Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: TAM WRIGLEY

We mono­gram our cars with per­son­alised plates. We mono­gram tow­els with our ini­tials. Heck, we even mono­gram our bod­ies in the form of tat­toos. So why not take things to the next level and mono­gram and per­son­alise our fash­ion ac­ces­sories, too? With iphone cov­ers, keyrings, pass­porthold­ers, debit/credit card­hold­ers, hand­bags, clutches and so much more, the new trend in fash­ion ac­ces­sories is mono­gram­ming. And the Sun­shine Coast is in for a real treat as Miss Mono­gram launches at Sun­shine Plaza, just in time for Christ­mas. Founder, own­ers and hus­band-and-wife team Nat and Brad Tink left the print me­dia in­dus­try after 20 solid years and started a busi­ness from scratch. This time two years ago, Miss Mono­gram was launched on the Sun­shine Coast. It was a start-up com­pany mak­ing its way in a tough fi­nan­cial mar­ket but it has bro­ken through to be­come hugely suc­cess­ful na­tion­wide. At a time when many small busi­nesses strug­gled and in some cases closed their doors, Nat and Brad de­fied the odds, pow­ered through and bound to­gether to make Miss Mono­gram the suc­cess it is to­day. Like many busi­ness start-ups, it op­er­ated from the garage of Nat and Brad’s home. Brad trans­formed the garage into a com­pany par­adise with pink walls, work­sta­tions, stock-con­trol ar­eas and a pic­ture wall. Fast-for­ward 12 months and now Miss Mono­gram has a prime po­si­tion in the Plaza, open­ing on Novem­ber 24. There are clutches in a rain­bow of colours which you can mono­gram with your name, ini­tials and even emo­jis in colours such as sil­ver, rose gold, pink and gold in sev­eral dif­fer­ent fonts. There are keyrings to mono­gram, pass­port-hold­ers, credit/debit card­hold­ers, com­pendi­ums, iphone and Sam­sung phone cases, hand­bags, men’s col­lec­tions, coin purses and even bridal sets. It is the new trend sweep­ing the na­tion with cor­po­rates, brides, fash­ion­istas, men and women all lin­ing up to get their hands on their per­son­alised items. The launch of the store, in true Miss Mono­gram style, is go­ing to be big. Bris­bane DJ Gram will be in store, spin­ning tunes from 10am to 1pm. The first 50 cus­tomers to spend more than $50 will re­ceive a free Miss Lexie mono­grammed keyring, and the first 100 cus­tomers will re­ceive a free pack of in­spo pen­cils. There will be heaps of pro­mo­tions, give­aways and sur­prises on the day. But, the grand open­ing fun doesn’t just stop there. Each Thurs­day night in the lead-up to Christ­mas, there will be guest ap­pear­ances in store from blog­gers, celebri­ties, and in­flu­encers. You can meet your favourite celebri­ties in store for a selfie and chat. Miss Mono­gram’s motto is “we make gift giv­ing easy”. So if you have some­one who is hard to by for, come to the new store. Staff will make buy­ing the ideal gift easy and they’ll even wrap it, too. Miss Mono­gram will be lo­cated on the ground floor, di­rectly op­po­site the Myer en­trance, be­hind the café. You can’t miss it. To catch more of Tam: Fol­low @istyletv & @thewi­neo­clock­show on In­sta­gram and Face­book. Watch and sub­scribe - The Wine O’clock Show on the istyle TV Youtube chan­nel

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