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Boutique Fashion & Lifestyle Market for Creative Entrepreneurs - Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Queensland

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Designer Profile: Indie Warrior

Presenting, Indie Warrior, an exciting new project by talented local designer, Kylee Harris. Check it out at TVM this Sunday! Tell us about how and when your label was created? My…

Presenting, Indie Warrior, an exciting new project by talented local designer, Kylee Harris. Check it out at TVM this Sunday!

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

My label was created January 2014, it was developed focusing on the current trends of the bohemian and gypsy traveller lifestyle.

What pieces are included within your range?

The collection consists of dresses, mix'n match tops and skirts

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What is your creative background?

I studied fashion at tafe college, have always had a passion for fashion and creating something for the individual trend setter.

Where is the label designed and made?

I personally design the collection and it is manufactured in Indonesia

What inspires you?

Inspiration comes from the laid back lifestyle of the bohemian, travelling gypsy. Influenced styles from the theatrics of 'A Midsummers Night Dream' soft flowing pretty peasant dresses.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board consists of an earth tone colour palate, trees, plants, woodland creatures, symbolic symbols of strength.

What’s your creative space like?

I have a sewing room set up with positive mantras and affimations, magazine cut outs of fashion and creative inspirations and seasonal mood boards.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I have a regular day job five days a week and design and create for my label in my spare time. I enjoy pilates,yoga and dance classes.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Jewellery by Kim is my favourite TVM stall.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Love to read auto biography and fashion magazines. Favourite blogs, Spell design and Freedom State Bohemian store.

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

Market day I wear a piece from the Indie Warrior collection.

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

Next collection is lace inspired

Why TVM?

I choose TVM as is suits the demographics for my target market.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

What I love about attending TVM, is receiving that satisfaction and appreciation from customers about my label.

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Stall Profile: Nautical By Nature

Meet the friendly faces behind cool art and homewares stall, Nautical by Nature, Danni and Fitzy. Find these guys and their rad wares, at most TVM’s. Tell us about how…

Meet the friendly faces behind cool art and homewares stall, Nautical by Nature, Danni and Fitzy. Find these guys and their rad wares, at most TVM's.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Nautical by Nature has been a creative journey for us that evolved from designing our first home together. Sharing our love of vintage and nautical inspired home wares we started mixing our creative backgrounds together to create our label.

What pieces are included within your range?

NBN produces handmade pieces including our wooden signs, coasters and message in a bottle necklaces.

 

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What is your creative background?

Fitzy is the creative mind behind the brand, while I am the crafty one. Fitzy being a graphic designer he is always coming up with unique ideas and graphics. He designs all of our prints and together we hand make our special treasures including transferring the design onto wood ourselves.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our products are designed & made in the comfort of our own home in Burleigh.

What inspires you?

Both Fitzy and I are inspired from upcycled ideas we see on pinterest. We take ideas and build them into our own in the theme of traditional tattoo artwork, vintage and nautical.

Latest collection consists of?

Our latest range of signs has been based around typography using quotes that we have stood by over the years and share them with in a creative and unique way.

What's on your mood board?

Fitzy doesn’t really have a mood board as his ideas flow straight from his mind on screen. We have however been looking a new textures and styles of décor.

What’s your creative space like?

Our house (NBN HQ) is filled with a mix of retro, vintage and handmade features. The shed features old suitcases to store our tools and vintage tea chests as work benches.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

We really listen to a mix of music depending on the mood really. Anything from soft acoustic tunes to The Doors, which influences the treasures we are creating.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Our weekends usually consist of visiting garage sales, recycling shops and antique stores. There is usually a trip to bunnings every weekend, followed by a few ciders and beers to relax while making our signs.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

At the moment we are loving Zylo for their amazing laser-cut designs.

Favourite reads/blogs?

We have been recently following a few Instagram bloggers in the US that work with industrial recycled tools. We also love using Pinterest & Craft Gawker as a way of sourcing new ideas.

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

Fitzy also has a label called Stoln Clothing which we sell in our stall. His label is available for both men and woman, this is what we are usually seen in. While I practically live in my chucks all weekend.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

We are currently looking into using more textures on our signs, so a mix of metals and wood. Also adding cute vintage framing to our signs.

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Why TVM?

The Village Markets offer us the ability to showcase our work alongside other evolving artists. We love having the opportunity to meet like-minded people who also share our same passion for art and culture.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

We really enjoy the sweet acoustic sounds, amazing food/ coffee and soaking in the beautiful sun here on the coast while offering our treasures at the same time.

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Instagram: nautical_bynature

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Designer Profile: Makua Mu.

Hitting TVM for the first time this Sunday at Paradise Point is Makua Mu., a swimwear label founded by Renee and Lisa Van Drunen. We chatted to the creative duo…

Hitting TVM for the first time this Sunday at Paradise Point is Makua Mu., a swimwear label founded by Renee and Lisa Van Drunen. We chatted to the creative duo to find out more about their brand new label, which launched on New Years Day of this year..

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Growing up along the coast as sisters, the ocean formed a huge part of our childhood. If we were not at the beach, we were at the lake, in our attempt to chase water. The connection we shared with water carried across into adulthood, as did our desire to look good when chasing it!

After travelling the world in search of tropical sands, untouched lakes, hidden waterfalls and adventure we stumbled across exotic, unique and daring fashion. These creative concepts continued to spiral in our minds and ignited our desire to form the label.

After many months of hard work, patience and persistence, we officially launched Makua Mu. on New Year’s Day 2014.

What pieces are included within your range?

Makua Mu. is a high quality swimwear and sportswear label focusing on designer cuts and intricate detail, however its exotic twist and limited edition styles keep our pieces unique.

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What is your creative background?

Lisa has a creative background in Graphic Design and Renee has a background in Business and Marketing Communications. The perfect team!

Working in the design and manufacturing industry also runs in the family. It is something we were exposed to early on in our lives.

Where is the label designed and made?

All corporate identity aspects are designed, produced or sourced within Australia.

The brand works closely with overseas designers and manufacturers, with branding activities carried out by local Australian businesses.

What inspires you?

We find ourselves inspired when we travel to exotic beach locations, in our attempt to chase water. Inspiration also flows when thinking into the future and when considering the endless possibilities that await us.

Latest collection consists of?

Our Pebble Beach Swimwear Collection features bright palettes, designer cuts and intricate detail. Its exotic twist is by far the stand out feature of the collection.

Our Pebble Beach Sportswear Collection focuses on edgy designs, use of high performance fabrics, comfortable fit and a selection of bright, striking colours that screams motivation.

What's on your mood board?

At this stage, our mood board is only a figment of our imagination! We have been so busy focusing on the day to day aspects of the label, that there has been limited time to reflect creatively in this manner.

Generally, we just whip out our phones and take quick snaps of anything that inspires us, wherever we may be and whatever we may see.

If we did have one, it would include all the exotic beaches we have discovered together, all beaches we hope to discover in the future, a huge section dedicated to colour inspiration and anything and everything to do with water, as we are forever chasing it!

What’s your creative space like?

Lisa’s creative space is decked out with everything she needs to be creative, with her inspiration being pulled from the ocean, which is close to her doorstep.

Renee’s creative space consists of a retro inspired desk, laptop, window overlooking the pool and a good cup of coffee.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

We both prefer quite time when being creative, so there are no distractions. When we are not creating, you would probably catch us listening to something laid back and chilled out.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Everything and anything! Every day is so unpredictable, but generally brings with it long hours, challenges, successes and everything else in between.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

There are so many amazing stalls at TVM, it is hard to select our favourite. We do however have a history of making some purchases from Lokoa Leather. In saying this, there is so much more for us to discover there!

Favourite reads/blogs?

