small businesses, so that they too can be more sustainable and socially responsible, what would they be?
- My dad always taught me to infiltrate from the inside out. So, first point of call is to inspire your team. Running a sustainable business starts with the people you directly impact first – your staff. So, it is important to first effect how they live their lives and inspire them to do better daily. It’s about progress not perfection
- Plastic Free Policy within the office – I personally think the fact that we even still discuss this is despicable. It’s quite simply the quickest and easiest way to have a positive effect on the environment. No one should be using disposable plastic, period. But beyond that, we need to be educating consumers and small businesses that green-washed solutions like Bio-degradable plastic isn’t the answer when the lifespan allows it to be sitting in landfill years later – compostable packaging is the key which YOU need to be responsible for composting in your back yard. The simplest way to reduce your impact is to re-use your ceramics / glass / steel from home.
- Encourage carbon neutral commutes or working from home – encourage staff to walk to the office, ride, catch the bus or the train, ride-share with other staff. This isn’t always an option, but when it is, we should be utilizing it. Allow staff to work from home in order to avoid daily travelling and offset any carbon from flights via the right kind of programs (directly with the airline and with companies like 1% for the planet etc).
- Climate Activism Involvement – Get involved in climate change activism on a business level. Use your platforms to educate your clients, followers, customers, database. Give them the information and make it simple for them to act. Outline HOW they can write to local government bodies, participate in protests and actively work within the community to save our environment.
- Support a clean Energy Provider as a business. I use POWERSHOP at home and for the office, who offset all of your carbon emissions, are advocated by Greenpeace and support 100% clean & green energy!!
TVM: What is the greatest piece of wisdom somebody has shared with you, that has helped shape the way you are today?
In hindsight I wish I had made a note of all the good advice I’ve been given. However Margaret Mead’s quote always rings in my ears when I feel hopeless; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
The time is now and we need to act as if it is our personal responsibility to save the world via whatever platform we are gifted.
Lastly, a few quick ones:
Fave podcast – 1. Green Dreamer 2. Live Awake 3. Offline, The Podcast
Fave book – The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfern
Fave show – Anything David Attenborough, and currently obsessed with The Bold Type
Fave movie – Out of Africa, Something’s Gotta Give
And just for fun:
Fave Gold Coast/Brisbane restaurant – Long Time
Fave GC/Brisbane coffee haunt – Stable Café (obviously)
Connect with Tess and World Resorts of Distinction:
Thanks so much for sharing Tess! x
TVM is on this Sunday and it’s set to be a cracking Sunday morning, come and hang with us for boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes by Rob Edwards…
TVM is on this Sunday and it's set to be a cracking Sunday morning, come and hang with us for boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes by Rob Edwards and Nick Cunningham and our famous Rack Sales!
Street food by Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Hungarian, Jabbawocky Grind, Jardin Juice Co, Lalah Bali, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus and Wildflower Patisserie.
Stalls include A Happy Home, Alona Alt Apparel, AYSA Shoes, Bam Loves Boo, Bandikoot Kids, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Forgotten Modern, Frocktail Party, Handmade Dreaming Co, Hemp & Nettle, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk, karasuccs, Kita Design, Lakiki, Lewd, Liineage, Limbo, Little Leas, LOCA SPORTSWEAR, Louv, Love of Lola, manning made, Night Tiger The Label, Olas Supply Co., Rustic Peppermint, Savia Skincare, Splash of Salt, Sweet Child of Mine, The Elements Co., The Lobster Shanty, Tusk Linen Co, Two In The Sun, Vash Bags, Vera Pelle, Zeffa and Fosse, Zulita and more.
Get ready for smooth live tunes this Sunday morning at TVM, courtesy of Rob Edwards (8:30am) and Nick Cunningham (11am). Stroll boutique market stalls, devour street eats, rummage the Rack…
Stroll boutique market stalls, devour street eats, rummage the Rack Sales and grab your spot in the sun listening to two very talented local musicians. A Sunday well spent!
TVM | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School.
Make sure you tag your pics #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets
Today Burleigh is bursting at the seams with the best boutique market stalls, street eats and lives tunes, plus our preloved Rack Sale. It’s your chance to get amongst local…
Today Burleigh is bursting at the seams with the best boutique market stalls, street eats and lives tunes, plus our preloved Rack Sale. It's your chance to get amongst local creatives, meet the makers and shop local.
