Meet a few of the women who work behind the scenes at Repertoire. We talk to them about inspiration, motivation, style and what they’ve learnt along the way.
Which women have had the biggest impact on who you are today? Maya Angelou is my heroine; her strength, courage and sass have always been an inspiration to me. Her poem “Still I Rise” is brave and beautiful and represents all that is powerful in women. Maya was, and still is, a beacon of hope and light to every woman and a reminder that we can always rise no matter the circumstances.
My daughter, Eden, is the other heroine in my life. It is through this beautiful soul that I am a better person. Throughout my daughter’s life I have always tried to be the best possible example to her, by living and striving to be my best self every day. I knew when I was showing my daughter how to be strong and to show up for herself with kindness and self-love I was in fact being given a gift. Eden has taught me what courage, compassion and determination look like, she is one of the most talented, brave and tenacious women I know.
What motivates you to do what you do? When I am approached by women who tell me how much they appreciate that I represent them with dignity and beauty - for wearing my silver hair and for designing beautiful pieces they love which are body sympathetic and kind to our changing shapes. There is true joy for me when I am able to give a woman a new sense of confidence and ease through her clothing. When I see a woman looking in a mirror with self-love, I have fulfilled my life purpose.
What mantra do you live by daily? We are our mind set, we get to choose how we build the story that is our lives every single day. I am a true believer that where intention goes, energy flows.
How would you describe your personal style? Modern grunge.
Which woman inspires you the most? Danielle Bernstein, she is very inspiring to me because of how hard working she is, she runs multiple companies - and has the best style to top it off.
What motivates you to do what you do? The people who told me that I was dreaming if I wanted to get a job in the fashion industry in NZ, the ones who didn’t believe in me are the ones who I wanted to prove wrong.
What mantra do you live by daily? Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is just too short.
Which women have had the biggest impact on who you are today? My mum, she has always told me to follow my dreams and do what I am passionate about no matter how big or small.
How would you describe your personal style? Classic with an edge.
Which women have had the biggest impact on who you are today? Undoubtedly my three life mentors: my Mum, Lee Kleiman (aka business partner, adopted Aunty and dear friend) and Heidi, a very dear family friend. These three women have, and continue to, love me, guide me, challenge me, mould me and inspire me to be the very best I can be.
What mantra do you live by daily? You can always choose how you ‘show up’ in every moment. No one can take that choice from you.
Describe your personal style? It’s definitely dramatic but has become far more practical since having kids.
Who is your source of inspiration? Lee Kleiman (my business partner and Repertoire’s designer) is my greatest source of inspiration in all areas of my life - especially my wardrobe; my husband - he is the most incredible human, I am honoured to share this life with him; my kids, their HUGE energy and love of life inspires me daily and my yoga teacher Kristin, she is so raw and real, she makes the impossible possible every time I am on the mat.
One bit of advice you’d like to pass onto other women? Always make some time in your day to stop, breathe and take in the moment.
What woman has had the biggest impact on who you are today? My mum who is the most selfless loving person. She has taught me to always show kindness and compassion to others and she has encouraged creativity in every element of my life.
What mantra do you live by daily? When you focus on the good, the good gets better. Only you have the power to create the life you want to live.
What motivates you to do what you do? Motivation comes naturally when you are passionate about what you do. For me I am passionate about creating beautiful. The sense of achievement I feel when completing a creative project or achieving my vision in a photoshoot is what I love.
Who do you find to be most inspirational? People who are authentic and true to themselves. And Frida Kahlo.
How would you describe your personal style? Relaxed, feminine and vintage - often in light tones.
Which women have had the biggest impact on who you are today? I would have to say the women who came before me within my family; mother and grandmothers, collectively there is a lot of wisdom.
What motivates you to do what you do? I’m still figuring this out, and it constantly changes. It used to be about making other people happy, seeing other people’s joy, but with age I’ve become more self-aware and it’s a bit more about me.
Who or what do you find to be most inspirational? 95 year olds doing yoga really well! And people who can downsize to tiny homes.
One bit of advice you’d like to pass onto other women? Don’t take yourself too seriously, have a lot of fun, laugh often, embrace life and never measure yourself against others. Oh, and if you left it too late to pack, just take “black” (tried and tested many times).
How would you describe your personal style? Luxury lounge in black.