Meet one of our Makers Lauren Howell from Collective Style Studio! Lauren has combined two of her great loves, eclectic home decor and the art of gift giving.
She sources unique items for her stall Collective Style Studio and is the maker for Hampsta Hampers. When it came to gift giving I always enjoyed making hampers for family & friends. Each product inside the hamper was handmade. I would produce all my own jams, chutneys, biscuits and slices, which in turn makes it more personal. When Hampsta Hampers came to fruition 2 years ago, it was integral to keep this tradition. Local markets were a great way to get the business out there and by selling at these markets it allowed me to offer catering services for special events such as Weddings, Birthday parties, Baby Showers etc. The hampers do really well throughout the year with my corporate clients, I supply settlement hampers to Ufirst Real Estate in Frankston and Christmas Hampers for Bank of Melbourne.
The original idea for Collective Style Studio at Olinda Collective was to be the physical outlet for the online Event and Prop hire business, however its become more of a retail homewares hub for other small businesses who have transformed to the wholesale platform. These businesses include: Concrete Basics, Ceramic Ninja, Bower and Bee, Pop Tribes and The Bonny Mess just to name a few. 2016 has allowed me to be creative and get my hands dirty with DIY Pinterest projects, some DIY homeware items can be found in store. This is an ever evolving space. Thank you to the Olinda Collective for all your support, Maggie & Sunshine’s encouragement has given young businesses like mine the kick start to flourish.
What’s in stall for Hampsta Hampers & Collective Style Studio in 2016? The focus for this year particularly for Hampsta Hampers is to introduce Cooking Workshops from my Belgrave home starting with a Kitchen/High Tea Workshop, the perfect workshop for mothers day. Everyone loves a bit of DIY, so it would make sense to offer a DIY Homeware workshop through Collective Style Studio somewhere down the track.