My background an experience in the fashion industry goes back to 1998 when I started studying fashion at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.
My career started in retail and progressed to workrooms, fashion studios, fashion manufacturers and creating a small range of leather belts and accessories under my own label, AJC, before I head to the UK to live and work in what I experienced to be one of the most exciting and adventurous fashion capitals in the world.
I lived and worked in the UK for 12 years. In this time I worked in design roles in both Manchester and London for a range of different types of fashion businesses from luxury brands, fast fashion multiples, high street brands, suppliers and creative fashion agencies. I traveled throughout Europe on fashion buying and inspiration trips falling in love with fashion and spent time advancing my knowledge by studying at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, both prestigious amazing fashion colleges.
All of this experience gave me the opportunity to understand the fashion supply chain from many angles.
Moving back to New Zealand in 2014, with my family, gave me the opportunity to reassess and realign my career with my own personal ethics. I no longer wanted to be part of the supply chain creating endless amounts of product that our planet did not need with the forever growing landfills world wide and toxic waste being flushed into rivers and oceans around the world.
Outliv was created to give example to the beauty that could be created by recycling. Outliv is committed making beautiful lush, and modern new handbags made using recycled clothing & with an equal focus on the importance of raising awareness for a more conscious consumer choice for the good of our planet.
Welcome to Outliv. Join us on our journey creating beautiful product through recycling… & creating powerful and positive change.