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One love Haiti

Back in late 2009 I had the privilege of visiting the island of Haiti on a buyer's trip.  I have to say it was one of the most amazing islands in the Caribbean .....and I was lucky enough to visit a lot of the Caribbean islands over the years. Out on the streets itself it was clear to see that the people were poor, and they were trying to etch a living out of very little. Those with a little entrepreneurial spirit had their stores set up on the streets. The streets of Port-au-Prince are busy with activity. But nothing gets you used to seeing UN vehicles around the streets. At the end of a busy hot day out and about though,...

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A sailing kid...

You don't often stop to think about how your childhood shapes the adult you become, but this week a post went live in our social media with this photo of me on a yacht in Fiji at 7 years of age. How does a suburban kid from Australia end up on a yacht in Fiji.... well that is a story in itself.  My dad's sister (Aunty Jane) had met and married an intrepid surfer guy (Uncle Mick) who was sailing around the Pacific Islands on a yacht that he and a bunch of his mates had built in Perth, Western Australia.  These guys had taken turns going out to work in the outback mines to earn money for the boat,...

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Hurricane Irma....2 years on..

Its creeping up to 2 years since Hurricane Irma roared through my islands, destroying everything in her path.  She left utter devastation in her wake and my tiny islands full of family and friends left in utter chaos.  I felt destroyed, upset and helpless in not being able to help in any way. For 3 days I waited for news from hundreds of friends, and their families, mentally checking them off my list.  They had spent the hurricane hours sheltering inside their bathrooms, under mattresses, in the laundry under their houses, I even heard of one family in their water cisterns with their children.  I just can't even begin to imagine the horror. Foxy's in Jost van Dyke after the...

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Designer job in Egypt

When I was in my early 20's I had graduated fashion college, worked a couple of years in the fashion industry in Australia, and saved up all my money to go travelling.  All I wanted to do was see the world. I remember thinking I wanted to be away from Australia for 5 to 10 years, and I wanted to work abroad, preferably in my chosen career.  The first year I just backpacked around, staying in youth hostels, camping and traveling by bus.  Here I am with all my possessions on my back in Greece. I got tired of living out of a backpack though, and tired of wearing the same old ugly backpacker clothes, so I decided to go...

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The life cycle of a new collection

My collections are in an annual cycle.  JANUARY: In January I start designing next years collection at the same time that this years collection is just arriving in the warehouse. From February to May the design process is ongoing.  At first I am slow and overwhelmed.  I call some of my most honest retailers and speak to them.  What worked?  What didn't work?  What are their customers buying? I love this photo I found on my phone of myself.... I was taking this photo of myself in the mirror to send to someone for their opinion, the conversation was "what do you think of this dress, in this print?  Should I make the shells small or big?"  You get the idea?...

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