MODELLED THE LATEST SUITING TRENDS; P114
The greatest moment of your career so far?
Launching [swimwear label] KATAMA has been my most challenging and rewarding experience. Of course, there have been important steps along the way – getting discovered in an airport, shooting with Karl Lagerfeld and Bruce Weber, signing as the face of Calvin Klein Man, Jeans and Underwear – but those moments all seem to have led to this chapter.
What sparked the jump from model to designer?
I’ve always been interested in the visual storytelling of fashion. I’ve been fortunate to have the ultimate fashion education, working with some of the best creative and business minds. But as time goes on, though I love telling the stories of other brands, I wanted to tell one of my own.
American style v Australian style - which do you prefer?
Ha, I’ll be diplomatic here – my preference lies wherever the weather is nicest.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Showing appreciation for those around you is the most important thing. I’ve missed moments to stop, relax and thank those around me so I make a concerted effort to tell my family, friends and team how much they mean to me.
Tips for anyone thinking about starting a label?
Don’t overspend. Trust your instincts and only employ the necessary people, as there are so many decisions you make early on that will set the precedent for your eventual co-workers.