The entreprenuer's life called at the end of 2000. A baby on the way, an eclectic career covering the management of nightclubs and band venue, ski and 5 star international resorts and finally the arts, it was time to let the creative brain take hold. Experimenting, experiencing, learning. Three things Jacinta continues to embrace
Designer & Artisan
In 1999, Jacinta searched high and low for a crochet bikini. Not finsing one, she undertook a weekend crochet course and sourced vintage crochet patterns. Adjusting the patterns to suit a slightly more modern twist, Melon was born.
After the birth of her daughter in 2001, Melon morphed into children's clothing - hand painted t-shirts and singlets, and tropical printover sized teddy bears.
Designer & Manufacturer
In 2003, Jacinta couldn't find any tropical print luggage for her 2 years old her daughter, Leilani (Hawaiian for Heavenly Flower) to take to Fiji for a family wedding.
Taking matters inb=to her own hands, Coconut Luggage was launched in 2004.
In 2008, the Sunshine Coast Style Awards were born. The search for the most stylish resident on the Sunshine Coast, Jacinta enlisted "style stalkers" who would secretly spy on nominated individuals and confidentially vote. The style stalkers changed every year and they never knew who each other were. The stalking and results would culminate in an annual awards event where the winner was announced.
Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival
Founder & Director
Following directly on and as a result of the Sunshine Coast Style Awards, the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival (later to become the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival) was born. A one off event that took on a life of it's own, spanning 11 years, and giving birth to Frocks in the Vines (industry educational event), Off the Rack (designers market), Another Woman's Closet (the Sunshine Coast's first preloved clothing market), Designers on Tour (designers touring manufacturing facilities in Bali).
Australian Fashion Manufacturing
After a trip to Uluru early in 2021, Jacinta came home with the idea to start a manufacturing hub in Queensland, Australia. Offering high quality craftsmanship and outstanding workmanship, tailored to perfection for small and large production runs. Training firtst nations people was the core desire of the project. Made in Australia for Australian fashion brands.
Mentor. Leader. Speaker. Visionary.
Jacinta Richmond is a fashion industry powerhouse, with decades
of experience with leading national and international
designers and fashion events.
Acknowledgement of Country
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I work and live, the Inabara/Yinnebara clan of the Undanbi tribe of the Kabi Kabi nation and pay my respects to Elders past and present. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.
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