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WILD HEART Jewellery :: Into The Mystic

The mother-daughter duo behind WILD HEART Jewellery can do no wrong and they’ve recently launched their latest collection, Into The Mystic. Here’s a glimpse of their latest campaign shoot and…

The mother-daughter duo behind WILD HEART Jewellery can do no wrong and they've recently launched their latest collection, Into The Mystic. Here's a glimpse of their latest campaign shoot and you can find the lovely Samara and Julie at TVM this Sunday 3 December.

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 5 November ’17

It’s been three whole weeks since our last TVM, so bring on those good vibes this weekend! We’ve got a huge lineup, with over 100 boutique market stalls, our montly…

It's been three whole weeks since our last TVM, so bring on those good vibes this weekend! We've got a huge lineup, with over 100 boutique market stalls, our montly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, street food and live tunes across two stages, plus this weekend we have face painting for the kids!

Food by CAPTAIN CROQUETA, Flat Earth Organic, HUNGARIAN FOOD FACTORY, Jardin Juice Co, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little wahaca, smoothjuice, Spud The Food Truck, The Popular Food Cart, the wiener haus and more.

AKAZI, Always On The Run, Anchors & Horizons, ATMOSEA, Attic Collective, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, Boho Candles, Bones Society, Bonita Havana, Brave & Fearless, Caz Creations, Comfort and Calm, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Dusty child, Eco Sisters - Beauty Buffet, Enrich Natural Body Care, Face Painting By Uliana, , Forgotten Modern, Hakea Swim, Halo & Horns, Hatch 4221, Iron and Cub, Jack Tars Locker, JASMYN ELIZA, Jbk, Joe Weaven, Keep you wilde, Lakiki, Larissa Lea Art, Leather Me Baby, Limbo Collective, little drifters, Little Leas, Little treasure trove, LOBSTER SHANTY, Love St, Lulu Stars, Maginis Bikinis Australia, Magnolia Storehouse, Malu Le, Max Loves Coco, MOOI, ms mel, My little glass jar, Nat Kent Jewellery, Neon Magpie, NOOSE & DAGGER, OLAS SUPPLY CO., OneThing The Label, Organique Bebe, Rustic Peppermint, Santography by Danny Santangelo, Sepoy Trader, SHUTURP, SPARK OF WILD, Studio Lemonade, Sunny+Finn, tails swimwear, The Elements Co.,The Hidden Way, The Naked Paw, The Sleep Suite, The Sunlounge, Two Darlings, VANTOM, W I L L O W, Waikika Moo Cow, Weave and Willow, WILD HEART, Willow & the Little Gypsies, Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, ZYLO and  more.

Check the live tunes lineup, here.

TVM | Sunday 5 November 2017 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

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TVM Startup Stall :: The Sleep Suite

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite. “The…

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite.

"The Sleep Suite was created in July 2017 after my partner and I finally decided to bite the bullet and follow through with our idea - and once we did, it happened really quickly! I was really over buying or receiving expensive sleepwear that didn't fit me properly, and was not eco-friendly or ethical. In the beginning, it was a small dream I didn’t think would ever come to fruition. I started researching fabric suppliers that fit in with our beliefs and before we knew it, our island holiday turned into a business deal and we had officially made our first line! We created our items with the aim of being able to wear them from the bedroom to the beach, thereby minimising at least 1 extra item of clothing people bought and creating change in the ‘fast fashion’ industry.

What pieces are included within the debut collection?

We feature sleepwear and beachwear made from beautiful, natural fabrics such as linen and cotton. At the moment we have menswear and ladieswear that can be worn as sets or separates.

What is your creative background?

I would like to say I have a large creative background, but I don’t! Nathan is quite the creative guy, but after I took an interest in fashion, the extent of my background is buying a sewing machine this year and researching how to make sleepwear! I could never draw, but I like to think my creativity extends into the design process.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our items are designed here on the Gold Coast and then our ideas are taken to our awesome little tailor in Indonesia and brought to life with their help. Without them our items would only be ideas.

What inspires you?

Our amazing backyard: The Gold Coast. But also anything island vibin' and natural.

