Who Made My Clothes?

Who made your clothes, you ask?
Each piece is made by local seamstresses with the highest care and quality. We work with Karin, our seamstress who works from her studio in Richmond, and Van, who works from her home in Korumburra. Scroll down to meet their lovely faces!
VAN BUI - Korumburra VIC
What got you into sewing/fashion? 
My family came to Australia as refugees.  Dad was a tailor and taught sewing in the refugee camp.  In the 80s, manufacturing and outwork was substantial enough to raise a family on limited English.  These are the real invisible makers of the past and  I learnt my skills through them.  As an adult, I found it to be a good creative outlet.
What is your favourite food? 
A late night Whopper!
What's your happiest memory?
I must’ve been about 10.  Hot summer days, no money with nothing to do.  We (sister and cousins) decided to pick the neighbours lavender to dry.  Being extremely confident on an industrial sewing machine at this age, we made small fabric pouches and filled them up with our garden haul.  We resold them back to the neighbours at 20cents a pop!  Holy Moley we were rich!  We raised enough money for the entrance fee to the pool and had change for 20cent Sunny Boys!
What's your favourite quote? 
“There are only two times.  Now and too late.”   Anh Do, The Happiest Refugee.
KARIN OTTO - Richmond, VIC
What got you into sewing/fashion? 
When it came time to choose a uni course, I was torn between becoming an accountant and studying fashion.  In hindsight - nailed it!  I grew up in a household where mum sewed, grandma sewed, and so on and so forth.  I didn’t love it as a kid, but came to love it as a grown-up, and now carry a great appreciation for self-made things.  Sewing is a labour of love, and the process of creating has always been my first love.
What is your favourite food? 
Mum’s spaghetti cheese
What's your happiest memory? 
Family road trips in South Africa – with three kids in the back seat and two dogs in the back of the station wagon!  Mum and dad were great about making sure we experienced a lot growing up – mountains and sea included - and I treasure these memories.
What's your favourite quote?
“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
CHRISTINA HEWAWISSA (Me!) - Officer, VIC
What got you into sewing/fashion? 
I've always been interested in the creative side of fashion; creating new looks that nobody had, making something boring or ugly look good... that was my jam. Sewing came into that because it allowed me to create and express my (quite specific and atypical) style. I could never find what I wanted in the shops, so I just had to make it myself!
What is your favourite food? 
Mmm home made vegan pizza. Or apple crumble. Or pesto gnocchi... I can't pick just one.
What's your happiest memory? 
We used to live in Queensland as kids. My mum would take my sister and I for bike rides and beach days and icecream or chicken nuggets and chips were always involved. My bike has tassles on the handlebars and a basket at the front, that was the life. Or during lockdown, my fiancee and I would spend the afternoons on the weekend cooking something new from scratch, drinking wine and dancing at home, that was fun. 
What's your favourite quote?
“The bigger the mountain, the better the view." - unknown
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