Launched in 2015, The Twenties Club came to life to share, dissect and ruminate on life topics facing people going through their 20s. Now with a modest but powerful social media following, editor Madeleine Walker is carving her own path with a loyal fan base and equally loyal commercial brand partners who see this lively platform of ideas and conversation as a private yet inclusive online home. Murray spoke to Madeleine about how and why she started The Twenties Club, the rise of blogs and influencers, the collapse of the advertising market, and how to diversify your risk as a young business person.
Kiri Nathan is one of New Zealand's most renowned Maori fashion designers, and has positioned herself as the guiding light for many young indigenous designers looking to find their way in the fashion world. Along with her husband Jason, himself a skilled self-taught carver of Pounamu, Kiri has led designers to push their own boundaries both locally and around the world, including taking a group of 15 Maori creatives to China on a hikoi to understand first-hand how the biggest world markets operate. Murray caught up with Kiri off the back of her 2020 MNZM honour to discuss how indigenous designers can uphold their traditions and culture in today's marketplace without compromise.
Sydney-based editor, creative director and stylist Megha Kapoor chats to Rosie Herdman about her independent print magazine and online platform Inprint, plus her unconventional start in the fashion industry via an internship at Vogue India.
A fortuitous role as Gucci's in-house fit model was how New Zealand model Ella Drake burst onto the global fashion scene. The Auckland-based AUT student had never intended to follow a career into modelling, but a quick trip to Tokyo and then Milan changed all that. Now at the helm of her own jewellery brand, Monarc, Ella spoke with Murray about her whirlwind modelling career and why she's now pursuing a business that champions sustainable, man-made diamonds.
'How Laura Brown is making fashion fun again' sums up how the Editor-in-Chief of America's highest-selling fashion magazine has gone about her business in her incredible rise through the ranks over the past 20 years. Now at ease with a circle of friends and collaborators including the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Laura Dern, Rebel Wilson, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Emily Ratajkowski and many more, Brown has positioned herself as one of the industry's most magnetic, honest, fun and down-to-earth creators today. Murray spoke to her from her home in NYC during the Covid-19 lockdown to hear about her outlook on fashion, women in business, the myth of celebrity and how fashion needs to build stronger communities based on honesty, bravery and 'under-thinking it'.
After 10 years in business, New Zealand womenswear label Ingrid Starnes has recently re-built the business based on a 'less is more' model, encouraging media and customers to celebrate value in fashion, and providing additional transparency into the size and scale of their operation. The business duo of Ingrid Starnes and her husband Simon Pound have also recently launched a crowd-funding scheme to allow lovers of the creative arts to buy a piece of the brand, and help it survive and thrive after the Covid-19 crisis. Murray spoke to Ingrid and Simon on May 1st as their crowd-funding campaign started to take off.
It's April 20, 2020, and Fashion Revolution Week has just started around the world. The week-long event to commemorate the Rana Plaza collapse where 1132 garment factory workers died has united fashion companies and customers alike in a march towards greater sustainability, transparency and ultimately accountability within the fashion industry. Murray Bevan talks with Jacinta Fitzgerald of Make.Good about the very complex landscape of fashion sustainability and what's next on the global agenda.
Los Angeles-based Jaime Ridge has carved out a path in fashion that has seen her become a magnet for luxury brands around the world. Her role as freelance stylist, influencer, creator and fashion ambassador has cultivated priceless relationships with the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, H&M and adidas and at the same time Jaime has represented New Zealand fashion labels in her work, helping many to get invaluable global exposure. Murray chatted with Jaime as she settled in to life in LA in the latest chapter of her career.
London-based New Zealander Greta Villiger is succeeding on the global fashion stage and making it look effortless. Starting with 1st Class Honours from design school in Sydney, Greta landed roles with Christopher Kane and Chloe before senior positions at Jonathan Saunders and J.W. Anderson. Greta now spends her time between Paris and London working for Spanish luxury house LOEWE. Greta spoke with Murray over Zoom during the Covid-19 lockdown to talk about her love of fashion and her work at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses.