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TVM Startup Stall :: Harper and Harlow

Our TVM Startup Stall recipients for this week are Blaze Reddy and Mel Augustino with their label, Harper and Harlow. They will join us for the first time at TVM…

Our TVM Startup Stall recipients for this week are Blaze Reddy and Mel Augustino with their label, Harper and Harlow. They will join us for the first time at TVM this Sunday 19 August with their beautiful and ethical childrenswear.

We both met 11 years ago as we worked together as flight attendants based in New Zealand, we still currently work for the same company however we are now based in Australia and living in Gold Coast raising our little wildlings. A deep friendship formed and we bonded over creating sustainable clothing from natural fibres.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

Being mothers made us feel like we had to pursue our passion. After having our little girls we wanted to ensure that we were setting the right example and also someone that they can look up to.

What does your brand consist of?

Harper and Harlow the label consists of beautiful organic hemp and linen fabrics designed for children and soon to be woman. A lot of thought and love has gone into these designs and it is made so that your child can grow with it, for example everything is adjustable or can be worn different ways. We are a brand that is very proud to go plastic free including postage and packaging this is a passion of ours being environmentally conscious and we hope that being a small business we can make an impact or even better have bigger companies follow in our footsteps.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our label is designed by us here in Gold Coast, modelled and taken on many adventures by Harper and Harlow and made with love by a beautiful mother in Bali who is a great friend of ours. She also employs five of her friends and family members to help and they all work together while their little girls run around in the background.

What inspires you?

Everything about nature, our little wildlings and travelling. We are both so lucky that we get to travel around the world and visit places we could have only dreamed of. We also grew up in such a surreal country the land of the long white cloud surrounded by unspoiled greenery, rolling waves of soft earth and beautiful culture, we want to pass this onto the girls and show them this spectacular world we live and all the beauty that surrounds us.

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

We plan on releasing a boys and woman’s range in the coming months, we hope to help people understand that how we choose to consume impacts the environment and the people making it. At the moment we are just so excited to share something we both have worked so hard at creating and can only hope that people adore and enjoy our clothing as much as we enjoyed creating it.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Oh my gosh how we laugh at ourselves now, we really went in blind trying to juggle motherhood and being new to the industry. Our biggest challenge would have to be the business side of it all, there is some much that goes into running a small business and it has given us such a deep respect to everyone who is giving it a go.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing about having our own business and a business partner/friend is that you can always rely on one another to help each other out, having our own business meant we could do something we have always adored creating ethical clothing while being at home surrounded by family and spending precious time with Harper & Harlow which is very important to the both of us.

Connect with Harper and Harlow online, here.
Follow them on Instagram, here.
Find them at TVM this Sunday 19 August 2018.

To find out more about our TVM Startup Stall, check here.

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TVM Startup Stall :: Bronte

Each market we give one start-up business that catches our eye the opportunity to launch their brand at TVM and introduce their creative business to our community, via our TVM…

Each market we give one start-up business that catches our eye the opportunity to launch their brand at TVM and introduce their creative business to our community, via our TVM Startup Stall initiative. We’re excited to introduce Bronte Cooper and her label Bronte to TVM this weekend, as this weeks recipient.

After growing up in Bali, Indonesia and going on to work in a manufacturing factory for a year, Bronte moved back to Australia and studied Fashion in Brisbane.

Inspired by the women in her life who were running their own businesses, she decided to take the plunge and create her own. Bronte designs elegant women’s clothing, designed to cultivate confidence, femininity and individuality.

Find Bronte at TVM this Sunday 15 July and you can also shop online via her website, here.

 

 

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TVM Startup Stall :: Nu Natives

New to TVM and our Startup Stall recipient for this week is Nu Natives. Nu Natives is a vintage inspired kids label stocking old school threads and jewels for the…

New to TVM and our Startup Stall recipient for this week is Nu Natives.

