Hobby grows into busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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