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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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Stall Profile :: Ghost & Lola

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest…

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest home set on 100 acres.

I studied Fashion and Textile Design at Sydney College of the Arts and worked in the Fashion Industry in Australia and USA as a Fashion Designer, then Illustrator and then Creative Director before deciding to move up North to Byron Bay. In Byron I studied Fine Arts Sculpture at Southern Cross University and started making jewellery. Ive always been fascinated with vintage fashion and I had been collecting the pieces long before I started to make jewellery. Once Ghost and Lola was born there was no turning back. It is the perfect combination of fashion and craft. I love the hands on artisan making and also meeting with people who get the label and understand the vision of making something new from something old.

What made your pursue your creative passion?:

I have always been creative and I always believed in making things. It was how I was brought up. Dad was building the house around us and mum was always creating. It was just a normal way to be.

We all have a creative spark, the trick is to believe in yourself and allow it to shine.

What does your brand consist of?

I make Ghost and Lola jewellery from vintage components. I source the pieces from all over the world through vintage and antique dealers and also travel and explore to find precious pieces.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed and handmade by me in Northern NSW. I have a studio in my house that I work from. My house is surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful rainforest so it provides endless inspiration.

The pieces that I collect connect me to a past once vibrant and now largely forgotten. I am inspired by Mythology, Alchemy and tales of the past when the world was interpreted as less scientific and more spirited and creative. And I like to connect that to our contemporary lifestyle because I believe that we all need a little more meaning and to feel special.

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

I am hoping to share Ghost and Lola with a larger audience. I find that my style attracts customers of all age groups and people are fascinated with the product because it is so unique. The marriage of old with new is immediately apparent when you see the pieces. I love hand-making the pieces and want to retain that aspect, so it will always be an artisan brand and each piece will be limited and special.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I am committed to working full-time with Ghost and Lola, so sometimes the unpredictability of cash-flow is daunting. Also learning to navigate a fresh world of digital Marketing is a 'thrill'. I have learnt so much since launching the brand, from my customers and I truly want them to feel special that they are wearing something unique and handcrafted that is sustainable in its use of re-purposing what is already existent in the world.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! Creative freedom, and freedom in each day. I love what I do so nothing is an effort!

Find Ghost and Lola online, here.
And follow on Instagram, here.

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How To :: Merchandise Your Stall, with Kari from Night Tiger

There’s a certain art to ensuring your stall looks inviting, well thought-out and importantly your products highlighted to maximise sales. We spoke with the master Kari, from Night Tiger and…

There's a certain art to ensuring your stall looks inviting, well thought-out and importantly your products highlighted to maximise sales. We spoke with the master Kari, from Night Tiger and got the low down on Visual Merchandising for your market stall.

I first learnt about visual merchandising when I was working for a designer label called 'RICH'  in Melbourne. It was a large store on Brunswick street Fitzroy consisting of Australian made but Italian sourced fabrics with Men's and Women's clothing shoes and accessories.

My manger had been professionally trained and every Monday we would re-merch the store for a fresh look. She taught me everything she knew and I realised I loved the process. I worked there for about two years and then for a few other labels in Melbourne.

When I moved back up to the Byron Shire I worked with my dear friend Rowie, from Rowie the Label. I worked for her for about four years at the headquarters managing stock and online customer service, retail in her shops and sometimes doing markets. I worked in a lot of different roles at the label, one of them being a favourite, Merchandising her stores.

I created Night Tiger because I had always loved making my own clothes and dressing up (I also have a background in dance where I made a lot of costumes). After a while people wanted me to make clothes for them because they liked the garments I was wearing so I realised that I could make a small business out of it.  I did a course in Fashion Design and Technology and it kept growing from there.

