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Designer Profile :: Amanda Monique

This week we chat to designer Amanda Yarsley, who launched her locally designed and made women’s fashion label Amanda Monique in July 2017. Tell us about your background, in a…

This week we chat to designer Amanda Yarsley, who launched her locally designed and made women's fashion label Amanda Monique in July 2017.

Tell us about your background, in a nutshell?

A: I was originally undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology whilst working casually in fashion retail, which was where I ended up finding my real passion. I decided to leave my current course to study Fashion Design and Technology and went on to work for a major Australian Swimwear brand.

What made you pursue your creative passion?

A: I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I love fashion and how there are no limits to what you can do with it. The support and encouragement I received from my fiancé helped push me to pursue my dreams too.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

A: The creative process began in 2016, but a lot of the hard work was done last year before the launch in late July 2017.

What does your brand consist of?

A: Women’s casual clothing. I wanted to start with a range of functional and comfortable women’s dresses and go from there. I have just introduced a range of t-shirts now too, which is pretty exciting.

Where is the label designed and made?

A: My whole collection comes from right here on the Gold Coast. The design process takes place in my Burleigh studio and is made locally here as well.

What inspires you?

A: Creating unique and fun staple pieces. I like getting inspiration from my environment, different eras and cultures, and I love the idea of reworking different elements of fashion. I don’t want to make disposable pieces – I’m not into fast fashion.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

A: My plans are to grow the brand into something amazing and unique, and I hope it takes me everywhere!

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

A: Of course, taking the plunge financially was always in the back of my mind, but doing everything for the first time was the biggest challenge for me, especially as I was doing it all on my own. Each step was a learning curve, but I’m all the better for it.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

A: I love the freedom it gives me to pursue my ideas. Being in charge gives me a chance to explore creatively as well as being able to stick to my moral compass by using local companies in the production process and having the freedom to gather all of my materials from ethical sources.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

A: Start as soon as you can, and don’t listen to anyone telling you that you can’t. Figure out what you really want to do and don’t spend too much time trying to get it perfect before you start – you can always build and change things along the way.

Shop online with Amanda Monique, here and find her at TVM.

 

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Designer Profile :: Little Bliss Skincare

Meet Melissa Rose, founder of Little Bliss Skincare. This teacher-turned Organic Cosmetic Science graduate and beauty brand entrepreneur, has created a brand that is visually stunning and importantly, inspiring women…

Meet Melissa Rose, founder of Little Bliss Skincare. This teacher-turned Organic Cosmetic Science graduate and beauty brand entrepreneur, has created a brand that is visually stunning and importantly, inspiring women to prioritise self care.

"A few years ago, I was casual teaching in London and got really caught up in the daily grind. I was getting pretty stressed and my skin started really reflecting that. It was super sensitive and reactive, but when I went searching for natural skincare products, the large majority of them seemed to have either questionable synthetic ingredients, known irritants or high levels of essential oils, even if they were advertised as ‘organic’ or ‘hypoallergenic’. It was then that I decided to study Organic Cosmetic Science to create my own skincare range."

TVM: What made you pursue your creative passion?

MR: Once I started studying, I was spending all my free time formulating. When I was at work, I couldn’t stop thinking about getting home to create new face masques. Time flies when I’m in research or creating mode and I realized that sharing self-care rituals to inspire women to prioritise themselves is what I really want to be doing all day every day.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

It’s been a long time in the making, but I officially launched the Little Bliss website In January, 2017.

What does your brand consist of?

Currently the Little Bliss range consists of the first vital step of any skincare regime,  exfoliation. The coco coffee scrub is an all over body scrub and the detoxifying charcoal masque is a very gentle exfoliation for the face. I’m working on finalising some exciting new formulations also.

Where is the label designed and made?

I formulate each product and make them myself in small batches by hand, here in Burleigh Heads.

What inspires you?

I’m constantly inspired in everyday life. But mostly by travel, nature, friends, family and people who have the courage to pursue their dreams and passions.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Wearing so many hats, having to be everyone at once. It’s a very steep learning curve, but I love it!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Getting to set my own daily schedule, which usually means a morning beach walk and swim with my husband. It beats working for a boss any day.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

You’ll be surprised the things you can achieve when you believe you can. Just believe, and start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be progress. You will work out the rest as you go.

Find Melissa and Little Bliss Skincare at TVM, this Sunday 18 February 2018.

Connect with Little Bliss Skincare:

Website, here.

Instagram, here.

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Stall Profile :: Salty Soul Surfwear

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM. Tell us about how and when your label was created? I am a…

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I am a graphic Designer and I always dreamed about becoming my own boss. I love the ocean and I love swimwear. I am also very passionate about our beautiful planet, I am always willing to do something to help the environment and I never really found a brand that makes ethical, comfortable, good quality swimwear that I love... So I decided to create my own.

What pieces are included within your range?

We have bikinis, one piece, long sleeve surf suit and cropped vest. From size 6 to 10, for all the ocean lovers out there.

What is your creative background?

I Studied Graphic design back in 2009. Finished in 2011. Since then, I have been working in offices doing magazine and advertising designs. Not really what I loved to do but it paid the bills for a while.  I used to do some freelancing just so I would be a bit closer to what I really loved to do. In 2014 I decided to pursuit my dream and started drawing a swimwear collection and some prints. I fell in love with the whole idea and decided to create Salty Soul Surfwear.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in Australia and made in Indonesia

I traveled to Indonesia once I had all my designs and prints ready so I could find a place to produce the bikinis. I tried to keep it local but my budget was really small. So I found a family owned business over there and met everyone involved with my bikinis. I think it’s important for every business owner to know exactly what the work conditions are when manufacturing products overseas.

