Beaut boot

Pil­bara de­sign­ers off to Hol­ly­wood

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

It was a love of life in the out­back that brought two Pil­bara women to­gether to take on the huge US west­ern cloth­ing mar­ket­place.

Kara Lauder and Jess Ed­wards will swap the red dirt for the red car­pet of Hol­ly­wood next monh armed with a suit­case of out­back-in­spired boots de­signed in Parabur­doo.

The boots will be put in front of celebri­ties at gift­ing suites the day be­fore the Acad­emy Awards, of­fer­ing their busi­ness a chance to gain trac­tion in the US.

Ms Lauder, the brains be­hind Kader Boot Co, moved to Parabur­doo in 2015 with her hus­band and child af­ter eight years of fly-in, fly­out work in the re­gion.

“I’ve trav­elled the US and Aus­tralia a lot and found there were not many Aus­tralian-de­signed boot op­tions . . . so I thought I’d give it a shot at do­ing my­self,” she said.

“We ob­vi­ously don’t have the re­sources of these multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­pa­nies that we are up against.

“For now it’s a bit of pa­tience for peo­ple but we will slowly get into stores and get our mo­bile shop up and run­ning.”

While Ms Lauder orig­i­nally came to the Pil­bara for mining, Ed­wards was drawn to the re­gion’s pas­toral life.

Ed­wards said she loved shar­ing her sto­ries, which was the rea­son be­hind her start­ing the Jil­la­roo Jess Face­book page.

“I came from a fam­ily where the coun­try life skipped a gen­er­a­tion so I made my own way back to the bush,” she said.

“I have had the op­por­tu­nity to leave but this place just gets un­der your skin.

“I was one of those an­noy­ing peo­ple who kept ha­rass­ing Kara to see when she would start sell­ing her boots and we kind of just be­came friends from there.”

Ed­wards said she hoped this story would en­cour­age more women in the Pil­bara to do amaz­ing things.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jess Ed­wards, aka Jil­la­roo Jess, and Kader Boot Co founder Kara Lauder.

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