However a big inspiration is our aim to create change in the world and inform people there’s more to fashion then buying cheap throw away items. I’m motivated by helping people with their purpose on life and giving back to the lives of others. I really want to help create transparency in the fashion industry as well as give people quality items that are made with love and worn with love.

Latest collection consists of?

Think uber cool linens and cottons in natural colours and stripes. We have also teamed up with an Australian company to develop plain organic tees with unique screenprinting to bring relaxed summer vibes to life.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board consists of good food, health posts, natural fibres, fabrics, island inspiration, quotes and anything that fires me up at that point in time.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is my uni workspace that I have transformed into my sewing space. Here I have my workbooks, fabrics, crystals and candles. I don’t like to be confined to one space, so I take my laptop to my favourite coffee shop down the road and zen out with a coffee.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

This varies a lot! Depending how I am feeling and what I am creating, I listen to anything from Northlane and Parkway Drive to INXS to pop music.

A day in the life of you consists of?

At the moment no two days are the same. As I’m a nurse, I usually get up early, grab a soul warming coffee from Frankie Espresso, then go to my nursing job for the day. Afterwards, I head to the gym before heading home and cooking up a hearty dinner. On my days off you will find me enjoying the sunrise followed by coffee and then full days of researching and designing for The Sleep Suite.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I LOVE all the food stalls, especially Mio Wraps because let's face it, who doesn't love food?! But I always love peeking my head into the latest fashion and jewellery stalls such as Annette Daley Designs, Frankly My Dear and Akazi.

Favourite reads/blogs?

So many books! I absolutely love Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

I’m also really into Collective Hub and Peppermint Mag as they have great reads on entrepreneurs and small startup businesses.

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

Something super comfortable and breezy. I do like to support local businesses so it could be overalls or a dress from The Bare Road.

Any favourite labels?

I love The Bare Road, Kivari The Label and Faithfull the Brand.

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

I am planning on joining forces with designers to create unique, sustainable pieces whereby a portion of sales will be dedicated to charity and communities that are affected by UNfair and unethical trade. We aim to travel to various countries and source unique fabrics for individualized items that people can design themselves, all while supporting workers who get forgotten and underpaid.

As for our next collection, we are planning on creating light, earthy slips and sleepwear combos that suit the GC climate and are made from organic silks, cottons and natural dyes. Keep those eyes peeled!

Why TVM?

I love the ethics and values of TVM. I think it’s an incredibly valuable community where people appreciate your work. It’s also the best place to network and find out what people actually want!

Connect with The Sleep Suite on Instagram and check out the wares on Sunday 15 October at TVM!

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It’s TVM time baby!

Yay Sunday – we’ve been waiting for you! Time to shop boutique market stalls, devour delicious street eats, chill to live tunes, scour pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, meet…

Yay Sunday - we've been waiting for you!

Time to shop boutique market stalls, devour delicious street eats, chill to live tunes, scour pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, meet friendly creative folk and enjoy the Gold Coasts best market.

Make sure you tag your pics, we'd love to see them #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

TVM | TODAY 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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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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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
Social

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Designer Profile: Leather Me Baby

We chat to Leather Me Baby’s Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform. Tell us…

We chat to Leather Me Baby's Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Leather Me Baby started last November after the birth of my 3rd baby boy. I was looking for a way to combine my entrepreneurial spirit, life as mum of 3 young and active boys and my love of high end leather. My journey started when I was on the hunt for a leather bag to fit my mum lifestyle, as well as my active social life that didn't always involve having my kids. This was the inception of Leather Me Baby.

A buying trip to Bali sourcing material with a friend lead me on a design journey. Prototyping a range of bags and accessories that fit my own personal style, that then translated to a category of products.

What pieces are included within your range?

Leather Me Baby has created a bag that is not just a nappy bag. It's the perfect travel companion on a long or short haul flight or great for an overnight trip. It's versatile so whatever you would like to use it for.

The LMB Nappy Sack fits all your changing needs, or your sunscreens and medicines, or a change of clothes just it case. It also doubles as the perfect size soft leather clutch, great for a date night or girls lunch.

The LMB Nappy Wallet was really designed for anyone who has used a nappy wallet before. They know these things are your best friend. Handy compartments for all your needs - wipes, nappys, creams, bags and even a spot for your phone!