Sunday 5 May 2019 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM
Get set for smooth live tunes this Sunday 5 May at Burleigh Heads. You can catch Jackson James Smith and Ondre Solien under the trees – so grab some food,…
Get set for smooth live tunes this Sunday 5 May at Burleigh Heads. You can catch Jackson James Smith and Ondre Solien under the trees - so grab some food, your buddies and a spot in the sunshine.
Be sure to tag your photos for your chance to be featured @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets
TVM is on this Sunday and we’re excited for a sun-soaked morning of shopping boutique market stalls and trawling pre-loved Rack Sales, feasting on breakfast and lunch under the trees…
TVM is on this Sunday and we're excited for a sun-soaked morning of shopping boutique market stalls and trawling pre-loved Rack Sales, feasting on breakfast and lunch under the trees while listening to live local tunes - who's in?
It's also your last chance to shop our boutique market stall lineup prior to Mothers Day so why not find the special women in your life a unique piece by a local creative small businesses? You'll find local designer labels, ceramics, candles, jewellery, handmade beauty products, art and more. Or perhaps a TVM Good Vibes market tote is on her wishlist?
Food stalls this Sunday include Hungarian, Lalah Bali, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Wild Flower Patisserie, Little Wahaca, The Wiener Haus, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Smoothjuice, Greens on Grains, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Jabbawocky Grind.
Boutique market stalls include Dolce Organico, S w e e t C h i l d of M i n e, ARAMINTA JAMES, Au Fait, Blu Sundaze Swimwear, Frankly my dear, Jbk, Lewd/Funky Sock Co, Love of Lola, One Fable, Attic Collective, Elke the Label, Gypsy Vibes, KHANUN, Piggyback Friends, Savia Skincare, Shawnee Made & Found, Caz Creations, Coastal Coral, Comfort &Calm, Crawford and Co Handmande, Danny Santangelo, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Esther Shelley Ceramics, Frocktail Party, Ginger & Vintage, Girlgoneretro, HARVEST CLAY, Hemp and Nettle, Huckleberry Flowers, Kita.Designs, Lanaci, Liineage, Mad plant ladies, My little glass jar, Natpop, Nicotte, Rustic Peppermint, Sleep-in Society, STEVIE JEAN, Studio Kalypso, Tahlee & Bench, The Essential Cleaner, The Handmade Collective & Co, the pod.me, Tusk Linen Co, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, Zeffa and Fosse and more.
Live tunes by Jackson James Smith (8:30am - 10:30am) and Ondre Solien (11am - 1pm).
Plus a HUGE pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale lineup you wont want to miss.
Make sure you tag your photos for your chance to be featured #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets and you can pickup some Good Vibes TVM merchandise at our Info tent.
See you on Sunday! Tell your friends, here.
TVM | Sunday 5 May 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School
Image by Create with Frankie.
Nothing beats a crisp April morning spent in a choc-fuelled haze crusing around TVM. Grab a coffee (or a detox juice!) and gather your pals and head down to Burleigh…
Nothing beats a crisp April morning spent in a choc-fuelled haze crusing around TVM. Grab a coffee (or a detox juice!) and gather your pals and head down to Burleigh Heads State School to check out the best boutique market stalls, lives tunes and street eats.
Sunday 21 April 2019 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM
Image: Tracey Moakes Photography
This Easter Sunday at TVM is looking pretty sweet indeed (pardon the pun!). Among an unrivaled lineup of boutique market stalls and delicious street eats, you’ll find live tunes by…
This Easter Sunday at TVM is looking pretty sweet indeed (pardon the pun!).
Among an unrivaled lineup of boutique market stalls and delicious street eats, you'll find live tunes by Phil and Tilley and Scott Dalton.
8:30am - 10:30am Phil and Tilley
11am - 1pm Scott Dalton
Grab a spot under the trees with your favourite people and hang here for the morning - good vibes, always!
TVM | Sunday 21 April | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Phil and Tilley
Phil and Tilley started writing music together in the autumn of 2012 surrounded by the New Forest (UK) - an ancient woodland situated on the southern coast of England and an inspiration for these lifelong friends.
Phil and Tilley play a blend of alternative acoustic/folk music, with influences from artists such as Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper and John Martyn. They incorporate their own ideas, using a slide guitar, the more traditional acoustic guitar and an unusual, fold-up-for-travel, upright bass, to create a sound that is uniquely their own. A yearning for travel and playing music has seen them play in Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium and South East Asia but their story continues to take them wherever the music allows them to go.
When Scott Dalton was barely seven, he had abandoned bionicles, swapping Lego for Ludwig. A natural aptitude for the keyboard created a fierce passion for music unfulfilled by just one instrument. By 13, Scott had added guitar to his repertoire of skills, alternating between electric and acoustic. It was in his senior year that Scott realised the potential in his voice, honing his vocals into something of incredible power. Never the underachiever, Scott combined passion, an intrinsic knowledge of the music industry and undeniable talent into launching his singer-songwriter career. Influenced by a mixture of Matt Corby, John Mayer, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd, Scott's unique sound is one that does not demand attention but entices it. Both intimate and emboldening, Scott's music resonates with his listeners, irrespective of numbers and is not just a song but an experience.
If you’re on the Coast this Sunday then you’re in for a treat – the Gold Coast’s fave boutique market (that’s us!) and Sunday must-do event is happening. Join us…
If you're on the Coast this Sunday then you're in for a treat - the Gold Coast's fave boutique market (that's us!) and Sunday must-do event is happening. Join us for boutique market stalls by local creatives, live music, street food stalls and plenty of good vibes. We can't wait to see you!
Food stalls include Baby It's Cold Outside, BEETNIK, Hungarian, Jardin Juice Co, Lalah Bali and Jamu Jawa, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, Weiner Haus, Wild Flower Patisserie.
Stalls by Dandelion Wine Art, DESERT WANDERER, Dust, Figbowl, For The Love of Grace, Forgotten Modern, Frocktail Party, Girlgoneretro, Haize the label, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk, Kopal, La Carolina, Lakiki, Lanaci, Lewd , Liineage, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Lubajo Apparel, manning made, Mermaid Collective, Moggy Designs, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Owlet, Rustic Peppermint, Salty Soul Surfwear, Sleep-in Society, STEVIE JEAN, The Essential Cleaner, Tusk Linen Co, Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.
Live tunes by Phil and Tilley (it's their first time at TVM!) and a crowd fave, Scott Dalton.
Make sure you pick up a limited edition Good Vibes market tote from the TVM info tent on arrival so you can fill it with your market finds and take a little piece of TVM home with you.
Tag your photos #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets so we can see them!
TVM | Sunday 21 April 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School
Our second event at Stones Corner, Brisbane last month on Sunday 31 March saw Stones Corner bustling as we lined leafy Logan Road with the best boutique stalls, live tunes…
Our second event at Stones Corner, Brisbane last month on Sunday 31 March saw Stones Corner bustling as we lined leafy Logan Road with the best boutique stalls, live tunes and street eats. You visited in droves, checking out all on offer and the local boutiques, cafes and restaurants and shopping up a storm from the local talent on offer.
There's also exciting partnership opportunities available for local like-minded businesses and you can find out more info here.
Images: MNDY Photography
Nothing beats a crisp Autumn morning spent at TVM. Grab your crew, swing past one of our two coffee vans and pick yourself up a fresh brew, then make your…
Nothing beats a crisp Autumn morning spent at TVM. Grab your crew, swing past one of our two coffee vans and pick yourself up a fresh brew, then make your way around our lineup of beautiful boutique stalls, hit the preloved rack sale, then retire to live tunes under the trees.
See you today Sunday 7 April 2019 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM
We love getting to know our TVM community and this week we spoke to Natasha Knight, creative and founder behind inspiring fashion and lifestyle brand, One Fable. What does One…
We love getting to know our TVM community and this week we spoke to Natasha Knight, creative and founder behind inspiring fashion and lifestyle brand, One Fable.
What does One Fable stand for and how did the label come about?
Here at One Fable we stand for simple, natural and uncomplicated style.
The label began as my Graduate project at UNSW Art and Design in 2015, where I studied Textile and Product Design, with a focus on Artisan made goods. My husband and I spent 6 months living in India, working with various Artisan groups (weaving, block printing, leather craft, & bell makers ).
The project was originally a documentary, with a small textile collection, it was a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the textile industry and the role that sustainability plays within a consumer society. The project was really well received and we won a few Awards, so we decided to take things a step further and create a brand based around our passion for simple and authentic craft objects and fashion.
When did you launch?
At first, we sold our designs at local markets around Sydney where we were living but we officially launched at Life In-style in Feb 2017. We then had two beautiful babies and decided to move to Byron Bay to live the dream and get a little closer to nature.
What products does the label include?
We are a lifestyle brand, so our products are quite varied. We cover the full spectrum of needs, for a beautiful and laid-back home and wardrobe, such as home decor, fashion, and accessories. At the moment, we create limited edition capsule collections out of natural fibres, as well as Artisan made decor objects - always simple, and always natural. We believe each piece should compliment your lifestyle, by being easy to wear and beautiful to look at - nothing more and nothing less.
Where are the products designed and made?
All of our products are designed by myself, here in Byron Bay. We have a beautiful Studio by the beach, where we conceive and shoot our product ranges. We work with various Artisan groups in India, as well as Bali to bring our designs to life.
We travel with our 1 and 2 year old in tow, because its important for us that they understand the beauty and variety that this world has to offer.
In the future we plan on exploring Latin America and Europe (I am originally from Canada and my husband is from Italy), so I have always wanted to get back to that side of the world and see what magic we can create.
What can we expect to find at your One Fable market stall this Sunday at TVM?
As usual, we will try to curate a beautiful world of objects and fashion for you to choose from.
Our main focus is on helping others to achieve a bit of effortless calm and style in their lives, by focusing on form, texture and material. We believe surrounding ourselves with natural beauty has such a positive impact on your frame of mind, and consequently how you carry yourself in the world.
Do you have one piece of advice for anyone who might be starting a creative career, based on your own personal experience?
My only advice is, do it for the love of it - period.
If your heart is invested in what you are doing, everything else will eventually fall into place. Stay true to your passions and don’t be afraid of making mistakes (that is often where the magic is!)
Thank you so much Natasha!
You can find One Fable this Sunday 7 April at TVM (and most other TVM events) from 8:30am – 1pm at Burleigh Heads, or shop online here.
TVM is on this Sunday and we can’t wait to see you for boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and our monthly Rack Sales. Street food stalls include ALEGNA…
TVM is on this Sunday and we can't wait to see you for boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and our monthly Rack Sales.
Street food stalls include ALEGNA WOODFIRE PIZZA, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Green Mango Salads, Greens On Grains, Hungarian, Jabbawocky Grind, Jardine Juice Co, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little Wahaca, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey magic, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Wiener Haus and Wildflower Patisserie.
Stalls include Sweet Child of Mine, 88 Fahrenheit, Alton Goods, Au Fait, Bandeaux, Beautiful Batches, Caz Creations, Coastal Coral, Crawford & Co Handmade, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellry, Drift Trading Co, Eco Sister, Fabric of Society, Forgotten Modern, Franklymydear, Frocktail Party, Handmade Dreaming Co, HARVEST CLAY, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk designs, karasuccs, Lakiki, Lewd, Limbo, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Love of Lola, manning made, Melon & Goliath, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Rustic Peppermint, Tahlee & Bench, The Essential Cleaner, The Lobster Shanty, The SunLounge, The, Woven Store, Villa Gaia, zeffa and fosse, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, Dolce Organico and more.
Pickup your TVM market tote from our info tent and join the Good Vibes club, you will be able to re-use it every time.
Some parking is available on the oval and in surrounding streets, or you can catch the many forms of public transport that are available to and from Burleigh Heads.
TVM | Sunday 7 April | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets
Catch live local tunes at TVM this Sunday in beautiful Burleigh Heads! The lineup: 8:30am – 10:30am Ondre Solien 11am – 1pm Rob Edwards TVM | Sunday 7 April |…
Catch live local tunes at TVM this Sunday in beautiful Burleigh Heads!
8:30am - 10:30am Ondre Solien
11am - 1pm Rob Edwards
TVM | Sunday 7 April | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets
Find The Village Markets at Logan Road, Stones Corner today from 9AM-2PM, we’re will be showcasing the best lineup of boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art & lifestyle, as…
Find The Village Markets at Logan Road, Stones Corner today from 9AM-2PM, we're will be showcasing the best lineup of boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art & lifestyle, as well as street food, live tunes and good vibes.
Sunday 31 March 2019 at Logan Road, Stones Corner 9AM-2PM
Images: Frankie the Creative
TVM is Brisbane bound this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! Join our street party and our biggest Brissie lineup to date, with 90 boutique market stalls in fashion,…
TVM is Brisbane bound this weekend and we couldn't be more excited! Join our street party and our biggest Brissie lineup to date, with 90 boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle, street food, live tunes and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales.