What inspires you?

Surfing. The Ocean inspires me.

Latest collection consists of?

Mimpi Collection is our very first collection and it’s all about pursuing your own dreams.

What's on your mood board?

Lots of perfect waves in a clear water, paradise island.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Bob Marley. He inspires me anywhere, anytime.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Eat, Surf, Create, Surf, Sleep. And a few other things in between haha

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Dusty Child. They have some super cute clothes for kids.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Travel Books. I love to travel. 😉

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2013 and beyond?

We want to expand our range to make some spring suit neoprene next year. All sustainable, without costing the earth.

Also getting involved with more projects to help the environment.

I’m not sure if I mentioned but we have partnered with Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund and are going to plant 1 tree for every product sold.

Why TVM?

I Just love the incentive that TVM gives to brand new local businesses. Love to see the community helping each other out. I went to the last 2 markets and the vibe was just amazing! You guys rock!

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love the friendly vibe, the live music and the yum food!

Connect with Salty Soul Surfwear, here.

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Designer Profile :: elodie Jewellery

Meet Elodie Darwish, founder of beautiful handcrafted contemporary jewellery label elodie Jewellery. Tell us about how and when your label was created? About 12 years ago when I completed my…

Meet Elodie Darwish, founder of beautiful handcrafted contemporary jewellery label elodie Jewellery.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

About 12 years ago when I completed my design studies. I started off making jewellery on the side of my day job, and 12 years later I’m still doing it.

What pieces are included within your range?

Everything from rings to cuff-links to necklaces and bangles.

What is your creative background?

I studied Industrial Design at Uni and then went on to do jewellery design at TAFE in Melbourne.

Where is the label designed and made?

Until now I’ve been hand making my designs.  Although as I’m ready to grow the business, I’m in the process of considering other avenues of getting my designs partly produced so that I can finish them off.

What inspires you?

Mostly form, geometric and organic.  I’m often inspired by furniture and lighting and other design objects I see in lifestyle magazines, in stores, online.

Latest collection consists of?

I’m just working on a new collection at the moment that will introduce some new rings and new earrings.

What's on your mood board?

I don’t have one….but I have heaps of Pinterest boards that I trawl through to spark ideas and I can tell you now there is no theme or trend…it’s the biggest miss mash of boards you ever did see.

What’s your creative space like?

To be honest a little messier than I’d like.  I’ve nailed keeping my room clean and tidy now that I’m a grown up…but somehow I’ve not managed to extend that to my studio.  Working on it.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Generally nothing.  I like working in silence, most people think I’m crazy.  Occasionally I listen to the radio if I feel like a bit of top 40 fun or I’ll listen to pod casts.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Well on a studio day (when not at the day job) I like to start early after I’ve been for a walk.  What I’m doing varies from week to week, whether I’m making rings or making parts to earrings or painstakingly working out what I could do on social media, that part kills me.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Ummmm….because I haven’t actually had a chance to check everyone else out yet, as I’ve only done one market and was there solo, BUT, I did make my way to Mio Wraps to get the most delicious buckwheat wrap!! They are my favourite!

Favourite reads/blogs?

I love scrolling through Scandinavian design blogs and design websites in general.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Something super comfy - jeans and a top or an easy dress.

I’m not much of a label girl.  I’ll buy what I like no matter where it’s from.  The wardrobe spans across quite an array of labels from something second hand to the staple Aussie labels to the occasional (Aussie) designer piece.   I LOVE bright colours. I’m not afraid to where the most vibrant colours possible….and then some days I do the Melbourne thing and wear all black…usually that day means it’s bloody cold outside…often it’s unintentional.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

well, I’m working on new pieces at the moment…I don’t know how it will unfold.  Basically my plan for here on in is to get my work out there.  I’ve been a little lazy over the years but I’ve been given the kick up the bum I needed and so it’s time to bust out.

Connect with elodie Jewellery, here.

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Stall Profile :: Calm Body and Home

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home. I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for…

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home.

I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for the residential and commercial sector. This organically lead into colour consulting, interior styling then renovations, opening up a retail store and then the joy of furthering both my design and art skills.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I’ve always found art to be a form of meditation for me, and through a health journey, that enhanced my spiritual journey, I realised I wanted to be a compass to my sons and live my passion; so hopefully I’m showing them that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

It was after meeting my now husband 15 years ago, and deciding to pursue my creativity. However, my real passion, Calm Body and Home eventuated about a year ago, and I’ve just launched the new site, products and social media these last few months.

What does your brand consist of?

Calm Body and Home is all about gently guiding people to live a healthier and calmer life. Through my design, I’ve created a series of artworks, aromatherapy products and workshops that are geared towards living a holistically healthier life.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is created on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

This life that I’ve been so blessed to have, my sons, my health and the beautiful souls I get to meet daily.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

Eventually I would love to see someone running the Calm Body and Home products so I can concentrate on the creative and host more workshops to spread the word. I’ve been blessed to meet people from the UK who have shown interest in my products so I would love to see them over there and even team up with like souls to host some workshops abroad too. I would love to see people realise that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy and by using the kits I’ve created, people from all demographics can do just that.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I’m in my forties, and as much as I don’t like to use that as an excuse, I’ve never used social media up until recently, so this has been a whole new expertise and learning experience - but I’m getting there! A challenge is always good for the soul (!).

