Nareen Holloway and Cherie Slater are the Melbourne-based founders of Marmoset Found.
Read an interview with Nareen on Daily Imprint here.
Marmoset Found will be showing their latest range at Life Instyle Melbourne 4-7 August. Register now to attend this trade only event at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.
Also, Marmoset Found is one of the makers that features in Imprint House’s Everyday Essentials launch collection.
This post was sponsored by Life Instyle, an event I have attended many times over the years. All editorial content was produced independently. Thank you for supporting businesses that help to make Daily Imprint possible. - NW.
Describe a typical working day Each day is so different and to be honest that is what we both love about what we do. We could be packing orders, getting ready for a trip overseas, developing new product, on location for a photo shoot, preparing for a trade fair or working on our accounts.
What are your preferred tools, materials and equipment? For product development we are very hands on - we use swatches, mood boards, a pantone colour chart and draw our designs freehand. We then visit our manufacturers to refine the process and begin sampling.
How do you dress for your job? Because we are on the go so much it's often practicality that takes precedence. At this time of the year a chunky knit, jeans and trainers. We do like to dress up for trade fairs and meetings and especially love Melbourne-based label Primness.
What is the current state of your desk or creative space? Hmmm, Cherie tends to keep her space very orderly whereas Nareen has many piles of paperwork surrounding her. Organised chaos, of course.
What's your approach to managing technology - from emails to social media? It is important to us to respond to emails in a timely manner and we aim to reply within 24 hours. We outsource our social media.
When and what do you have for lunch? We eat lunch late - usually around 2.30pm. We often eat at Barry - a Northcote favourite that is just down the end of our street. We also like a bowl of Vietnamese Pho, especially in the winter months.
What's your preferred pick-me-up? A cup of tea and a power ball - but if it's a Friday afternoon then a glass of rose.
How do you combat creative lulls? We are both big fans of Iyengar yoga and have been practising for over 10 years now - a class is a sure way to overcome any creative blocks.
What role does silence or sound play in your day? Both. We usually start the day in silence but by mid afternoon the tunes are on and up loud.
What's the last thing you do before finishing work for the day? We have a quick recap to confirm what can be ticked off the never ending to-do list and then an overview of what's on for the following day.
images courtesy of marmoset found; photography armelle habib, styling julia green at greenhouse interiors