Stalls include AKAZI, eLKa creative, Indie Boho, Knotted Honey, Lila n Me, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Lubajo Apparel, Lewd, Au Fait, Rustic Pastel, Lokoa the Label, McKenzie HOUSE, Osborne & Co, Solis & Mare, Sahara Blue Co, Alma Mexicana Boutique, Alton Goods, ALULU, Aneara, Annette Daley Designs, Attic Collective, Bam Loves Boo, Caz Creations, Clive Street, Coastal Coral, Comfort & Calm, DESERT WANDERER, Drift Trading Co., Dust, Fabric of Society, Forgotten Modern, Gabsies Beads, Grotti Lotti, Haize the label, Hemp and Nettle, Homely Creatures, inBLACK. the label, Indigo Bay, Jbk designs, Kaiz Studio, karasuccs, kiki j designs, Kita.Designs, Lava Living, Little Leas, Mad Plant Ladies, Melon & Goliath, Night Tiger The Label, Oh Hey Lovely, Prospere, Queenie's, Beeswax Wraps, Rustic Peppermint, Sluggers Swimwear, Smidge, Snoep, Son + Moon, Tahlee & Bench, The Essential Cleaner, The Handmade Collective & Co, The Lobster Shanty, VASH, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, Limbo , One fable, Born The Label, zeffa and fosse and Nicotte.
Food stalls include ICED TEA CO, Little Wahaca, Abiocco, The Wiener Haus and more.
We’re supporting local charity group the RSPCA this Sunday so come and swoon over their gorgeous adoption puppies!
Our first pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale is also happening this Sunday at TVM Stones Corner, with locals peddling their pre-loved wares for bargain prices. (There are still some last minute spots available to join this lineup so jump on and apply now).
You can pick-up your very own Good Vibes TVM merch and market tote from our TVM Info Tent this Sunday too!
Tag your pics so we can see them at @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets and be sure to tell your friends, here.
TVM | Sunday 31 March | 9am - 2pm | Logan Road, Stones Corner
This week we introduce you to Hannah Holmes, founder and creative behind children’s label Bam Loves Boo. TVM: How did your journey into running your own business begin? BLB: Prior…
This week we introduce you to Hannah Holmes, founder and creative behind children's label Bam Loves Boo.
TVM: How did your journey into running your own business begin?
BLB: Prior to starting Bam Loves Boo, I was a ladies and children's wear designer in the surf-wear industry on the Gold Coast and had been a clothing designer for over 10 years.
When I started a family and went on maternity leave I felt I needed that creative outlet, so I turned my focus to starting my own babies-wear brand.
The flexibility and lifestyle that has come along with it has meant that instead of returning to work I have been fortunate enough to stay at home with my daughter and work from home.
When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
I started my business in January 2017 but it wasn't until November that year that I launched my website and clothing. It was when sister came to visit that it really started, until then it had just all been in my head but then it was once I started saying it out loud and had someone to bounce-off and ask questions, that it started to put the wheels in motion.
What does your brand consist of?
Bam Loves Boo is a babies and children's clothing range with clean and neutral colour palettes, coordinating prints and unisex pieces.
All Bam Loves Boo clothing is made from a unique fabrication, a perfect blend of bamboo and certified organic cottons, which means they are beautifully soft, stretchy and breathable for comfortable wear and play. It also means that they are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
We are all about making beautiful clothing that you love, for the little people you love, in an eco-friendly and socially responsible way.
Where is the label designed and made?
Bam Loves Boo is designed by myself at my home in Brisbane, I design all the prints, garments and colours myself and then the fabric is woven specifically for us to our required blend and weight instead of off the roll. This is then dyed using eco-friendly dyes, to my chosen colours.
Bam Loves Boo is made in southern China with my fantastic manufacturer that I have known for over ten years, visited and built an amazing friendship with. This year I will be going over to stay with her family and see our pieces made first hand – and she just told me she is pregnant, so now I am even more excited to go and meet her own mini muse.
What inspires you?
It is very cliche by ultimately my daughter inspires a lot of my designs, as I learn as a mother from her what I look for in babies clothing. For example, we didn't find out her gender during pregnancy, which really helped to shape my brand to be entirely gender neutral. Then when she arrived, the priority was that it had to first be soft and comfortable but stretchy and easy to wear and put on and off.
I decided early on that my formula would be one colour repeat-patterns as well as each one being unisex and timeless. Although it can be limiting, I find having a formula really helps to keep me focused and make it cohesive.
What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
Ultimately I hope it means I can stay at home working on Bam Loves Boo to allow me to be around my family in the early years. I have really enjoyed doing some fantastic collaborations with other local brands, where we have worked together on new products. I would really like to continue with this path.
What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Definitely the ethical and eco-friendly side was most challenging and still is really. Sadly, its not an easy area to navigate, it’s cheaper and easier not to be environmentally conscious, so I felt like I was really having to go against the grain in all areas to tick all the boxes I was after.
It was very challenging to ensure my ethical standards and needs were met and also to ensure these claims were backed with certifications.
What is the best thing about having your own business?
The freedom to work from home around my daughter and the friendships I made this past year through Instagram - it’s a pretty great community to be a part of.