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The feeling of achievement, being able to attend events at my children’s school and having such beautiful comments of how it’s helped people in various aspects of their life. It’s such a blessing.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

Have all your ducks in a row, be brave with social media, but most importantly live your truth; don’t suffer from ‘comparitonitis’, as by living your passion, you will raise your vibration and attract like souls or those that need to be attracted to you. If you live your truth, all will unfold at the right time.

Connect with Calm Body and Home, here.



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Stall Profile :: Staple and Hue

We love a good startup story and this week we’re thrilled to be presenting you with the latest TVM Startup Stall recipients, Sera Bagnall and Tal Graham of STAPLE &…

We love a good startup story and this week we're thrilled to be presenting you with the latest TVM Startup Stall recipients, Sera Bagnall and Tal Graham of STAPLE & HUE.

So ladies, how did STAPLE & HUE come to life?

We first both met working in retail, and since then starting a label was a topic we often spoke about. We always loved experimenting by altering clothes to how we believed they could look better.

Both of us have always been so drawn to simple pieces that we can make our own, so the concept for Staple & Hue flowed really organically. The creative/business process for Staple & Hue began in June 2016.  From the moment we first spoke about creating our own label, we knew that we wanted to design staple pieces that we could mix and match to create either dressy or casual looks. Along our journey, we were blessed to have become friends with an amazing lady named Ann Wilson, who naturally became our mentor.

Neither of us have studied fashion or business at university but we worked hard every single day for over a year to get our label off the ground.

With our strong amount of passion, drive and guidance from Ann, our dream became our reality and Staple & Hue launched July 2017.

What pieces are included within your range?

  • The Staple Bodysuit
  • The Staple Halter
  • The Staple Mini Dress
  • The Staple Jumper Dress
  • The Staple Parka
  • The Staple Silk Scarf
  • The Staple Wide Leg Pants

What is your creative background?

Sera: I have been obsessed with fashion since I was a little girl and designing clothing has been a dream of mine since as young as I can remember. I have always had an eye for fashion, styling and putting all kinds of things together creatively. I believed that at some stage in my life, the universe would allow my passion to find its way to me, and it all started from a very low point in my life. For that, I am thankful & allow that to be my driving force. I am also so lucky to have found a best friend in Tal. We are both passionate perfectionists and we make the best team. Everything flows naturally.

Tal: My creative background comes predominantly from dance and fashion, which both go hand in hand with each other. I grew up dancing, doing competitions and shows my whole life as well as maintaining a professional career in dance for 6 years. I was constantly surrounded by costumes and wardrobe and from a young age this fueled my love for fashion.  When I wasn’t dancing I was creating outfits and experimenting with different styles. Sera and I met when we were just 22 years old and instantly bonded over our love for all things fashion, style and creativity. We always knew that one day when the time was right we would follow our dreams together. Knowing now that we have, is the most satisfying and fulfilling feeling in the world.

Where is the label designed and made?

Staple & Hue is designed by us locally on the Gold Coast and manufactured overseas in China.

What inspires you?

Sera: Music, traveling, fashion photography, being creative with my own personal style, discovering upcoming trends/fashion influencers and also my best friends – we inspire and motivate each other so much and we are all creatives in some form.

Tal: I love seeing other people follow their passion and truly succeed in doing so. This to me is so inspirational and gives me a huge amount of motivation and drive. Family and friends inspire me endlessly as well as fashion, music, culture, art, travel and style. I find that he more creative I allow myself to be, the more inspired I become.

What's on your mood board?

Our mood board consists of fashion photography, trends we dig, photo filters, brands that inspire us, celebrity style pictures, fabrics and colors we love and also photoshoot location inspo.

What’s your creative space like?

Sera: I feel most creatively inspired when I’m listening to music in my living room. I have a beautiful view of the ocean & sky. I find my creative juices flow when my mind is calm and I am in an open space.

Tal: My creative space is constantly changing like my life and I've learned to adjust with it. When I am feeling inspired I can work anywhere as long as I have music playing and some yummy food!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Music is our motivation. We are obsessed with hip hop and RnB music, both old school and new school. Our favorite artists we are currently listening to are Gold link, Ty Dolla $ign, Partynextdoor,  Jhene Aiko, Masego, SZA, Kaytranada, French Montana, Drake, The Weekend, J Cole etc…

A day in the life of you consists of?

At the moment both our lives are pretty hectic! We both work full time jobs, we live in separate states and both in-between and outside of our day jobs we are working on Staple & Hue. FaceTime meetings are a daily occurrence to go over all things work (and life) related. We both believe in the importance of being organized by setting time-frames when working towards our goals.

Favourite TVM stall?

(Former TVM stall and now international success) Grace Bijoux! We met the owner Lisa when she first started at TVM. Since launching Staple & Hue, Lisa showed support by lending her incredible pieces to style with our first collection for our photoshoot.

Favourite reads/blogs?

We don’t really have a favorite blog as such, however we are constantly inspired by what and who we discover on Instagram. Some of our favorite fashion influencers at the moment are: Rachel Tee Tyler, Rahnee Bransby, Xanetia Unnarae, Maddison Bear, Shannen Jai, Yan Yan Chan, Nadia Fairfax, Bella Hadid, RiRi & we can’t forget the Kardashians!

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Either a full Staple & Hue outfit or at least one piece of our collection paired with denim & cute sneakers.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2018 and beyond?

Our next collection will have a more feminine vibe and features lots of bows, along with more vibrant, summer, tones for our next color hue release. Expect to see another bodysuit, mini dress, crop top, maxi dress and some cute refreshers. We can’t wait!

 

Connect with Staple and Hue at TVM this Sunday 10 December and online via their website, here.

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Designer Profile :: Yoga + Sculpt

This week we’ve chatted to Samantha Hopper, founder of Yoga + Sculpt. Find her this Sunday 5 November at TVM! Tell us about how and when your label was created?…

This week we've chatted to Samantha Hopper, founder of Yoga + Sculpt. Find her this Sunday 5 November at TVM!

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

It was September 2015 when I started this journey! As everyone knows LIFE GETS BUSY!!

I was fitness instructing everyday and I starting searching for the perfect exercise mat... They were all so boring! There was nothing in the market that was inspiring me and encouraging me to get up and go and exercise. So... I decided why not MAKE MY OWN YOGA MATS!

The design process was fun because I’ve always been a creative person. You can check out my blog post The Yoga Mat Dream to see some sneak peaks of my original inspiration and step by step design process.

After a couple of years delay I finally decided to dedicate my time and energy back to YOGA+SCULPT and follow through with getting my mats manufactured. It was the best feeling when they arrived in Australia and I could finally start sharing my passion and hard work with everyone.

What pieces are included within your range?

When you purchase a Y+S Yoga mat you receive a 100% quality organic yoga mat, a strap (which you can use in your practices, a yoga guide poster which gives you 16+ exercises to do on your mat, plus a couple of Y+S designer stickers.

What is your creative background?

I have no official design background however I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and a creative person. I love interior design and fashion design so I guess I wanted to bring that flare and print excitement to yoga mats!

Where is the label designed and made?

The Y+S mats have been designed locally on the Gold Coast. They are manufactured in China.

What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from many different aspects of my life; travel, scenery, fashion and the genuine feelings within myself when I feel connected or moved by something. Specifically for the Y+S mats I wanted vibrancy and happiness! I was envisioning rolling out the mat on the top of a hill, looking out over the horizon. I wanted to bring nature into the designs; which is why I have chosen all 4 designs to feature some sort of leafy pattern for continuity.

Tell us about your collection?

This is my first collection, it consists of four designs:

The Freedom Yoga Mat’ which is a vibrant blue/purplish colour, a little more neutral only having one colour for people who like simplicity.

The Vitality Yoga Mat’ which is the timeless and very on trend green palm pattern. I believe this suits all environments and is great for someone who loves nature!

The Tranquil Yoga Mat’ is more sophisticated and stylish. Incorporating black and white with a splash of colour. The very vibrant colour pop is amazing and so striking when it’s rolled out! The pink abstract flowers have a watercolour effect that I think gives even more style and design to the mat.

The Bliss Yoga Mat’ has the most going on in terms of pattern. The Bliss features triangles that are a reference to balance, palm leaves that suggest lightness and airiness and the super cute pebble stone polka dot clusters that again is a reference back to natures different textures.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board was covered in geographic print inspo! It had ample colour references and different leaf designs. You can see some of the examples on my blog post.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is not that creative. It is my home office that consists of a natural timber desk, plants and my husbands surfboards. I don’t need to be in a super creative space to dive into my creative mind. I am very in touch with my inner self. Yoga does that to people.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I love easy listening, something with a good beat but chilled out at the same time. Usually Spotify playlist like ‘The office stereo’ and ‘Just Chill’.

A day in the life of you consists of?

My weekdays start with morning yoga classes or a fitness class from 5am or 6am until 10am. Next I’ll get onto general jobs and tasks i.e. emails, meetings, cleaning, walking the dog, grocery shopping. From 4pm more yoga or fitness classes! I live a pretty simple life; I like it that way. I try to fill my life with thing and people that make me happy.

 

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

The next collection I would like to release a couple of designs that are more masculine. I get SO many men asking if we do different designs.

Connect with Yoga + Sculpt:
Website
Instagram

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Local Artist Profile: Tesse Terrell

Our amazingly talented friend, local artist, Tesse Terrell, debuts her first solo exhibition ‘Death Collection’ this Saturday 21st October at Maverick Hair and Art Space in Coolangatta. Inspired by her lifelong…

Our amazingly talented friend, local artist, Tesse Terrell, debuts her first solo exhibition ‘Death Collection’ this Saturday 21st October at Maverick Hair and Art Space in Coolangatta.

Inspired by her lifelong passion for Mexican culture and arts, Terrell draws inspiration from the Mexican Dia de Muertos, commonly known as Day of the Dead, and presents a curated line-up of artists that passed away during 2016 and 2017.

A passionate painter, Terrell’s first solo exhibition expands on her signature style, a combination of painted timber and mixed media, finished in a 3D setting. Each artist is completed in infinite detail and depth, credit to Terrell’s fine style and attention to detail.

Leonard Cohen, Prince and David Bowie are part of the 20-piece collection that celebrates these iconic artists. Terrell’s portrayal of each artist is authentic, light-hearted and voices true respect to the talent they were and represents the impression they’ve made on her as an artist.

