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.
Why and how I started KAT
I studied fashion design and technology at RMIT in Brunswick for three years. It was the most intense, but amazing course; I learnt so much during my time there.
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 sort of gave KAT a break and moved to Byron for my first industry job in Menswear design and production. It was from there I learnt the ins and outs of production and manufacturing offshore so I applied everything I had learnt from my first industry job to my own business. This is when I started manufacturing my designs over in China and it's been crazy, but so much fun ever since.
When designing a collection, how do you feel emotionally when creating, and what goes through your mind as a creative?
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.
As a creative some weird things excite me. Just recently I went through a basket of laces and ribbons I inherited when my great Aunt passed away and wow was she an amazing embroider- all by hand! Tiny little-embroidered swans, delicate bluebird and the most intricate mini doilies you’ve ever seen. Finding treasures like these really spark the inspiration and my designs sort of evolve from there.
What inspires you?
It’s really important to stay inspired, and hard sometimes to avoid all the other lingerie brands on Instagram and Pinterest. I prefer to stay away from areas like that for research and stick to fabrics and trims as they are the most important part of each design. I get really inspired by beautiful interiors, architecture and, of course, gorgeous fabrics.
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!
What is the process of getting your lingerie manufactured?
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! )
But what I do is sew the samples here in Australia myself, sourcing fabrics from local fabric stores around Melbourne. Then I send my samples and swatches to my factory in China along with the garment specs listing measurements, colours, clasps and sketches. The factory then replicates my sample for me exactly as I’ve informed them, but much neater and from there they send them back to me for approval. If necessary I make any changes and we go from there!
The funny thing about China is though you never know what you’ll get back, so sometimes it might take a couple of tries to get it how you pictured but that’s all part of the process.
What is the process that you are most passionate about, is it the final product or creating a new collection?
I am most passionate about research and designing the new range- which actually is the job I get to spend the least amount of time doing! Time is mostly spent on production, marketing, sales etc.
But I cannot deny that when the new samples come in its super exciting! You get to see your designs really come to life, and the factory finishes the sewing so beautifully, something I could never achieve on my own.
By the time a style is available for sale I am already designing and sampling the next range so I sort of forget about the current styles. It’s so lovely to see the positive feedback from customers and Instagram followers and it reminds me that I should be proud of the pieces I’ve produced so far.
What's next for your label?
I am so excited!! I only quit my full-time job in January 2016 to run KAT full time. (It's been exactly a year now since I launched, and I was excited to see that I can do this full time now, so I thought I better start taking it seriously!)
Anyway, this means I have all my time dedicated to KAT, so you’ll be seeing a lot more new designs, more matching sets, more one-off exclusive pieces and at some point I will be moving into other pieces like nighties and came too.
I’ll be going to China later this year on a big sourcing trip so I’ll be working with more intricate and unique pieces that you hopefully haven’t seen all over the market yet. Exciting things to come so stay tuned :)
I never leave the home with out my…
iPhone (Instagram never sleeps!)
If i could go on a holiday right now i'd go to…
Tote or Clutch?
Heels or Flats?
Sucker for cookies and cream ice-cream!
Special thanks to Kate xxx
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Dani has worked worked in the fashion industry for about 6 years now. Mostly been with big ‘ol corporate companies like Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic, and Macy’s. Having done a lot of work in apparel graphics with denim companies as well of the likes of Current Elliot. Her fun outlet was doing freelance apparel graphics for small to mid level graphic tee companies under her account @graphicteegirl! While she loved doing all of this she had always wanted to start her own brand!
Tell us how you started your brand Revice?
I teamed up with an awesome guy Shai, he has a lot of business sense and many years of experience in Denim. He had the connections and business experience and I had the marketing, design, and creative side down. We spend a long time developing and just recently launched, so we will see how things go :)
When you go on sourcing trips for your denim threads what do you look out for? (also include where you jet off to! )
Shai has a ton of connections with world top denim fabric sources from both USA and Italy. We are always looking for the most authentic vintage style fabric to replicate our favorite old pair of jeans! This includes minimal yard character, though we do love a salt and pepper diagonal texture.
How long is the process from start to finish with an idea and design?
Since we do everything here is US we can bang out ideas pretty darn quick. Coming up with the designs and samples don’t take too long, but sometime production can be tricky.