Nu Natives is a vintage inspired kids label stocking old school threads and jewels for the minis. Their products currently consist of 100% cotton tees, shorts and kids sterling silver jewellery, plus a range of kids vintage sourced from around the world.

We love that Nu Natives pieces are ethically and consciously created, too.

Find founder Eliza and Nu Natives at TVM this Sunday 1 April and you can also shop online, 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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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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TVM Startup Stall :: Tall Poppy Surf

Introducing Poppy Kaalund, surfer, designer and founder of Tall Poppy Surf and the latest recipient of our TVM Startup Stall initiative. TVM: Tell us about how and when your label…

Introducing Poppy Kaalund, surfer, designer and founder of Tall Poppy Surf and the latest recipient of our TVM Startup Stall initiative.

TVM: Tell us about how and when your label was created?

TALL POPPY SURF was created out of the desire for stylish looking and better fitting swimwear that's practical for surfing.

In 2014 I started making swimwear on my domestic machine for myself and friends. I then looked for work with a swimwear manufacturer to further hone my skills where I learnt to make swimwear on industrial machines. I then purchased the industrial machines that I needed and started TALL POPPY SURF as a hobby on the side of a full time job.

After a surf trip to the Mentawais in 2015, I was even more inspired to make swimwear with a focus on beautiful prints and vintage inspired silhouettes. I am not into g-string cut swimwear for surfing so when I talked to other women who surfed, I realised I was not alone in my pursuit for style and practicality.

At the end of 2016 I decided to leave my full time job and work for myself because it was so fun and the feedback I was getting from friends, family and customers was very encouraging.

What pieces are included within your range?

All of my styles are one piece swimsuits because I find this is the most practical style for surfing and being active in the water. I have 3 x styles in my range which are available in different prints:

  1. Long Sleeve Surf Suit
  2. Short Sleeve Surf Suit
  3. Cross Over One Piece

What is your creative background?

I have worked as a designer for many years for companies such as Ripcurl, Billabong, Phyllis Boho & Mimosa just to name a few. I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own brand in 2016 designing and making swimwear for women who surf and like to be active in the water with a sense of style.

Where is the label designed and made?

I design and hand make all my swimwear right here in Burleigh Heads!

What inspires you?

Other people who follow their true passions is always inspiring whatever their endeavor and travel is always inspiring as it takes you out of your comfort zone and teaches you to deal with challenges and you get to meet new people that change your life forever.

Latest collection consists of?

One Pieces in a variety of vintage inspired prints and shapes.

What's on your mood board?

I LOVE vintage prints so my mood board is covered with prints and also female surfers who shred. If I look at their pictures for long enough, just maybe their skills might symbiotically work their way into my surfing.

What’s your creative space like?

It’s a very modest space within a big factory in Burleigh Heads. It is my home away from home so I’ve made it very comfortable with a cool couch for lounging and everything I need to create in a harmonious environment.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I have all my favourites on hand through Spotify. I LOVE music and must have music playing while I work or I cannot work. Lately I’ve had Solange on high rotation (Album: A Seat at the Table)… but I have a playlist I add to nearly everyday which consists of everything from Outkast, London Grammar, Blondie, Prince, Living Colour to Billy Ocean! And sometimes I turn the radio on to 94.1 FM – GOLD!!!

A day in the life of you consists of?

Either a swim or surf most mornings, then into my factory space to work/ play for the day. Lunch and Dinner are very much thought about and are a big part of enjoying my day.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

To be honest, I am a born again virgin to TVM as I am usually out looking for surf on Sunday mornings…but I want to be more involved with the markets and I look forward to discovering my favourite stalls. I’m guessing I’ll be scouring through the vintage clothing racks mostly and at the food stalls!

Favourite reads/blogs?

I’ve been on the search for a good book of late. I love reading autobiographies, I find them very inspiring. the last book I read was Amy Schumer’s “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo” which made me laugh but also made me feel better about being an introvert.

