Showcasing the two gorgeous sisters of The Good Garment!
Danita & Bianca are two sisters who have escaped city life (with husbands and kids in tow) and bought a hobby farm in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It has two houses, a hill, a creek, lots of trees and heaps of potential.
"Most importantly we have a gorgeous STUDIO dedicated to our business. It was originally the horse stables and we could see it had the potential to be our dream studio. We sourced recycled French doors and windows, reused timber from around the farm and got lucky with a builder who understood our vision. The result is an inspiring space, with a view down the hill, where we can design, plan and sew for endless hours (or until the kids come knocking on the door)".
HOW IT STARTED
Their mother was a Home Economics teacher and a seamstress with perfectionist tendencies. When they wanted new clothes, they had to make them. This meant a masterclass in whatever sewing techniques were required to complete the garment they had designed.
"At the time we were not too happy about this ‘apprenticeship’ but as it turns out these skills have come in pretty handy. There is a certain ‘magic’ in designing a dress, drafting the pattern, sourcing the fabric, cutting it out and then sewing it into life".
They believe that the best clothes to own are easy to wear timeless shapes in fun fabrics that you can look forward to wearing again and again. Their approach is the opposite of the fast fashion cycle - and is very much slow fashion designed for the ages!
"Craftwomanship is at the heart of what we do. This means we ‘do it once, do it well’ and our garments are of the highest quality and made to be your favourites for years".
Danita and Bianca design and make the clothes here in Australia. They cut-to-order so there is minimal waste of fabric.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE - DOES IT EXIST?
"We're still trying to work this one out! There isn’t a fine delineation between work and home now that our studio is on our property. But with that comes the freedom of being available when your kid is getting an award at an assembly or you want to work late at night so you can go for a run during the day".
The 2 main drivers for starting the business were to do something that they love and to do something flexible that allowed them to have control over working around family commitments.