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

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Women of TVM

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy…

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy reading!

‘Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them’. Unknown.

Name: Brittiny Worth
Brand: Lakiki Jewellery
When and why did you start your business? I started my business in 2015, inspired by my love of design and stones. I still work in Real Estate while juggling my growing business.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Keeping the quality up to standard, with manufacturers being based around the globe. The pieces are designed by me on the Gold Coast and manufactured in Bali, with stones sourced from the Dominican Republic and India. Supply chain consistency is definitely the biggest challenge.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Put any fears you may have aside and just have a go. It may seem like a really big jump but start small and have confidence in yourself. If I think back to when I started, I would have loved someone to tell me to just follow my gut and just do what resonates with me!

 

Name: Carla Aplin
Brand: Desert Wanderer
When and why did you start your business?
I became a mother to my little girl in 2014 and felt so inspired to create around that period in my life and the desire to create something that would inspire her. I had previously worked in retail as the manager of Dissh (boutique) for years.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far? Social media and the growth that it has seen in the last six years – the change in algorithms, keeping up with trends, it’s harder to be seen. Reeducating yourself and trying to keep up with marketing is difficult too. Also, being the only person working in the business from start to finish (aside from husband Simon who helps with market day setup!)
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it, follow your heart. If it feels right and you want to do it, be inspired by the people around you, create a community of people that support you and just 100 % go for it! It can be amazing!

Name: Keele Pont
Brand: Prickle Free
Why did you start your business?
We have always been interested in reducing plastic and single use waste. We designed a product that looked good and was nice to use, so people had an alternative to single use razors.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Working full-time during the week and keeping my business going on the side and on weekends, it can be hard to keep it all going. I am a nanny full-time.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Be passionate about what you’re doing. Also markets are a great way to connect with people and add a personal element.

Name: Louise Hargreaves.
Brand: Thrown.
When and why did you start your business? In 2019. I love being creative and wanted to step away from just doing graphic design (Louise had previously worked in design for some of the largest print magazines in Australia). I lived in Sydney originally and did a pottery course and then more recently here on the Gold Coast my husband Rhys bought me a wheel. Friends started telling me I should sell the things I was making. I absolutely love doing it and since coming to the markets it just inspires me to get back onto the wheel. Mondays following market day I am always so inspired! I love seeing people buy my stuff and being a mum, it’s so nice to spend the time at the markets, side by side with other stallholders whom I have come to know well. Rhys has the kids while I am at the markets and then during the week I am creating pieces from my home. It works perfectly around my family life.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it! I never dreamed I would be selling my products at the markets. As long as you are enjoying what you are doing, then it will come out in your work. I only make products I would want in my own home, that I think are functional and beautiful. That is what I want people to take from my pieces.

Name: Christina Cassaniti
Brand: Only One The Label
When and why did you start your business?
I was living with my male housemate and needed some nice lounge wear to wear when he had his mates over. I couldn’t find anything that was stylish, trendy and high quality, so I started designing pieces for myself.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Mentality, believing this is not just a great concept in my head, that it actually is a great product – imposter syndrome, overcoming self doubt. Cash flow is also a challenge when you’re starting out.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Go for it, don’t sit on the fence about it. For me, the biggest thing was I did not want to be an old woman thinking about what could have been. Put one foot in front of the other and if it’s meant to be, the universe will lead you there.

Name: Nao Yamaguchi (with her daughters Sana and Noa)
Brand: Nicotte
When and why did you start your business?
I started Nicotte in 2013, after I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to have an option to stay at home with my child.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in business so far?
The biggest challenge for me is to make clothing “size adjustable”. I have confidence in the quality of my work and the materials we use. The linens and cottons age so well, so you can wear them as long as you love them. When I was pregnant I gained weight and my clothes size changed - some of my favorite clothes didn’t fit me at all. Also, I found kids clothes are just one season as they grow so fast. So, I made most of Nicotte lines (both adults and kids)  size adjustable. For example kids may wear a dress and as they get older, it can be worn as a top.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
My advise for starting business is to follow your heart.
I learned sewing from my grandma as both of my parents worked full-time. I stayed with her, watching her sew and learning everyday. Since then, sewing is part of my life and my childhood dream was to have my own brand and also spend time with my kids.
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People of TVM :: Sunday 5 January ’20

We love our TVM community, here’s some folk happily shopping last weekend at TVM! Thanks to everyone who bought a tote bag to support our bush fire appeal donation -…

We love our TVM community, here's some folk happily shopping last weekend at TVM! Thanks to everyone who bought a tote bag to support our bush fire appeal donation - you guys are the best!

