Hobby grows into business
LOCAL handmade clothing, pillows and soft toys along with local artwork, jewellery and accessories are on offer at new Macrossan St retailer Lily Jade.
The cottage clothing, gift and homeware shop has been open for one month on Macrossan St and owner Fran Hartono’s aim is for the store is to stand out.
“I would like to see this store become an art-wearable gallery,” she said.
“Something different for someone wanting to buy something handmade in Port Douglas, about 50 per cent will be handmade in Port Douglas and the other half is made in Australia.
“You can find local artists’ paintings, jewellery made in Far North Queensland made by a local and T-shirts by a local artist.
“Clothing can be made to order and I do alterations too.”
Ms Hartono started out selling her products at the Port Douglas Sunday markets and in her third year found business to be increasing and decided to open the shop.
“It started as a hobby from home and selling in the market cushion covers, skirts and children dresses and little bags and some soft toys,” Fran said.
“I just do what I love to do, as long as I’m working with fabric, I like to make anything.
“My focus is a simple design, nice to wear, comfy and colourful.”
Ms Hartono also specialises in individually designed cotton dresses for little ladies, with tie-up straps and a design of a babydoll or ’50s-style doll sewn on.
“I see the shop as my studio where I work and with products from local artists who have market stalls on Sunday - so many people miss out on the market, so this gives them the opportunity for more exposure,” she said.
“I love what I do, it’s not about the money it’s my passion.”
Pretty Lily: Madilyn Pavlovic models a dress designed by Fran Hartono