My 5 tips for merchandising your market stall would be:

  1. I never over clutter my stall. Variety and options are good but simplicity is key, especially clothing racks, not having too many items on each rack so the customer can easily touch and see each item.
  2. Have an inviting space. Possibly something the customer can walk into and a centrepiece of some sort, maybe a table or rack in the middle is good for me. Occasionally I will hang macramé or hanging pants to compliment the clothes but not always. A little bit of extra decor is always nice though as customers don't like feeling to exposed in a bare open selling environment.
  3. For each rack in my stall, the clothing is hung in a complimentary colour scheme. I also hang things in a way so that the longer items and shorter items aren't bunched together and it all has a flow and balance on the rack. These factors are aesthetically pleasing to the human eye and unconsciously it draws customers in as there is an ease for them to look at it all. My racks and the way the clothing is presented is the main focus of my stall.
  4. Having some sort of Mat or floor is really good because it separates you from the path outside and psychologically 'slows' people down in your stall to stay a while and relax and have look.
  5. The stall should just have an over-all simple shop feel. I try to keep all equipment that is not necessary out of the stall i.e. marquee covers, rack ropes, trolleys.....anything that's not nice to look at. And my extra clothing boxes of stock I put under a table or cover with nice discreet throws out of the way.

Thanks so much Kari for this incredibly insightful info! You can find Night Tiger at most TVM events, including the next one on Sunday 5 August 2018.

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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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The Lineup :: TVM Sunday 1 July ’18

TVM is on this Sunday with a sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, our pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, street food, live tunes and epic Sunday vibes. Stalls include…

TVM is on this Sunday with a sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, our pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, street food, live tunes and epic Sunday vibes.

Stalls include Sweet Child of Mine, Attic Collective, B Inspired Healthy Lifestyle, Caz Creations, Comfort &Calm, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Dust, Eco Sisters, Feather & Grant, Forgotten Modern, Frocktail Party, Halo and Horns, HARVEST CLAY, HUNCHMARK, Jack Tars Locker, JbK designs, Lakiki, Limbo Collective, Luxe Luna, Malu Le, manning made, MOOI, NIGHT TIGER, Olas Supply Co., One Fable, RAWKANVAS, Rustic Peppermint, Serpentium, Silver and Cold Jewels, Tanora, The Elements Co., The Lobster Shanty, The SunLounge, Wanderers Co, Zeffa and Fosse, ZOOZAP EYEWEAR and more.

Food stalls include Hungarian Food, Jardin Juice Co, The Koconut Kid, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Smoothjuice, The Kitchen Garden, The Wiener Haus and more.

Live tunes are by Jackson James Smith and Lily Budiasa. Check here for times.

We can't wait to see you this weekend at the Gold Coasts fave market! Make sure you tag us in your pics @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Some parking is available on the oval, in surrounding streets, or just a short stroll away at Connor Street.

The Village Markets | Sunday 1st July 2018 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Stall Profile :: Bowl de Coco

We’re all a little crazy for the coco! So we were excited when Cat Wyman swung us an application to join the TVM lineup with her brand Bowl de Coco….

We're all a little crazy for the coco! So we were excited when Cat Wyman swung us an application to join the TVM lineup with her brand Bowl de Coco. We chatted to Cat about her journey from hairstylist to the stars (hello Kate Moss!) in the big smoke of London-town, to coconut bowl entrepreneur on the sunny shores of the Gold Coast.

Tell us about your background, what field did you work in prior to starting your business?

I was a hairstylist living a busy life in London travelling every week doing hair for people such as Kate Moss and doing Campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. It was a crazy busy life.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I didn't want to do school anymore so at age 15 I had the choice of an apprenticeship or staying in school so I chose an apprenticeship in hairdressing.

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

I decided I didn't want a crazy busy London life anymore last September, so at the end of December I moved back to Australia and set up the business at the beginning of the year. I didn't anticipate it doing well, it was more of a project I suppose... and it ended up being a hit.

What does your brand consist of?

My brand is currently just Coconut Bowls however we are currently in the process of expanding to be more of an 'Eco-Friendly store' Soon you will be able to get spoons and also even more Eco-friendly bits that everyone should have in their Eco-friendly kitchen.

Where is the label designed and made?

I work closely with a beautiful woman named Mai and we work together picking what the store should have and engraving my logo onto each piece, she is based in Thailand and I am here in Brisbane.

What inspires you?

The beauty of the world inspires me to try and influence others to keep the earth and oceans as plastic free as possible.

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

The sky is the limit with the brand, I hope we evolve into being a really big Eco-Friendly store and supply to all the cafes and retail stores around the world. We have just launched world wide shipping and already we are flooded with orders so I think there is no limit to where this business will end up.. I am just hoping to make a change and influence people to be more waste conscious and have more Eco-friendly and sustainable items in their lives.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge is trying to create change in the communities, to try and stop cafes using plastic bowls and have coconut bowls instead, however most people are becoming more aware of the waste we create and are wanting to make a change.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I can work anywhere...I get to go to the beach almost when ever I want. That was a huge highlight of the summer after living 4 years in London all I wanted to do was be at the beach.