Finally the newest edition to the LMB range is our Bummers. These are the hippest things getting around and the frills on chubby little legs are to die for.

What is your creative background?

Like most creative people I found myself seeking out opportunities throughout my working career that pushed my limits, and increase my interaction with design. However I could never really find something I was truly passionate about. That was until I started to sketch and design my own products. And as they say the rest is history.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in my little home office at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and made in Bali.

What inspires you?

My love of leather and my needs as a mum of 3 little boys.

Latest collection consists of?

The latest addition to our collection is the bummers. We are currently prototyping and collaborating on a number of new an innovative addition for Summer 17/18.

What's on your mood board?

Everything leather for mums and bubs.

What’s your creative space like?

My home is my creative space. I find that our open plan lifestyle and living space inspires me to think functionally, yet still being innovative and remaining true to the essence of the brand.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Just like my design style, my taste in music is also pretty eclectic. So some days I might be listening to some mellow reggae, and then switch in to the diverse landscape that is the current top 100.

A day in the life of you consists of?

A day in the life of me mostly starts with exersice to clear the mind ready for the day then on to mum dutys school and kindy drop off and then a little time for just me and the new bub. Sleep time is everything LMB.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Sweet Child of Mine is a definate fave for the boys at the moment. And from the vintage collection I do miss Little X & Y.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Single Mum Diaries
The Young Mummy
Frankie

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

Anything leather, linen or my fav label at the moment is Augueste. And of course the mum favourite - a pair of Cons.

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

Our next release is all about style and function, with items mums never knew they couldn’t live without.

Why TVM?

I've just always found that wandering through TVM I feel connected, creatively, to many of the stall. Upon launch we knew that TVM was a perfect for for our brand.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The chilled atmosphere and a hot coffee offers the perfect escape on a Sunday morning.

Connect with Leather Me Baby

In person: This Sunday 21 May at TVM

Instagram @leathermebaby

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TVM Preview | Sunday 7 May 2017

We’ve had two weeks off and we are pumped for an epic TVM morning this Sunday 7 May 2017! Find 100 boutique market stalls including plenty of talented new friends…

We've had two weeks off and we are pumped for an epic TVM morning this Sunday 7 May 2017!

Find 100 boutique market stalls including plenty of talented new friends and all your faves, plus street eats, live tunes, our monthly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale (hot tip - amaaaazing apps flooding in this month!) with the best Sunday vibes in town.

It's your last chance to shop TVM and support small creative local businesses prior to Mothers Day.

Stalls include Attic Collective, Au Fait, Flexxi, Ms Mel shoes, Night Tiger, Peregrina SMALL, Simpel Brand, Garzie and May, Mossy Boutique, Brave & Fearless, Forgotten Modern, Jack Tars Locker, Knot Calm, Little Leas, Little treasure trove, Lokoa, The Sunday Co The Sunday Company, ZOOZAP, ZYLO, 21°North Jewellery, AKAZI, Annette Daley designs, Baby Bird, Bali Batik at Home, Boho Candles, Claudiaeve designs, Cotton Coast, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co., dust, Frankly my dear, FROCKTAIL PARTY, Garzie + May, GAWN Brand, Harpa's Nest, Hatha Clothing, Her Pony, iBark, Jessie June, Maginis Bikinis Australia, Makers and Me, Miss Brown Vintage Clothing, Mossy Boutique, Neon Magpie, NIKKE HORRIGAN, Nox and Lei, OLAS SUPPLY CO., Reckon Headwear, SALTY ATLAS, Sam Darnley, Santography by Danny Santangelo, Selkie, Sporte The Label, THE COCONUT DREAM CANDLE CO, The Lobster Shanty, The Parla, The Soho Movement, Vantom, WILD HEART, Xandi Swimwear, Zeffa and Fosse, Gypsy and the Thief, Sweet Child of Mine, Franki & Bee Salia JAC, Salt Leather Co and more.

Blooms by Farmhouse Flowers and eats by Smoothjuice, CAPTAINCROQUETA, Hole Bagel Co, Hungarian food factory, Koconut Kid, Little Sprinkles Bakery, The Wandering Bean, Tonic Juice, Verace Pizza Mobile, Little Wahaca, Waikika Mc, Little Bonnie Dot, MiO Wrap, The Kitchen Garden, The Wiener Haus and Whips and Co.

