Kate knew she always wanted to be in fashion and has been sewing ever since she was 14 years old. From gloves to bags and eventually party dresses. At the time she was unsure that fashion could only be a hobby, she went on to study journalism and soon to realise her passion was for design and turned her hobby into a career and studied fashion design at RMIT . Being inspired by the world around her, including the most delicate pieces of lace and embroidery. Taking her creative journey of her own with her passion of lingerie beyond just an idea. Showing practice makes perfect, but industry based knowledge is the golden key.
During the course, we did a unit on lingerie and I instantly fell in love with the concept. For my final assessment, I made a bodysuit, a padded bra and a bralette and it marked really well. With that positive feedback, I started making bralettes at home and posting them on Instagram, and it all sort of grew from there. People started to buy them, and it was really hard to keep up with the demand, as I was hand making everything by myself.
I am a lover of fine, beautiful fabrics. I can get so inspired by the tiniest bit of vintage lace or a beautiful lace trim so I always start my collection looking at fabrications.
Travelling is a big one- I went to India for a few months just after I started KAT and it was actually amazing how inspired I felt. The fabrics over there are gorgeous and a lot were embroidered so it was absolute heaven for me, I had my sketchbook in hand constantly!
I learnt proper sewing techniques at University, (however this does not mean I am good at sewing by any means haha. I am so messy! )
iPhone (Instagram never sleeps!)
Special thanks to Kate xxx
Become acquainted with flairfashion designer Christie Nicole Trowbridge. A pipedream that blossomed into her own label at the youthful age of 23 years. Completing a Bachelor of Design in fashion, Christie landed the grand opportunity of an internship with one of the finest fashion icons of the century, Karen Walker.
Based in New Zealand, Christie embraced prospectus offers to learn the business and flourished with the continual success of where the brand has emerged today.
Christie Nicole took sexy intimate apparel pieces and tailored every woman with the desire to feeling and looking beautiful. Accessories are an ensemble when assembling an outfit. The designer’s exquisite handcrafted bralettes are carefully crafted in her personal Sydney studio.
A roundtable discussion with Christie about her passion – her label.
“Grabbing inspiration from anywhere & everywhere.”
What’s your name?
Christie Nicole Trowbridge
Did you previously study fashion?
I sure did, studied a Bachelor of Design
How did you get started?
Once I graduated I went an did an internship with Karen Walker in New Zealand for 8 months and I came back and I could not get a job anywhere within the design industry. So I decided to start my label and amazingly it has bloomed and all my time goes towards
What made you get into fashion?
My grandma, I remember her always sewing around me when I was younger, then I did textiles at school and really loved it!
Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to?
Riccardo Tisci – Givenchy – IN LOVE
What’s your up coming design theme for your brand?
My Spring / Summer collection is being launched early October, called the ‘The Great Escape’ – that is all I can tell you for now, you’ll have to wait and see J
What made you create this brand?
I always wanted to have my own brand from the start it was just a matter of when.
How many years did it take for your idea to hit reality and start producing and selling?
It honestly took about a month or two.
what’s your main focus on your brand, where is your label made?
My main focus on my brand is to produce beautiful products that everything lovely lady will want. At the moment I am taking everything one step at a time, its all a learning curve at the moment.
I hand make all bralettes in Sydney, Australia and leather clothing pieces are made in Indonesia.
What are your future plans with the label and your feeling for future trends!
A soon future plans would be to eventually expand into doing clothing etc
I do have a plan for the future but its top secret! :)
Special thanks to Christie Nicole xx