When creating your vintage inspired denim jeans, what inspires you and what differs you from other denim brands out there?
We gather our inspiration by exploring vintage warehouses in LA and finding our favorite old beat up washes, fits, and T-shirt prints. Everything is made here in LA and worn down by hand so it truly feels unique and like it has years of love.
At Revice we want to give our customers top quality USA made denim at wholesale prices.
You quote " Our Aim is to shake up the way the fashion industry does business" please tell us more about your aim!
For years the fashion industry has been getting away with making cheap clothing and marking up their prices 4-8xs the cost. By deciding not to sell any of our products retail we can give them to you at a fraction of this price while still maintaining quality! We truly believe this is the way of the future.
And any advice to any students out there who want to start their own brand?
Get experience on someone else dime for a few years. Don’t be afraid to start from the bottom and work your way up. Observe and take in everything on your way. Work for a lot of different companies and see how they each do things differently, take notes on what to do and what not to do. And most importantly network network network! Put yourself out there, reach out to people even if it seems weird or scary! When it comes time to start your own company its these connections you made along the way that will be key.
Quick Foxy Q's
Flares or Straights?
Thats hard! Both of these styles are very in right now so it’s so fun to make a statement in either! There is something so chic about a killer pair of flares pair with boots though, so i’d probably have to go with that for now :)
I never leave the home without my…..
iPhone. I know thats pretty much every 20-somthings answer these days, but that shit is my livelihood! Plus who knows what cool things are going to pop up through my day I need to snap pictures of!
Weirdestthing thats ever happen to you?
Ha I don’t even know where you go with this one. I’ve had some pretty wild & weird times living in hollywood!
What's your spirit animal?
Special thanks to Dani!
Be sure to check out RE-VICE here!
Last night the fashionistas gathered to Myer Melbourne for the launch of a Sydney label - Christian Paul watches that are being stocked in Myer. Also welcoming the new Ambassador of the brand SydneySider fashionista Kate Waterhouse.
Timothy is the creator behind the watch company, It all started at a young age, his love for watches as he would admire his father's watch collection. Years later one late night he was staring at his marble clock on the wall that his wife had purchased, from there he turned his idea into reality creating his first watch. Coming from a buying background in home wares, he felt he was ready to create a company of his own.
Being a heartfelt family man, Timothy naturally named his watch after his second son, along with the attention to detail on the watch having the C slightly tipped at 11.25, which was his second son’s time of birth.
Starting with only four watches and now after only six months a with great success has a range of 22 watches now being stocked in fashion store giant Myer.
I had actually interviewed Tim awhile back, and here are some of the questions he had answered when the company was around only 3 weeks. Today he has built an empire within 6 months in the fashion game, which is a great achievement to which he eventually wants to pass onto his sons.
What inspired you to become a designer?
Having been within the industry of home wears as a buyer and manufacturing. I had always wanted to create my own brand, it was all about the right timing and having an idea. I had gained the long-term experience needed to go forth with my idea.
How did you come up with your idea for the watches?
My wife had actually purchased a marble wall clock, and one night I was staring at it, and the idea for creating marble watches came to me. I loved the minimalistic look about it, and wanted one on my wrist. I knew it at that moment I was ready to create my own company.
And the name? Christian Paul?
Christian Paul is my seconds son's name who was named after my father Christian and my wife's grandfather Paul
My logo the C is actually tilted in the angle of 11 and 25 past, the same time my son was born.
I actually want them to inherit the brand; I made this brand not only for my family but also for my sons.
What was the process of creating your original marble watch?
Firstly a lot of trial and error! I first created the watch with actual marble, but of course due to durability it would break during production inside the watch. I then went forth trying different productions, until we found the correct one of a print of the marble, but still looking like the real thing.
It was also creating a lot of prototypes, still seeing the marble detail by far on the watch, and along with having the correct type font inside the watch.
What do you think the key of success with your brand is?
Listening to my audience. Seeing what they love and listening to feedback.
Advice to all students and people who aspire to get into the design industry?
Just go for it, pretty straight forward. You've got to sit down and make a decision and based on that decision would be the actions from the actions to the result.
Love them? Check out Timothy's creations by clicking on the link below and buy your own timeless piece xx