 

Tesse Terrell’s Death Collection exhibition runs from 21st October to November 4th.

Each original piece will be available for purchase and we suggested you get along to the event to check out her work.

Connect with Tesse @tesseterrell here.

This is one stall we hope to see at TVM soon!

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TVM Startup Stall :: The Sleep Suite

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite. “The…

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite.

"The Sleep Suite was created in July 2017 after my partner and I finally decided to bite the bullet and follow through with our idea - and once we did, it happened really quickly! I was really over buying or receiving expensive sleepwear that didn't fit me properly, and was not eco-friendly or ethical. In the beginning, it was a small dream I didn’t think would ever come to fruition. I started researching fabric suppliers that fit in with our beliefs and before we knew it, our island holiday turned into a business deal and we had officially made our first line! We created our items with the aim of being able to wear them from the bedroom to the beach, thereby minimising at least 1 extra item of clothing people bought and creating change in the ‘fast fashion’ industry.

What pieces are included within the debut collection?

We feature sleepwear and beachwear made from beautiful, natural fabrics such as linen and cotton. At the moment we have menswear and ladieswear that can be worn as sets or separates.

What is your creative background?

I would like to say I have a large creative background, but I don’t! Nathan is quite the creative guy, but after I took an interest in fashion, the extent of my background is buying a sewing machine this year and researching how to make sleepwear! I could never draw, but I like to think my creativity extends into the design process.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our items are designed here on the Gold Coast and then our ideas are taken to our awesome little tailor in Indonesia and brought to life with their help. Without them our items would only be ideas.

What inspires you?

Our amazing backyard: The Gold Coast. But also anything island vibin' and natural.

However a big inspiration is our aim to create change in the world and inform people there’s more to fashion then buying cheap throw away items. I’m motivated by helping people with their purpose on life and giving back to the lives of others. I really want to help create transparency in the fashion industry as well as give people quality items that are made with love and worn with love.

Latest collection consists of?

Think uber cool linens and cottons in natural colours and stripes. We have also teamed up with an Australian company to develop plain organic tees with unique screenprinting to bring relaxed summer vibes to life.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board consists of good food, health posts, natural fibres, fabrics, island inspiration, quotes and anything that fires me up at that point in time.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is my uni workspace that I have transformed into my sewing space. Here I have my workbooks, fabrics, crystals and candles. I don’t like to be confined to one space, so I take my laptop to my favourite coffee shop down the road and zen out with a coffee.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

This varies a lot! Depending how I am feeling and what I am creating, I listen to anything from Northlane and Parkway Drive to INXS to pop music.

A day in the life of you consists of?

At the moment no two days are the same. As I’m a nurse, I usually get up early, grab a soul warming coffee from Frankie Espresso, then go to my nursing job for the day. Afterwards, I head to the gym before heading home and cooking up a hearty dinner. On my days off you will find me enjoying the sunrise followed by coffee and then full days of researching and designing for The Sleep Suite.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I LOVE all the food stalls, especially Mio Wraps because let's face it, who doesn't love food?! But I always love peeking my head into the latest fashion and jewellery stalls such as Annette Daley Designs, Frankly My Dear and Akazi.

Favourite reads/blogs?

So many books! I absolutely love Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

I’m also really into Collective Hub and Peppermint Mag as they have great reads on entrepreneurs and small startup businesses.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?

Something super comfortable and breezy. I do like to support local businesses so it could be overalls or a dress from The Bare Road.

Any favourite labels?

I love The Bare Road, Kivari The Label and Faithfull the Brand.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

I am planning on joining forces with designers to create unique, sustainable pieces whereby a portion of sales will be dedicated to charity and communities that are affected by UNfair and unethical trade. We aim to travel to various countries and source unique fabrics for individualized items that people can design themselves, all while supporting workers who get forgotten and underpaid.

As for our next collection, we are planning on creating light, earthy slips and sleepwear combos that suit the GC climate and are made from organic silks, cottons and natural dyes. Keep those eyes peeled!

Why TVM?

I love the ethics and values of TVM. I think it’s an incredibly valuable community where people appreciate your work. It’s also the best place to network and find out what people actually want!

Connect with The Sleep Suite on Instagram and check out the wares on Sunday 15 October at TVM!

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Designer Profile: Room One Collective

Bringing a little piece of Melbourne to the GC, we chat to Room One Collective’s, Arlia Hassell about her creative collective and inspiration for her jewellery brand. Tell us about…

Bringing a little piece of Melbourne to the GC, we chat to Room One Collective's, Arlia Hassell about her creative collective and inspiration for her jewellery brand.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Room One Collective came about when Arlia Hassell moved up to the Gold Coast from Melbourne. Arlia suddenly found herself feeling a little homesick not being surrounded by the constant creative juices Melbourne offers up on a platter - so she decided to create her own space that would fill the void.

What pieces are included within your range?

Room One Collective is made up jewellery, ceramics, prints and textiles. Our collection is diverse and eclectic, most of our pieces are one off creations or very limited runs.

What is your creative background?

I attained an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Engineering in late 2014 and was then approved for the NEIS program, studying all things business. Although I've has had to take some time off jewellery making due to a traumatic brain injury I sustained just after graduating, I've has been able to return to the bench over the last 12 months.

Where is the label designed and made?

All items stocked in Room One Collective are handmade by artists from all corners of Australia. We support local artisans creating their art, generally, from their home studios.

