Would you believe that many of my customers have been since I first started? How time flies!
But as I also have new customers and followers, I thought I might share a bit of my fashion story and a few more photos.
Through the ups and the downs of the last four decades, I must stay I still do really love fashion and get a thrill from finding new pieces that I know my customers will adore and love the feeling of helping women find their own style and confidence in what they're wearing.
I was inspired to work in fashion after completing deportment school as a teenager.
In 1977, I started my first fashion job at a Wollongong boutique called Tizianas. It was. great store and I worked there until 1981.
After that I launched my first business, a boutique called 'Blondeez'. That's when things really got started!
I moved my boutique to a bigger premise in 1983 and renamed my business 'Marcelle'. I even had my own label that my mother and aunty (who were seamstresses) helped bring to life.
They were fabulous times and we had a whole lot of fun. I used to have lunch every Thursday with a group of local Wollongong business women and we were a great support to one another. That weekly lunch date lasted for decades!
I had the Wollongong franchise for Christian Dior and also stocked lots of other beautiful brands (some of which still exist today): Jill Fitzsimon, Robert Burton, Prue Atkin, Stuart Membury and Keri Craig.
I hosted and went to lots of fashion parades. Prior to social media, that was the main way we shared the new fashions. The parades were a lot of fun, it felt like we went to one every week.
I had some fabulous women work with me over the years and many of my customers from the 80s not only still buy from me, but have become good friends.
I sold my boutique in 1995 and since then have worked in interior design (and still continue to do so). However, I always come back to fashion and am just as passionate as ever. And here I am today with Trinity Row Clothing & Interiors. A few years ago I opened my Bulli boutique where I see customers by appointment. I expanded the business last year with an online boutique which has opened up lots of new possibilities. I now have customers in Europe and America, something that wouldn't have happened 40 years ago!
I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of my customers, new and old. You make what I do so enjoyable and I look forward to even more beautiful fashion in the years to come.