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

I am obsessed with One Pieces so probably either a jumpsuit, playsuit, Overalls or Pinafore and most probably from the Op Shop.

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

Expect more vintage inspired and beautiful prints.

I will also be adding clothing to my collection in the flavour of One Pieces.

Why TVM?

TVM seems like the perfect place for me to display my products. Located in Burleigh Heads, TVM is my local hub for all things I love: food, fashion, creative peeps and good vibes.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love that it’s keeping the community spirit and culture alive by giving small businesses like myself a platform to showcase our creativity.

Find Poppy and Tall Poppy Surf at TVM this Sunday 6 August 2017 or connect online:

Website: http://www.tallpoppy.surf/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tallpoppy.surf/

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TVM Startup Stall: Joe Weaven

New to TVM this Sunday is menswear label Joe Weaven. We chatted to the founder and recipient of our TVM STARTUP STALL initiative, Joe Weaven himself. Our clothing was created…

New to TVM this Sunday is menswear label Joe Weaven. We chatted to the founder and recipient of our TVM STARTUP STALL initiative, Joe Weaven himself.

Our clothing was created as a means to fill a gap in the market, affordable tailored menswear that maintains quality and creates a timeless style. It grew out of an annoyance I had when purchasing menswear, as I am quite slim, nothing was contoured to give a man’s body the shape it deserves. So when I turned 18 I got enough money together for a small collection and headed overseas and the rest is history! Joe Weaven.

TVM: What pieces are included within your range?

JW: We are a complete versatile menswear company so we produce shorts to polo’s and everything in-between. Our most notable pieces are our button up shirts and polo’s as they are made with quality and are timeless in style. They include subtle tailored details such as hand-sewn darts in the back to minimize billowing, higher arm holes for that tailored look and feel and much more!

What is your creative background?

When I was 16 I became an apprentice tattooist in my small town of Yeppoon. I was always into fashion and ended up moving to Brisbane to pursue a career in design and completed a Bachelors of Graphic Design but instead had the opportunity to create my own label and ran with it and never looked back.

Where is the label designed and made?

The clothing is designed in our Brisbane office and produced in our partner factories in Indonesia with fabric sourced from countries such as Spain, Japan and more.

What inspires you?

I draw my inspiration from places I have lived and visited from around the globe. From living in a small village in Tabubil, Papua New Guinea, to partying my way through the streets of Phuket, Thailand there is always inspiration to draw from.

Latest collection consists of?

Our latest collection is a perfect blend of nautical, European tailoring and subtle hints of vintage Americana.

What's on your mood board?

We always have our board full of nautical images, style icons like McQueen and Gianni Agnelli and a few too many pictures of our beautiful mascot Sassy our sausage dog.

What’s your creative space like?

My personal creative space consists of a giant mood board, sewing machine and a ton of fabric swatches scattered around the room with photos of my family, my partner Shanty and our dachshund Sass to keep me in good spirits throughout the day.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I listen to either punk or chill, it honestly varies that much but it works depending on the mood I’m in when trying to get those creative juices flowing.

A day in the life of you consists of?

In the fashion world my day is never consistent. The start of each day begins with an early morning walk with my partner and Sass to clear the mind for what is to come, then from 8am till 5:30pm anything and everything can happen which makes each and every day interesting!

Favorite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Drift trading co. has a very unique set up that fits in perfectly with what The Village Markets are all about!

Favorite reads/blogs?

We are always reading the latest ‘GQ’ and ‘Esquire’ magazines but for non-fashion related ‘The Death of Cool’ by Gavin McInnis is a unique read.

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

All my own label of course! Maybe some sneaky Gucci shoes..

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

We are beginning our expansion into stores both local and international whilst expanding our online presence with our social media accounts. We also have big news coming soon so keep an eye on our social channels!

Why TVM?

Since our first walk through the village markets I knew this is where we needed to show our presence, everything it stands for we are about so I believe this is a perfect fit.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

There is simply nothing better then strolling through the markets on a chilly Sunday morning, coffee in hand and on the prowl for some bargains, and what a perfect place to do such thing!

Find Joe Weaven at TVM this Sunday 16 July 2017 and connect with Joe Weaven online:

joeweaven.com

Instagram

Facebook

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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
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TVM Startup Stall | SUNNY CORDS

This budding entrepreneur has turned her creative idea into a business and has set herself the challenge of 90 days to make it work before returning to her corporate job….

This budding entrepreneur has turned her creative idea into a business and has set herself the challenge of 90 days to make it work before returning to her corporate job. We love it! Meet Flo Kemp, founder of SUNNY CORDS. She'll be traveling up from Bondi Beach to the Gold Coast just to share her Sunday with us at TVM this weekend.

Read on to find out why SUNNY CORDS has scored this months TVM STARTUP STALL.

The Photo Studio Glebe; Fashion;Commercial; Jude Stevens;Florine Kemp

First, a bit about Flo...

To understand the story behind SUNNY CORDS, I need to share and explain a little bit about myself. My biggest drive in life is to reach my fullest potential. I know it sounds cliché, but I get simply triggered by the notion to achieve the impossible. While born in Brazil, my parents being both Dutch, and finishing high school in Hong Kong, it’s fair to say I had seen some of the world at a young age.

Four years ago it was time to jump out of my comfort zone again and moved to Sydney. This move wasn’t actually planned. Quite the opposite. I was supposed to go on a three-week holiday in Myanmar and on my last day I decided not to return back home (Amsterdam). I called my family and said: “Mum, dad, you don’t have to pick me up from the airport tomorrow, I changed my flight to Australia where I’m going to find a job.”

People often ask me what triggered me to do this radical move? Why so sudden? Maybe it was the impact of a 10-day Vipasanna Meditation course I had been doing in the midst of Myanmar’s forest. I personally believe that by taking decisions like these, I prove to myself that I am absolutely free in how I live my life. It shows me that I am in absolute control in what I want to do and reject any social confirmation or living in fear of failure.

Quite soon I found a job and started working for a corporate consultancy that are based in Sydney. Freedom is one of their core values and my academic degree in Psychology came in quite useful. Doing presentations in Executive Boardrooms did freak me out in the beginning, especially because of the following three judgments I encountered: 1) being young of age, 2) being a woman and 3) talking with a foreign accent. But as I developed myself, my confidence grew and started to thrive in my role as a consultant.

After three years I found myself in that same comfort zone again. Even though I was traveling all over Australia, NZ and Asia for work, I missed using my hands and being creative. This was something I had let go off while working in the corporate world.

So how did the idea for SUNNY CORDS come about?

To cut a long story short, three years ago I started to make eyewear chains with materials I had ordered from Amsterdam. The idea came from my own personal struggle and frustration with always losing and damaging my sunnies. Yet I refused to wear those old styled granny cords. At that point I had never thought I would turn this new hobby into an actual business. It was only after the loving responses that I received from my local friends in Bondi, that I realized that there was a huge opportunity sitting right in front of me.

I started working in the evening hours besides my job for more than a year. I let go of my social life because I was so determined and energized by this new mission that had come into my life. After one year I reached the point that I knew if I really wanted to take SUNNY CORDS to the next level, I would have to quit my corporate job. I set up a meeting with my boss and said I wanted to take a sabbatical. He allowed me 3 months off, and not one day longer as he really needed me back.

When you read this story I’m in the midst of this 90-day period and working my butt off, but with absolute joy. To me this is not so much about the end result (being successful), but it’s about exactly this, the process towards it. The SUNNY CORDS’ label stands for all elements that I personally strive for in life, which all comes down to being free, following your passion, and stop living in fear of failure. Therefore the brand is so much more than fashionable eyewear chains. It’s about telling the world a message and trying to set an example for all those people who doubt themselves. Because God, how often I have done that myself, but you are the only one who can prove yourself wrong. Welcome to SUNNY CORDS.