Credit: Scott Powick

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by creating a platform to showcase some Australia’s best creatives. I know how hard it can be for creatives to find a space where they are able to show, and sell, their craft.

In my personal work, I am inspired by ancient techniques. Ways in which jewellery was created all those years ago. I’m also inspired by nature and all the textures that it comes in.

Latest collection consists of?

Our collection is diverse and don’t necessarily follow ‘trends’. Instead, our work is creative and interpretive. Much of our collection is bold and certainly makes a statement.

What’s on your mood board?

You can find anything from antique Egyptian jewellery to 3D printed masterpieces. You’ll find different metal alloys and even a few pops of colour!

What’s your creative space like?

It’s a workbench I inherited off a jewellery friend, tools as far as you can see and a healthy collection of books that inspire my making process. The space is in the garage at home, a space with natural lighting and a few potted plants.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I’m a sucker for 90’s RnB! I put my headphones on and go back in time to create.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Every day is different! We will check over, any overnight orders or enquiries we’ve received on the online store. Spruce up the store and make sure it is customer ready. I’ll spend some time creating jewellery and sometimes a little more time delving deep into the rabbit hole of Pinterest. A piece of jewellery takes more than just a day. Generally, I’m working on multiple projects, in varying degrees of completeness. I could be working on turning a client’s vision into a sketch to finishing off another client’s brand new ring.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Does the coffee cart count? No, but really, I love the rack sale. You never know what you’ll find, what a treasure chest!

Favourite reads/blogs?

For most part I’ll spend more time on Pinterest and Instagram getting inspiration. I also enjoy reading through the inspiring articles on The Design Files and Design Milk.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I am a bit of a plain jane and tend to wear a lot of black, keeping it low key with maybe a little pop of colour of some fun jewellery from Room One Collective 🙂

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2013 and beyond?

Room One Collective is always finding and being approached by uniquely crafted, Australian work. Keeping our store is always fresh and inspiring. We are also working on putting together a beautiful collection of engagement and wedding jewellery.

Then as well as all of the above we are really excited to be ironing out the final details of Studio Sessions. This will be a space offering creative workshops that give back to the community, offering a % of ticket sales to host classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors.

Why TVM?

I’ve been following TVM for a little while now! What a fantastic platform for Gold Coast creatives to get together and showcase their work.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The people are friendly and the sun is (mostly) shining! You never know what goodies you might find on the day.

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Designer Profile: The Sunday Co.

Founded in his Mum’s shed in Kingscliff, NSW, we chat to The Sunday Co, designer and founder, Liam Byrne how his love of Sundays fuelled his creative pursuits.   Tell…

Founded in his Mum's shed in Kingscliff, NSW, we chat to The Sunday Co, designer and founder, Liam Byrne how his love of Sundays fuelled his creative pursuits.

 

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

The Sunday Co. was created in early 2016 after graduating university. Named The Sunday Co. for my enduring love of the day Sunday, a day that I feel most people live for. I also found it was used by many theatre companies as a way to explain, “I’m not really working, just pursuing my passion” Even working on Sunday just feels that much better, the aim is that our products allow you to feel like its Sunday everyday of the week.

First run out of my mum’s shed in Kingscliff across the road from a beachfront market, I spent months trailing new designs and listening to customer’s feedback, starting off with only one style of eyewear and 3 pin designs. My learning from this is just to start doing what you would love to do, don’t wait or you’ll start to think logically without any previous knowledge.

What pieces are included within your range?

We specialise in product design, including handcrafted eyewear & really interesting pins.

What is your creative background?

Using my creative side has always been a way to relax and part of my self-care. Like most I started of drawing down my thoughts as a way to see my imagination, this in recent years has turned into building what I could imagine.

I feel with more of a reflexive way of learning design it takes me a lot longer to complete a project, but I love this time to perfect and learn more. I am my own worse boss in accepting nothing but the best, regardless of timelines or profit.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed locally here in Australia by the team, and myself then bought to life with the help of others in our production team from Australia, China and Japan.

What inspires you?

Being inspired personally has to have a deeper emotional attachment; otherwise I get bored really easily. For me it’s the pursuit to help people find their purpose and inspiration by working harder, learning more and teaching others.

Experiencing something that you have worked so hard on creates such an amazing feeling of being proud.

Latest collection consists of?

We welcome a larger range of stunning eyewear that is seriously cool, and now optical ready for those who have sight conditions! It’s been a big secret, but after a lot of hard work it’s now available!

Also for our Pin fans, we haven’t even come close to running out of ideas; it is definitely not a boring year for the growing Sunday team.

What's on your mood board?

I have more of a mood media list, a secret list of films, songs, podcasts and books that I love to interchange between depending on my creative mood. To find out more I can tell you in person.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is a very multipurpose area with minimal influence, so I am not persuaded by any other designs. I like a space to feel special by adding little items that hint at a moment I shared or a significant memory. It also includes a wine rack a vinyl player and an art and craft section to help unwind.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I believe what your experiencing when designing really absorbs into your work so I like to stay flexible by listening to something that is suitable to the project. Although bands like the Jungle giants, San cisco, Frank ocean or Flight facilities make regular appearances.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I start of a day usually with a fast breakfast and a cycle or a long breakfast with a book. I find both really relaxing in planning out the day and priorities my time, I like to start off with the boring but essential stuff like the emails, then onto the projects I have lined up. Finishing the day with a sauna, cooking a nice meal, a glass of wine and a film.

