izzi & popo

I love business ideas that sound like a fantasy that's been brought to life. For example, Bernadette Wyer and her husband Harry have a shop, Izzi & Popo, whereby their dear Dutch friends Daan and Mariette source antiques, second-hand furniture and other beautiful homewares from Europe and ship them to a shop in South Melbourne. What a great idea. What a friendship! And such gorgeous products. There are thousands of images on their website, too, so even if you don't live in Melbourne you can still enjoy the benefits of their business.

Which five words best describe you? Generous. Honest. Spontaneous. Determined. Imaginative.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? First real job was a receptionist for a consulting group that built Parliament House; I was very bad at it. I went on to study at Art School and transferred to fashion design. I had my own fashion business with a friend in the late 80s and went on to have several other fashion design jobs over 12 years. I had several years off doing absolutely nothing; which was a luxury. My husband and I have had the Izzi & Popo store for 4 ½ years.
What’s your proudest achievement? Crossing the finish line of every half marathon I run.
Establishing a successful business.
What’s been your best decision? To work for myself.
Who inspires you? Anyone who achieves their goals when the odds are against them.
What are you passionate about? My husband, my four legged friends, travel and my compost.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Too many to mention.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Anyone one of the Gainsburg family dead or alive.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Many so here are a few: Launch my new business idea; Run more half marathons injury free and faster; Make a significant contribution to our environment and world peace.
What are you reading?
What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami.
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.

Images courtesy of Izzi & Popo