My Story: In 2010 I visited Bali and created an angel wing kimono which I now celebrate as a signature piece of my collection – my ‘Archangel Gabriel’ Kimono. Why Archangel Gabriel? Well, it’s worth telling you the story.
While in Bali in 2010 I visited a well known psychic by the name of ‘White Star’. In my session she told me that Archangel Gabriel was with me strongly guiding me and that I would return within 3 months to Bali to start some sort of import/export business. She asked if I knew what it was. I replied ‘No idea’. She told me that eventually I would come to live in Bali and call Bali home. I walked out of that session thinking ‘HaHa, I wish!’.
A week later I returned to my home Byron Bay with 12 angel wing kimonos to hopefully sell to a few friends. I decided to take them to the Byron Bay market, but literally sold out of them the day before when I took them to a friend’s store to steam them up for the market.
In a series of events I sold 9 kimonos in 3 hours just from wearing it. I was stunned. It was quite miraculous. One woman even followed me in her car to a petrol station to find out where I got my kimono from.
That night the idea came to me, ‘Could I design and make Fashion?!’. I spent the night looking at what I would need to get together. I was already in some debt and only had a few thousand dollars of credit left. I had given up my full time career to raise my son and I was currently living on the government Single Parent pension.
The next day I went to the beach in the afternoon. I found a quiet spot by myself. I really couldn’t afford to start this new business and have it fail. I really needed a sign. So I got down on my hands and knees and spoke to the sky/universe and said ‘Please help me and guide me, I am willing to do this business, but I really need a BIG sign from you either way because if it doesn’t work I think it might just break me. So..Yes or no? Thank-you’. I got up and walked to meet my friends for a beach BBQ.
A friend of mine Anna had brought her mum along Kaye whom I had never met before. I noticed after a while that she was catching my eye. She eventually spoke from the other end of the table and said ‘Please, excuse me, I hope you don’t mind but I am an angel reader and I have been ill lately and haven’t been doing many readings, but I am getting very strong messages for you if you would like to hear them?’.
I went and sat opposite her. ‘She continued to say ‘Archangel Gabriel is with you and guiding you strongly at the moment. If you are thinking about starting a business the answer is ‘YES’. She then continued to talk and she saw visions of the kimonos I had already made and described the colors to me. She told me without a doubt I should start this business. I had goosebumps all over my body.
Who was I to argue with angels? And so within a few months, as predicted by White Star I was back in Bali starting my new business. A year later I decided to move to Bali to follow my dreams to eventually become a ‘Warrior of the Divine’.
My Philosophy: I Believe in Angels. I rely on Miracles. It is my wish that every woman dress from the space of expression and celebration of herself as Divine.
My Style: Designed for women whose thoughts wander off the edge of the world, my clothing is becoming recognized for its bohemian flair, with touches of both elegance and playfulness. However, the real beauty exists within the production of the clothing. The kimono’s and silks are produced by hand using ancient batik hand painting methods. The traditional process of the clothing is a ‘labor of love’ and a beautiful hand crafted journey that transcends to the wearer.
My Resolve: to create exquisite hand crafted pieces that exist only behind a story of ethics. Feel assured that the beautiful, skilled Balinese workers who make my clothing receive reasonable working conditions and a fair wage.