Favourite TVM stall

Hard to beat Smooth juice for hunger cravings, or the live bands every market are truly amazing. There’s always new stalls that pop up which catch my eye, it’s so good to see the entrepreneurial vision of people.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Books: Zero to One by Peter Theil and The Design of everyday thing by Don Norman
Podcast: How it’s made

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I love supporting Aussie brands! Crumpler, Sunny Cords and Blundstone boots are brands I am really passionate about.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2016 and beyond?

Amazing new designs, more places to purchase our range of products and a lot of travelling to meet more of our fans, really excited to visit you all.

Also collaborations with great local companies, designers and Charities are really going make the future extra special.

Why TVM?

TVM has an amazing feel and flow, the TVM team really supports their stalls holders and always respond with understanding and a willingness to help.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Being in a place full of people thinking differently and having a genuine go at living their passion has always had a way of giving my energy. The customers are so important also as they renew my love for designing every visit ?

Here’s to never being boring!

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Designer Profile :: Indigo Monkey

New to TVM this Sunday and the winner of TVM’s Startup Stall initiative is Rodrigo Almeida with his ethical, eco friendly, sustainable menswear label – Indigo Monkey. Rodrigo will be…

New to TVM this Sunday and the winner of TVM's Startup Stall initiative is Rodrigo Almeida with his ethical, eco friendly, sustainable menswear label - Indigo Monkey. Rodrigo will be cruising up the highway all the way from Bondi Beach to join us this Sunday.

"Indigo Monkey was created in 2015 after a trip to the States. I went to Burning Man, where the weather was extreme. Incredibly hot during the day and cold at night, so I felt it was necessary to have versatile clothes that can be adaptable to different temperatures. We needed clothes that were comfortable and easily add layers."

What pieces are included within your range?

We decided to create a capsule collection that is versatile and interchangeable. The current range includes drop crotch Linen pants, Bamboo drop crotch casual pants, soft Bamboo t-shirts and long sleeve Bamboo casual top.

What is your creative background?

Growing up in Uruguay my mum and dad would only buy clothes for us once a year, instead my mum was always sewing, repairing and creating clothes for me and my brothers. She would include us in the process and we could choose the patches. As we grew up I would pass the clothes to my younger brother and he would to the youngest.

When I moved to Australia in the pursuit for creativity and craft I attended CATC design school and studied Interior design, I didn’t feel very comfortable with the structure so I stopped before finishing. A few months later decided to pursue fashion and I attended a ‘hands-on’ fashion design school, In 2 mode.

Later on, when I attended a natural Indigo dying workshop with master Aboubakar Fofana was when I decided to focus on sustainability and ethical practices. He transferred the respect for the fructose indigo vat, using organic materials and techniques. Incorporating ancestral techniques and crafts.

Where is the label designed and made?

It’s designed in Sydney-Australia and partially made in Sydney and Bali.

What inspires you?

I get my inspiration from ancestral techniques and simple way of living. I’m inspired by the slow fashion and the sustainable way of living.

Latest collection consists of?

Drop Crotch Linen Pants, Bamboo Casual Pants, Travel Bamboo t-shirt, Casual long sleeve top.

What's on your mood board?
Nobel fabrics such as bamboo, linen and hemp, with organic natural colours such as beetroot red and natural indigo as well as shibori switching techinques.

What’s your creative space like?

My studio is always pumping music and is filled with natural indigo vats for hand-dying fabrics. It’s a place for me to switch off my mind and loose myself in my creativity and enjoy getting my hands dirty.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Techno house music and eclectic house music.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I live in Bondi so I start my mornings with a swim in the ocean to clear my head and a coffee after my swim to get the day rolling. I like to surround myself with good music all day. I work as a social worker, so often my days are long and sometimes stressful. After work I always take time to retreat and work on Indigo Monkey and my creative designs.

Favourite reads/blogs?
I like to read “Stories behind things” blog, Reformation magazine, Maker’s row blogs, The Clothing exchange publications.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?

I’m always decked out in Indigo Monkey.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I want help support communities that are affected by the fast fashion industry and be a part of the fashion revolution that promotes slow fashion and conscious consumerism. I’m currently working on introducing hand-dyed clothing using organic natural plants and ancient dying and stitching techniques from around the world. I’m planning to work with different communities around the world that have beautiful tradition textile forms, such as the Guatemalan highlands and Mali. I also want to work with African wax, bomber jackets and Chinese silk, mixing different ancient arts. My hope is that with Indigo Monkey I am able to work directly with small and remote communities from around the world and share their ancestral knowledge.

Meet Rodrigo on Sunday 18 June at TVM, or connect with Indigo Monkey online:
Website
Social

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Designer Profile: Leather Me Baby

We chat to Leather Me Baby’s Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform. Tell us…

We chat to Leather Me Baby's Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Leather Me Baby started last November after the birth of my 3rd baby boy. I was looking for a way to combine my entrepreneurial spirit, life as mum of 3 young and active boys and my love of high end leather. My journey started when I was on the hunt for a leather bag to fit my mum lifestyle, as well as my active social life that didn't always involve having my kids. This was the inception of Leather Me Baby.

A buying trip to Bali sourcing material with a friend lead me on a design journey. Prototyping a range of bags and accessories that fit my own personal style, that then translated to a category of products.

