A. My aim as a business owner is to recognise the value of everyone in my teams’ contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible for them to grow and develop. In everything I do, I try to be honest, fair and kind – principles which have a real impact on the way we make our clothes, the people we work with, and how we run our business.
Proudly today we employ a team of 10 women staff – women hold every role within our business, we are 100% woman owned, funded and independently run by myself. Plus we have an amazing supporting all women team of our makers – 2 incredible clothing makers who both came to Australia in the 70s as refugees, and that we are very proud to have helped support set them and their families up with the help of the business we can give them. And also our 2 footwear makers – both women, fighting in an industry that’s firstly was considered dead in the 90s, and secondly is a traditionally male dominated industry. We’re very proud to support these women. Our lawyers, accountants and business coach – who are all women as well.
As a designer & someone who believes very strongly in a fair and simple local supply chain, I also know that there’s a powerful connection between what a woman wears and how she feels about herself. My aim as a designer is to create clothing, not only that will last my customers, and that they will truly love, but also to make every women that wears Kuwaii feel great about themselves and their appearance.