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Living the Dream

If someone says ‘Aussies in Bali’, you think tipsy, scooter-riding tourists in Bintang singlets. But there is a growing number of Australians who have built thriving businesses around bringing us the best the island has to offer.

Lucy Cottee – LJC Designs
When Lucy Cottee headed to Bali in 2013, she only intended to be there for six months. But with the discovery of sterling silver jewellery that was a hit with her friends and family back home, her extended holiday quickly turned into a successful business.

LJC1These days, LJC Designs provides luxurious linens, woven wonders and her statement silver jewellery to stockists as far as the Bahamas and the UK, all via her production team based in Bali. Lucy may have moved back to Brisbane after two years in Bali, but she has no intention of basing her
business anywhere else.

“It’s just such an amazing place to be, and I’m always inspired by something new when I go there – it’s an explosion of colour and fun,” Lucy says. “Plus, it gives me a great excuse to go back there all the time.”

Designing with the Bali lifestyle (and heat) in mind, Lucy’s products embody the endless summer – both in their timelessness and their loose, comfortable fit. Think pom poms and colourful clutches contrasted with crisp white linens and crochet bikinis. Lucy draws inspiration from the vibrant island lifestyle and notes that while most of the trends eventually make their way to Australia, Balinese designers are always one step ahead.

“Winter is never on my mind when I think about my brand,” she says. “I just go with the idea that it’s always summer somewhere!”



Rachelle Harvey – Brave & Fearless
The Gold Coast’s Rachelle Harvey always had plans to create a clothing line for rad little lads sitting in the back of her mind, but it wasn’t until she had her own rad little lad, Koa, some years back that she really put her plans into action. Rachelle supplies the coolest threads worldwide (to countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Spain and Dubai) for little dudes and dudettes from her home and business base in Canggu, Bali. Jealous much?!

BF2“It’s been a dream come true and we feel so blessed to live our life here,” Rachelle says.

The island life is evident in Rachelle’s designs. She has just released her “Chasing The Sun Collection SS18” in time for summer. Edgy muscle tees and teeny board shorts are some of her previous collections’ biggest hits, and acid wash caps and bandanas embody that free-spirited, Bali-boho edgy feel. The best part? Rachelle has your kid-clothing- envy covered with matching adult sets (XS-XL and 000-8 in kids), meaning you and your babe can look stylish and brave (and fearless) whether you’re pounding the streets of Bali, Brisbane or Byron Bay.

“I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to match their mini?” Rachelle laughs. “Really there is nothing cuter!”

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Words: Anastasia White

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