With our ‘Motherhood’ month drawing to a close, we take a closer look inside a special business – run by a mum, inspired by her daughters, sourcing eclectic, gorgeously detailed pieces from female artisans around the globe.
Brisbane-based Flying Paloma is a love-child of international travel, jetset chic, beautifully functional clothing and stand-out accessories in bold colours and graphic shapes. From new to vintage, women’s to kids fashion, jewellery to homewares, Flying Paloma’s Sophie Trevethan takes us on the hunt for killer pieces to express your wild side.
What was your inspiration for starting Flying Paloma?
My inspiration comes from my extensive travel, love of sourcing beautiful things, awe of talented artisans and their exquisitely handmade pieces.
Describe the women you buy for.
My aim is make accessible an eclectic yet sophisticated range of clothing and accessories with a focus on handmade artisan products. It’s for women who love stunning pieces which will complement their style, creativity and uniqueness that is reflected in an individual’s way of life – there is everything from simple to exotic!
How do you source your products?
After many years of extensive travel and living abroad I now visit and have contacts around the globe where I like to hand select my chosen pieces. I also design and manufacture my own clothing range where pieces are simple in cut but gregarious in pattern and colour. Not for the faint hearted!
What is your business background?
I am a Registered Nurse with a medical sales background, however I have always had an entrepreneurial flair and passion for having my own business that involves beautiful handcrafted products that are produced around the world by talented artisans.
Your products are authentically sourced from makers and creatives around the globe. Tell us about some of your suppliers.
I have a strong love of all things Hispanic, including the people and talented artisans. Our range of Mexican dresses and textiles are lovingly hand embroidered using traditional materials, designs and techniques by some of Mexico’s most talented artisans. Supporting these artisans, which consist mainly of women, helps to give their communities a stronger sense of culture, independence and pride. Empowering these women boosts their morale and allows them to contribute to the family and local community, helping to preserve traditional art forms for generations to come. This continues to grow strong through our continued support.
How do your daughters influence your style?
My girls were ‘born wild’, much like me! They have a huge sense of adventure and love to explore the unknown. Often described as ‘tomboys’, I struggled to find clothing they like or feel comfortable in. The clothing I look for and design is a reflection of my children’s personalities – colourful, vibrant and unapologetic!
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