March 6, 2019
More than a pretty dress
Born out of a love of the humble kimono, the Travelling Kimono has flourished into one of the most sought after labels on the Sunshine Coast and is steadily gaining a devoted following across Australia thanks to their quality garments and dedication to sustainable and ethical practices.
The Travelling Kimono boutique in the heart of Noosa Junction is a beautiful and welcoming space brimming with stunning garments, unique trinkets and handmade accessories. You can tell owners Janelle Rawlins and Nicki Edmiston have put a lot of love into creating the boutique; almost as much love as what goes into hand-making each item of clothing. Every Travelling Kimono piece is lovingly created with exquisite details like hand-beading and lace trimmings and comes in quality fabrics like luxurious silk, delicate cotton and breathable linen.
Most of us only see this side of a fashion label; the final product and the store it’s displayed in. But there’s hundreds of other steps that go into creating an item of clothing and Janelle and Nicki are ensuring they approach each of these steps as transparently and sustainably as they possibly can. Janelle started the label six years ago with her friend Tara after falling in love with sketching and designing kimonos.
“I was a personal trainer for about 10 years. I was far from being into fashion. It was more that I wanted to do something creative and something from scratch; something that I started,” she explains.
“I was obsessed with kimonos at the time and I hated the price of them when I knew they were just mass produced and poor quality. I had family friends in Vietnam so I knew we could hand make them and they’d be amazing quality. I did a trip over and got some made for myself and the quality was insane.”
Janelle is a mum of three and says getting the label to where it is today has been a slow and gradual process. But since having her youngest baby and bringing on lifelong friend Nicki to the Travelling Kimono team, her focus has changed and she has big plans for the future of the label.
“I think we can take it to another level now,” she smiles.
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