Motivated by doing what they love and, for some, the desire to be a stay-at-home mum, these budding entrepreneurs are doing some amazing work.
Parker May and One Silver Lining
Fashion-forward mother of two (Amelia 5 and Thomas 2) Kylie Maher runs handmade businesses Parker May and One Silver Lining from her home in Jensen.
“My first business, Parker May, is a handmade children’s fashion brand for both little men and ladies that I started when our son was two weeks old,” Kylie says. “I’m a regular stall holder at Renegade Handmade Market as well as having a strong social media presence.”
Catering for babies and toddlers in sizes 000-5, Parker May has won over a fan base with its adorable playsuits, ‘bloomies’ and flutter-sleeve tops.
“My second business, One Silver Lining, is only seven weeks old and is a range of handmade PVC clutches and accessories,” Kylie says.
“I hand-paint the fabric and sew each clutch for a unique look.”
Kylie showcased both of her businesses at the Townsville Fashion Festival last month and already has stockists placing orders for both the children’s fashions and clutches.
“The response from Townsville Fashion Festival was so exciting with people saying they loved how unique and practical the clutches were and how the children’s fashion was perfect for our climate,” Kylie says.
“Seeing my creations on the catwalk was such a surreal feeling.”