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Stall Profile :: Salty Soul Surfwear

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM. Tell us about how and when your label was created? I am a…

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I am a graphic Designer and I always dreamed about becoming my own boss. I love the ocean and I love swimwear. I am also very passionate about our beautiful planet, I am always willing to do something to help the environment and I never really found a brand that makes ethical, comfortable, good quality swimwear that I love... So I decided to create my own.

What pieces are included within your range?

We have bikinis, one piece, long sleeve surf suit and cropped vest. From size 6 to 10, for all the ocean lovers out there.

What is your creative background?

I Studied Graphic design back in 2009. Finished in 2011. Since then, I have been working in offices doing magazine and advertising designs. Not really what I loved to do but it paid the bills for a while.  I used to do some freelancing just so I would be a bit closer to what I really loved to do. In 2014 I decided to pursuit my dream and started drawing a swimwear collection and some prints. I fell in love with the whole idea and decided to create Salty Soul Surfwear.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in Australia and made in Indonesia

I traveled to Indonesia once I had all my designs and prints ready so I could find a place to produce the bikinis. I tried to keep it local but my budget was really small. So I found a family owned business over there and met everyone involved with my bikinis. I think it’s important for every business owner to know exactly what the work conditions are when manufacturing products overseas.

What inspires you?

Surfing. The Ocean inspires me.

Latest collection consists of?

Mimpi Collection is our very first collection and it’s all about pursuing your own dreams.

What's on your mood board?

Lots of perfect waves in a clear water, paradise island.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Bob Marley. He inspires me anywhere, anytime.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Eat, Surf, Create, Surf, Sleep. And a few other things in between haha

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Dusty Child. They have some super cute clothes for kids.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Travel Books. I love to travel. 😉

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

We want to expand our range to make some spring suit neoprene next year. All sustainable, without costing the earth.

Also getting involved with more projects to help the environment.

I’m not sure if I mentioned but we have partnered with Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund and are going to plant 1 tree for every product sold.

Why TVM?

I Just love the incentive that TVM gives to brand new local businesses. Love to see the community helping each other out. I went to the last 2 markets and the vibe was just amazing! You guys rock!

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love the friendly vibe, the live music and the yum food!

Connect with Salty Soul Surfwear, here.

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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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