Pack­ing JUNK in her trunk

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486928

KATE Han­nah cre­ated her sus­tain­able fash­ion line P’JUNK just two years ago. Now, the Can­ning res­i­dent is about to jet off to Cal­i­for­nia for LA Fash­ion Week.

WHEN Kate Han­nah started sus­tain­able fash­ion la­bel P’JUNK two years ago, she could not have an­tic­i­pated the me­te­oric rise of her line.

Next month, she will travel to Cal­i­for­nia, where she has been in­vited to ex­hibit at LA Fash­ion Week.

The Curtin Uni­ver­sity fash­ion grad­u­ate said she was ex­cited for her first in­ter­na­tional show.

“It was a pre­sen­ta­tion I did at eco-fash­ion week Aus­tralia that they had seen when they con­tacted me,” she said. “They said they had re­ally liked what I was do­ing and they’d love to in­vite me over to show with them.”

Han­nah said her goal from day one was to prioritise sus­tain­able and eth­i­cal fash­ion, and was proud those prin­ci­ples had been in­stru­men­tal in the la­bel’s rise.

“Ev­ery­thing is made here in Aus­tralia or in my stu­dio; it’s sus­tain­able in the sense it’s re­cy­cled tex­tiles,” she said.

“Through­out my time study­ing fash­ion, one thing which al­ways stood out to me was the amount of tex­tile waste and amount peo­ple con­sume but will then throw away.

“I pre­fer to take the ap­proach of things be­ing made to last, made to be more of a spe­cial piece you buy and trea­sure for­ever.”

The Can­ning res­i­dent said she wanted to have fun with the clothes she de­signed and make them jump out, draw­ing on any re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als she could find.

“I buy a lot of sec­ond­hand stuff – heaps of jeans, kilts, T-shirts, toys, all sorts of fun stuff – and I cut them up and make them into some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she said.

“When­ever peo­ple ask me how I would de­scribe the la­bel, it’s all of that, but also lots of fun, colour, a punk in­flu­ence and recon­cep­tu­al­is­ing all of that in my own way.”

While she said her rapid rise had been fun, Han­nah also ad­mit­ted the last two years had de­liv­ered a crash course in run­ning a busi­ness.

“Hav­ing a busi­ness for the first time, learn­ing the lo­gis­tics, es­pe­cially with go­ing over­seas, that’s the side which re­quires a bit of learn­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Kate Han­nah with some of her P’JUNK fash­ion range.

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