What pieces are included within your range?

SUNNY CORDS consists of the two collections: 1) Summer Casual and 2) Summer Chic. The first includes designs that are different, stand out, and have that real bohemian hippie feel. The second collection is a bit more delicate and classical, which is more suited for those who want to complement their outfit in a more subtle way.

In total these two collections consist of 14 different designs with 32 different variants.

What is your creative background?

I believe creative people have always known that they are. You feel yourself being drawn to anything that is made, and literally have itchy hands to do it yourself. At home, I’ve always painted, experimented with photography, and made jewelry myself. I had never an urge to do a creative academic degree, as I regarded being creative always as a ‘side thing’. Now I’m starting to realise that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

Where is the label designed and made?

All designed and made in my craft studio overlooking Bondi Beach. The view is my best source of inspiration as it’s different every day and so allows you to always see different things everyday.

What inspires you?

Making only things that I absolutely love. I strive for perfection. Not only to ensure the customer receives a great product, but also to fulfill my own sense of pride about what I’ve created.

Latest collection consists of?

No matter what day it is in the year, I’m always experimenting with new designs. There are a few designs that haven’t been added to the current collection just yet. These needed to be tested first with the market before they come available. I often receive the response: “It’s so difficult to decide, which one to buy!” So I don’t want to add to that complexity… 😉

What's on your mood board?

SUNNY CORDS aims to serve two types of fashion styles: the ones who like to stand out (Summer Casual) versus the ones who like a more subtle addition (Summer Chic). Therefore we have got two different mood boards for these two.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is my own apartment in Bondi Beach. Whenever you enter my place, the chances are likely that you will see that my home is completely turned upside down. You will various set ups for product photography, while another corner is filled up all the tools and materials for making the cords. At the end of every working day, I do tidy everything up again. That’s something I learned; you need to be so organized, because the creative process always ensures you turn things into a mess!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Always upbeat music. And I always turn up the volume (sometimes resulting in an upset neighbor…). Upbeat music allows me to really to really focused. Upbeat music allows me to sink deep in my own zone, and then time passes by in a split second.

A day in the life of you consists of?

My day starts off with my morning routine with my handsome flat mate. This consists of first going to our gym at BeFit together for a 45 minute high-intense work out, followed by a quick dip in the ocean, and ends with a coffee at Porch and Parlour which is a café which is located below our apartment. Once my flat mate is off to work, I start making a list of what I want to achieve that day. This typically involves dispatching that day’s online order (wrapping, writing personal post cards, post office visits), doing the photography for the website and social media as well as spending some hours of power behind the computer. This is what I enjoy the most about being an entrepreneur; the variety of things that are on your plate as well as being your own boss and therefore control what you do. Because I’m so passionate about SUNNY CORDS it hardly takes me any motivation to start nor to push through.

Why TVM?

A friend of mine who lives at the Gold Coast recommended the TVM. I really appreciate the extra effort you take by really creating a success story for every stallholder. I have not come across any other markets that do it with so much passion as you!

Find Flo and Sunny Cords at TVM this Sunday 12 March and connect online via:
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Designer Profile + TVM Startup Stall: Bambita

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the first TVM Startup Stall recipient for 2017 – Bambita. From the southern sleepy town of Murwillumbah, Tiffany Bell, founder of…

We couldn't be more excited to introduce you to the first TVM Startup Stall recipient for 2017 - Bambita.

From the southern sleepy town of Murwillumbah, Tiffany Bell, founder of Bambita tells us about the inspiration for her label and behind the scenes of running a small business.

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In a short paragraph, tell us about your background?

Growing up, we lived in a few places from Cabarita to Hervey Bay , but always coastal. My brothers and I would spend after school and weekends in the back rooms of surf shops my mum owned or managed. After finishing high school in Hervey Bay, I moved with the love of my life, to the Gold Coast. I tried to avoid heading back into study, so I took on a marketing traineeship at a tourist attraction and then an apprenticeship with a top salon. Working in a salon where my job was to wear pretty dresses, blow dry 70’s inspired waves and read Russh magazines, I knew I never wanted to work away from a creative industry again.

After the arrival of my first born and inspiration behind Bambita, Ivy, I headed back to study a Bachelor of Communication by correspondence with the intention to always work for myself and never for the man. It gave me the confidence and inspiration to take a leap and put myself out there.

After following my partner through a few mining towns in country New South Wales for a few years, we’ve finally set up permanent residency in the Northern Rivers. After being away from the ocean and the green countryside for so long, we have a new found appreciation for god’s country.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

Being the vintage, crochet and floral dress addict that I am, I was always looking for cute mini me things to put Ivy in. I found that there was way too many glitter encrusted and mass produced fabrics so I went out on a limb, had some patterns and samples made, got such an overwhelming, positive response and evolved from there.

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

After many set backs, including another little headstrong female to the mix, Bambita finally opened in September of this year.

What does your brand consist of?

Bambita consists of 70’s inspired smock dresses, bell bottoms and pinafores in the softest of indian panel prints specifically made for little girls sizes 1 – 10.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in the Northern Rivers and hand made by Sue on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

I’m a huge collector of vintage dresses, specifically the 60’s and 70’s. I love the idea of recreating pieces, which are modern enough to wear for kids these days and could be kept for generations.

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

2017, I’m hoping to gain a few more stockists to spread the Bambita love across the country. Overall, I would love to have a storefront, that’s the ultimate dream.

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What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I import all the fabric, because I find the indian cotton is magical. Not having fabric available onshore and underestimating the popularity some items would have has definitely been challenging. A few parcels are still lost in transit.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

1. Having 100% control over the creative process.
2. I can go from packing orders and negotiating with suppliers to jumping on trampolines and eating iceblocks in an hour flat.

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

I think everyone has the potential to have a small business, but the people you see putting themselves out there are the ones with the guts to follow their dreams. Life really is too short to do something you hate.

Find Bambita debuting at TVM this Sunday 1st January 2017.

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If you've started a small business within the last three months and are interested in joining TVM, apply for the TVM Startup Stall - We'd love to hear from you!

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STALL PROFILE: PANAMUNA

New to TVM this Sunday is Panamuna, the brainchild of husband and wife team Rod Ximenes and Alana Carlson. We are always inspired by brands that are making a difference…

New to TVM this Sunday is Panamuna, the brainchild of husband and wife team Rod Ximenes and Alana Carlson.

We are always inspired by brands that are making a difference and thought Panamuna was a deserving recipient of the TVM Startup Stall.  Read on to find out why!

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TVM: Tell us about your background?

P: We are a husband and wife team. Rod was born and bred by the ocean and Alana was raised to be a lover of all things natural. Together we are now the parents of two young, energetic boys who also love the water. We are lucky enough to live on the pristine Tweed Surf Coast in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Australia. Rod studied a Bachelor of business and now works in hospitality, whilst Alana studied Education and Fine Art Photography and is now a high school teacher. We originally established Panamuna in 2011 whilst living in Victoria, but took a break from the business when we decided to relocate our family. After ensuring everyone was settled, we re-launched Panamuna with a whole new vision - of raising awareness of our impact on the planet, particularly on our oceans, and producing sustainably and ethically produced surf wear and accessories.

TVM: What made your pursue your creative passion?

