Me and Amber and Ksubi are not two Australian brands you'd expect to talk about in the same sentence. The former started out making handmade cards, while the latter burst onto the fashion scene after sending rats down the runway. Yet Ksubi approached the designers behind Me and Amber, Karen Enis and Amber Molnar, to create their business cards when travelling to London Fashion Week. That goes some way to show not only how far news of their talent has spread, but also the extent of their skills. The duo, friends since kindergarten, started working on the Me and Amber project in their final year of university. Almost 10 years later they continue to make products only in Australia, but now sell a range of wares, including cushions, tea towels and notebooks.
Which five words best describe you? Creative, easy-going, observant, happy, considerate.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? We began by selling handmade cards at Published Art, our favourite Sydney bookstore. Surprisingly they sold well, so we continued approaching more retailers with our little box of cards in hand. Since then, we have (slowly!) expanded our product range to include homewares, stationery and artworks, which we sell to stores around Australia, and a couple overseas.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? If you love what you do, keep at it.
What’s your proudest career achievement? We are still waiting for it!
What’s been your best decision? Starting our own business, doing what we love, and working with each other. Despite what so many people warn about getting into business with friends, it has been a wonderful adventure for us, and we feel so lucky.
Who inspires you? So many people... Yoshitomo Nara, Bill Henson, Stormie Mills, Egon Schiele, Banksy...
What are you passionate about? Creating beautiful designs that are environmentally considerate.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To set up a combined studio/retail space.
images courtesy of me and amber