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

'Whether you think you can or you think you cant you're right' - Henry Ford

Find Cat and Bowl de Coco at TVM on Sunday 3 June and connect online via Instagram and the online store.

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Stall Profile :: EST 1971

The GC is cooling down and lucky for you, you can catch new stall EST 1971 at TVM this Sunday, peddling their Windy’s. What’s a Windy you say? Read on…

The GC is cooling down and lucky for you, you can catch new stall EST 1971 at TVM this Sunday, peddling their Windy's.
What's a Windy you say? Read on to find out more about EST 1971 co-founder Jayne who alongside her business partner and bestfriend Sophie, will be bringing her brand all the way from the Mornington Peninsula to join us at TVM for the very first time this Sunday 6th May.
In a short paragraph, tell us about your background — what did you study or what field did you work in prior to starting your business?
Jayne: After completing an Economics Commerce Degree I found my way into  Advertising, which I have been doing for the past 20 years. I have worked both here and overseas in a variety of roles. Some of my major clients were fashion brands which helped fuel my desire to one day start my own label.
What made your pursue your creative passion?
I grew up with a very creative mother who had my sister and I on the sewing machine making dolls dresses from a very young age. If we weren't sewing, we were embarking on some other creative pursuit from pottery to jewellery making. My mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer when she was only 56 and I was 34 years old. There’s nothing like losing your mother at a relatively young age to make you realise life is too short not live your passions.
When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
It took another ten years and the birth of my two children, Maggie and Sammy, for me to finally start my own label with one of my oldest and dearest friend’s Sophie. We have known each other since we were 12 and can pretty much guess what the other thinking.
What does your brand consist of?
Style essentials. We want to create pieces that can be worn and worn and you always feel good in them. We have launched with the much loved ‘windy’ (sweatshirts). We agonise over every detail and won’t put anything out there unless we absolutely love it and don’t want to take it off.
Where is the label designed and made?
The label is designed here in sunny (ok mostly rainy) Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula.
What inspires you?
Travel, where I live, nature, art, vintage fashion. I adore colour and texture and find inspiration everywhere from a painted door to a piece of ribbon.
What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
As long as people keep buying certain pieces we will keep making them and will add new pieces as we perfect them. We want to keep our brand purposeful and true to our essence - everyday style essentials that you can wear and wear.
What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Believing in myself. I think you have to just decide to give it a go and do it. My mother used to say to me all the time “The only difference between you and them is they are doing it”.
What is the best thing about having your own business?
The ability to make and back your decisions — good and bad.
One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
You can waist so much time and energy doubting your idea or capabilities but not everything has to be solved in a day. Just get started, focus on what you are passionate about and everything else you can figure out along the way.
Connect with EST 1971:
Website
Instagram
 
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TVM x The Delivery Mag

TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah recently chatted with the wonderful gals from The Delivery Mag about all things business and motherhood. ‘They say it takes a village to raise a…

TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah recently chatted with the wonderful gals from The Delivery Mag about all things business and motherhood.

'They say it takes a village to raise a child, but friends Sarah Schoeller and Marissa Bowden have instead raised a village to call their family. The dynamic duo created The Village Markets, an inspiring home for emerging creatives on Australia’s Gold Coast and are credited with raising the cultural bar in the region and uniting a community.  With four spirited girls between them, the mothers have a deep passion for nurturing other people’s talents as well as their children’s. '

If you feel like reading more about us or hearing from inspiring women such as Lindy Klim and Magdalena Roze, grab a cuppa and you can find the full interview, here.
Images by Alice Wint of @shecriedwolf

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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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TVM Through The Lens

What’s a typical Sunday morning at TVM like? It’s all sunshine, creative folk and good vibes! Throw in epic live tunes and delicious street eats and you’ve got a pretty…

What's a typical Sunday morning at TVM like? It's all sunshine, creative folk and good vibes! Throw in epic live tunes and delicious street eats and you've got a pretty sweet morning indeed.

Thanks to the talented Alice Wint of She Cried Wolf for taking these snaps as she wandered TVM.

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TVM Talks is next week – have you got your tickets?

INSPIRING CONVERSATION, CREATIVE FOLK + GOOD VIBES We are super excited to be bringing you our very first TVM Talks event next week! Tickets are still available but selling fast,…

INSPIRING CONVERSATION, CREATIVE FOLK + GOOD VIBES

We are super excited to be bringing you our very first TVM Talks event next week! Tickets are still available but selling fast, grab yours now - here.

It's bound to be an awesome night, and everyone is welcome to join us. Hear from three successful business women who started at TVM and have gone on to grow their business on an international stage including Sharona Harris of F+H Jewellery, Kirsten Beck of Molly & Polly and Kendra Miller-Sherley of Sweet Child Of Mine. The girls will be chatting in an open and honest interview and you'll have the opportunity to ask them questions at the end, as well as hearing from TVM founders Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller.

Your ticket also includes delicious dinner by Little Wahaca, a beer by Balter, a juice by Sol Cleanse, live music by Scott Dalton, our inspiring live interview, amazing lucky door prizes, goodie bags and a photobooth - all in the rad space of Balter.

We hope you can join us!

OUR SPEAKERS

SHARONA HARRIS - F+H JEWELLERY

Former Marketing and PR for Oscar Oscar Salons (for ten years), Sharona Harris launched her business in 2014 on the Gold Coast after seeing a gap in the market for tough-luxe jewellery and wanting to create her own business.

Harris has most certainly carved a niche in a saturated market and the brand which is now seen as one of Australia’s most loved fashion jewellery brands, is worn by the likes of Margot Robbie, Isabel Lucas, Jessica Gomes, Margaret Zhang and Lara Worthington to name a few.

As an entrepreneur, Harris is also making waves having been voted 2016 Australian Fashion Designer of the Year by Cosmopolitan magazine and appearing on countless international fashion and lifestyle websites.

KIRSTEN BECK - MOLLY & POLLY

Having grown up in Far North Queensland with the Great Barrier Reef as her playground, it’s no surprise Kirsten Beck was inspired by the ocean and travel when launching her own business in the form of cult swimwear label, Molly and Polly in 2012 at just 21 years of age.

Taking the plunge and launching her own brand in 2012 with a stall at The Village Markets has proved to be the best decision Beck has made, with the label shipped internationally daily, boasting an online community of over 200,000, worn by celebs such as Tash Oakley, Ariana Grande, Lena Perminova, Alli Simpson to name a few and appearing in Vogue Espana, Vogue Italia, Elle Australia, Vogue Australia and Grazia magazines.

Molly and Polly has also been featured by world trend forecaster WGSN and is retailed by international stockists City Beach and Princess Polly.

KENDRA MILLER - SHERLEY

With a wealth of knowledge in the fashion industry having worked at Billabong for nine years where she worked her way up the ranks to Senior Buyer, with a prior six-year stint at Surf Dive N Ski, it was only a matter of time before Kendra Miller-Sherley took the entrepreneurial leap of faith and launched her own business.

With a vision in mind and samples underway, it was four years of planning before the opportunity to spend more time with her two babies won out and Sweet Child Of Mine was launched in 2012, with a stall at The Village Markets.

With clients such as the Jolie-Pitt kids, it’s no doubt this label has carved it’s own niche in the popular childrenswear clothing market. However, with six staff and a strong wholesale network, Miller-Sherley insists remaining a permanent fixture at each TVM event is an essential part of her business.

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TUNES BY SCOTT DALTON

BEER BY BALTER

JUICE BY SOL CLEANSE

LUCKY DOOR PRIZES BY ESSENCE OF LIVING, EDWARDS AND CO, THE BORROWED NURSERY, F+H JEWELLERY, SWEET CHILD OF MINE AND MOLLY & POLLY.

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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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Stall Profile | Night Tiger

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

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

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

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

What pieces are included within your range?

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

What is your creative background?  

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

Where is the label designed and made?

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

What inspires you?

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

Latest collection consists of?

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

What's on your mood board?

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

What’s your creative space like?

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

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

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

A day in the life of you consists of?

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

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

‘Bandikoot’ love the cool kids clothes!!

Favourite reads/blogs?

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

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

Always my label on market day!!

Any favourite labels?

Rowie, Kivari, The White Raven

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

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

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

Website/Shop online
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Humble Beginnings | Grace Bijoux on TVM

We love nothing more than to see our beautiful community of creative entrepreneurs flourish. Here we share a testimonial from one of our biggest success stories to date, Lisa McDonald…

We love nothing more than to see our beautiful community of creative entrepreneurs flourish. Here we share a testimonial from one of our biggest success stories to date, Lisa McDonald of Grace Bijoux.

Lisa founded her business here on the Gold Coast in 2012, launching with a stall at TVM and since gone on to achieve a devoted online following including 132K+ Instagram followers, her products have been featured in Sports Illustrated and are worn by key fashion influencers, she has secured worldwide stockists throughout Australia, UK, USA and beyond including online platforms such as Revolve.

"I owe a great deal of my success to TVM!
There really was no better place for me to start out and get my name out there. It is such a beautiful community of insanely talented creatives. The support you receive from not only the customers but from the other stall holders is like no other and it always felt like family to be there with everyone. From day one I felt entirely lifted and inspired by the TVM team, they believed in me and gave me the chance I needed. TVM grew my business in more ways than just selling my products, opportunities came through meeting so many amazing customers and high profile bloggers who appreciated local design. The feedback you gain from the diverse amount of people viewing your designs up close and personal was invaluable. That allowed me to learn what my customers loved and wanted to see more of. I am forever grateful to Marissa and Sarah for giving me a start. And also so grateful for all the creatives I met there who encouraged me with my crazy, out there designs as they are what Grace Bijoux is so known for now!
Thanks TVM, for everything! xxx"
Lisa McDonald - Grace Bijoux

Lisa McDonald, centre.

Katriena Emmanuel Photographer / Jessica Roche model / Sallie Wilson HMU and styling

Katriena Emmanuel Photographer / Nikki Westcot and Lucy Jackson models and styling / Emma Plant HMU /

 

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Designer Profile | 21 Degrees North Jewellery

New to TVM this Sunday is 21 Degrees North Jewellery, a boutique jewellery label designed by Brooke Holt Pennell inspired by her native home of Hawaii. “I was born and…

New to TVM this Sunday is 21 Degrees North Jewellery, a boutique jewellery label designed by Brooke Holt Pennell inspired by her native home of Hawaii.

"I was born and raised in Makaha, Hawaii and am part native Hawaiian. I have 2 sons, Kainalu and Kamakani who are both avid waterman and still live in Makaha. I worked for various companies in the surf industry in Honolulu for over 20 years and held titles as General Manager, Head Men’s Buyer and Retail Operations Manager. I retired from the surf industry to move to Australia 5 years ago to be with my husband."

TVM: What made your pursue your creative passion by starting your own business?

BP: As the child of two artists, I was always surrounded with creativity and art.
My father was a glassblower with a master’s degree in fine arts and my mother a fashion designer with a degree in textile arts.
I have created jewellery as a hobby for many years and it’s been such an amazing creative outlet as well as a supplemental income for me.
After my father passed away I decided that I was going pursue my passion and try to turn that into a meaningful business.

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

I laid the foundation mid 2016, but actually registered and started the business in December 2016.

What does your brand consist of?

21o N is unique handcrafted jewellery. I combine shells (some that I’ve dived for in Hawaii and some sourced from ethical companies), Tahitian black pearls and semi precious gems with 14k gold filled and 24k gold plated chain, findings and components.

I plan on adding complimentary products to my collection in the near future.

Where is the label designed and made?

I always say.... Conceived in Hawaii, made in Australia

What inspires you?

I’m deeply inspired by my Hawaiian home and by the ocean I love so dearly.
The ancient Hawaiians had hundreds of names for the varying tides and moods of the ocean and I love intertwining that feeling in my jewellery.

That being said.....I get bored quickly and am always finding new inspiration to inject into my collections.

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

I certainly hope to grow my brand and to eventually launch retail storefronts in Australia specializing in all things 21oN – which is Oahu’s approximate geographical latitude.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

So far, my biggest challenges are probably similar to most startup companies....capitol!! Financing even a small business is a challenge.
Also trying to find a good fit for retailing or wholesaling my brand. Being the designer, marketer, webmaster, social media consultant and sales manager are many jobs for one person to fill....

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I get to represent myself, showcase what I love and I work at my own pace. I take great pride in my work.

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

Hmmmmm, there are many, but if I had to choose just one, it would be to STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it’s not real.

