Styling For All Your Needs
I began with designing a women’s shoe collection because I was so very frustrated with what was on the market. I do love a beautiful shoe but the more beautiful it was, the more torturous it was to wear. If I wanted comfort, then I had to sacrifice style. I wanted to provide women with a choice. I wanted to offer them both comfort and elegance. I didn’t know the first thing about designing a shoe, I made many call to (FMAA), Footwear Retail Association, searched high and low wanting to find an Australian manufacturer. It was sad to find this industry had suffered greatly and production was no longer viable in Australia. I was determined to design the shoe myself and ensure it offered the right support in the right places, that was comfortable and beautiful. I wanted it to be a staple season after season, not a passing trend. I managed to find an engineer with over 20 years experience in the shoe manufacturing industry. It was like finding a gold nugget.
The next step was to find a manufacturer overseas, since Australia was not a possibility. I didn’t want mass production, I didn’t someone else’s designs, I didn’t want them too high and I didnt want them chunky. I designed a heel and the engineer made a beautifully balanced heel mould. We sourced 125 manufacturers, narrowed down to 80, then 50, then 20 then 3. We flew to the factories (in the middle of winter) to ensure the conditions were ethical, sustainable, produced quality and agreed to my mould and designs. Only one manufactured fit that brief. The business partnership quickly developed into a friendship, they assisted me with sourcing all the materials, the designs were hand cut and hand sewn. The forth generation shoe artisans took great pride in their factory supporting the whole village community, it was beautiful to witness.
Once the shoes arrived in Australia and the Octavia Shoes & fashion brand breathed its first breath, I began fitting clients. Very quickly a distinctive pattern was unfolding before me. As I worked more and more one on one with fitting my clients I was saddened by the degree of self criticism that unfolded, it had an air of jest to it, but not really. After a couple of years, I knew I wanted to shift this, I wanted to somehow become a catalyst for helping clients feel good and work from a place where I can help people know the value of who they. It’s so funny… the moment you decide a clear path, a door opens. From the blue, I received information from The Professional Styling Academy in Melbourne, within 3 days I began my training and instantly felt in the right place.
Styled By Elizabeth became the platform that allowed me to cater to my clients needs with carefully designed services and products that supported their desires. Their desire for comfortable stylish shoes, desires to have a garment made that fit them well and was unique to their style and silhouette, their desire to have their home designed so it hugged them when they came home and their desire to look in the mirror and feel connected with the reflection they saw.
With a background in Marketing Management (Griffith University), Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology (Sydney Technical College), Certified Stylist (Professional Styling Academy Melbourne) & Interior Designer (Open Learning Institute) I am well qualified in supporting my clients with a skilled eye and with over 30 years’ experience in my industry I am skillfully equipped and equally heart driven to chaperone my clients and guide them to a place of feeling greatness, feeling confident, and feeling connected.
We are here for you.
Styled By Elizabeth– offers Personal Styling Services & Personal Branding Solutions; Our product categories are designed with care and are specifically catered to providing the best possible styling representation for our clients professional, social and leisure platforms.
We help clients embrace their body shape, educate what suits their shape and what doesn’t, and why, as well as which fabric best suit their silhouette. A coulour consultation explains what colours suit our client’s natural skin undertones. A Wardrobe Analysis will organise a easy to utilise wardrobe space, declutter clothes that don’t suit, that don’t fit and which can be altered. We show clients how to save lots of money by only purchasing clothes that suit their silhouette and their needs, their style and their skin natural colour undertones. We create a clear stress free pathway to styling by shining a light on the unknown, eliminating confusion and anxieties. Styled By Elizabeth provide clear methods, solutions and support which presents our clients in a way that best highlights their unique style. We love how this experience has our clients feeling inspired, feeling greater confidence and feeling greater self-appreciation.
Octavia Shoes Collection: offers exceptional comfort in an elegant, handmade designer leather shoes for women. Our Mark II Collection is customised to clients wishes and needs. Clients can choose the style, material and colour of their heel.
Octavia Bespoke Fashion Collection: Caters to client’s personal requirements. The plus, size market range is unlimited in fabrics, style, colours and prints. The XXS & XXXS market sizes are seldom available, Women are forced to shop in children’s section. And for client in between, they are offered a customised product, that is of high quality finishes, unique design and great value.
Interior Design: Design is a matter I am incredibly passionate about, it is so much more than just creating a beautiful space that is functional, safe, and inviting. It is more than determining the space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items. I believe these attributes are the foundation to Design creating an environment that welcomes you warmly, that embraces you and fits you perfectly.”
I take great care in listening to my client’s needs so that I can truly understand them and turn their vision into reality. Some clients come to me because they struggle with the vision and I am able create designs for them that truly represent their unique style, their personality, their lives, their needs and create a home that instils joy.