For this spotlight, we're so excited to tell you about the amazing Net from The Only Label. This talented designer has been with the Design A Space family for 5 years, and it's so amazing to witness her growth over the years!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I was born in Thailand and came to Melbourne when I was 15. I have always loved drawing and clothes since I was a little girl. I have 2 older sisters, and growing up with sisters and lots of girl cousins to play dress-up with is what made me love fashion and clothing even more. This is what lead me to study a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at RMIT!
Following that, I worked as a designer for an eveningwear label and had an online business selling vintage clothing.
WHY YOU STARTED THE ONLY LABEL
I have always wanted to start my own label! My inspirations come from the unique, yet classic details and silhouettes of vintage clothing that I came across while running my online business. I wanted to recreate some of the design with a modern twist and make it available to a broader audience.
THE BEST PARTS?
The best part has to be seeing my designs come to life and seeing the delighted look on my customer's faces when they see themselves in the mirror! The transformational effect that my garments have when people wear them is definitely a favourite.
I also love travelling to Thailand (pre-Covid!) to visit family while working closely with my production team who live just across the street from my family home!
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Running my business alone means that I have to make a lot of decisions without having second or third opinions.
This is why the Design A Space team has been a great help. When they share feedback from customers, this helps me to shape the design direction of The Only Label!
2020 was also probably one of the hardest years for most people, as well as for me. I had to deal with the pandemic as well as juggle my new role as a first time mom without my family's support due to travel restrictions. Having such a new and huge responsibility means that I have to learn to prioritise tasks and do things in a new way.
HOW DESIGN A SPACE HELPED YOU GROW
We've been able to reach more local customers, and have access to a community that love to support and shop local independent designers.
They've helped me to raise brand awareness for The Only Label. And they are an important outlet which provides opportunities for new and existing customers to see and try on my pieces in person!
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