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From left: the drive along the

coast from Peregian Beach

to Noosa on the Sunshine

Coast is a favourite weekend

journey; hiking trails on Mt

Coot-tha are a great way to

keep fit and (below) Calexico

on James Street is a hot spot

to shop for designer fashion

BNE January/February 2017 |


Where did you open your first Lorna Jane


We opened our very first store in Queen Street

Mall in the city. Back then, I designed and

sewed all the garments myself from our home

in Paddington and my husband Bill would pack

them all up, take them into store and work his

sales skills on the retail floor! Twenty seven years

later we have more than 200 stores around the

world, 45 of them in Queensland, and 1500

staff. It’s pretty surreal and I actually have to

pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s not a


How many Lorna Jane Nourish Cafés

are there in Brisbane?

We launched the first one in 2013 and now

there are two in Brisbane (at Gasworks,

Newstead and The Barracks, Petrie Terrace),

one at Coolangatta and one at Pacific Fair,

Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

What’s your favourite thing on the

Nourish Café menu?

I can’t go past a chocolate and peanut butter

smoothie! It tastes like a treat but it’s actually

packed with healthy fats and protein which

makes it the perfect post-workout snack or

lunch on the go.

How and where do you keep fit?

I like to work out every day, so to keep it

interesting I do a mix of yoga, strength training

and hiking at Mt Coot-tha. When time is at a

premium I also have a few 15-minute workouts

that I can squeeze into my busiest schedules!

Where do you like to shop for non-

activewear clothes?

I love Calexico on James Street in Fortitude

Valley. Owner Nicky Charman has a great eye

for international designer brands that really

work for the Queensland lifestyle.

Favourite short break near Brisbane?

With Brisbane smack bang in the middle, it is

always Byron Bay (about two hours south across

the border in NSW) or the Sunshine Coast

(about one hour north). Both have beautiful

coastlines, great hiking and amazing food. The

drive that hugs the coastline between Peregian

Beach and Noosa (Sunshine Coast) with the

sunroof open, music on and the wind in your

hair … that’s a perfect way to start the weekend!

Images supplied by Ray White,

Peregian Beach; Brisbane City Council

and Calexico