Find Brooke and 21 Degrees North at TVM this Sunday 16 April 2017 or connect with the label:
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Stall Profile | Sandinyapantz

Thank goodness for creative folk like Katie Hawkins who has made searching for fun swimwear for the kiddo’s easy, courtesy of her children’s designer swimwear label Sandinyapantz. We chatted to…

Thank goodness for creative folk like Katie Hawkins who has made searching for fun swimwear for the kiddo's easy, courtesy of her children's designer swimwear label Sandinyapantz. We chatted to Katie about her creative background, what inspired her to start her own business and her biggest challenges.

"I was born and bred on the Gold Coast and grew up in Elanora. School wasn’t for me and my parents wouldn’t allow me to leave unless I had a job or an apprenticeship! I left Elanora High School to do a hairdressing apprenticeship in Kingscliff NSW. When I was 18 I wanted to see the world so I worked and travelled. On my return home I found a new hobby that involved my deep passion and love of the ocean. To further my creative skills I borrowed my mother’s sewing machine with the idea of making my own swimwear. This led to an obsession and after teaching myself the basics I was eager to learn more so I researched the machines I needed to construct a bikini that was shop worthy. With the money I saved I bought three Industrial sewing machines and practiced day in day out until my very first bikini was made. From there I tried my luck and started applying for jobs as a machinist in factories. With little to no experience at all I kept applying until one day I got my foot in the door. I worked for many leading brands such as Nike, Reebok and NRL sewing a variety of garments to gain the experience I needed to pursue my creative passion in swimwear."

What made you pursue your creative passion?

After many years of working in a number of different factories and various other jobs I landed a job in a swimwear factory... Finally! I could now specialize in swimwear manufacturing. My boss was the driving force behind my creative passion and it was here I learnt everything there is to know about swimwear. It was everything and more than I ever dreamed of and had no idea that something so small could be made so many different ways. It made me so excited to go to work every day and to be a part of the creative process for many leading Australian designers.

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

Well, we still joke about it today. It was when my boss said “Katie, I am going to fire you if you don’t leave and do this on your own”. Apparently I was ready, she taught me everything she new and all I needed was the confidence to start my own business. I had my own set up at home in the shed at the back of my property so she gave me one of her clients to kick start my career ... and I have never looked back! I built my business up to 8 clients consisting of swimwear, children’s wear, sportswear and dance wear. One day, Becky Jack from Peony Swimwear arrived at my door and after launching her label in 2013 she became my exclusive client for 3 years. As I watched her brand grow to one of Australia’s leading swimwear labels I decided it was now my time, I was ready to put everything I’ve learned into my very own label. I sold my house on the Gold Coast, moved down south to be with the love of my life and started my lifelong dream.

What does your brand consist of?

We offer unique functional styles ranging from Rashies, One Pieces, Bikinis and surf leggings. All Sandinyapantz garments are of the highest quality, sourcing the finest UPF50+ Extra Life Lycra to give extra protection from the sun. We have beautiful prints that are digitally created by a collaboration of artists featuring unique laser cut accessories to compliment the range. Our designs infuse the purity and playfulness of life at the beach.

Where is Sandinyapantz designed and made?

Sandinyapantz (children’s swimwear) is designed and made by me from the dreamlike beach town of Arrawarra Headland NSW.

What inspires you?

Although my source of creativity is fueled by many things, inspiration is everywhere! I find my deepest well of inspiration in creating something out of nothing. My dad has always made everything by hand from houses, to boats, to caravans and now a plane! My family has definitely inspired me to believe that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

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

The plans for my brand are limitless as I continue to be inspired to create and design. My hope is to be recognized and have continued success not only in Australia but worldwide.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge for me was doing all of this on my own from designing, to pattern making, to sampling, to production, to sales and marketing.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Is that it's one of the most challenging, rewarding things you'll ever do. It's scary and exhilarating at the same time to create all of this on my own but I have complete creative control from start to finish.

How did you hear about TVM?

I have been following your markets since it was highly recommended by my previous client Becky Jack from Peony swimwear and current client Bryce from Marloe Swimwear that this is the perfect platform to get exposure for my label.

Why did you choose TVM to help launch your business?

To be a part of a team of local creative talent is simply invaluable to the growth of my business.

Connect with Katie and Sandinyapantz:
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The next TVM is Sunday 26 March 2017 at Burleigh Heads State School, 8:30am - 1pm.

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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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