Now I am not a shy person, I have no problem going up to someone and striking up a conversation. I’ve been known to walk into businesses and say “Hi, you need me to fix this, let me know when you are ready”. But for some reason, this felt different. Like it was more important and braver than usual. I had just told an amazing business woman that I wanted to create and design fabrics for her dresses, her brand, her business.
In the months that followed, we met and developed our first collection.
We discovered amongst the business and design talk that we were both foodies, both a little dorky and both passionate about what we do. So over many coffees in cafes, dinners in Melbourne alleyways, and champagne toasts with each milestone, we forged not only a working relationship, but a friendship.
I still remember each milestone. The night we first looked at different collection florals and settled on Australiana florals, was in a restaurant down a laneway and we shared chicken stir fry and delicious rice. The day we developed the colours was in a little café in Kensington, after many coffees and colour tweaks. I even remember the champagne toast we did when we put in our first order of fabric, her biggest order ever (we almost doubled it in the next order, so that was amazing). And the moment we officially launched the collection and we made our first sale, I totally got tears!
Every step of the process was celebrated and we supported each other through the process. After all, this was the first time I had developed fabric prints and this was her first time working so close with a designer. Discovering how to work together was something that was important from day 1.