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Spotlight Series: Meet Brooke the Mornington Store Manager

Spotlight Series: Meet Brooke the Mornington Store Manager


How long have you worked at The Laboratory for and what do you love most about working at The Lab?

I have been lucky enough to be the store manager of The Laboratory Mornington store for almost 6 years. My greatest joy is really getting to know my customers and building relationships; when I’m unpacking new stock, I immediately know what styles will work for specific clients!

I also love to build confidence in women by providing them style advice, tips and outfit ideas to ensure my customers leave our store feeling happy.

Merchandising and styling the store is also another part of my job that I am really passionate about and really enjoy. I take great pride in ensuring I make a beautiful space for our customers that not only showcases our garments the best way, but also makes shopping easy.

What do you think makes The Lab different?

I think The Lab difference is that we design for the real woman. We have such diverse collections, with our five different in- house brands that truly cater for everybody. I often hear that customers are thrilled to be able to have such variety to choose from.

Where do you find style inspiration from?

In the time that I have worked for The Lab I have become a mum so my body and style has definitely changed over the years. I often find myself looking at different Instagram accounts for style inspiration and outfit ideas that suit my body and my lifestyle.

I am also inspired by the women around me and love getting their tips for new local labels and their favourite fashion finds.

What has been one of your most memorable moments from your time working at The Laboratory?

I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in opening some of our new Laboratory stores – and the rush of setting up a new store (and having people peek through the windows excited to see what’s happening) has to be one of the highlights of my job.

Another highlight for me has to be the people I work with. My colleague Sue and I are often singing while we work and if we catch one another we burst into laughter. Sue is such a fun and vibrant woman, we honestly have the best fun working together every single day and I feel very fortunate to have her.

What is your favourite way to spend a day off?

I love to get out and about with my daughter. We often head to The Winey Cow for breakfast then have a walk through the local shops like Page8, Main Desire &Treehouse Republic.

We always end our day at beautiful Mothers beach.

What is your current TV-binge must-watch?

I absolutely love The Affair (on Foxtel). It’s such a fascinating storyline filled with love, tragedy and secrets. I’m completely hooked!


Torju: Our sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly label

Torju: Our sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly label

Inspired by the natural, raw beauty of our hometown, Torju is committed to create quality, timeless fashion for environmentally and ethically-aware Australian women.

Focused on transparency and sustainable manufacturing, Torju is a fashion brand with a social and environmental conscience. Using organic fabrications, it is committed to only partner with like-minded suppliers who implement both ethical and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Torju is a fashion brand with a social and environmental conscience and is committed to only partner with like-minded suppliers who implement ethical and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Torju’s main manufacturing partner implements eco-friendly production processes such as: * Reusing trims of materials
* Conserving water by recycling all waste water and collecting rain water.
* Installing a solar plant that supplies solar power to the whole factory.

* Up-cycling left over fabric to create new products.

Torju’s manufacturing partner supports the local TEARS organisation (Train, Educate and Rehabilitate Socially), which provides education for mentally handicapped children. Residual fabric cut-offs collected during the manufacturing process are donated to TEARS for the students to use to weave durries and carpets.

It is also a globally recognised fair-trade manufacturer, meeting strict criteria by FLOCERT. FLOCERT has set a global benchmark for businesses to ensure supply chains are built on fair practices to help producers, traders and brands become truly sustainable and fair for all parties. Torju’s manufacturer proudly pays the cotton price set by The Fair Trade Organisation which includes a premium that goes towards projects within their local community.

Importantly, Torju’s manufacturer is GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified – meeting strict guidelines in all of their manufacturing processes.

GOTS is recognised as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified.

OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide certification system which guarantees consistent and independent testing. It enables consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions.