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Stall Profile :: Loca Sportswear

Former ironwoman-turned-swimwear graphic designer, Amy Nurthen and her younger sister Karlee, a professional Ironwomen and videographer created their label Loca Sportswear one year ago because they believed there was a…

Former ironwoman-turned-swimwear graphic designer, Amy Nurthen and her younger sister Karlee, a professional Ironwomen and videographer created their label Loca Sportswear one year ago because they believed there was a gap in the sportwear market for fashion forward, active, fast-paced women who love street style. They wanted to let their ideas run wild and create something from the beginning. From designing styles to photography to branding and everything in between.

Talk us through the process you went through to create your business?

One year ago we decided it was time to start putting time aside to work on our dream. We had hundreds of sketches of different styles, t-shirt and textile prints across all our books. We bought the domain and business name and the past year has been the most challenging, rewarding and interesting year of our lives.

What does your brand consist of?

Loca is a movement empowering women to Be Rare. We have created bold, unique styles to allow women to make it their own. Style it, accessorise it, own it and be proud. Our first campaign consist of sports bras, shorts, tights, bags, sunglasses, hats & tees.

Where is the label designed and made?

Loca Sportswear is designed, tested and manufactured on the Gold Coast. Representing small Australian businesses and working close to our maker chain is a positive and unique aspect of our brand. From pattern making, fabric cutting, embroidery, screen print and sewing. We use regenerated fabric across all our crops & tights. By collecting discarded fishing nets from our oceans, we can make an essential contribution to the marine ecosystem helping reduce damage to the environment. Turning trash into treasure.

What inspires you?

When women connect to our brand and our message. Seeing women put on our styles for the first time and their eyes lighting up.

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

Our plan is to have a summer and winter range each year, full of new styles, colours and looks. To create exclusivity to particular retail stores who would benefit from Loca. To have women connecting with our message and empowering others to be proud of who they are.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Having our stock completed in time for the launch was a challenge, we work with small businesses and our work load was quite big for our manufacturing team.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Being able to be creative, run with ideas, there is no barriers, its really unknown.

Connect with Loca Sportswear online, here.

 

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New to TVM :: The Miniature Treasury

New to TVM this Sunday 16 September is Kate Lardner and her homewares stall, The Miniature Treasury – a collection of beautiful pieces for the nursery, designed to be passed…

New to TVM this Sunday 16 September is Kate Lardner and her homewares stall, The Miniature Treasury - a collection of beautiful pieces for the nursery, designed to be passed on for years to come.

TVM: How did your business come about?
KL: Before The Miniature Treasury, I studied Interior Design and worked for a designer/online furniture retailer. I learned a lot from my mentor who taught me all things to do with design, the world of online business and websites and importantly, how to be a business woman with kindness.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I've always been creative but was terrible at painting and art! I never knew how to channel my creativity until I started studying Interior Design. It just flowed naturally and the passion for beautiful objects grew; constantly admiring and finding unique items. Throw in the mix of motherhood and the concept of furniture design flowed even more naturally.

What does your brand consist of?
The brand consists of cane baby change tables, clothing racks, baby mobile and child's chair. These pieces, especially the change tables, are designed to be heirlooms; pieces that have accumulated love stories of childhood, memories represented in a change table, so when they are passed down to the next gen and the next, all the memories that go with it will be remembered too.

Where is the label designed and made?
Everything is hand-drawn and designed by me here in Burleigh Heads, then are made by local families in a community just outside of Java, Indonesia.

What inspires you?
Love inspires me! To pass down the memories of love, to be the owner of a piece that tells stories of people past, of FAMILY past... it brings us all closer and instills the importance to treasure these heirlooms that actually mean something.

Things that have a story are dear to my heart. If you can point at something in your home and tell a story of where it's been and what it represents... that's pretty special.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
The Miniature Treasury will hopefully continue to grow and while our change tables will be our main focus, our range will also continue to grow. I hope that we speak to people's heart and designer eyes and our range will bless the nurseries of mums all over Australia.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
How to start! How to brand, how to speak consistently, how to get us known.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
Something to put passion into besides my family; something for me.

Kate and The Miniature Treasury will be at TVM on Sunday 16 September and you can connect with the brand online, here:
Instagram
Website

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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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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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TVM Preview :: Sunday 17 December ’17

Can you believe it’s the very last TVM for 2017 happening this Sunday?! Crazy! Come and join us for the biggest TVM of the year, as we celebrate the best…

Can you believe it's the very last TVM for 2017 happening this Sunday?! Crazy!

Come and join us for the biggest TVM of the year, as we celebrate the best creative small businesses in South East QLD and Northern NSW. Shop small, meet the makers, finish your Christmas shopping in a relaxed open-air environment and soak in those festive vibes.

Enjoy 110+ boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and a craft workshop with Burleigh Studio.

Stalls include a beautiful life, akazi, Alfie EST 2011, Always on The Run, anchors & horizons, Attic Collective, Au Fait, Baby Bird, Bali Batik, Barefoot and Blonde, Boho Candles, Bones Society, Bonita Havana, Calm Body and Home, Caz Creations, Chelsea's crowns & creations, Comfort and Calm, COSMIC RUMBLE, COTTONCOAST, DAISYVOID X F AND H JEWELLERY, Dejna Kantarevic Collection, Desert Wanderer , Designed by Jac, Diamond Dozen, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Dusty Child, Eco Sisters, elodie jewellery, Faith Design, Fernando's, Fiola Rose Swim, Forgotten Modern, Frankly my dear, Gypsy and the Thief, Halo & Horns Company, Harmony Inspired, Harvest Clay, Hatch 4221, Iron and Cub, Jack Tars Locker, Jane In Tribe, Jasmyn Eliza Designs, Jbk, Kaisea, Kanvass, Keep You Wilde, Laikiki, Lazy Girl Lingerie, Limbo Collective, Little Drifters, Little Leas, Love St, Luxe Luna, Mabel and Moose, Magnolia Storehouse, Mahiya, Malu Le, Milk and Moss, Miss Brown Vintage Clothing, MOOI Store, MOSSY AUSTRALIA, Ms Mel, My Little Glass Jar, natarshaalexandria, Neon Magpie, Night Tiger, NIKKE HORRIGAN, Noose and Dagger, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Organique Bebe, Rustic Peppermint, Salty Soul Surfwear, Santography Danny Santangelo, STAPLE AND HUE, Stevie wanders, Studio Lemonade, Subtropic the Label, Sunchild, Sweet Child Of Mine, Tails Swimwear, TEA TRIBE, The Beeswax Co, The Elements Co., The Naked Paw, The Sleep Suite, The Sunday Co, The SunLounge, The Throw Co, , Voya Syle C0, Waikika Moo Cow, Weave and Willow, Wild Heart Jewellery, Wooden Anchor, Young Squad, VANTOM, Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and Zylo.

Eats by Flat Earth Organic, hungarian food factory, Jardin Juice Co, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little Wahaca, smoothjuice, The Kitchen Garden & Grill, The Wandering Bean and the wiener haus.

Check out the live tunes lineup, here.

We will see you on Sunday guys! Don't forget to tag your pics #thevillagemarkets and follow us on Instagram @thevillagemarkets for live updates and gift ideas.

TVM | Sunday 17 December 2017 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

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Stall Profile :: Calm Body and Home

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

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

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

What made your pursue your creative passion?

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

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

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

What does your brand consist of?

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

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is created on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

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

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

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

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

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

What is the best thing about having your own business?

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

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

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

Connect with Calm Body and Home, here.



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Stall Profile :: Staple and Hue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What pieces are included within your range?

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

What is your creative background?

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

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

Where is the label designed and made?

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

What inspires you?

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

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

What's on your mood board?

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

What’s your creative space like?

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

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

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

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

A day in the life of you consists of?

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

Favourite TVM stall?

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

Favourite reads/blogs?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Stall Profile :: MySky Skincare

With a steamy summer and the festive season almost here (hello cocktails!), it’s time to give your skin some lovin’! Luckily we have a curated selection of local beauty businesses…

With a steamy summer and the festive season almost here (hello cocktails!), it's time to give your skin some lovin'! Luckily we have a curated selection of local beauty businesses amongst the TVM lineup - perfect for yourself and as gift ideas for your loved ones. This week in the lead up to her appearance at TVM (19 November) we chatted with founder of MySky Skincare, Barbara Moltoni.

Heya Barbara, tell us about how and when your MySky Skincare was created?

Once I got pregnant I became very conscious of what I was putting in and on to my body. I started not only eating cleaner & greener, but also reading labels of skincare products and I was horrified to find out the amount of chemicals and harmful ingredients used even in baby products! That’s when I decided to make my own skincare products and became more and more passionate about natural ingredients and the power of superfoods for skincare, such as matcha, oats, chia seeds, beetroot, cocoa, etc. I mean, if it’s good internally why wouldn’t it be good for our skin,right? After having several of my  “vegan guinea pigs” trying my products out and asking for more, I decided it was time to take that next step and share my values & ethos with other likeminded people.

What products are included within your range?

Moisturizing body scrubs enriched with chia seeds

Mum & bub Oils

Superfood face masks

Oat milk baths

Magic Matcha anti ageing serum

Nourishing fizzy bath cupcakes (bath bombs)

What is your creative background?

It’s funny because everybody and every star sign book out there say that Pisces people are very creative, but  I could never relate to that, until I started making skincare! I just love mixing ingredients and watching the different colours and textures come to life. I’ve always been a bit of a “kitchen alchemist” and never liked following recipes, I like to put my personal touch into everything.

Where are the products made?

Everything is formulated and packaged  on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

My daughter Maya Skye is my biggest inspiration. I experienced a complete shift in life with motherhood, so I love knowing that everything I put on her skin is natural and nourishing and won’t have a negative impact on her overall health in the future. I also feel really satisfied in doing my bit to help the planet and the environment.

Latest range consists of?

Magic Matcha Anti Ageing Serum and we have some surprises in the pipeline.

What's on your mood board?

Nature, superfoods,oils and holiday destinations, along with pictures of my daughter.

What’s your creative space like?

Clean, very clean, with lots of bowls, spatulas, oils, flowers, etc…

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

John Mayer (sorry girls, I know his reputation isn’t the best, but he’s inspired me forever)

A day in the life of you consists of?

Wow! I’m tired just thinking about it…Wake up with the rise of sun (thank you Maya), play with my daughter, plan lessons (I’m also a teacher), make products & restock for markets, send & respond to emails, pack & dispatch online orders, reply to customer’s enquiries.

Favourite TVM stall?

Willow & the little Gypsies

Favourite reads/blogs?

The School of Natural Skincare, Humblebee & me.

Connect with MySky Skincare at TVM this Sunday 19 November, or visit the website - here.

 

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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.

FOOD BY LITTLE WAHACA

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.

HELD AT THE BORROWED NURSERY

Tickets are available now, here.

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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:

Website
Instagram
Facebook

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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TVM Today – Sunday 4 Dec ’16

Join us today for 100+ boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and our Rack Sale! Shop small and buy local this Christmas at TVM. TVM Sunday 4 December 2016…

Join us today for 100+ boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and our Rack Sale! Shop small and buy local this Christmas at TVM.

TVM Sunday 4 December 2016 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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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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acebook: facebook.com/designernikkehorrigan

 

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