Queensland: a land of hot, sunny weather, bushland and intense UV rays. As a result, clothing stores are full of shorts, vest tops and thongs, all of which are very nice, but leave little to the imagination. There is a definite lack of loose, lightweight clothing that covers up the body while keeping the wearer cool and comfortable.
That’s what I’ve found, anyway. As a woman over 40 years old, my biggest body hang-up is the top of my arms. I am happy to slip into a swimming costume and enjoy a barbecue and a pool party, but I’d like to be able to cover that area as often as possible. And I want to look marvellous while I do it!
I moved to Australia back in 1998 and I adore the laid-back lifestyle. But after feeling self-conscious for so long, I decided to take matters into my own hands. In 2016, I sat down and began designing a range of open-front kaftans that were relaxed and loose. They needed to encourage air-flow, so that the wearer would not overheat in them, but they also needed to provide a little more coverage on the arms. My friend Sarah is a brilliant seamstress, and she agreed to sew them for me, and you’ll recognise my other friend Olivera, as she is a keen model and it is her face you see throughout the website! And so, my business had begun, and it has been going from strength to strength ever since!
There are a number of USPs that are worth mentioning. Our kaftans are made from chiffon – a sheer, airy material that is light enough to keep you cool and feels silky soft against the skin. The material drapes beautifully from the shoulders, helping to maintain a glamourous and carefree vibe. Each kaftan is unlined, so that it is not weighted awkwardly, and we don’t believe in fussy collars either! You won’t find any sizes on our cardigans either, since every one is intended to suit women of all shapes and sizes – there is no size limit on comfort!
As the business expands, we hope to add more and more products for you to peruse and wear. We will be moving on past our staple kaftans (but never leaving them behind) and designing other items too. Everything we create is made with the same ethos in mind: we want our clients to feel comfortable and look amazing, no matter the time of day or the occasion. Our pieces are always versatile and accessible, but never, ever boring!
Let’s fill the world with bright colours, abstract design and functional fashion! We hope you will continue to check back on a regular basis to see what’s new and fabulous at Bubbles Bay
Our favourite fashion quotes:
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” — Gianni Versace
“Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” -G. Bruce Boyer
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren