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Meet Rachelle Harvey. Mum to Koa, aged 2, she’s also the founder and creator of ultra-cool coast fashion label, Brave & Fearless.

Tell us about your brand…
Brave & Fearless is an edgy kids’ label. We create unique and different pieces for newborn to size 8. You’ll fine acid- and stone-wash muscle tees, distressed tees with cool rock ’n roll slogans and high quality rad leather jackets for your mini me to stand out in the crowd. We specialise in cool threads and accessories for the ‘Rad Little Lad’ and ‘Hip Little Chick’. We sell online at www.braveandfearless.com, at Urban Slat Collective in Burleigh Heads or through our amazing stockists worldwide.

Where did the concept come from?
Many years ago, walking around Melbourne and looking in cool boutiques, I was inspired to start my own edgy label for mini men. But it wasn’t until my son Koa was born that I decided to finally pursue my passion and follow my dream of starting the label after I couldn’t find anything for him that wasn’t baby blue and covered in dinosaurs or ducks.

fullsizerender-1What is your business background?
Previous to starting the label I was an eBay business coach, mentoring small business owners on how to run a successful eBay business. I loved the role but needed to do something more creative.

Who are your mentors?
I’m inspired by so many strong, powerful women that I draw from on a daily basis. My main inspiration would be Lisa Messenger. Her success and ethos are things I feel very aligned with.

Tell us about a typical day in your life?
I’m not a fan of routine and doing the same thing day in and day out, so each day starts differently for us. Sometimes with a walk, a trip to the park or straight into work after a strong coffee!

Who does all the cooking and cleaning?
Koa is obsessed with cooking – he loves to help me make every meal and if we grab something out he is always slightly disappointed we didn’t make it at home.

If you get a spare 10 minutes, how do you like to spend it?
If I get a spare 10 minutes I find peace at the beach to clear my mind. Otherwise a quick coffee in a nice cafe always makes my day run that bit more smoothly.

Tell us about how you juggle your career and Koa’s care?
Koa attends Little Seeds in Elanora on a Monday and Friday so I can get some time to do planning and designing for the business. It’s way too hard to do that while in the company of a toddler!

How do you spend quality time with Koa?
Wednesday is our special day together. It means no emails, computers or work – just a full day of adventures, baking, mum and bub yoga classes, mum and bub craft class or simple park and beach hangs. We love our special day together. Our weekend as a family is spent doing things we love. Days at the beach, snuggles in bed reading books and every second Sunday we attend the Village Markets in Burleigh Heads.

Tell us your fave local places to visit!
There are so many amazing places to go on the Gold Coast now! The Gold Coast culture has really picked up. For a date night or girls’ night out, I love Justin Lane or Etsu. If it’s just a casual catch up, I love Commune for a coffee. Or sometimes I just love driving down to Cooly with a bottle of wine and throwing the rug out. If it’s a family-friendly place to visit, we love Slurping Panda, commune, Burleigh Social and Paddock.

What do you like to do on a girls’ night out?
I love a great catch up with the girls. We usually do champas at someone’s place and then find the new latest bar to have a few vinos at! It’s rare these days though!

What’s your beauty tip for working mums?
Eye cream and concealer! I swear by them. With a toddler and lots of 3am bed times, I desperately need both of them.

What’s your hot tip for shopping?
I cannot go past an op shop without popping in. I love a good bargain! Online, I love urban outfitters and Etsy.

What’s your best parenting tip?
What I’ve realised is that small things don’t really matter. The washing and house cleaning can wait. The quality time with your little ones is so precious and goes way too fast. When they feel loved and nutured through spending time together creating memories, they behave better.

How do you find balance?
Work-life balance has been really, really hard for me to manage. I still struggle with the dreaded ‘mummy guilt’ and I work until 2-3am once Koa is asleep if I’ve spent too much time hanging out with him during the day! I’m sure I’ll get the balance achieved one day.

What keeps you motivated?
Creating a life that is full of memories and moments is so important to me. I want to be able to travel with Koa and show him places rather than just living and accumulating things. So I’m motivated everyday to have a successful business so he can have the best life experiences possible.

Any last thoughts?
I have recently joined forces with two other brands called Bambooloui and Tribe 9 to create a collective called Urban Salt Collective. We have a showroom and headquarters at 2/44 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads, where people can pop in from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday to view our collections. We will also be running cool kids’ workshops and special VIP nights there regularly. Stay tuned!

Visit www.braveandfearless.com

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