For four years Wendi Leigh Designs showed how an Australian designer with a studio in Auburn Street could create and sell fashion to the world from Wollongong.
The business grew organically over the years and took Mrs Leigh as far as a fashion week in New York. Then two years ago the Wollongong designer inspiring much of the up and coming talent in the region decided to broaden her passion.
She opened TRENZ Resort Wear and moved her design factory to Mangerton.
Her own garments are made at Balgownie but TRENZ carries other brands as well as Wendi Leigh Designs. And this week the fashion parade launch of her own summer collection involved many other brands in her new store at 115 Corrimal Street being modeled. It follows the release of the Wendi Leigh Designs summer range at a RAW event at Albert Hall in Canberra. .”I am encouraging ethical clothing habits as well”.
“So I am really interested in Australian designers who are producing ethically. Resort wear covers urban wear as well which is one in the same thing.”
Wendi Leigh Designs has been around for decades. It was the name of another business Mrs Leigh ran in Sydney in the 80’s.
Her models for the summer collection launched this week were Lisa Hughes, Sandra Broome and Rozanne Luck.
Mrs Leigh describes her collection as having a funky edge but being timeless.
“For this particular season I have concentrated on pure linen. Which is the way a lot of people want to dress for comfort and coolness. At the moment my theme is stripes and dots. Which as it turns out is very in with the overseas collections at the moment.”
Mrs Leigh sells her own range in store at TRENZ and online.