Carla Zampatti migrated with her family to Australia in 1950. In 1965, she produced her first small collection and in 1970 launched Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. Over the years Carla Zampatti has expanded her retail network nationally. Her clothes are now a benchmark in style and a distinctive part of modern Australian lifestyle. Now, Carla divides her time between her family, local and overseas business commitments, public engagements and directorships. My morning ritual consists of… rising early and eating a healthy breakfast. Then I start responding to emails and planning my day. My biggest accomplishment to date has been… building a strong brand while raising three wonderful children, who are now adults with families and building their future and giving me the pleasure of nine grandchildren. My handbag is…small, I prefer this as a larger one means unnecessary clutter. I work out what I need and take the minimum – credit cards, driver’s licence, keys and lipstick. Style is… something that enhances your best features, that you are comfortable in and represents who you are and what you want to be. My style icon is… Christine Legarde.  If I were to describe myself in three words it would be… minimalist, driven, passionate. My hidden talent is… I am never too worried about what people think. It is best to have a clear conscience and not be a worry wart. My vice is… a chilled glass of champagne or a whisky on the rocks. The time of day I am most productive is… early morning. I design because… I have to! It is something that has always been a part of me and comes naturally. As soon as a collection is completed I start thinking about the next, I find it fun. A trend I never thought would come back is… all trends come back. One that has been out for sometime because it was over done, is the knickerbocker, but it will eventually come back. My take on current Australian fashion is… the talent that this country has and the understanding by designers that fashion is a business and must be taken seriously, but also to have fun in the creativity. ]]>