Female-owned businesses to shop on Queen Street Mall
It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, so we’re celebrating the female bosses who slay every day in Brisbane City’s fashion-forward retail industry. From jewellery mavens and fashion designers to activewear queens and eco-warriors, here are the names to know in and around Queen Street Mall.
Founded by eco-entrepreneur Tracey Bailey in 2003, Biome has promoted a sustainable lifestyle well before it became a fashion must-have. With six bricks-and-mortar stores, including the Adelaide Street location, Biome has pioneered many green concepts and continues to be a one-stop shop for a huge range of ethical products for the home, body, babies and slow fashion. We particularly love the Naked Beauty Bar that allows us to create our own body care.
Image source: Biome
Showcasing maximalist flair when minimal jewellery was de rigueur, Christie Nicolaides’ bold gold jewellery inlaid with organic-shaped gems was a breath of fresh air on the fashion scene. Channelling the innate style and colours of the Mediterranean, the local jewellery designer used her years of boutique styling experience to launch her eponymous brand and add the finishing touch to Brisbane’s fashionable set. Shop her designs at the Edward Street showroom.
Image source: Christie Nicolaides
Synonymous with sophistication, skill and timeless style, Jan Logan launched her jewellery design brand in Sydney in 1989. The Adelaide Street boutique is the only Jan Logan store in Queensland. It’s a dazzling showcase of her vision to promote Australian heritage and the arts, drawing inspiration from the sophisticated Australian women. Featuring unusual gemstones, precious metals and textural finishes, Jan Logan fine jewellery is always original and recognisable.
Image source: Jan Logan
With sustainable design, mindful production and trustworthy advice underpinning her brand, Brisbane fashion designer Julie Tengdahl has amassed a loyal clientele for her timeless and wearable garments fit for the Australian shape. The award-winning designer has enjoyed enviable longevity in the fashion industry, opening her first boutique in Brisbane Arcade more than 30 years ago and continuing to produce and curate her collections locally.
Image source: Tengdahl
One of Brisbane’s success stories, Lorna Jane Clarkson established her activewear empire in 1989 when the then-aerobics instructor needed stylish designs to wear for her workouts. Fast forward to now and Lorna Jane activewear is worn by women around the world with stores in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and the US. The new Lorna Jane Brisbane City store at the corner of Albert and Elizabeth street is an enticing emporium for the brand’s ethos of Move, Nourish, Believe.
Image source: Lorna Jane