Brooke Raven is pretty much living the dream as far as we’re concerned, having recently opened a stunning fashion boutique in Robina Town Centre.
The newbie, Issue.1 is filled with a carefully curated collection of fashion forward pieces including plenty of Gold Coast brands, Brooke’s personal passion.
We sat down for a chat with Brooke about what it takes to open your very own boutique and local designers to watch out for.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
30 years, I moved from Sydney with my family when I was little.
What do you love most about living here?
It’s an amazing place to raise my family, and whether you love the hinterland or the beach, shopping or the outdoors, everything is only ever 20 minutes away!
Tell us about your new boutique?
Issue.1 is the result of 18 years in the retail fashion business, and getting to know my customers at Robina Town Centre over the past 10 years. It is a carefully curated selection of practical, functional and fashion forward pieces for the modern woman who loves fashion but needs her wardrobe to be effortless and easy to wear. We try on absolutely everything we buy before selecting it, and buy specifically with our customers in mind. We hope it’s a place where women of all shapes, sizes, styles and backgrounds can come and feel comfortable and leave feeling confident and beautiful in their purchases.
You’re passionate about supporting homegrown talent, tell us about some of the local brands you love…
I absolutely love local brands St Helena, Lisa Brown, Dylan Kain, and Valley Eyewear to name a few. I work directly with the designers of all of these brands and love the passion we share for adorning our customers in original, locally designed pieces. I am currently working with local designer Lisa Brown on a custom gown for one of our beautiful VIP customers for an upcoming black tie event, and I just love that I am able to offer her that service because Lisa makes everything here on the Coast in her Mermaid Beach studio.
How do you think fashion on the Gold Coast has evolved in recent years?
The main change I have noticed is the incredible local design talent that has emerged. Ten years ago, there was very little fashion-wise coming out of SEQ and NNSW; now we have so many super successful and talented designers in our backyard and it’s great to see the support that the locals give them
What are you trend predictions for the upcoming season?
We’re going to see the return of khaki (an Issue.1 fave!) and deep plums for winter, with a pop of red and bold florals. Midi skirts are huge, and florals will feature all AW19 and well into Spring. We absolutely love a leopard print, and have a variation of this trend coming through over the coming months.
Any upcoming designers we should keep an eye out for?
Saint Helena from Bangalow – an amazing women’s swimwear and apparel designer. Also keep an eye out for the release of our own issue.1 signature accessories coming through.
Why is it important for you personally to wear and support Australian designers?
To put the Gold Coast on the map for fashion – we have so many amazing designers around us and I am proud to say I’m a GC girl!
Any advice for someone looking to start their own business?
Plan, plan, plan – know who your target market is and tailor your product/service to meet their needs and wants. Be prepared to work until very late most nights and feel the constant guilt between being an awesome mum and wife, and being an awesome businesswoman. Make sure you have support from your family and an amazing team working with you.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Cafe: Barbosa Deli at Robina Town Centre
Restaurant: Iku at Burleigh Heads
How does you your weekend usually look: To be completely honest, it includes about seven loads of washing, cleaning my house, running around after my three and six year-old children, and doing some cooking for the week ahead. We usually manage to squeeze in dinner at our local Japanese, a family movie night, and a swim on Sunday.