2019 Fashion Business Award finalists

 

Katrina Verso – Cammino Shoes

Katrina is the proud mum of a 9 month old boy and 3.5 year old girl. After a long successful career in media sales she decided during the maternity leave of her first child that it was time to create her own biz. She had a background in bringing brands to life through print and digital media assets. Plus a strong business acumen needed in her Sale Director roles. So she took these skills and bring a business to life for a product she was passionate about – Italian made ballet flats.

She created Cammino with the vision of the busy women needing something comfortable, stylish and well made as an alternative to heels. After a global search for the perfect ballet flat she collaborated with a 3rd generation family in Italy to create a foldable flat that can be slipped into your bag.

cammino.com.au

 

Joanne Shepherd – MUMMACTIV

A few years ago (in 2016) a leap of faith was taken after developing a passion to help Mums. After struggling postnatally Joanne wanted to help take one of the barriers away so Mums could remain stylishly active no matter what stage they were at. MUMMACTIV collides fashion and function with all pieces uniquely designed in house. Throughout the short space of time she has managed to hit a few runways, be featured in several fashion magazines and be stocked in a number of places all over the world. The business gets balanced with 3 beautiful kids (aged 1, 4 and 20) as well as a part time teaching gig. With only a formal teaching degree under her belt she certainly has learnt a lot about business.

www.mummactiv.com

 

Angela Skrinos – Candy Stripes Australia

Candy Stripes Australia supplies wholesale children’s clothing to stores in Australia , Fiji and New Zealand. On the weekend Raglan Fashion Warehouse Sales opens direct to public from our 4 warehouse locations in fashion and beauty.

Angela is Hardworking, dedicated individual who enjoys giving back to the community through holding weekly competitions. She manufacturers children’s clothing at a price all family’s can afford so every child deserves to look amazing. She is a social media marketer and carries out many job roles within her company. Her family mum of three girls always comes first and manages to have a great balance between family and business. She started at the age of 19 her first business and has successfully been in business for 27 years. Angela loves to support and happy to share her knowledge with other businesses as she never had that support throughout her journey

www.candystripesclothing.com

 

Kristina Wilson-McGregor – by WILLA

With a background working for the Just Jeans Group, Kristina cut her teeth in street fashion.  Full of ideas and a can-do attitude, she joined the direct selling family fashion business, ‘Postie Pop-Up Boutique’ in 2012. To grow, Kristina needed to reach a younger demographic, reinvigorate her loyal customers and excite her sales team. She saw an opportunity for a more ‘fashion forward’ label that embraced the size and shapes of all Australian women.

After much research, by WILLA was born. Targeting stylish women and mums alike, by WILLA uses finely crafted fabrics and shapes in sizes 4-24.  The desire to feel confident and distinctive underpins Kristina’s unique fashion signature. by WILLA is proudly sold through Postie Stylists and online.

www.bywilla.com

 

Antoinette Stonham, All About Style

Six years ago, Antoinette, mother of two adult children and grandmother was about to turn fifty, when she made the decision to pull away from the family business of twenty-five years to pursue her life’s passion.

Armed with her background in pattern making and design she enrolled in a Personal Styling course and started her business All About Style. There were many sceptics as most people perceive personal styling as being for the rich and famous, however Antoinette’s hard work and determination has seen All About Style grow from an idea to a business serving clients across Australia. Antoinette’s mission is to help women and men feel empowered and confident within themselves regardless of their age, body type, culture or status so they can achieve their goals.

www.allaboutstyle.com.au

 

Amber Wilkinson – Kind is Cool

Amber is a mother of two young boys, and always been an advocate for kindness. Raising her boys with kindness has always been something that is at the forefront of her mind.

After being bullied in the work place Amber knew she had to turn that experience into a positive one – Kind is cool was born. Now her and her husband design, print, pack & ship orders with the help of her two young sons!

KIC’s core mission is to raise awareness of the ever growing bullying epidemic, the violence against women and violence in general issues, and to make an impact on these issues. Amber hopes to create a kinder world and show our future generations that kind is cool. $1 from every t shirt sold is donated to the Alannah Madeline Foundation.

www.kindiscool.com.au

 

Tina McDonough – Three Little Boys

Three Little Boys is a business Tina started after having her third boy. Fashion has always been a passion of hers and five years later she successfully continues to run her online clothing store from home in Townsville, North Queensland. A few years after the business opened was when she started to work with a local graphic designer to design her own tee’s starting with kids designs. To diversify her business due to the tough kids clothing market it was then she decided to start designing Mum tee’s which have been super popular since launching. Tina is a huge supporter of small business and absolutely loves being her own boss. She continues to focus on producing more of their own TLB designs and stock a selection of Australian brands online.

three-little-boys.myshopify.com

 

Sali Gorgi, Gorgi Collections

Gorgi Collections was launched with excitement in late 2017 as a fashion boutique store. Sali’s vision behind this creation is to source a variety of Bags, Jewellery and Accessories that are a mix of sassy, funky and unique statement makers to compliment your daily look.

Their items are vegan friendly, colorful, young and vibrant, classical, antique, semi-precious and ethically hand made, sourced from local Australian businesses and well known national and international brands. They are a retailer exclusively hosted online with a dedicated team ready to drive best value to customers that are young at heart, fashion seekers and trend setters. Their focus is to ensure all customers feel and look amazing and receive nothing but the best in high quality items.

www.gorgi.com.au