P: Heading into the workforce Rod searched relentlessly to find a job that would maintain his interests and keep him passionate and enthusiastic about going to work everyday. Unfortunately, he didn't find anything that fulfilled this need, and so the idea for Panamuna was born. The vision for the sustainable and ethical surf brand was inspired due to the fact that Rod is an avid surfer, and he would regularly see the debris and waste that humans carelessly dispose of in the water or on our beautiful beaches. We really felt that there was a way to combine our passion for surfing and fashion along with our desire to be conservationists and spread the message of the need for a change in the way we live to ensure the survival of our planet.

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

P: Our business started a few years ago but to be honest, it was more of a hobby until recently. In September this year we decided to take the huge leap of faith and invest quite a bit in the business to see if it what we do would speak to a larger demographic. Thankfully, so far, we have had an amazing response to our gear.

What does your brand consist of?

At Panamuna, we have spent many long hours researching the most sustainable and ethical way to produce our gear. We use organic materials that are free from insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers, which helps to reduce water pollution. Our printing methods are also eco-friendly, using only water-based inks. All our packaging is biodegradable and plastic free.

Our brand consists of sustainable and ethical surf wear and accessories, with our project being to infuse style and simplicity with new sustainable methods to develop our gear. Through this our aim is to make people conscious of the impact they have on the environment due to the choices they make.  We have a range of men’s, women’s and grommet’s tees and tanks, recycled board covers, upcycled hats and environmentally friendly bags. We hope to extend our range further in the near future to incorporate board shorts and surf swimwear.

In addition to the way we produce our gear, we also help to improve the health of our local beaches and the ocean by running community events such as beach cleanups and awareness campaigns through our social media following. We hope to inspire individuals to lead an ocean friendly lifestyle by becoming more conscious consumers. We regularly post ideas to encourage people to think about the way they interact with the environment around them and we highlight the need for more action, action that can easily be achieved by a single individual.

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Where is the label designed and made?

Our label is designed here in Australia and the only thing we are currently having made offshore are the T-shirts. We buy them blank from an Australian supplier and then design and print the T-shirts ourselves. We also source reclaimed fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfill to make our board covers and satchels, which we do in conjunction with Boomerang Bags. Some of our designs have been done in collaboration with young emerging artists, giving them a platform to get work seen by a wider audience.

What inspires you?

The ocean is our main inspiration. Just the smell, the salt air, the sight and sound of the waves crashing. The beautiful shapes and configurations that the water makes. It is never the same twice. The peace and serenity that comes upon you when you are by the sea. There's nothing like it.

Although everyone has a different connection to the ocean, the only thing that everyone must know is if the ocean dies, we all die! Due to this we need to ensure we are doing what we know is right for it, as well as inspiring others to also fall in love with the ocean so that they feel like taking action to protect it.

We are also inspired by the great work of individuals, groups and organsiations that are out there in our local community, as well as in a more global sense, coming up with innovative ways to reduce the use of single use plastic items and make people more aware of what can be done to start healing our planet.

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

We have big hopes and dreams for Panamuna. In the near future we hope to run more market stalls to get our name and message out there, and, as mentioned above, we would love to expand our range. We will also be running more beach clean ups, supporting more events and finding some young surfers to sponsor. One day we are hoping that Panamuna will be able to sustain a duel income so that we can quit our day jobs and focus all our energy on growing the brand and spreading the message.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge has definitely been getting our name and philosophy of clothing production out there in the marketplace. There are so many big players in this industry that people are more comfortable going with what they know, rather than trying a different brand. Another huge hurdle that we have had to overcome is the sourcing of suppliers of sustainable and ethical materials for us to use in the production of our gear, and ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is being paid appropriately for the work they are completing. This has been a time-consuming and, at times, frustrating endeavor, but we decided early on that this is what we had to demand from suppliers.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Getting to make all the choices about the brand, and allowing our creativity to flow in an effort to send a social and environmental message.

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

The Internet is not always the best place to find suppliers and supporters. Get out there in your local community and start networking – face to face with people is always best, and this has resulted in some of the most beneficial partnerships for us.

Connect with Panamuna this Sunday at TVM 11 December 2016, and find them here:

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If you think your business is deserving of the TVM Startup Stall, apply now via our website to join our creative community in 2017!

 

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Stall Profile: NIKKE HORRIGAN

We’ve personally been there before…..When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and…

We've personally been there before.....When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and create your own path. It's the push you need to follow your passion and create a job you love.

That was the case for boilermaker turned coal miner turned entrepreneur and designer Nik Horrigan who joins TVM for the first time this Sunday with his label, NIKKE HORRIGAN.

We were inspired by Nik's story and thought he was the perfect fit for our recently launched TVM Startup Stall. We chatted to Nik about how he got the kick start he needed to launch his business.

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I grew up in a small suburb in Ipswich called Brassall. I did a bit of everything, my dad pushed me to become an apprentice boiler maker and plumber. But I wanted to see the world so joined the navy to become an aircraft tech but I hated being told what to do - so that didn't go down well! Then I found myself working as an underground coal miner.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I felt that I was different, a bit of an outsider growing up. I always wanted to live my life with a certain sense of identity and live in a way that allowed me to be happy. I always had good fashion sense growing up close with my mother. But it was after I was unfairly dismissed from my job when I was working at an underground mine, everything changed. I promised myself that I wouldn't let myself be treated like that again. And I started focusing on what I love.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
I've been chipping away at if for a few years on and off while I was working. But it wasn't till last year when I lot of personal things happened to me that I knew I had to make the change. So I quit my job and travelled Europe to reboot. And I told myself, "If can get through it all, I can do anything". I had seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and I realized I have what it takes, so I launched the label at the end of last year.

What does your brand consist of?
At the moment it's tee's, shirts, jeans, shorts and headwear. But I'd like to get into eyewear, underwear and fragrance in the future.

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Where is the label designed and made?
Crazy story, I tried make my clothes in Australia but none wanted to work with me because I was a no-body. I decided to take the leap of faith and buy a ticket to China and bang on every factory door until someone would help me. So long story short, I got lucky and found an Australian factory based in China, and the strangest thing was that the owner and I went to the same school in Ipswich!

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What inspires you?
That life is what you make it.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
I'd like to see the label become a lifestyle brand and compete with the major high end brands like Saint Laurent, Balmain and Alexander Wang. I hope to travel the world and live in different places and meet people from all walks of life.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Patience and investing money and time into yourself. It's hard not to compare yourself with people around you because when you choose a non-traditional path in life there's not a lot of people around you.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
It's very fulfilling.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
Think twice before you sign something.

CONNECT WITH NIKKE HORRIGAN:

Find Nik Horrigan at TVM this Sunday 18 September +

Website:  nikkehorrigan.com
Instagram: @nikkehorrigan
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Giving Back – TVM Startup Stall

We’re all about supporting local creative entrepreneurs and to foster this spirit on the Gold Coast, TVM now offers a cool little incentive for new brands to join our community…

We're all about supporting local creative entrepreneurs and to foster this spirit on the Gold Coast, TVM now offers a cool little incentive for new brands to join our community with the TVM Startup Stall.
Each month, one deserving new business will score their first TVM free (one 3x3m stall including PLI), a dedicated blog post and Instagram post, plus mention via our Facebook and is valued at $375.
There's a small to criteria to meet and you can apply just by completing the online application form and indicating that you'd like to be considered for the TVM Startup Stall.
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Launching your business at TVM is a step to success, but don't take it from us... check out our testimonials or read on below about Kylie and Renee from Bones Society.

When design duo Renee and Kylie started their label @bonessociety there was one thing they were certain of...

"We knew if we wanted to be a part of the design community on the Gold Coast we had to be at The Village Markets".

Bones Society is now stocked globally and has been spotted on the coolest pups like @heygizmo 

If you're keen to join our community of creative entrepreneurs, apply NOW! We'd love to hear from you!

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