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Meet the Maker: Meraki Luxe

As the Young Designers Markets weave their way through Stanley Street Plaza every Sunday for a mega month of markets, we sit down with a feature young designer weekly to showcase the diversity of untapped and high calibre talent that you’ll find at the markets. This week: Meraki Luxe.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT CAN WE FIND AT YOUR STALL?
Meraki Luxe is inspired by wanderlust, colour and the feminine form. Meraki translation is “to do something with creativity, soul and love,” designed and made with love by local designer Juanita Machado. Garments that are sustainable and ethically produced, fashion with heart.

WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR PRODUCT?
Meraki Luxe is an eclectic collection with pieces that transition from day to night for any occasion. Designs are created free of size. As woman fluctuate, I design garments that can be worn forever.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION BEHIND OPENING A MARKET STALL?
Meraki Luxe’s pop-up boutique creates a space for women to feel a sense of freedom, beauty and evolve their style, with an array of colours, textures and designs to tantalize their sensory. Our Meraki Goddess styles make our customers feel beautiful from the inside out, as our silhouettes are made to compliment the femme form with customization available in store.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SOUTH BANK’S MARKETS?
As an emerging designer, the Young Designers Markets at South Bank have created an alfresco shopping experience, a space for me to share my Meraki Luxe creations and bring them to fruition.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT BEING A DESIGNER?
“Doing what makes your soul happy.”

WHERE DO YOU GO FOR INSPIRATION? 
A combination of memorable experiences, cultures, colours, nature and tactile fabrics creates the Meraki Luxe eclectic mix and match looks. Garments which nourish the mind, body and soul.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BUDDING CREATIVES?
“Do what you love, and love what you do” and “work hard, stay humble.”

WHAT EXCITES YOU WHEN LOOKING AHEAD FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Consumers are becoming more aware of supporting local designers and ethical and fair trade, with sustainability being prevalent for the future. This creates a tone of possibilities for the projection of growth in the Australian fashion industry, and Meraki Luxe’s Limited Edition Capsule Collections.

Meraki Luxe recently launched their online boutique, find their collections here.

Find out more about the mega month of markets here.

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