Anthea Solopotias is one talented lady… not only is she the owner of the fabulous Melbourne-based Ganache Boutique, but she has just launched her very first collection!
We caught up with Anthea to find out a little more about her collection, and how she got to be so successful…
Firstly, Congratulations on establishing your label, and showcasing your very first collection!
Thank you so much, it’s taken me a while but I’m here now & I can’t wait to show everyone the Anthea Solopotias label !
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the fashion industry.
I’ve always loved clothes but I fell in love with fashion when I realised I could sketch! Watching that sketch come alive was priceless! I wanted to learn from the ground up and so rather than start my label, I decided to open Ganache Fashion Boutique to gain experience, to make contact with other amazing Australian designers & to understand what my customer wants. I wanted to apply all that knowledge into my label and I am grateful for that journey which I believe has only just begun.
What does your typical day consist of?
A walk along the beach & brekkie with my BM (beautiful man), working on Ganache online as I’m always looking at ways of improving it & adding new and fabulous pieces, doing a private appointment in my showroom, which is always fun, followed with a little socialising…which I now call ‘work’! My creativity kicks in in the evenings when I’m winding down. You can’t force this so this is when I play around with ideas for the following season.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is that fashion is never static and that is what makes is so exciting for me.
What has been the biggest challenge so far in your career?
Balancing work, family and friends whilst still finding time for me…I must admit, it’s getting easier now that Ganache online has launched and I can take time to travel with my BM & still work.
What advice would you give to other young women just beginning their careers in the fashion industry?
Do it because you have a passion and love for fashion not because you want to be rich and famous!
What are the best aspects of owning your own boutique…. and what are the hardest aspects?
The best aspect of owning Ganache is that I can share it with my friends and family and the hardest aspect was the need to be there every day when I really wanted to be out sourcing fabrics and designing the next season’s collection but since Ganache launched online, I now have the time to invest in my label.
Tell us about your collection!?
It’s all about texture and colour and it’s designed for a smart, spirited girl who loves her independance as much as she loves fashion. It’s simple and classic yet extravagant because of the textured fabrics.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my friends, family and travels. I am very fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do and I tend to translate everything I see, experience and feel into fashion. Fashion has become my lifestyle.
If you could have anyone be the ‘face’ of your label, who would it be?
Charlize Theron. Classic yet extravagant.
What is next for you in 2012?
So many exciting things, I am launching Ganache online, opening a new showroom for Ganache & for my label in Port Melbourne and a little travelling…it’s work after all !
Thanks for taking the time to chat to us, Anthea!
My pleasure ! xx
We’re absolutely smitten with this gorgeous collection!!! We can all expect big, big things from Anthea!