If you’ve been to any of the best boutique markets lately, you will have seen the bright, bold and colourful Billy Mac Clothing. You would also have seen the equally bright, bold and colourful Christina who owns it. Today we took the opportunity to have a chat to Christina and find out what’s been happening lately and what she has in store for her very cool label.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a mum to two awesome and very spirited little girls – they keep me on my toes. I’ve worked in Advertising since finishing a degree in Art Education and when I went on maternity leave with my first daughter, I started my own graphic design and printing business and decided never to go back! That business has been going for five years now and when I had my second daughter, I started billy mac clothing. Initially, I was looking for reasonably priced basic tshirts for my older girl to wear to preschool. I wanted her to have her shoulders covered as she is very fair and to not worry if she got paint on her clothes … but I also wanted her to have a little flair, a cool print on her shirt that wasn’t overly girly or princessy. So billy mac was really born out of a need for cool clothes for my girls and yet it’s the boy’s range that is far more popular with mums.
What can we expect from Billy Mac Clothing this year?
This year I’m concentrating on spreading my wings a little more. The Winter range is
focused around 70s wallpaper and a trip to Grandma’s house, it’s very nostalgic of that era of my childhood and the prints are far more design based this season. I’ve also just launched my Men’s range with some spunky male models featuring the most popular designs from the boys range. A range for Mum’s will come out later in the year. You will still find billy mac clothing at local markets but I’m hoping that the online store will take on more importance this year now that it is up and running.
What product couldn’t you live without?
This probably sounds very boring, but sunscreen! Both my girls are very fair and my husband is a redhead – and try as I may to become a bronzed goddess, it is never going to happen. So sunscreen and fair skin it is, much nicer than wrinkles and sunspots as the
years tick over.
What are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I’m an obsessive Foo Fighters fan so at the moment there are at least 3 of their CDs in my car.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
With two businesses and two little girls there is unfortunately not much spare time, but I love to steal myself away to read … even if it’s the middle of the night.
Where do you see yourself and your brand in five years?
In five years time I hope that my family will have travelled and perhaps moved into a larger home or extended this one, we’ll have more calm in our house (and less nappies!). In five years I can see billy mac clothing expanding into more stores, perhaps with a few employees to help me out in my little studio.
Your perfect day would be…
My perfect day would include a sleep in and a slow morning with fresh coffee and a play outside with my daughters in the fresh air. Then a long lunch with beautiful food, great wine and lots of conversation. And then a lazy afternoon with a good book, great music and no housework.