From Rags to Raches

  It’s the usual story, girl has dream; girl works out of parents’ basement; genie appears to offer girl three wishes and a success story poofs out of her magic sewing machine… Wouldn’t that have been a unique business model! Rachel Nilsson, 32-year old mother of three boys, and the brains behind US kids’ clothing…

Disarming Designs: An Artist’s Impression

  “Art for as long as I can remember has been a strong influence in my life.” Words undoubtedly spoken by a true artist, this statement is the perfect prologue to the story of Sydney-based painter/illustrator Shalayne “Shayne” Smith. From a D in Year 10 art class to the D in her own brand of…

Inside the mind of The Pink Pirate

  Infiltrating the insta world with her faceless illustrations, The Pink Pirate’s brand of creativity has spread like wildfire with more and more accounts clamouring for their offspring and more to be given her artistic treatment. There is a sense of piracy in her style alone as her subjects are at once anonymous and identifiable…

Something for your Little Lords

A common refrain among small business owners is the realisation that to grow their dreams they may just need to lean on someone else for support. Perth-sider Tash, the face behind Little Lords, kids clothing for the fashion nobles in your life, is no different; however with a decade spent working in finance and function…

She’s a Raconteur Kid

There is a distinct art to storytelling that is entirely wrapped up in what drives the protagonist and their journey. The story of how Raconteur Kid came to be is one of love, passion and adventure but the beauty of storytelling lies at its heart. The product of a marriage of creativity between husband and…

Taste Testing Scruff Candy

It takes hard work, a creative mind and true passion to make it in the fashion business. There’s no magic click of the fingers to transform rags into retail masterpieces, though if a genie did spring from that proverbial lamp what would a fashion designer wish for? “I would wish for more hours in the…

I heart Anchored Heart

The beauty of handmade comes down to its maker’s passionate investment in creating something unique, something that’s a little piece of who they are and something made just for you. Anchored Heart’s Jacqui embodies that passion, a characteristic clear not only in her fabulous clothing collection but in her customer interactions and presentation of her…

Little Scooch is my jam!

  We all have a past, though how many of us can attest to going from checkout chick to dancing waitress at a diner to chartered accountant? Meg Terrill, the face behind kids fashion brand Little Scooch, owns up to all of the above. “But for the last 12 years I have worked at Schweppes…

Sunny & Finn Side Up

The very essence of sunny&finn comes from the wandering spirit of its creator, Justine Youl and with the label’s latest collection launching tonight we thought we’d dig a little deeper into the creative mind behind the fashion. A self-professed nomad, her passion for and sense of adventure is innate in the clothes and signature ‘babygotback’…

The Art of Imitation

Some believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to fashion the consensus is not so. Intellectual property within the fashion world is not so cut and dried as in other industries, with designs and concepts as easily stolen as taking candy from a baby. In fact, the creative realm as…

I want to join The Sapphire Club

  In the rural surrounds of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, Michaela George, a 26 year old primary school teacher had a dream that began and ended with fashion. Learning to sew during her high school years, little did she know a skill she had little interest in at the time would set her…

Be You, Be Unique, Be KaPow Kids

Blueprints for building structures are not too far removed from the foundations of fashion design if you think about it. Both architecture and fashion derive from inspiration, an appreciation of art and the ability to shape materials into a thing of beauty. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the creative…