People say that when you become a mum for the very first time, your whole perspective on life changes. Oh boy, aren't those people spot on!
Prior to starting my own business, my career was in the education sector. I was a proud and dedicated Primary school teacher, in Townsville, Queensland. At the end of 2013, my husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie, into the world. How my life changed from that very day. Teaching was no longer my passion, my desire, my reason for getting up in the morning. I wanted to create, I wanted to be a stay at home mum, I wanted to share my knowledge of running a small business with others, I wanted to inspire and I wanted to show people that wearing statement accessories to the grocery store, is totally A-OK! These are the very reasons why I stated my own accessories label, Kenzie.
I started off by making accessories (earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets) and selling them at the local markets, in Townsville. I created both Facebook and Instagram accounts and sold directly through the sites. It wasn't long before businesses started contacting me in regards to wholesaling. What had I got myself into? Within the space of 2 short months, I fulfilled my first wholesale order and I found myself reading online blogs about creating your very own website. I would ask myself constantly, is this really happening?
Fast forward less than a year and my family & I had made the move to Toowoomba, Queensland (Army wife!). This is also the same time that I slowly introduced the idea of stocking other Australian handmade labels, within my business. Kenzie was still reaching the stars, yet I felt the urge to continue to grow my business further, pushing the boundaries and setting more goals. I wanted to create an online store where people could come to purchase everything fashion, homewares and beauty orientated, in one simple and easy transaction. A 'one stop shop', that was my next business step!
Kenzie Collective, was born and now you can find 30+ labels on our website, along with our forever expanding range of Kenzie accessories. Where will the next year lead our business? Who knows but I can't wait to share it with you.