We enjoy browsing mainstream celebrity and fashion magazines, along with anything to do with travel and culture. At times we limit our exposure to the fashion world because it can be so overwhelming. At the end of the day, we are happy doing our own thing and aim to gain our creative inspiration through adventure rather than published materials, here, there and everywhere!

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

On market day we will be mixing and matching sportswear from our Pebble Beach Collection. It is important that our customers are able to see what the designs look like on, how they fit different body shapes and their versatility.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

The Makua Mu. label represents everything we are, everything we do and everything we aspire to do in the future. Future collections will be based on this concept, so as a brand we will forever evolve. Your guess is ours!

But one thing is for certain, with the sun on our face and the earth beneath our feet,we will forever gravitate towards water.

Why TVM?

TVM gives us the exciting opportunity to showcase our label to the public and mingle with customers and buyers. Additionally, this exposure allows us to obtain feedback from our customers, which we will use for continuous improvement.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

We love the fact that we are working amongst creators and artists who share common interests to us. The vibe of TVM is amazing and by attending, we have a good excuse to go shopping!

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Designer Profile: Sinead James The Label

As a market focused on providing a platform for talented local creatives to showcase their wares and expand their brands, we are really excited to profile local designer, Sinead James. Sinead…

As a market focused on providing a platform for talented local creatives to showcase their wares and expand their brands, we are really excited to profile local designer, Sinead James.

Sinead James The Label is proudly 100% Australian made and is definitely one to keep an eye on, this girl isn't just creative, she's got the smarts to go with it.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

In early 2012 after the completion of my studies I finally made my dreams a reality and began Sinead James The Label.

I always knew I was going to create a fashion label since I was a kid. It was all about equipping myself with the right tools before rushing into it. I made sure I completed university and then fashion school so I had some idea of where to start.

What pieces are included within your range?

Our current collection ‘Reflections’ features luxurious fabrics with a strong in-house designed geometric print, complimented with a bold, bright colour palette. The collection is made up from contemporary, yet feminine pieces that can be dressed up or down. The collection also incorporates beachside glamour that can be worn day to night. The range includes kaftans, swing dresses, structured dresses, quirky shorts, skirts & playsuits, as well as some comfy harem & wide leg pants.

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What is your creative background?

Cert IV Fashion Design & Technology

Where is the label designed and made?

Sinead James The Label is proudly 100% Australian Made. All looks are designed here on the Gold Coast and manufactured in Brisbane. All our designs our vegan friendly as well.

What inspires you?

Everything! It’s hard to pin point. I am inspired by bloggers, travel, colours, fabrics & street style. I always have my iphone ready to snap anything that draws my attention, my phone memory is filled with random photos of objects, people and clothing.

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Your latest collection consists of?

Our latest collection ‘Panthera’ which drops in August combines modern sporty luxe with wearable femininity, stemmed from flattering shapes and timeless cuts. With clean lines, exposed zippers and striking silhouettes PANTHERA is the strongest Sinead James collection yet. The use of Italian bonded lycra, sports mesh, and silky polyesters will leave the wearer feeling lavish.  The colour palette is a sharp monochrome with a bold hit of fuchsia. Our in-house designed snow leopard print stays true to our quirky and youthful charm while upholding a sophisticated chic feel.

What's on your mood board?

Winter 2015. Knits, coats, structured pants & cropped hoodies and a splash of denim.

What’s your creative space like?

Currently a mess!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I just set my iPhone to shuffle and let it do the job.

A day in the life of you consists of?

No day is ever the same. I could be spending the day designing. The next day I’ll packing orders, running back and forth to the post office whilst posting on all my social media outlets. I could be dealing with wholesale orders, getting ready for production and preparing for a fashion show. It’s never ending.

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Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

A Ship Called Hummingbird and Little Sprinkles Bakery, those chocolate peanut brownies are to die for!

Favourite reads/blogs?

In my shoes by Tamara Mellon and I’m huge fan of the blog Gary Pepper Girl.

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

Sinead James The Label otherwise definitely be wearing a rad Australian label.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

I gave it all away above, we are so excited to launch our Summer 14/15 collection ‘Panthera’ in August. We have had a great response from stockists this month during the buying season. We can’t wait to see Sinead James in stores Nation-wide this year.

Why TVM?

It’s such a great mecca to introduce your branding too, I love being surrounded by other creatives and customers that appreciate the time & effort that goes into your work.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love that you can make a morning out of it and that there is so much ever-changing variety always on offer.

Get in touch with Sinead James The Label:

Website: sineadjames.com

Facebook.

Instagram.

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Designer Profile: Lokoa Leather

This week we delve into the creative realm of Lokoa Leather designer, Brie Shinn, to find out what makes her tick and preview her breathtaking new collection, A Taste Of…

This week we delve into the creative realm of Lokoa Leather designer, Brie Shinn, to find out what makes her tick and preview her breathtaking new collection, A Taste Of Freedom.

Warning, your bank balance may take a beating once you have viewed these images. They are all kinds of wonderful.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Five years ago, on holiday in Bali, I decided to take my daydreams of my perfect handbag further and had a leather bag made up for my own personal collection (the original Lotus bag).  I combined the inspiration I’d taken from my travels; the cultures of Brazil, Argentina, and also Southeast Asia had such a fun, free spirited energy that I wanted to take that home with me.  Everyone was wild for it when I brought it back, so I arranged to have some more samples made up and they sold out within a week!

That was four years ago, now I’m thrilled that Lokoa has grown into an amazing range beyond what I could have imagined!

What pieces are included within your range?

You know, Lokoa women are just amazing.  We’re a diverse collection of modern ‘gypsets’ who were born to love, explore and definitely stand out!   We want to express that every day, but at the same time we’re totally practical.  So every Lokoa piece has been designed so that you can easily just throw it on and head out the door feeling and looking gorgeous.

The range includes wallets, bags, footwear, plus stylish, goddess inspired apparel.  I am especially looking forward to the new range, ‘A Taste of Freedom’ AW14. Oh my goodness! The details in the new pieces are just divine!

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What is your creative background?

Before Lokoa I owned a successful home decor business called Shindig Decor, which was mainly focused on fun and quirky screenprint art.  Though I’ve always been creative through fashion as well. Lokoa is a result of many years, and a lot of resources, being poured into understanding how good design works and how I could express my own personal style through the colours and textures of clothing and accessories.

Where is the label designed and made?

I design a lot of the range here at home on the Gold Coast, but the range is handmade within Indonesia.  I personally source all the leathers, suedes, fabrics and embellishments including the amazing limited edition fabrics from places like Guatemala and the Northern Hilltribes of Thailand.  I like to test all the colour dyes myself before we go into production.

I’ve spent a lot of time building relationships with tailors and manufacturers overseas so I know I can trust them.  It’s important to me that I have complete control over the quality of the materials and manufacturing processes being used to create the Lokoa range.  I love my customers, they deserve only the best quality products and so I work hard to make sure they get it.

What inspires you?

Oh, too many to mention here! Definitely daydreams of secret getaways to exotic locations!  Lokoa was inspired originally by my travels overseas to experience the vibrant cultures of places like South America Asia and the South Pacific. Of course I’m still inspired by my travels, but now also my beautiful customers and the way they wear their Lokoa.  I love exploring new places, meeting new people, listening to music, hanging with friends and following fashion.  I especially enjoy the way different colours or textures can lift you up or make you feel more gorgeous in an instant.

Latest collection consists of?

I’m so excited about this! Each new range is like a whole new story; the same way we open new chapters in our lives, Lokoa is about to open a new chapter called ‘A Taste of Freedom’.  We’re always running around getting things done, but inside we’re free spirits; confident, bold, and maybe even a little bit wild!  ‘A Taste of Freedom’ is an expression of breaking from everyday demands, embracing adventure and connecting with our wilder sides.

The new pieces incorporate exquisite chiseled cut leather detailing, the softest of suedes, hand dyed python, patterned cowhide and of course more of the brilliant colours Lokoa known for.

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What's on your mood board?

Without a doubt - Tropical paradises, bohemian bungalows, beautiful people, words of wisdom, lots of bright colours, and the work of my favourite artists and designers.

What’s your creative space like?

At the moment, a really fun, but cosy indoor beach shack.  Lokoa HQ overlooks the ocean which is amazing.  I’ve got a lot of reinvented furniture, rugs, bright coloured everything, white walls filled with photos of people I love, and Lokoa samples everywhere (organised chaos I think they call it)!  Also, I didn’t realise this until the other day when a friend pointed it out, but there’s a serious pineapple thing happening.  They’re everywhere!  Definitely love a sunny, tropical vibe.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

My playlist consists of a bit of everything, even I’m surprised what pops up on my shuffle sometimes!  Artists like Rufus, Chinese Man, and Major Lazer get me in the groove whilst working from the office; I’ll mellow out with India Arie, Bobby Alu and Eddie Vedder… ohhhhh yes, dreamy Eddie!

A day in the life of you consists of?

Lots of moving around!  Any entrepreneur will tell you that you have a lot to get done in a short amount of time.  I run Lokoa full time, and split my time between home in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast and Bali, Indonesia (where Lokoa is made) my second home!  I spend about 6 months of the year in between both!  At home I’m always in between the post office sending online orders, the showroom, and back to my office to take care of the back end.  When I’m away, I’m designing, meeting with my tailors and personally sourcing the materials.

Of course I make time for my friends, my amazing man, family and (when I’m away) the odd cocktail by the beach at sunset, but I’m lucky that Lokoa keeps me very busy!

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Oh don't get me started!  I'm sure everyone at TVM knows how much I love to chat and mingle (and buy!).  Of course I love Reinvented Treasures, as pretty much my whole house is decked out in all of Kelly's amazing pieces!  Plus I can't go past the fabulous Jewellery by Kim, and I have a whole drawer at home dedicated to Designs by Dust from Jess.  Hattie always has some amazing one off vintage buys too... stop me now or I will go on forever!

Favourite reads/blogs?

At the moment my bedside read is 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' by Richard Carlson.  This is such a fab read with some really cool little reminders about how life can drive you crazy if you don’t take time to pause and remember what’s really important to you.

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

Lokoa of course!  Though you may find that I change throughout the course of the day - just one outfit is never enough! I admit I’m a die hard fan of Tigerlily, Mister Zimi and Sass & Bide!

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

The next collection will be exploring new territory.  I will still be keeping a lot of the favourites, and even bringing back some older designs due to popular demand, but I am excited to explore new styles and incorporate new materials into the designs.  As for 2014 I’m going to be focusing on growing the online side of the business, and really build the wonderful Lokoa community. I have some amazing stockists, but not everyone is lucky enough to be able to visit our stall, so I’d love to be able to bring Lokoa to them!

Why TVM? 

Lokoa has been part of TVM for at least 4 years now!  I love the local designer community here on the Gold Coast, and TVM is a big part of that.  There are so many brilliant creative designers who come to TVM rain, hail, or shine; every time I take a walk around to check in with people who are now my dear friends, I become inspired by how committed everyone is to their art and their customers.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love being able to mingle with my customers other stall holders that are now awesome friends of mine – not to mention being part of the coolest designer markets in my own backyard!

Connect with Lokoa:

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Designer Profile: Fly Peacock Clothing

This one is for the guys! Fly Peacock Clothing is a guys apparel label, designed by local duo Gopal and Mukunda. Aiming to bring colour and individuality into guys wardrobes…

This one is for the guys!

Fly Peacock Clothing is a guys apparel label, designed by local duo Gopal and Mukunda. Aiming to bring colour and individuality into guys wardrobes by offering bold and unique t-shirts, tanks and more recently shorts, this is definitely a label to check out on your next visit to TVM.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

The original idea was formed late 2011, we launched at TVM in May 2013. Our label came about by putting these ideas together, we wanted something different, something that stands out.

What pieces are included within your range?

We have graphic t-shirts, singlets and recently added shorts, we have 100% cotton basics scoop neck tees and v necks, we have just added a cotton polyester blend v neck in 5 colours.

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What is your creative background?

Gopal has always been into visual arts a little in the abstract persuasion, Mukunda has always had a hand for fine art and graphic design.

Where is the label designed and made?

All our designs are designed here in Australia, we are currently producing in Thailand until we can afford to make it here.

What inspires you?

Nature is our biggest inspiration, secondly the environment around us whether that be the nearby beach or the busy streets of a big city

Latest collection consists of?

Our latest drop sees imagery from holidays past and scenery from the environments visited.

What's on your mood board?

The Beach, the mountains, canyons and rainforests, city skylines.

What’s your creative space like?

Usually surrounded by previous works.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

It’s not usually the same, depends what we’ve been doing before we came to create.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Food, coffee, social media, more food, physical activity, creating, food, social interaction, sleep.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I don’t usually get much time to get around to the the other stalls so it’s usually just the ones around me.

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

Always wearing a Fly Peacock t-shirt or singlet, sometimes paired with our shorts.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

We are looking to use more Australian based imagery, so more GC iconic images and other Australian cities etc.

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Why TVM?

We wanted to start local, and TVM is the best place to start for any Gold Coaster whether it’s fashion, art or other.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s locals, showcasing locals, for the locals and those visiting the Gold Coast, always meeting different people.

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Instagram at @flypeacockclothing

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Designer Profile: KiVARi

Her wanderlust Instagram account will have you dreaming of your next OS trip and her whimsical designs will make you think you’re already there. Today we chat to Kiki Keysers,…

Her wanderlust Instagram account will have you dreaming of your next OS trip and her whimsical designs will make you think you're already there.

Today we chat to Kiki Keysers, the creative force behind label KiVARi.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?
Late 2010 I was toying with the idea of starting a label as I have always wanted my own business and I am a strong believer that you must always follow your dreams to do what you love.

I love designing, fashion and travel. So I went about creating my ‘ideal Job’. A job that not only excites, challenges and rewards me. But allows me the freedom to travel the world and work from a laptop on a deserted island, snowy mountain or sitting in front of a world class wave.

That ideal job has become KiVARi.

I love KiVARi and I love what I do… I work hard, putting in crazy hours at any time of the day and night. I am always working, thinking, absorbing and learning. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth it? But then I look how far I have come in the last few years and realize it’s pretty amazing. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

What pieces are included within your range?

Our latest collection “White Romance” Is elegance with a raw edge. It’s a fusion of whimsical bohemia and desert rock babe… Flared sleeves, over sized tassels, stone washed tee’s and contrasting leather, mesh, lace and chiffon inserts are a highlight of this collection.

Consisting of Laid-back and easy to wear pieces that can be worn on the open road with the wind in your hair or a romantic beach dinner.
The collection consists of simple warm colours that are easy to co ordinate together, layer up and rock with print on print. “White Romance” will drop in May!

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What is your creative background?
I come from a medical background, however mum taught me how to sew when I was younger and I enjoyed that, I have always liked drawing and photography. I won heaps of design/fashion awards at school. I always wanted to study fashion design but choose the medical path instead… but hey I’m doing it now without the degree!

Where is the label designed and made?
I actually do most of my designing on the plane whether that be on a plane to Bali or my next adventure. It seems to be the only quiet time I get to myself with out any distractions.
My i phone is pretty much my mood board as I screen shot everything and anything that inspires me for later reference.

All my designs are manufactured in Indonesia.

What inspires you?
Everything! People, places, sights, travel, shapes, fabrics, cities…I guess it’s hard to pin point just one thing.
I am travel obsessed and there are not many countries I have not been to, so that definitely helps the creative juices.

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Latest collection consists of?
Mesh inserts, leopard prints and olive greens. Soft free flowing fabrics.

What's on your mood board?
Pretty much everything on my i phone!

What’s your creative space like?
I have just relocated so it’s a mess at the moment!

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What music do you listen to while designing/creating
Nothing actually. I need quiet time to think. I get distracted easily ?
On the other hand when I need Relax time, throw on Jezabells, Boy and Beer or Lorde.

A day in the life of you consists of?
Hahah everything and anything!
Emails, updating social media sites and my website, accounting, taking wholesale orders, organizing production in Bali, more emails, phone calls… Repeat! Repeat! ….and if all goes to plan a surf in the afternoon ?

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Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?
Ohh that’s a hard one, there are sooo many amazing stalls! Wild heart is always a fave, such a cute mother and daughter duo. I’m digging Nat Kent too. She has some super amazing pieces.

Favorite blogs?
They all hate us, The Blonde Salad, Charcol Alley and Runnning in Wedges.

What are your plans for 2014 and beyond?

2014 is set to be a big one for me, everything is starting to fall into place.
More stockists are coming on board from Australia, USA, Japan and New Zealand and online sales are really picking up. I think I am set for busy year ahead!

Why TVM?
It’s a great environment and platform for emerging designers to showcase their products and interact with other designers. TVM is extremely supportive of all the designers. It’s really organized, with rad tunes, good coffee, amazing stalls; a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.

What do you love most about attending TVM?
My customers! They are always so lovely, positive and supportive. It’s like a little community…. it’s great!

Connect with KiVARi

Website: kivari.com.au
Facebook: /kivari.the.label
Instagram: @kivari_the_label

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Designer Profile: The 400 Co.

Our stallholders are all full of surprises, many juggling full time jobs with their creative passion. This talented designer is no exception, meet Laura Chong of The 400 Co. Laura…

Our stallholders are all full of surprises, many juggling full time jobs with their creative passion. This talented designer is no exception, meet Laura Chong of The 400 Co.

Laura is a full-time Lawyer who found a gap in the market for stylish online corporate women's clothing and went for it.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

It was in the 2012 Christmas holidays when I sat down and started thinking about the year ahead.  I realised that I needed more to life than being a lawyer and fashion design had always been in my life in one way or another.  Whether it was designing clothing for the weekend during school or making gowns for my University law balls, I had always maintained it in some way or another until I started full time work.

Having a legal background, I realised that I had what it took to create a business model that was not overly present in the market – online corporate women’s clothing with an edge.

It was only 3 short months later, in March 2013, that The 400 Co. website went live.

Since starting up The 400 Co., I am now a big supporter of people who want to push the boundaries and take on more than just the typical work role.  I think it is important for people to realise that their life plan does not always have to follow a single course – you can have more if you want it and have the dedication to pursue it.

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What pieces are included within your range?

We design pieces for the savvy business woman, which include high waisted skirts, dresses that can go from work to weekend in the blink of an eye and silk pants that are oh so comfy!

What is your creative background?

I have been making clothes since I could walk – now design is more my passion.  I don’t have any formal qualifications because I think that understanding structure and the female form is just something that comes naturally.  Plus, I work full time as a lawyer!

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed in Australia and made by a few tailors in Vietnam.

What inspires you?

Confident women, who are not afraid to speak up, be themselves and strut their stuff.

Latest collection consists of?

Bold colours, whites and soft silks.

All our pieces are designed to transition from work to play.  We have a smoking hot red party dress that can go from office to event, a reversible floral wrap dress that goes from work to weekend and a white suit jacket that can be mixed up with a pair of dark denim jeans.

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What's on your mood board?

For the next collection, its all about edginess.  We’re looking to experiment with androgyny and the female form.  Our mood board at the moment is very black and white with pops of colour, filled with pics of Katharine Hepburn and Annie Hall.

What’s your creative space like?

Very clear and calm.  It’s undergoing a makeover but it’s going to be all white, which pops of creativity and colour in some pieces.  Like a pink chair!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

It varies.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for chilled out tunes – think Rip Tide by Vance Joy.

Other times, I prefer more of the female power vibe like Beyonce Run the World.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Wake up to a breakfast juice prepared by my gorgeous boyfriend.

Off to work as a lawyer 9-5 (though let’s face it, the hours are usually longer).

Home to design, prepare marketing material, new offers/campaigns, organize business finances, send a few emails etc for The 400 Co.

Usually I try to do one fun thing a day just for myself – even if it’s just to grab a cup of tea and sit for 5 mins reading Under 30 CEO (the must read blog for all entrepreneurs).

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I like the lady who sells those funky jars (The Spring Shop) – she is awesome and her idea is very on point at the moment for all those garden parties.

Favourite reads/blogs?

As I mentioned, I love Under 30 CEO but I also follow Cecelia (an awesome Melbourne fashion blogger) and Business Chic.

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

The 400 Co of course!  But maybe paired with some cute shorts from other local designers or my leather pants (if it’s not too hot!).

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

To expand The 400 Co into an empire for savvy corporate women who demand quality but know that you don’t have to pay your week’s salary to get it.  We would like to develop our following in Melbourne and Sydney, which is growing.  Maybe one day open up a pop up shop for a while all of our own in the city.

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The 400 Co at TVM

Why TVM?

Love what it stands for – supporting young designers!

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The laid back atmosphere, great fresh juices, tunes and seeing all those talented designers.

Find The 400 Co online, here.

Visit The 400 Co on Facebook, here.

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Designer Profile: Jewellery By Kim

This week we are profiling Jewellery By Kim, the brainchild of a woman who brings to TVM a warm smile and vibrant energy along with a simply stunning collection of…

This week we are profiling Jewellery By Kim, the brainchild of a woman who brings to TVM a warm smile and vibrant energy along with a simply stunning collection of statement jewellery. Think bold neckpieces and bracelets in both bright and neutral tones, guaranteed to turn heads. JBK has also added a selection of homewares to the menu, just to tempt us even more.

Whatever your taste, we assure you this stall is definitely worth a visit.

Meet Kim Hurst...

Jewellery by Kim (JBK) was born when..
I have always been a little creative, but started making jewellery about 5 years ago, when I made a pair of earrings for a friend and was hooked right from the start.

My range includes…
I love to make statement pieces, something that people go WOW!

My creative background…
I have no real creative background, I just liked making things that were a little bit different.

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JBK pieces designed and made…
Everything I design and make is done in my studio at the back of my home, it's an amazing space, I love it, it's my own creative hideaway.

Visit my stall at TVM and you will find amongst my latest collection..
I have no real "latest collection" I can make something different every night of the week. Although I also love to work with wood, my latest thing with wood is rescuing old timber palings and bringing them back to life as wall art and home décor.

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My mood board looks a little like..
My mood board is in my head!! If I think of something that I think will look amazing, It refuses to leave my head until I have actually created the design.... most of the time it works out, but sometimes I can be like "what was I thinking".

I like to create to the tunes of..
I listen to lots of different genres in music, love rock, country, blues..at the moment The Gaslight Anthem are no. 1 on my list.

A day in the life of me goes something like…
A day in the life of me consists of work, family, creating... I am very lucky to have such a supportive husband who allows me to do what I do.

My favourite TVM stall is….
I love all the stalls at TVM, although I have to say I couldn't do without Designs by Dust. I can honestly say that I probably have an item of clothing from every stall at TVM.

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What can we expect from JBK in 2014?

I really don't do collections, I just make something I love till I decide to make something I love more. My plan for the future is to pretty much keep doing what I'm doing becuase I love it so much.

Why TVM?
I have had a stall at TVM pretty much from the beginning and it has made my life so much richer with all the amazing friends that I have made over the years... TVM has actually become a huge part of my life, I just love it!!!

…and we love you right back, Kim! x

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Designer Profile: We Are Submarine

A cool new kid is on the block at TVM. Meet Emily and Monica Hall from We Are Submarine…. Tell us about how and when your label was created? Our sister…

A cool new kid is on the block at TVM.

Meet Emily and Monica Hall from We Are Submarine….

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Our sister act combined creative minds in 2012 & we are submarine was born.

What pieces are included within your range?

Think mesh & lace, bright colours, high waists, bold lines & our brand new swimwear designs. . .Sub Swim!

What is your creative background?

Emily – Cert IV Fashion Design & Technology

Monica – Diploma of specialist make-up services.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed here, there & everywhere, made in Indonesia.

What inspires you?

Past & present.

Latest collection consists of?

A whole lot of mesh, transparent leotards, twin sets, metallics, flowy skirts, high waist lines, things with frills, & neon bikini’s… It’s got a bit of everything, we call it Organised Chaos.

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What's on your mood board?

It’s bold, bright, shiny, and chaotic.

What’s your creative space like?

It smells like sea salt and sounds like Fergie.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Rodriguez , Devo! And…..Fergie

A day in the life of you consists of?

Forever growing our Submarine.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Whoever sells us the best coffee (The Wandering Bean & A Ship Called Hummingbird) and/or sunflowers (Crystal Creek Flowers)!

Favourite reads/blogs?

How Two Live

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

Wear - We are submarine, pow!

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

We have some big, big plans for the New Year… but it’s all a secret for now.

Why TVM?

It’s a fantastic opportunity for local creatives of all kinds to share what they love to do with the public. There’s a cool, relaxed atmosphere at TVM we like.

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What do you love most about attending TVM?

Fun Sunday vibez under the sun.

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Visit We Are Submarine online, here.

Follow We Are Submarine on Facebook, here.

Images courtesy of We Are Submarine & The Village Markets.

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Stall Profile: Libby Watkins

Making the drive all the way from Sydney to join the TVM lineup for the first time this Sunday, is artist Libby Watkins. We had a quick chat to Libby…

Making the drive all the way from Sydney to join the TVM lineup for the first time this Sunday, is artist Libby Watkins.

We had a quick chat to Libby to find out what what inspires her and what pieces we can expect to find at her stall this weekend (did somebody say pineapples and flamingos!). Be sure to pop by and check out Libby's work, we can't wait.

When did your creative business begin?

I never stop making things out of things- creating, problem solving, making things out of nothing...led me into studying interior and then fashion design. I have never been able to stop sketching, drawing and illustrating. Working for brands meant always contributing to an already existing brief, an established brand DNA.

I would come home from work and keep going in my garage studio for some down time. On weekends neighbours started popping in to see my pieces, bringing friends.

I started selling my pieces from my garage nearly 6 or so years ago slowly, just as a bit of a side project. From there I started to do a local market to let people know where I was and invite to see my pieces.

Now I am a full time freelance designer and artist fusing both skills together in design and art briefs.

What sort of work will you be showcasing?

I have contrasting statement pieces, I am conversational in my works and yet sometimes understated for a contrasting reaction.

Using bright watercolours and layering techniques.

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Where do you create your masterpieces?

Newport, Sydney, all made locally, all materials are purchased from local businesses, and this important to me and what I am supporting.

What inspires you?

I love old films, taking a coastal walk and wandering to clear the mind and focus on new ideas. I love the ocean the blues the movement the size of the ocean washes away any worries and reminds you of what is important.

I keep all my old magazines and editorial shoots I pick them up and could happily flick through all day long.

I recreate things, give  a new life to objects, scenarios and get lost with my thoughts.

Latest collection consists of?

Inky Pineapples, palm trees and Flamingos- OH MY!

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What's on your mood board?

I have some colour threads, colour palettes made up from collected colour chips and bits of textures, and things to keep me challenged- I found the most amazing shell the other day with a creamy pink metallic, the more I stare at it, I see an island and escape, so amazing like cloud watching pictures and shapes. I am working on new fabric prints between days of painting at the moment. My mood board is forever changing.

What’s your creative space like?

Clean crisp, dapples of colour and chaotic idea. FInished works, half completed works and high energy doing what I love! I am my most busy at night, there is something about the world being still at night, that no one is watching me, contacting me and I just draw from the dead of the night to create!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Sometimes things hit me, I am either in the creation cave and block every possible noise and sound and sometimes I really need the inspiration- I love playlists from my friends- When I am working solo it helps to know whilst you are working alone, you have the support and encouragement from your friends, I love it- because I don’t know what will be next, makes it an interesting musical conversation in the studio.

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A day in the life of you consists of?

I work on my design projects, create artworks draft up ideas respond and work with my clients on artworks and projects. Talking to my beautiful stockists, I work really closely with these people. My artworks are layered and consist of constant lots of bits of work so I do this in between my day. I love the design element of my life, but mid through something sometimes I have an idea and I have to just stop what I am doing and get into what I am inspired to do right then! Some people call it being side tracked I like to call it multi tasking.

Which stalls are you most looking forward to visiting, at TVM?

I am very excited to meet Kirstin from Kavari, we were recently introduced on email. I look forward to meeting her in person, and picking up a few bits from Kavari and scouting the stalls at TVM on Sunday to take back with me. I cant wait to see what beautiful set up Madison & Montana bring this sunday as well, so much talent to explore.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Cloudy Rhodes is insane to my eyes, looking at her work takes you away to a far away land! I enjoy reading the Design Files exploring inspirational creative minds building or contributing to successful empires, keeps me inspired and has great reads!

Why TVM?

Why not? I don’t do many markets but this looks RAD,  and the weather is always at perfection - I can pop into Pompidou (Byron Bay) on the way.

Check out Libby's website here.
And her Facebook here.

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Stall Profile: The SunLounge Collection

Step inside this stall and you’ll feel like mixing up a cocktail and sunning yourself on the sandy shores of Hawaii. When visiting The SunLounge Collection you can’t help but…

Step inside this stall and you'll feel like mixing up a cocktail and sunning yourself on the sandy shores of Hawaii. When visiting The SunLounge Collection you can't help but smile, everyone loves a pineapple, right?

Read on to find out about Heidi Bartholomew's 'sea change', which saw her move from Creative Director of Design and Marketing for a global surfwear giant, to a collector of 'Seaside loves, wants & finds', in homewares stall The SunLounge Collection.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

The SunLounge Collection launched in 2011. I have always been a collector of home and fashion pieces and had a desire and a daydream to create a seaside influenced home décor business. What began as sharing & selling a few one off pieces at TVM has now become a passionate and loved adventure and brand, for myself and our customers.

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What pieces are included within your range?

It is an eclectic mix of collectable ‘found’ objects from Hawaiiana kitschy pineapple décor pieces to vintage inspired timber prints.

Restyled home furniture pieces in beautiful Hawaiian fabrics, Polynesian woodware, collectable glassware, vintage shellware, vintage bar accessories, seaside influenced preloved paintings & prints, so much for everyone! Anything that tells a seafaring, sunkissed tale of sorts can be found.

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What is your creative background?

I have worked in the Surf / Swim industry for around 20 years, first at Cheetah Swimwear and then 18 years at Billabong where I had the amazing opportunity to create the Girls Billabong business in my role as Creative Director for Design & Marketing. It was exciting times to be at the helm of creativity and to know that what you were creating whether through product or marketing campaigns was desired and loved by a nation of females.  I left Billabong in 2010 to pursue new adventures and explore and create my own business and really just to be free. I have a favourite saying, that at the time, kept ringing thru my head ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ so I walked the plank in full confidence and it paid off in many ways!

Where is the label designed and made?

The Sunlounge is a home grown GC brand with refound collectables as well as newly created vintage inspired home décor desirable objects.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired everyday by visions around me, old Hawaiiana books, arts and postcards, Gold Coast memorabilia, vintage fabrics, pop culture websites and imagery, seaside antiques, childhood adventure story books, back in the day movies, books, music & fashions, chatting to story tellers we meet along the way, going on treasure seeking roadtrips with my partner in Sunlounge crime Jim. Really anything that holds a memory or a story that needs to be retold and bought out in the sunshine to shine again and be reloved.

Latest collection consists of?

Quite a few things! There’s Piratefinds & Hula girls treasures! We just returned from Hawaii where we found some gorgeous trinkets & fabrics & art pieces to be inspired by so working on those pieces for Summer. Always love finding old school bar accessories and shipstyle pieces that attract the pirates so just loving that combo. And a new range of PineappleLove timber prints too that compliment the finds.

La Sirena is a small collection of Mexican homewares that my daughter Christel collected on her travels and worked with locals in creating. That’s a nice balance to The SunLounge mix too.

What's on your mood board?

Vintage Hawaiiana imagery, very pretty Tahitian dollars, images of desirable items, magazine pics, fabric bits, seaside poems, funny stuff, postcards, scribblings …

What’s your creative space like?

Mostly in my head! I’m fortunate to work from home and can see the ocean everyday and surrounded by my home love pieces that inspire me to create and keep finding.

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What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Currently found an old 70’s style on line radio station, def not for everyone but I love it and evokes memories and again inspires to recreate these times through finds.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Driving a lot, especially when I get a sniff of something waiting to be found again! Taking pics of collectables, shipping stuff off to our lovely customers, creating new product, painting! And having coffee at our favourite and numerous seaside coffee haunts. Love the freedom of exploring and that everyday is a different day …

Favourite reads/blogs? Love perusing bookstores and reading vintage home décor books, international seaside home and hotel décor books ‘The Hawaiian House now’ and ‘Finding Paradise’ are faves, love antique magazines and books and Polynesian, Australiana & Americana architectural history books. And any books on 50’s, 60’s, 70’s motels suck me in any day!

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

As well as the Sunlounge seaside finds we are creating a new line of vintage inspired art prints on timber that compliment the collectables and just add to the whole tone of what the SunLounge is about. And  launching  www.sunloungecollection.com.au is a priority and we’re very excited for that to happen. Also have the opportunity for some yet to be revealed popup store and gallery projects that is creative and very exciting too.

Why TVM?

The Village Markets has been the very best opportunity for The SunLounge and really is the perfect fit, as our customers vary as much as our product does and TVM reflects that perfectly. TVM is a whole new refreshing, lifestyle savvy and contemporary shopping experience that customers are looking for.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

That it is just a very positive and upbeat experience and opportunity for the vendors and the customers.

We love the look on someones face when they have found something they love and just cannot go home without. Especially those Pineapple lovers! It can be a child buying a seashell to a cute couple buying new home pieces to someone buying a piece as it reminds them of something precious from a time in their life, it’s a great all round experience.

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At Home With Children of The Tribe

We admit, we’re super snoopy when it comes to taking a peak into the homes of stylish and inspiring people, living ideal lifestyles we all dream about – who isn’t?!…

We admit, we're super snoopy when it comes to taking a peak into the homes of stylish and inspiring people, living ideal lifestyles we all dream about - who isn't?!

So we think it's only fair we share these amazing pics of designer, Emma McClean, at home in Byron Bay (photos by Carly Brown Photography).

Emma has it all, a gorgeous little family, perfect beachside home (or shack as she calls it) in Byron Bay, and a growing business in kids label Children of The Tribe.

TVM has been the proud host of Children of The Tribe for some time now and we just love this label.

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Check out these pics from the latest collection of Children of The Tribe. You can find plenty more of this goodness at TVM and over on the COTT website.....

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Check out COTT online, here.
Follow COTT on Facebook, here.

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Designer Profile: Marho

Hailing from the beautiful shores of Byron Bay, is designer Sarah Martin with her leather goods and clothing label Marho. Marho has just recently joined the TVM lineup and we’re…

Hailing from the beautiful shores of Byron Bay, is designer Sarah Martin with her leather goods and clothing label Marho.

Marho has just recently joined the TVM lineup and we're really digging Sarah's style. Complete with stunning leather boots, sandals (which we own and LOVE), bags and a collection of kimonos and pants in gorgeous fabrics, this stall is definitely worth a visit.

Meet Sarah...

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I tried for years to get a graduate position in the fashion industry and every company told me the same thing… “Get more experience”. I was frustrated after years of interviews so I decided to take the risk and start my own label. It was always in my plans, but I wanted to get more experience first. I had visited Bali many times previously and felt comfortable over there, starting my Business. Two years ago I decided to travel over to Bali and take a risk to start my label. I have never looked back.

What pieces are included within your range?

Leather handbags, wallets, footwear and clothing with signature plaiting, fringing and weaving detailing. We are starting to focus more on clothing and developing amazing prints with relaxed shapes.

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What is your creative background?

-      Certificate in Clothing Textiles

-      Diploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising

-      Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design Merchandising and Marketing.

-      Advanced Diploma in Fashion Styling.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in Australia, and all handmade in Bali, Indonesia.

What inspires you?

Everyday life. People walking down the street, travel, individuality, Tribal and Aztec prints, feathers, the beach, relaxed shapes.

Latest collection consists of?

Turquiose snake printed clothing, the softest goats milling leather handbags, wallets and footwear. Python skin buckle boots. Plaiting, weaving and fringing detailing.

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What's on your mood board?

My current mood board has feathers, shells, natural twine, Moroccan tile prints, bright Aztec prints and tropical islands pictures.

What’s your creative space like?

Currently it’s small, but surrounded by all things that inspire me. Mood boards, embossed cow skull, feathers and shell wall hangings.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

At the moment I’m listening to James Blake, Chet Faker, Alt J, Grimes, The Rubens, Tame Impala, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Massive Attack.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Run, Meditation, Study, Design, browsing the internet, reading my book, fresh juices and eating healthy food.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Native Riot!!! Loz is an amazing designer and great friend of mine, who is so good at what she does. She is a very dedicated and a creative person.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Blogs; Spell and The Gypsy Collective, Oracle Fox, Purse ‘n boots.

Magazines; Rush

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

Next collection you will see bright Aztec, Water colour and Tie Dye prints. A lot of soft goats milling leather, with detailing. I’m hoping to expand and deliver my very first cushion cover collection, using printed textiles and leather.

Plans for the future are to be nationally recognized and stocking in Boutiques over Australia. Hopefully open a Marho Boutique in Bali or somewhere in Australia.

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Why TVM?

It’s not just a market for designers to sell their product. TVM helps designers market their label to new customers through social networking.  The time and effort the designers put into making their stores look like a boutique store and not a market stall makes this market very unique. People want to experience the story behind the label and TVM helps provide this with the time and effort put into making the markets one of a kind.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Meeting customers and seeing them wearing your product. Also, meeting all the beautiful and creative people who also have their stores there.

Check out Marho online, here.
Follow Marho on Facebook, here.

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Designer Profile: Sweet Child Of Mine

No wonder Gold Coast kids are the coolest getting around. TVM boasts some of the best kids labels on offer, all bias aside! We can’t go past Sweet Child Of…

No wonder Gold Coast kids are the coolest getting around. TVM boasts some of the best kids labels on offer, all bias aside!

We can't go past Sweet Child Of Mine for some of the edgiest, unique, on-trend pieces available and at reasonable price points. The founder, designer, saleswoman and mother of two, Kendra, is as lovely as she is talented.

Meet Kendra, the (super)woman behind Sweet Child Of Mine.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created? 

I first started sampling in 2008 while on maternity leave.  After returning to work, my ideas were totally put on the back burner and it seemed like there were never enough hours in the day to devote to a new project.  On maternity leave for the second time in 2012 and after much prompting from family and friends Sweet Child of Mine got off the ground!

What pieces are included within your range? 

Sweet Child of Mine consists of clothing, bedding and accessories for children of all ages.  The size and age range is growing by demand!

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What is your creative background? 

I have a background in fashion retail, wholesale and buying.  This included a lot of product development and input into ranges aswell as the crucial part – listening to customers!

Where is the label designed and made? 

All of the styles are initially created here on the beautiful GC.  We have a core little team taking care of patterns and sampling and some styles are made here too.  The rest of our manufacturing is done in Indonesia and managed by a fantastic friend and his family there.

What inspires you? 

Oh gosh, everything and anything.  My kids, my husband and my friends inspire me daily to not only be a better person but totally stimulate my creative side.  My daughter is seriously the most artistic creature I have ever encountered.  What she can make out of a toilet roll, old party hat and ribbon has to be seen to be believed.  I love working on new styles and getting her feedback!

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Latest collection consists of? 

Sweet Child is definitely more of a summer brand so we have LOADS coming.  Beautiful floaty dresses, skirts and shorts are on their way in our own signature prints for the girls and some super cool printed tees and new slouch shorts for the boys.  All in gorgeous lightweight fabrics that kids are comfy in and we are becoming known for.  Our new sarong towels arrive soon and the interest we have had in these is craaazzzyyyyy.

What's on your mood board? 

Prints, prints and more prints!   Is 17 prints too many for the new range??  From the simple to the complex I am just loving what is out there…seashells, birds, palm trees, confetti, skulls, anchors and more.  And in total contrast I am also drawn toward some darker and gloomier urban images which tap into that part of me that wants to be living in some old bohemian warehouse in Greenwich Village.

What’s your creative space like? 

I am lucky enough to be sharing a studio with The Freedom State.  It’s very earthy with loads of their cowhide rugs and cushions,  and recycled timber workbenches and then I waltz in with my pretty florals and pom pom’s and totally throw the place into chaos.  We share a love of music, photography and style though and are both respectful of each other’s space so it is truly a dream environment.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Ahhh, well the list is long and varies depending on my mood and the level of concentration needed.  In all honesty I’m pretty much still stuck in the 90’s.  Not bad pop 90’s more bogan grunge.  We often have total old school 60’s blaring on occasion too.

A day in the life of you consists of?

It mainly revolves around the kids!  I have only a couple of “kid free” days per week and they are spent on product development and catching up on emails and website work.  I NEVER seem to get up to date on my admin!  Online sales take priority as does placing new orders to ensure we are well stocked.  Combine that with running a household it leaves little time for anything else.  My days with the kids revolve around the beach at the moment.  The weather has been superb.  Oh and I steam mop EVERY day…so addicted!

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)? 

Please don’t make me limit it to just one….Little’s Footwear for the epic kids shoes that compliment our range, Lokoa for the most original leather bags, wallets and clothing, Reeden and pretty much ALL of the food stalls!  Hanamuru, The Wandering Bean, and Cupcake Craft…oh my!

Favourite reads/blogs? 

The Design Files, Love and Late nights Mumma, Girlstalktoboys, and The Freedom State are the main ones but I have 100’s that I check in on!

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

The next collection will consist of more of our own prints and a diffusion line of timeless basics under the banner “SC by Sweet Child of Mine”.  All unisex easy wear pieces that look fantastic on their own or matched back with our prints.  It’s been a loooonnnngggg time coming and is a delicate process but another step toward building our brand and expanding our categories.  It was always the intention but somehow got lost along the way.  Now we are taking our time refining shapes and sourcing the best fabrics possible.  We have had so much interest both in Australia and overseas from stores wanting to stock our products so that is also on the cards!

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Why TVM? 

TVM is unsurpassed in its setup, quality of stallholders and the clientele.  Having now attended many “boutique” markets in other locations I can honestly say we have the best gig going round.

What do you love most about attending TVM? 

The community feel from both fellow stallholders and our customers.  I have made friends, built supportive relationships and had so much fun along the way.  It never feels like work although now that I’m self employed it’s as close as it comes.  Hoping for a Christmas Party this year!!

Find Sweet Child of Mine at TVM this Sunday 15th September.

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Designer Profile – Mahiya

When strolling the lineup at TVM, it’s hard to miss Mahiya. It’s a colourful haven of goodness lined with bright leather bags and wallets, feminine skirts and dresses in bold prints,…

When strolling the lineup at TVM, it's hard to miss Mahiya. It's a colourful haven of goodness lined with bright leather bags and wallets, feminine skirts and dresses in bold prints, and a stunning designer to boot.

Meet Alex, the brains and beauty behind Mahiya.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Mahiya was created mid 2013 when I decided to go my own way and design and create my own unique range of quality leather treasures for the modern day Bohemian woman.

What pieces are included within your range?

Leather tassel bags, wallets, footwear, iphone cases and clothing.

What is your creative background?

I was Designing for another label for 2 and a half years before Mahiya whilst also continuing working as a photographer and Stage Singer. I am always sketching and finding inspiration from all things beautiful here in Australia and during my travel internationally. I have also just started to make my own jewellery and bag charms again. I do all my own photography for Mahiya as well which keeps me busy.

Where is the label designed and made?

I do all the sketching and creating here on the gold Coast while sourcing fabrics and embellishments from around the globe and produce them overseas. All the products are hand crafted.

What inspires you?

The happiness and the kind words that I get from people when they see my designs and love them. I find inspiration from everything around me. Colours, shapes and texture can come from the most random places.

Latest collection consists of?

Luxe bohemian leather pieces with an Aztec and tribal influence through out.

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What's on your mood board?

Inspirational pics from fashion, travel and interior design. I love earthy tones with splashes of colour.

What’s your creative space like?

I have an office at home but I am always coming up with ideas out and about. I love that I can just grab my computer or sketch pad and head to the beach for the day and do my work from there.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I love all styles of music so I couldn’t say just one artist as I like a good mix. Usually something relaxing.

A day in the life of you consists of?

My days are always crazy busy! Up for a coffee and email and Instagram check and reply. There is always work to be done so I always try and get most of it out of the way by lunch time so I can head to the beach for a walk by the ocean. I love getting creative with photography so I will often do photo shoots and new pics for Mahiya. If I have gigs on the weekend I will be also busy learning songs.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I love so many! Designs by Dust, Salte, Jewellery by Kim, The Hudson Tree, Children of the Tribe, Love St and the list goes on.

Favourite reads/blogs?

My favourite Blogger is Coconut Lemon and Lime. She always does gorgeous pics and helps promote labels which is great. I also love a good biography read!

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

I have many plans and dreams for Mahiya. We already have 4 international Stockists and stockists around Australia which is so fantastic as we have only been up and running for just over a month. I have many new designs already underway so stay tuned over the next few months.

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Why TVM?

TVM is such a great market as there is a real community feel and it attracts such a great crowd who are there to shop and support the locals.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Whats not to love! Great labels, great people, great location! Everyone is there to support and shop local designers, the best fashion market around! A fantastic spot to launch your label and be seen so you can expand and grow your business.

Visit Mahiya online, here.
Follow Mahiya on Facebook, here.

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Designer Profile – Amilita

It’s safe to say the coastal shores of Byron Bay have become quite the creative haven over the years, housing many amazingly talented young movers and shakers in the fashion…

It's safe to say the coastal shores of Byron Bay have become quite the creative haven over the years, housing many amazingly talented young movers and shakers in the fashion and design industry. One such designer, is the lovely Sara Afonso with her label, Amilita.

