Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping Event, SoHo

The rain and wet of the night did not put a damper on the stunning inspirational designs from Scanlan Theodore in their spacious new store at 117 Prince Street in SoHo, New York.

About 35 ladies from Australian Women in New York joined together with Melinda Robertson, co-owner of Scanlan Theodore, to shop and celebrate the new space and see first hand the exciting expansion in to New York City.

From earnestly soft shearlings, and Toscana capes to the travel-easy crepe knit full selection of dresses and skirts and jackets, the night was filled with delightful possibilities.  Work and leisure dresses seemed to be the order of the evening, although the sweaters, pants, boots and bags were seriously contemplated.  The good news is, if you missed the champagne last night, the store complete with staff – each more beautiful and service oriented than the next, will be here for you any time you make your time to go and take a look.

We wish Scanlan Theodore abundant prosperity here in Manhattan, and thank you for taking such good care of the ladies of AWNY!  Our closets thank you for making it happen.

For online shopping, see https://us.scanlantheodore.com/.  Our ladies found a lot of dresses for the office and leisure in the most comfortable of fabrics, their crepe knit https://us.scanlantheodore.com/collections/clothing/cf-type-dress

AWNY Startup Stories: Artist Fiona Maclean

Fiona Maclean has an impressive list of accomplishments as an artist, illustrator, and makeup artist for film/TV.  She shares the experiences that led to her becoming a visual artist—and, in the process, venturing from New Zealand to Australia and now New York City.

What brought you from Australia to New York?

I’m originally from New Zealand, but lived in Australia for many years and became an Aussie citizen 7 years ago. Bondi Beach was my home for many years. I met my partner in Sydney and we moved to NYC in 2005 when I won a place at Parsons School of Art doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. My studies were cut short when my partner was diagnosed with advanced cancer and we moved back to Australia. He passed away, and I took over running his online marketing and advertising business for a number of years, putting my artistic career on hold. I closed the business a couple of years ago so as to reinvent and pursue my artistic career again.

It wasn’t until last year that I decided I wanted to return to the US. I secured the O1 visa for my artistic abilities and talents and am in the process of relocating to NYC in early 2018.

Tell us about these businesses and what inspired you to begin.

I had always wanted to get into the creative fields and had a real passion for fashion illustration, costume illustration, and makeup, as well as my first love of painting, portraits, and the human form.

I studied art and graphic art/design briefly in New Zealand and then moved to Sydney to complete a makeup artist course for Film/TV/Special Effects. At the same time as starting out as a freelance makeup artist, I was also pursuing my illustration career, working mainly regular freelance jobs in editorial, mostly fashion and beauty illustrations for Sydney magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Cleo, and Dolly, as well as work for corporate clients like Air New Zealand. 

I love fashion and wanted to use my illustrations as a way to get into the industry. While doing that, I was working as a makeup artist on feature films and in TV, such as Moulin Rouge, Mission Impossible and the Matrix trilogy.

 

What have been the hardest lessons in starting a business?

The sometimes inconsistency and the fact that the only one I can rely on is me to do the work, the networking, the ‘go sees’, etc.

Where have you been most successful in marketing your business?

Through social media mostly, particularly Instagram and Facebook. They are great platforms for visuals and expose a range of people to artists who may have limited marketing budgets.  I have been commissioned to paint portraits and paintings through people following me on Instagram and Facebook.

For the past two years, I have donated my art to the Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch fundraiser held by Riley Street Garage in Sydney. It’s a great way to get my art seen and contribute to a wonderful cause.

What advice would you give someone thinking about starting a business?

You need to be disciplined and persevere. You also need some sort of ‘job’ or freelance-type job to fall back on if need be so you don’t end up putting so much pressure on starting out in a new career or business and in getting things up and running.

Other than yourself, what piece of Australia have you put into your business?

I bring to my artwork, my paintings and illustrations the kind of youth culture and freshness that is sometimes associated with Australia. I’ve painted quite a few paintings with Bondi Beach as the backdrop or the cafe culture that Australia is known for.

Tell us about your workspace.

I’m currently floating between countries so I don’t have a permanent studio, which has been a bit frustrating. Whilst living in Australia, I’ve had a home studio, and when visiting NYC, an artist friend gave me use of her studio in Brooklyn, which was such a luxury.

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Credit: Keri Megelus

What are some of your biggest accolades in your art, illustration and makeup career to date?

I was chosen as an artist to watch among a strong emerging talent of artists in the ‘One to Watch’ series released by Saatchi. Winning a place at the prestigious Parsons School of Art (The New School). Being featured in fashion illustration books, such as Imagemakers: Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration. And working as a makeup artist on big feature films.

What is next for your business?

I’m hoping for an opportunity to work on upcoming feature films doing the costume illustrations, as well as getting makeup work on feature films/TV/commercials.

I’m also hoping to exhibit in both Australia and New York. I have a couple of commercial-type pieces that I want to start working on, which will be combining my painting with photography and mixed media.

My main focus this coming year is developing and cultivating my talents and skill set, so when one is a bit ‘slow’ I can gain work from one of the other skills I have as a freelancer.

Where can people view your artwork?

I have online portfolios of my artwork, illustrations and makeup work which can be found at the links below. I also sell through online gallery Saatchi https://www.saatchiart.com/MissFifiMaclean. I am available for commissions of paintings, illustration and freelance work doing Makeup, Illustration and Art.

Websitewww.fionamaclean.com (Fine art, illustration & film/TV makeup)

Websitewww.newyorkerbabe.com  (Illustration)

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fifimaclean/

Facebook Artist Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/artistfionamaclean/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/FifiMaclean

 

 

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Event: Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping Event December 5

Iconic Australian fashion label Scanlan Theodore, was founded in Melbourne in 1987. Since inception, the brand has generated a cult-like following for its intelligent, well-crafted designs. This year, the brand expanded to Europe and the US, and recently opened a new boutique in Soho, NYC.

To celebrate, we’re thrilled to invite you to an exclusive Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping event hosted by AWNY. We will be joined by one of the label’s founders and guests will be treated to a private shopping experience showcasing their latest range. Champagne and a holiday gift, available only in store, will also be on offer. This is not to be missed!

Event details

Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 6pm
Address: Scanlan Theodore Soho Boutique, 117 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Cost: Complementary
RSVP: Registrations are essential for this exclusive event – to avoid disappointment we suggest you register early at concierge@scanlantheodore.com.

Sorry gents, this event is ladies only!

If you have questions about the event, please contact AWNY representative Melanie Joan.

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Brisbane ‘nice’ fuses with New York ‘cool’… meet Fashion Startup Mathys Sinclair – AWNY Startup Stories

Meet Thembi Hanify of Mathys Sinclair, who shares her experience of starting-up  a fashion business with her business partner Rachelle Sinclair.

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Tell us about you, what made you move to the USA? 

I came to NYC kind of on a whim, not knowing anyone, and without a job or apartment. I decided to apply for the J1 visa just before my eligibility post-university ran out, and told myself ‘well, if everything fails then I can just fly home!’. And now I’ve been here for over six years.

What inspired you to start the business?

My business partner and I met almost ten years ago in Brisbane, sharing the idea ‘we have to start a fashion label together one day’!

We had always had the idea in the backs of our minds…so once I switched from full time work to freelancing and Rachelle sold her prior label KHALO; we both had the time and energy to create our own fashion label.  I guess it was meant to happen and in 2016 Mathys Sinclair was born.

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