(design.inspiration) lynneke tromp

I love how small the world is sometimes. That's how I found about the creative talents of Lynneke Tromp. She knows Nick Young from Two Ruffians, who is the partner of Clair Wayman, who styles for real living. Lynneke is a Melbourne-based designer who uses Amy Butler fabrics. Enough said, really.

Which five words best describe you? Natural, Honest, Practical, Loyal, Relaxed (some even say I have a calming effect... hmmm).
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? It's funny really, I seem to have come full circle! My very first job was at the local newsagent, kept me in pocket money during high school. I then got a job at Running Bare Active Wear, and decided I wanted to study Fashion Design. I was accepted into the Fashion Design School at East Sydney Technical College. While I studied I worked part time at The Regent Hotel in Sydney. I really enjoyed the people side of this work... so after I finished my degree I applied to become a Flight Attendant, and got the job! Hmmmm. Nothing to do with fashion... but,16 years later I'm back designing. So at the moment I still fly, but I am also getting my business up and running, having a market stall at the Red Hill Markets on the Mornington Peninsula just outside Melbourne. Who would have thought! Back doing the design thing! I am a very practical person, so I design practical things. Sling bags (for hands-free shopping), Yoga mat bags, Laptop sleeves (with a girlie twist)... doorstops... things that are user-friendly.
What’s your proudest achievement? Having my first ever market stall failed dismally, and 'getting back on the horse' making the next market a success!
What’s been your best decision? Buying my own surfboard, so I could surf when I wanted, not when I could borrow a board from someone else.
Who inspires you? Mother Nature.
What are you passionate about? The ocean, fabric and colour! It should be a crime to wear black!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? With business, it's all in the presentation. Personally, treat everyone the way you expect to be treated.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Sorry, there's at least two. Jack Johnson and Audrey Hepburn. And that's culling the list!
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Moving to the beach so I can roll out of bed in the morning and go for a surf instead of having to drive there, having my own studio/workshop with space, getting the internet side of my business up and running... all with the end goal of giving me freedom in my work hours.
What are you reading? Pride and Prejudice... again.

Images courtesy of Lynneke Tromp