Amilita has become a much loved stall at TVM over the past couple of years, consistently presenting a stunning collection of pieces from chunky knitted cardigans and cool biker boots, to kimono's, dresses, gorgeous lingerie and much much more.

Read on to find out more about Amilita...

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Amilita at TVM

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I started about 5 years ago, after completing a TAFE diploma in Fashion Design. I started making Lingerie, with the ethos of making comfortable and yet still sexy Lingerie. I was sewing things myself back then, and I decided to throw a couple styles of clothing I had made onto my rack at the Bondi Markets… the entire 8 pieces sold out in the first hour of trade! And from there, it just snowballed into what it is today.

What pieces are included within your latest range? 

The Spring Summer collection “Black Magic Woman” that dropped a couple weeks back consists of about 20 different styles. It ranges from Tencel denim flares to Lace evening dresses with the usual boho mix of dresses in between which has become the Amilita signature.

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Amilita Spring Summer

What is your creative background?

Art and all things art have always been a huge part of my life. And at 23 I decided to make my hobby/passion my career and enrolled in TAFE to study fashion design.

Where is the label designed and made?

It’s designed wherever inspiration hits me! I live in Byron so this place is a constant source of inspiration for me… and I always have a notebook handy. When I am sitting down to pull the collection together my favorite thing to get the creative juices flowing is to hide away somewhere beachside and just draw for days. I used to produce in Bali so this was easy. But just last year we moved production to China, so a little Thailand stop off en route really helps me get in the flow.

What inspires you?

So many things! Travel, the ocean and nature, music and films, vintage furniture and art, the list could go on and on…

What's on your mood board?

About a month before I do each collection I put pictures up on my mood board…I’m between designing collections at the moment, so it’s currently empty! But my constant mood board is our tumblr… http://amilita.tumblr.com/ . Things get rather hectic running Amilita, but I just love when I have the time to tune out and get lost in tumblr world.

What’s your creative space like?

We have a beautiful space in the industrial estate in Byron (moving to an even better space in 1.5months!). It’s our office, warehouse and showroom. Sometimes though when designing I need to get out of there and escape to nature, to tune out of the daily biz and get creative.

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Sara 'having a giggle' in the showroom.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I’m a fan of all music from the late 60s early 70s that never changes. Then I always have a flavor of the month…at the moment it’s Haim.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I live up in the hills of Byron on a 90acre property, so the day starts on the deck with tea and admiring the view. I’m constantly late to the office as I struggle to tear myself away from this wake up ritual. But I generally make it to the office by 10am where I juggle and delegate all that needs to be done, and out the door at around 5 where I often do the lighthouse circuit or jump in the ocean in summer. Weekends are full of socializing and playing around in Byron town… listening to live music, garage saleing, swimming, walking… and wishing the weekends were longer.

Often there has to be some work squeezed into that mix.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

It’s hard as I love so many stalls at TVM! I’ve been in the markets game for quite sometime now and it’s by far my fav! But I would have to say  Takoda and Millie are real stand outs for me…oh and I got the most amazing crochet dress there once but I can’t remember the name of the talented soul who crafted it! It’s so amazing!!

Favorite reads/blogs?

Sadly I don’t have a great deal of time on my hands. Amilita keeps me well busy! That and I’m a little bit old school. When time allows I love snuggling up with a good book. I just finished Just Kids by Patti Smith and have started on one by the famous Indonesian author.

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

I’m so excited about our high summer collection that’s dropping in October! I don’t actually think I’ve ever been so excited about a collection. Now that we are working out of China my design ideas are limitless…something I always struggled with in Bali due to fabric availabilities. But yes, high summer has an incredible fern/Hawaiian/retro style print and a bunch of yummy crochet in bright mustards and in natural off whites. As for the rest of 2013 and beyond… just keep on “living the dream”.

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Sneak peak of the Amilita High Summer collection, dropping in October.

A couple of quick one's!....

Why TVM?
It’s the best!

What do you love most about attending TVM?
Being in the mix of such a great bunch of creative souls.

Find Amilita at TVM and you can follow the label on Facebook, here.

 

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Designer Profile: Violet gray

Today we chat to the gorgeous soul behind Violet gray, Alex Olsen. It’s highly possible you’re sporting one of Alex’s coveted pieces right now… her stall is always packed to…

Today we chat to the gorgeous soul behind Violet gray, Alex Olsen. It's highly possible you're sporting one of Alex's coveted pieces right now… her stall is always packed to the brim with customers curiously enquiring about the meaning of her designs and searching for that one special piece that speaks to them.
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Years in operation?
Violet gray has been in operation since August 2012, so she is almost one!
How did Violet gray begin?
Violet gray began many years ago, under a different, small label called “Lilly White” (my great Grandmother's name).  I went travelling (again) in April 2010 and put Lilly White on hold but vowed that I would get back to creating jewels.  And I did, in May 2011. My first VG piece was a Blessing-way strand for my older sister, but you can learn all about VG on this little video that we shot in December here: http://vimeo.com/55190155

What's your creative background?
I have a Bachelor of Journalism and come from a television media background.  But I guess what I feel has shaped me the most creatively, is my family. There is a long lineage of artists, including my dad and sister. Self-expression through art has always been strongly encouraged throughout my life and using my hands, whether it was making felt cards or painting as a little girl, to creating jewellery, has always been something I just do.

Where is Violet gray designed and made?
violet gray is designed here in Australia, and made right here on the Gold Coast.

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What inspires you?
Authenticity inspires me to no end.  Others that follow their bliss and take a giant leap to fill their life with the things that they love.  Simple things inspire me, a new crystal, an early morning yoga class or fresh flowers.  I try to gain inspiration for what I do from inside, rather than searching externally.

Latest collection (or most recent pieces) consists of…
My current collection is filled with an eclectic mix of crystals and sterling silver.  Each piece is designed around an intention, and therefore intended to act as a reminder for the wearer.  I mostly create bracelets, malas and simple rings right now.

Favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece is my wanderlust mala.  The definition of this word resonates with me strongly as I am a bit of a gypsy. The desire to travel never leaves, so I feel like when I wear this Mala, it really represents a strong part of who I am.  The bold 14 stones are aligned with the chakras, then I have incorporated Aventurine for creativity, courage and abundance. Finally with Rose Quartz, which would have to be my favourite stone. The ultimate love-hug from the universe – everybody needs to wear a Rose Quartz!

What's on your mood board? 
Pencil drawings, travel destinations, boho goodness and affirmations.

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What's your creative space like?
My space is changing as I answer these questions. We are just above to move into a new home, so I am really excited to decorate my dedicated jewellery room. It will be really well organized, with lots of shelves and draws, my grandmother’s paintings, crystals, positive affirmations and I always have a scented candle burning.

What do you listen to whilst designing/making?
I often listen to audio books, otherwise really chilled music.  The favourites at the moment is a mixed play list on Spotify – Vance Joy, The Tallest Man on Earth, Daughter, Laura Marling, James Vincent McMorrow, Youth Lagoon, Ben Harper or Yoga tracks.

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Favourite blogs?
I don’t read too many blogs, otherwise I become completely consumed and the days slip away from me far too quickly.  If you do catch me, it will normally be wellness related.

A day in the life of Alex usually consists of…
Exercise in the form of yoga or running, morning coffee, email correspondence, creating online orders/market stock and researching for the line I am working on.  Now that I am full time VG, who knows what else I can fit in – perhaps I will finally get my website up! That is the aim over the next few weeks.

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Alex and Violet gray's namesake - Violet

Favourite TVM stalls (besides VG of course!).
I generally don’t get the chance to leave my stall on Market days, so there are still so many amazingly talented people to meet and local brands to support.  I do love the Japanese vintage dresses from Penni Lane Vintage and I am blessed to have awesome neighbours each week – Saintees and Kivari.

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