Lime Zest Funky Threads
Lime Zest Funky Threads - comfy, unique, limited edition clothing and accessories designed and made by young mum Leah Koll and partner Ryan on Qld’s Sunshine Coast. Lime Zest Funky Threads, established in 2008, is my creative outlet bringing my passion for art and design to the people through unique, beautifully handcrafted clothing that as a result has been appreciated by a wide range of enthusiastic customer’s at local markets, festivals and events.
Before launching my label I studied Art and Design at University of the Sunshine Coast combined with a Diploma of Fashion at Sunshine Coast Tafe. I've found that running my own business, although at times challenging in this economic climate, is most rewarding as I am able to use a great variety of the skills gained through my studies as well as indulge my passions for design, fabric patternmaking and graphics.
As an eco-aware designer I endeavour to create clothing with respect for people and the environment. I encourage 'slow fashion' as opposed to over mass-produced disposable fashion by producing quality unique garments that people will cherish.
How long have you been making Lime Zest clothing?
How did you get started?
Making my own clothes, tafe diploma of fashion and a BA in Graphic Design at uni, and NEIS (new enterprise incentive scheme) helped me set up my own business.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Patterns and textures found in nature, lush fabrics & music festival culture.
What is your greatest challenge owning your own business?
Time management & juggling a family & business from home.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
I love how my range is constantly evolving, growing and changing just as I am as a person. I have not only created a business but a lifestyle which is Taylor made to me, shaped by my creativity, inspirations and hard work.