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-
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