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Locals We Love :: Amy Mills

Community is at the heart of everything we do at TVM. This year, we celebrated 11 years of The Village Markets and also our home, the Gold Coast’s, 60th Birthday!…

Community is at the heart of everything we do at TVM. This year, we celebrated 11 years of The Village Markets and also our home, the Gold Coast's, 60th Birthday!

Here, our intern Gemma Lyndon chats to one of our favourite locals and long-time supporter of TVM, Amy Mills.

Amy is the Travel Editor of WHO magazine and the mother of two handsome little men, Sunny (8) and Ziggy (5). Now based in the thriving hub of Miami, Amy chats about the evolution of the Gold Coast and why it's the perfect destination for work and play.

Amy, Ziggy and Sunny at The Village Markets

What does the Gold Coast mean to you?

It’s where my home and heart are! I grew up at Currumbin Beach and then lived in London and Sydney for close to a decade. I came back to raise my two sons, Sunny and Ziggy, here and haven’t looked back since. The GC has really evolved into a vibrant city while retaining that famous, laidback coastal charm. 

Tell us about your job as Travel Editor for WHO magazine and how do you make it work whilst living on the Gold Coast?

I am the Travel Editor of a national magazine and digital brand WHO, part of the Pacific Magazines stable based in Sydney, but I am lucky enough to work from the Gold Coast.

I have a permanent desk at the GC’s best co-working space called Hotel Miami, co-founded by three absolutely wonderful human beings. It is such an inspiring place to work and a lot of my co-workers have really interesting and creative businesses, which is really reflective of the Gold Coast’s cultural shift.

 How has the Gold Coast helped shape who you are?

My childhood on the Gold Coast was really slow and carefree. I loved that we finished school and went to the beach and could smell the salt air and hear the ocean from our balcony. It was such a beautiful childhood and taught me to appreciate the little moments and the beauty of mother nature.

We didn’t grow up with the frenetic pace and stresses of the city so I think most Gold Coasters are fairly grounded, particularly us Southern Gold Coasters.

 How do you see the Gold Coast as a platform for business owners? 

You only have to look at what Marissa and Sarah and The Village Markets have done for so many small businesses! They have been a launchpad for some global brands like Kivari, Peony and Cleopatra’s Bling and that is so exciting. There is so much creative talent here on the Gold Coast and once, those people would eventually head to the larger cities to seek opportunities whereas now, there is so much opportunity here not just in fashion and design but every industry.

 How have you seen the Gold Coast evolve?

In so many ways! There’s been a real metamorphosis not only culturally - thanks to the girls at The Village Markets and also HOTA and Miami Marketta - but in the retail, design, hospitality spaces, also! The Gold Coast is finally being taken seriously as a business destination and that’s exciting. 

The food scene here has also exploded. I remember when restaurants would offer only ‘modern Australian’ and now we have some quality eateries and bars that would rival anything in Sydney or Melbourne.

I also do some content creation for a local architectural concrete brand called Concrete Nation and their handmade bespoke pieces are being coveted by clients and leading architects and interior designers all over the world.

It is an inspiring time to live and work on the Gold Coast!

Favourite thing to do on the Gold Coast?

Shop at The Village Markets, drink the Gold Coast’s best brew at Hide n Seek Espresso, spend a lazy day at one of the many beautiful beaches, take my boys to the farmer’s markets on a Saturday morning to fill up our baskets with fresh, local produce, chase waterfalls at Currumbin Valley, hang out with the kids and my family in my sister’s beachside street or my parent’s house, swim at Echo Beach, watch the sunrise from Burleigh Headland, enjoy a long lunch at Rick Shores or Hellenika, grab a margarita at Rosellas, banter with my workmates at Hotel Miami -  so many!!

 What do you expect for the Gold Coast in the next 60 years?

A lot of change but hopefully as it grows, we can retain that laidback way of life

Thanks so much for sharing Amy! Much Love x

Follow Amy on Instagram here
Read Who magazine here

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People of TVM :: Sunday 3 March

The style snaps from Sunday 3rd March TVM are now up, were you snapped? #PeopleofTVM Gemma & Bianca Steven, Aria & Lauren Sophie & Phoebe (in @ukiyoboutique). Kaori & Kotomi…

The style snaps from Sunday 3rd March TVM are now up, were you snapped?

#PeopleofTVM

Gemma & Bianca

Steven, Aria & Lauren


Sophie & Phoebe (in @ukiyoboutique).


Kaori & Kotomi


Ash & Stacey

Daisy

Nao, Noa & Sana.

Pam & Mike.

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People of TVM :: Sunday 21 October ’18

We adore our TVM community and love having a chat on market day, here’s some street style snaps from last market day on Sunday 21 October 2018 – were you…

We adore our TVM community and love having a chat on market day, here's some street style snaps from last market day on Sunday 21 October 2018 - were you snapped?

#thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

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NEW to TVM this Sunday: Seven Seas Home

If soft furnishings and stylish abodes are your jam, then you wont want to miss new stall Seven Seas Home at TVM Paradise Point this Sunday. Read on to meet designer Kelly…

If soft furnishings and stylish abodes are your jam, then you wont want to miss new stall Seven Seas Home at TVM Paradise Point this Sunday.

Read on to meet designer Kelly Taylor and find out more about Seven Seas Home.

Keep your eyes peeled for a sweet little giveaway coming up where we have teamed up with Kelly to giveaway a floor cushion/bean bag valued at $160! Make sure you're following us on Instagram at @thevillagemarketsgc

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?
Early in 2015 I started Seven Seas, as I have a love for fabrics and textiles and was studying Interior Design so I joined my two passions together. A trip to India to source fabric and learn how to block print was the real start. It it all came together from there.

What pieces are included within your range?
Bean bags and floor cushion. I also sell fabric by the meter.

What is your creative background?
I have been sewing and creating from a young age, however seven years working in the fashion industry with product development and design has given me the skills that I need for Seven Seas.

Where is the label designed and made?
Designed at home, in my room but made in India. I was over in India last year sourcing fabrics and getting samples made up.

What inspires you?
Colour, pattern, textures, textiles... if I could have a room of fabric I would! I collect fabrics I like, end rolls and vintage textiles.

Latest collection consists of?
Ahoy is my first full collection with nine styles across three shapes. These are not your standard bean bag shapes, they are super comfortable and look great in homes.

What's on your mood board?
Interiors, beach shacks, cuttings of fabrics, pom poms and tassles

What’s your creative space like?
Normally a pin board is mounted above my desk so I can constantly pin ideas and images up. I have just relocated (2 weeks ago) to the Byron area and I'm yet to move into a place but I hope to have a whole room I can fit out with bean bags for product testing. Box’s or buckets of fabric cuttings and rolls of fabrics, along with a sewing machine for custom/small orders.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?
Constantly running Spotify, currently on a Paul Simon radio.

A day in the life of you consists of?
When I'm not working my 9-5, it starts with a surf, coffee, breakfast, stroll around maybe a quick yoga stretch. I love going to markets myself in my space time when I'm not trading at them. I'm forever checking emails and social media to keep tabs on things. I like to get outdoors as much as I can (activities, activities, activities) and love finishing the day off with a good feed and a beer!

Favourite reads/blogs?
Trendland, Yellowtrace, Artichoke

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?
Overalls and big pockets are a must to keep all my valuables, as I'm always strolling around speaking to customers and neighbours.

What can we expect from you in 2016 and beyond?
I have just released in the last week my new collection, so I'm excited to show it to a new audience.

Why TVM?
From what I have seen online and talking to people, the quality of stalls, their creatives, the size of the market, the live music on the day and the location are really appealing to me.

Connect with Seven Seas Home:
Website
Facebook


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