What pieces are included within your range?

Leather Me Baby has created a bag that is not just a nappy bag. It's the perfect travel companion on a long or short haul flight or great for an overnight trip. It's versatile so whatever you would like to use it for.

The LMB Nappy Sack fits all your changing needs, or your sunscreens and medicines, or a change of clothes just it case. It also doubles as the perfect size soft leather clutch, great for a date night or girls lunch.

The LMB Nappy Wallet was really designed for anyone who has used a nappy wallet before. They know these things are your best friend. Handy compartments for all your needs - wipes, nappys, creams, bags and even a spot for your phone!

Finally the newest edition to the LMB range is our Bummers. These are the hippest things getting around and the frills on chubby little legs are to die for.

What is your creative background?

Like most creative people I found myself seeking out opportunities throughout my working career that pushed my limits, and increase my interaction with design. However I could never really find something I was truly passionate about. That was until I started to sketch and design my own products. And as they say the rest is history.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in my little home office at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and made in Bali.

What inspires you?

My love of leather and my needs as a mum of 3 little boys.

Latest collection consists of?

The latest addition to our collection is the bummers. We are currently prototyping and collaborating on a number of new an innovative addition for Summer 17/18.

What's on your mood board?

Everything leather for mums and bubs.

What’s your creative space like?

My home is my creative space. I find that our open plan lifestyle and living space inspires me to think functionally, yet still being innovative and remaining true to the essence of the brand.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Just like my design style, my taste in music is also pretty eclectic. So some days I might be listening to some mellow reggae, and then switch in to the diverse landscape that is the current top 100.

A day in the life of you consists of?

A day in the life of me mostly starts with exersice to clear the mind ready for the day then on to mum dutys school and kindy drop off and then a little time for just me and the new bub. Sleep time is everything LMB.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Sweet Child of Mine is a definate fave for the boys at the moment. And from the vintage collection I do miss Little X & Y.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Single Mum Diaries
The Young Mummy
Frankie

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Anything leather, linen or my fav label at the moment is Augueste. And of course the mum favourite - a pair of Cons.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 beyond?

Our next release is all about style and function, with items mums never knew they couldn’t live without.

Why TVM?

I've just always found that wandering through TVM I feel connected, creatively, to many of the stall. Upon launch we knew that TVM was a perfect for for our brand.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The chilled atmosphere and a hot coffee offers the perfect escape on a Sunday morning.

Connect with Leather Me Baby

In person: This Sunday 21 May at TVM

Instagram @leathermebaby

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Stall Profile | Night Tiger

This week we’ve chatted to Kari Lee, creator of fashion label Night Tiger. Residing in South Golden Beach Northern NSW, Lee draws inspiration from a passion for dance and the…

This week we've chatted to Kari Lee, creator of fashion label Night Tiger. Residing in South Golden Beach Northern NSW, Lee draws inspiration from a passion for dance and the love of music, colour, textiles and all things creatively beautiful to create her comfortable and unique pieces.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

My label was created around 4 years ago. It came out of a love for creating fun things to wear just for myself. I then went on to study all aspects of fashion industry which inspired me to design a collection, attend markets and start up a website.

What pieces are included within your range?

I have a very diverse style within my label. It ranges from feminine style silk dresses to lounge/streetstyle, basics and also a line of yoga/activewear.

What is your creative background?  

I have always been artistic, I love photography, painting, sculpture and I’ll have a go at most things but I really got inspired by textiles in high school. I then went onto study dance for years which involved making costumes etc. I have also completed a Cert IV in Fashion Design and Technology.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in my studio at home in South Golden Beach. I manufacture in Bali Indonesia where I have had a beautiful exchange with the same family tailors for 4 years now.

What inspires you?

Wow So Much!! I love music and colour and the touch and feel of fabrics. I am inspired by other cultures dye processes, weavings and traditional clothing. The world of Fashion in general…checking out everyones own individual style and how they choose to express themselves through the clothing they wear.

Latest collection consists of?

The latest collection has a lot of colour, yoga, street style influences, tights, lounge pants, hoodys, knitwear and alot of comfortable stretch clothing. I have an autumn basics wear dropping just before the next market which I am excited to release!

What's on your mood board?

Winter and next Summer !! Knitwear, relaxed fit pants, cute floral dresses with boots. White, navy, black, pink and my favourite…..stonewash!

What’s your creative space like?

Always music playing. Lightbox on for sketching, a nice big table for stretching out my organized chaos of fabric swatches, designs and production orders!!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Very diverse, I love hip hop, especially women MC’s but I listen to a lot of dance music, jazz/hiphop fusion, male and female vocalists.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Whisking my daughter off to school. Working for my good friends label Rowie as a Design/Studio assistant and on my days off retreating to my studio to drink tea and dream up and sketch new designs for my own labels upcoming seasons.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

‘Bandikoot’ love the cool kids clothes!!

Favourite reads/blogs?

‘Lovemarks’ a brand building book and I love the the Art Blog ‘Colossal’

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?  

Always my label on market day!!

Any favourite labels?

Rowie, Kivari, The White Raven

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

My Winter collection has a lot of knitwear as I love knits and basics for winter. Cosy wear!!   Summer is going to be all about florals and dresses!! Cant wait!

Find Night Tiger at TVM on Sunday 7 May 2017 and connect with Night Tiger online:

Website/Shop online
Instagram

 

 

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