Tee Me Up: Another emerging designer marketplace?

- December 20, 2012 2 MIN READ

There seems to be a lot of marketplaces for “emerging” designers and creators these days, sexy niche online stores with one off undiscovered creations that make our inner hipster do a happy dance. It is important to have places that designers and creatives can go to and sell their stuff, but I fear that the growing trend I am seeing towards this space based on how many people have been sending me releases around this industry, could mean we are in for another “group buying” saturation situation.


Hipster Parents fist pump for Ksubi for Target

- November 30, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

  Forgive the cynical side of me, I have a deep seeded issue because my legs have always been too thick to fit into Ksubi jeans. The founders have always been regulars on the Rich Lists up until recently and I have a feeling that this venture is going to help boost them right back… Read more »


Kath Purkis: Her Fashion Box

- November 13, 2012 2 MIN READ

I met with Kath Purkis as she was preparing for a product shoot for her new startup Her Fashion Box which launches this month. When you meet her two things are very clear, Purkis knows how to launch a new business [she has successfully led her current one Le Black Book for the last 5 years] and she lives and breathes the world of fashion.


The GST Overseas Retail Battle

- September 25, 2012 2 MIN READ

As fashion designers we are always interested in the changing world of retailers. It is important to always be on trend and keep up with advancements, technologies and ideas, but do these tactics push the boundaries, do these cost effective strategies go too far and what is the cost to the retailers and the consumers?


Startup Lab: The Fashion Institute

- July 17, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

In this episode of Kochie’s Business Builders: Startup Lab we talk to Sarah Stavrow who is the founder and Director of The Fashion Institute. It has been a year since she launched and she talks to me about some of the milestones and challenges of the past year and her plans to take her business global over the next 10 years.


New Aussie site to Create your Own Handbag!

- May 30, 2012 2 MIN READ

Sterling and Hyde Custom ( is a new bespoke shopping experience where women can create their own dream leather handbag online. A range of designs, leather types and colours enable millions of possibilities, ensuring that elusive perfect handbag becomes a reality.


New High Tech Coat Hangers Help out Shoppers!

- May 7, 2012 < 1 MIN READ

The company C&A have launched a new initiative called Fashion Like, which allows people to ‘like’ certain items of clothing on the company’s Facebook page, and these clicks are processed and then displayed on the relevant clothes rack in real-time. Customers are thereby able to view the item’s online popularity in the real world to help them make their decision.