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Spotlight Series: Meet Alicia our Port Macquarie Store Manager

Spotlight Series: Meet Alicia our Port Macquarie Store Manager

PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON OUR INCREDIBLE STORE TEAMS

How long have you worked with The Laboratory, and what do you love most about us?
I’ve being with The Lab for 12 months now and what I love most about us, is that as a company we consider the ethics by which our clothes are made and that we have values that set us apart making our clothing original, and beautiful to wear with a good conscience

What sets The Lab apart from everyone else?
We consider our fabrics and still use Australian standard sizing. Women can buy pieces that will last and set them apart from the herd and they can do this without breaking the bank.

Where do you find your style inspiration from?
I try everything on that comes through the store even if its something I wouldn’t pick up if I was a shopper so i can challenge and extend my knowledge of fashion and what looks good on me. I’m a great lover of interiors and of late interior designs have been replicated in fashion via colour tones and textures. I also follow Australian designers like Alice McCall, Realisation Par, Bec +Bridge and Zimmermann on social media

What has been your favourite styles to come through the store over Summer 2018/2019?
Oh thats a hard one as there has been a few:

The E&D Tribal Print Maxi Dress i love it. It”s cut so flattering and can be worn over a tee, tied with a belt or just flowing.

-E&D Khaki Tie Front tee so versatile and can be worn with shorts, pants, jeans or a skirt by fav staple.

-Alessi Stripe Sailor dress its so Port Macquarie/ beach life I live in it. But my all time favourite this season is the A little birdie told me Printed Shirred waist Jumpsuit its comfy and looks amazing.

 

Tell us about a memory you cherish since working at The Lab? 

Living in a small town like Port our regular customers have become people I now consider friends and last week whilst I was out in town I bumped into to one of them Martine, who hugged me and wished me a happy new year and it made me realise how successful we have been at building relationships with people and the bonus is that when i see our regulars they are always dressed in our clothing, I love that and I always have a joke with them about how great their outfit looks and ask them where they got it, knowing full well they are our collections. 

How do you spend your days off? 

I usually spend them with my children and dog going to the beach or river or sometimes we take road trips to nearby coastal towns and spend the day there wondering and eating out. On days off when I don’t have the kids I usually catch up with friends for drinks and dinner

 What/what is your ideal holiday destination? 

Somewhere cold and surrendered by nature. Ive been to Patagonia in Chile its a trip Ill never forget.

 Favourite place to: eat-drink-relax

Here in Port my Fav is Luna bonita a modern Mexican relaxed Tapa’s Bar & they make a killer margarita.

We have your Christmas outfit sorted!

We have your Christmas outfit sorted!

Whether you love wearing a touch of red or green this festive season or just want to wear something fab, the team at The Lab  have pulled together styles from A Little Birdie Told Me, Ellis & Dewey, and Alessi and picked out our top 6 outfits from our High Summer collection. 

 

Tis’ the season to be silly, so lets look good while we are. 

 

To shop our collection, click here.

Decorate your house, this Christmas.

Decorate your house, this Christmas.

Sometimes getting everything organised for Christmas, can be hard work! So we have put together a few ideas for you to use or take inspiration from, and have them through-out your house. 

Table Settings:

To create this simple setting we have used a hessian runner along the dining table, and decorated with foliage from the garden. Dress up your table with more decorations and centre pieces like candles, vases, and Christmas Ornaments to create that special table all your guests will want to sit around.

Table Wreath:

If you wanted to go with something more simplistic, wreaths make a perfect centre piece for your dining table. Adding in that Christmas candle would be the perfect extra piece. Dress your table up with plates, bonbons, and more foliage to add the final touches to your dining room.

From the entire team at The Laboratory, we wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. xx 

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Spotlight Series: Meet Brooke the Mornington Store Manager

Spotlight Series: Meet Brooke the Mornington Store Manager

PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON OUR INCREDIBLE STORE TEAMS

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.