Walter.g Fabrics – how Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson fell in love with artisanal, hand-printed fabrics in India, & on a whim turned it into a boutique business empire.
Sydney-based high school besties Genevieve Hewson and Lauren Emerson say they are two peas in a pod, both cut from the same cloth, which is an apt, because when this pair fell head over heels in love with hand-blocked silks, cottons and linens, hand-printed by local village artisans in India, they followed their passion & created a startup. So obsessed with the look, feel & process of these hand-printed textiles, based on designs by the girls, but using centuries-old Indian craft techniques handed down from one generation of artisan to the next, that when the idea hit Genevieve and Lauren to turn their passion into a commercial business in Australia, this dynamic duo just went for it. No business plan, no market research! After living in Rajasthan India, learning all things hand-blocked fabric making, they started Walter.g Textiles in 2012. These days their fabrics grace such glamour interiors as the global Soho House hotel chain, among others.
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Investors Mutual Ltd – 2/2, astute stock picker Anton Tagliaferro reveals what companies & sectors he likes, and doesn’t like; plus, surviving some of the worst financial crises.
Investors Mutual co-founder Anton Tagliaferro reveals his take on the new higher interest rate landscape and what that means for investors, and he reveals the ASX-listed companies & sectors he likes, and those he steers away from. He’s also very candid about competition from passive funds and losing some big clients. But he also offers insights into […]
Investors Mutual Ltd – respected stock picker Anton Tagliaferro reveals his “secret sauce” investing strategy. 1/2
As an émigré from Malta via London 40 years ago, Anton Tagliaferro instantly fell in love with Sydney. He has spent the past 25 years building one of the most respected funds management firms in Australia, starting from scratch with just 1 or 2 employees. But through his shrewd, he would say “common sense”, conservative […]
Lyre’s Spirit Co – 2/2, Carl Hartmann reveals critical startup pitfalls to AVOID; & how to figure out Return on Effort!
Serial entrepreneur & Lyre’s Spirit Co co-founder Carl Hartmann offers a Masterclass in the most important pitfalls to AVOID in any startup; what’s Return on EFFORT, and how to get it right; and how Lyre’s Spirit Co struggled through, but survived Covid lockdowns, shutdowns in hospitality & global supply chain dramas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy […]
Lyre’s Spirit Co – Carl Hartmann wants to change how the world drinks spirits, one alcohol-free gin at a time!
Noosa-based Carl Hartmann started cooking up entrepreneurial business ideas while at university in Queensland. His most recent startup, with his uni mate and co-founder Mark Livings, took shape first in the UK, and then exploded on the scene back home in Australia in mid 2019. The pair created Lyre’s Spirit Co, a brand and product […]
Here comes 2023 when Build It. They’ll Come returns! With more amazing Aussie entrepreneurs who start with a humble business idea, an itch that needs scratching, and build that startup idea into an empire, a movement or just a damn good sustainable business. Great guests are in store for you in upcoming episodes, candid interviews […]
Walter.g Fabrics – 2/2 – what happened when founders Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson took the plunge into the massive US market, with their hand-blocked hand-printed interiors fabrics
When founder duo Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson went to their very first Trade Fair to sell Walter.g fabrics to the interiors trade, theirs was just a fledgling company, and they claim they had no idea about the business side – Genevieve admitting she phoned her dad in a panic to ask how to charge […]
Heaps Normal Beer – Pete Brennan & mates got clever with a blind taste test! And the mic drop moment for Heaps Normal.
Mixing and experimenting with a home brew from his kitchen bench, brewer Ben Holdstock came up with the Heaps Normal zero-alcohol “recipe”. From there the 4 co-founders turned on its head the traditional way of building a beer company, by forgoing building their own expensive brewery from the get-go. But the real mic drop moment […]
With no less a mission than to change perceptions and actions around drinking alcohol, Heaps Normal founder Pete Brennan & 3 mates created from scratch a beer with zero alcohol but, they reckon, still full of great flavour. In just 2 years the foursome have built an impressive new brand in Heaps Normal, the non-alc […]
After building a sustainable & successful industrial oil waste recycling business servicing Australia’s east coast, entrepreneur Dexter Dunworth craved other challenges… and what he chose came with considerable risks! The professional boxing ring! And as it turned out, not just for the exercise or discipline, but he wanted to actually fight far younger boxers on […]