This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and you have to be able to pace yourself and be prepared for the highs and lows.
Nearly seven years ago, sitting on a beach on Stradbroke Island, Vivien Mitchell had a vision for a design for a beautiful, fashionable range of rash vests. In early 2015, she finally realised that vision with the launch of Solar Bare, a unique Australian fashion label that produces luxury sun protective swimwear featuring prints inspired by marine life.
Despite having no prior small business or fashion design experience Solar Bare has attracted a lot of interest – being included in Canberra’s FashFest opening night and also as only one of seven startup companies in the 2015 Griffin Accelerator program. In this chat we talk about Viv’s journey from that beach on Stradbroke Island to startup entrepreneur and what she’s learned along the way. Like many women, Viv wears several hats, including mum to 5 kids. She’s a thoughtful, warm and engaging woman and in this chat she provides a very honest reflection of her recent experiences of work.
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