Rag trade right fit post- ser­vice

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

FOR­MER Townsville soldier Marty Cor­nish took a leap of fate when hand­ing in his res­ig­na­tion to the Aus­tralian Army last year.

But the dream to start his own cloth­ing la­bel was too im­por­tant to ig­nore and has now let to the suc­cess­ful launch of his street style la­bel Made Sta­tus and a soon- to- be- opened shopfront on Flin­ders Street.

“Two years ago I had a vi­sion to bring street wear brands to Townsville as I found that a lot of peo­ple in North Queens­land were buy­ing them online or went to Bris­bane to do their shop­ping there, so I al­ways wanted to bring that vi­sion to Townsville,” Mr Cor­nish said.

“I now have the ex­clu­sive rights for brands such as Made Sta­tus cloth­ing, Crooks and Cas­tles as well as other ( brands) which I’m now look­ing to launch in Townsville.”

Mr Cor­nish said his for­mer de­fence mates had been in­te­gral in help­ing him launch his dream.

“The De­fence Force has helped me with the launch of the brand. My mates in the army have sup­ported me in many ways from mod­el­ling for print advertising cam­paigns and wear­ing the brand to dis­play­ing Made Sta­tus stick­ers on their cars,” he said.

To give back to those who sup­ported him, Mr Cor­nish most re­cently joined forces with Mates4Mates.

He is cur­rently in ne­go­ti­a­tion with the lo­cal Fam­ily Re­cov­ery Cen­tre to cre­ate a more per­son­alised T- shirt de­sign for mem­bers and also do­nated gym equip­ment to as­sist in­jured vet­er­ans and their spouses to main­tain a healthy lifestyle.

STEP­PING OUT: For­mer Townsville soldier Marty C

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