Come and hang with us!

For live updates, style snaps and to share your pics, our tags are @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets.

TVM | Sunday 7 May 2017 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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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:
Website
Instagram

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WIN | VANTOM Competition

We’ve got a sweet little competition happening over at our Instagram, thanks to the rad team at VANTOM – the new kids on the block. Head over for your chance…

We've got a sweet little competition happening over at our Instagram, thanks to the rad team at VANTOM - the new kids on the block. Head over for your chance to enter and find VANTOM at TVM this Sunday 16 April 2017, alongside the best lineup of boutique market stalls, street eats and live tunes.

@thevillagemarkets

 

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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.

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

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Huge TVM this Sunday – see you there!

We are ready to roll this weekend with the biggest TVM so far this year! This Sunday 4 December at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am – 1pm, get set…

We are ready to roll this weekend with the biggest TVM so far this year!

This Sunday 4 December at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am - 1pm, get set for the best vibes in town with our monthly pre-loved designer Rack Sales as well as 100+ boutique market stalls, street eats and live tunes by Jackson James Smith and Nick Cunningham on the main stage, plus Linc Hillard and Ally Palmer at buskers corner.

Stalls include A Beautiful Weirdo, A Summer Story, Alfie EST 2011, Anchors & Horizons, Annette daley designs, Attic Collective, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, Beau In The Woods, Beyou Skateboards, Boho Creatives, Bolderlines Apparel, Bones Society, Boots n booty, Brave & Fearless, Charity Photobooth for AWL, COTTON COAST, Creations for LB, Diamond Dozen & Co., Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co., Dust, Dusty Child, Emisa Collections, Finch Swim, Fly Peacock Clothing, Forgotten Modern, Four point Five, Frocktail Party, GLORIA DULCIE, Harpa's Nest, Hattie, Have A Nice Day, Iriwoo, Jack Tars Locker, Jbk, Kanvass, Knot Calm,, knot shibari, Limbo Collective, little drifters, Little treasure trove, Lokoa, Lumen and Luxe, Lunas Treasures, Magical Eco Toys, Mahiya, Makers and Me, Mari Bray Ceramics, Marloe Swimwear, Max Loves Coco, , Miss Fancy Plants, MS MEL shoes, My little glass jar, Nat Kent Jewellery, NIKKE HORRIGAN, Nordical Scandinavian Swimwear, Nox and Lei, OLAS SUPPLY CO., OLIVE + JOY, Only On Sundaze, Ophelia Braithwaite jewellery, Phoenix Tribe, Reeden Clothing, Ruffled Leaf, Saltys, Santography by danny santangelo, Sea Breeze Traveller, SOMMERFELD, Sweet Child of Mine, TFPR&Co., The Lobster Shanty, The Palms Brand, The Parla, The Sunlounge, the wanderers co, trash vintage, Urban Wonders, WILD HEART, WOOLF Leather, XOXkit, Zeffa and Fosse, ZOOZAP, ZYLO and more.

Food by Bread n Butter, Hole Bagel Co, iLUVSUSHi, Koconut kid, Little Bonnie Dot, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little Wahaca, Smoothjuice, The Hungry Hungarian, The, Wandering Bean, The Wiener Haus, Tonic Juice Co, Waikika Moo Cow.

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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Bring your whole fam – good vibes at TVM today!

It’s all happening at TVM today with a sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, a full street food linuep, epic local live tunes across two stages, our pre-loved designer and…

It's all happening at TVM today with a sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, a full street food linuep, epic local live tunes across two stages, our pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale and our very special collab with Wholebeing Children's Collective. Find these guys located in the giant tipi with rainbow rock painting and face painting for the kids, raising funds for Bravehearts to mark the start of Child Protection Week.

We know it's Fathers Day, and what dad doesn't like wieners, burgers, donuts, coffee, live tunes and family vibes in the sunshine on a Sunday morning? Come and hangout!

See you soon friends.

Hashtag for today is #thevillagemarkets

TVM TODAY | SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016 | 8:30AM - 1PM | BURLEIGH HEADS STATE SCHOOL

 

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