Anyway, I have a super soft spot for Paperdoll because I bought my wedding dress from there when it was called Voon and Trina was running the store. Now she is the proud owner! I caught up with her so she could tell us how she ended up being a businesswoman. She also let us play in some of her clothes for a photo shoot. Fun!
TL: Well, I guess I've been into fashion for as long as I can remember, from dressing my dolls (and of course paperdolls) to cutting up my mum's scraps of fabric and sewing funky outfits for my Barbies.
My family grew up with a green Husqvarna sewing machine permanently perched on our dining room table
as my mother was a dressmaker. My sisters and brother would all fight over who was next on the sewing machine. Fabrics of beautiful textures and colours were always stewn all over the floor.
Growing up we all made our own school dance dresses, much to my mothers horror, as us girls all went through our many phases ( hippie, punk, vintage!) Mum's white sheets in the linen cupboard were great when I went through my tie dyed stage.
Working in, and managing clothing boutiques for the last 25 years has given me huge insight into where I
wanted to go in terms of owning my own shop. Thanks to my dear friend Sophie Voon, who got me to manage her shop in Wellington, while she created beautiful designs out the back in the workroom.
We had lots of fun and many laughs as we were able to hang out together as well as do our work that we
both loved so much (Girls just wanna have fun!) I ended up having 15 years of fun at Voon.
Like yourself, I never tire of dressing up and playing dress ups. So having my own shop and helping
others find the perfect outfit is so fullfilling for me. We have lots of fun in the shop and customers quickly become friends. There was no doubt in my mind that one day I would have my own shop.
I love all the wonderful ladies up here on the Kapiti Coast. There is such an amazing community feel here in the Raumati Beach Village. It is the perfect place for me to have my Paperdoll shop.
Having a range of different designers in the store allows everyone to find something they like.
We stock Voon, Sable & Minx, Bobb clothing, Tava and sometimes if I have time, some of my own designs.
We all have different shapes and we all have things we like, and things we want to hide on our bodies, so
the best part of my job is finding the outfit that looks and makes a woman feel fabulous.
I love how as women we have learnt to love ourselves and celebrate our shapes and differences.
It is such a wonderful feeling when we are all giggling in the shop about our bodies and the silly things
that we complain about.
As women we are often juggling so many things, so nothing like a good giggle to get us through the day.
I love the many special women coming through my shop door everyday, as they all share, and leave a part of themselves with me and hopefully I am able to impart a little something special back.