CON­CEPT BORN ON SUNNY COAST

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | COVER STORY -

The pas­sion­ate and for­ward-think­ing founder of UNE PIECE Carly Brown grew up on the Sun­shine Coast. She went on to have an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful ca­reer work­ing in se­nior mar­ket­ing roles for com­pa­nies such as Revlon, Coca-cola and Uber. Af­ter re­turn­ing home from many years liv­ing abroad, Brown was in search of a brand she could make dis­tinctly her own and with a broad skill-set backed by ex­ten­sive in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, she was des­tined for suc­cess. Now she runs the busi­ness along­side her hus­band Dan and the two spend their time com­mut­ing be­tween Bris­bane and the Coast. Things seem to be look­ing up for the cou­ple, who have just se­cured a new part­ner­ship with the re­tail giant David Jones that will stock the UNE PIECE col­lec­tion across the coun­try (in­clud­ing the Sun­shine Coast once the Sun­shine Plaza de­vel­op­ment is com­pleted in Ma­roochy­dore). Here’s what Brown had to say about the re­lease of the Sum­mer 19 cam­paign.

Why did you choose Bree as the face of UNE PIECE for the sum­mer 19 col­lec­tion?

When it comes to women who wholly em­body the UNE PIECE brand, Bree is a nat­u­ral fit. She’s in­cred­i­bly con­fi­dent, em­pow­ered, beau­ti­ful – in­side and out – and be­lieves in liv­ing a ful­filled and ac­tive life. I ad­mire how Bree’s us­ing her in­ter­na­tional suc­cess to be a driv­ing force for body pos­i­tiv­ity – among Aus­tralian women but also in the fash­ion in­dus­try. We’re so thrilled to have her as the face of our Sum­mer 19 cam­paign.

What in­spired you to start a sun-safe fo­cused swimwear brand?

I saw an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing that was both beau­ti­ful and fash­ion­able, while be­ing high qual­ity and ca­pa­ble of block­ing the sun’s harm­ful UV rays. I grew up on the Sun­shine Coast with a surfer dad and a sun-con­scious mother, so I guess the in­spi­ra­tion was prob­a­bly form­ing from a re­ally young age. The Orig­i­nal Sexie Rashie has 28 pieces in its com­po­si­tion – most rash vests on the mar­ket have only six pieces. Our prod­ucts are ul­tra-high chlo­rine and pilling-re­sis­tant, and are crafted with the high­est-qual­ity UPF50+ Ital­ian fab­rics to block 98 per cent of UV rays. The fab­ric is also eco-friendly: com­pris­ing re­gen­er­ated ny­lon de­rived from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

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