- Tell us about your small business
Maddison & Amber is a fashion online boutique based in Melbourne, named after my third baby, Madison Amber. The idea of starting the business was brewing when I was pregnant and later diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy that required me to be bed bound for a good 4 months! I’ve never been one to sit still and with the luxury of ‘not allowed to do any work/chores’ by my high risk obstetrician, I started to do my research and sure enough, not long after our third baby was born, Maddison & Amber was launched.
Our styles are sophisticated, classy and elegant. We provide clothes that can take you from the day and into the night, from boardroom to a fancy dinner reservation, and from weekdays to weekends. We prioritize in comfort and having items that can be easily dressed up or down according to your occasion. So whether you are a corporate woman, a mum, young professional, or just simply any women who love good quality and affordable fashion, we’ve got you covered.
- How did your passion for fashion come about?
I grew up watching my mum looking so nice and presentable all the time. She believes that it is important to take pride in how we carry and present ourselves. So it is kind of natural to me to also love looking presentable most of the time. With that kind of mindset, I guess the passion for fashion came very naturally to me. I’m all about choosing the right style that is versatile and long lasting.
- How do you juggle being a mum and working a business?
Oh gosh! Don’t we all live in juggle street everyday? It is extremely challenging, and I don’t think there’s such thing as balance, especially at the early stage of the business anyway. I try to do most of my work when the kids are not around, ie: when my older kids are at school and the little bub is having a nap, or in the evening when all the kids are in bed. So most nights, I will be up til midnight doing work, or catching up with the house chores.
- Most important business tip you could share?
Starting a business can be daunting for anyone. But if you don’t try, you will always wonder and live with ‘what if’ for the rest of your life. So go ahead and give it your best shot.
- What’s your favourite item you sell and why?
No bias but all of them! Otherwise I wouldn’t stock them in the first place.
But if I have to choose, I would say I’ve been wearing a lot of Katy dress and Wild One Cardi on the weekend just because they are so comfy, and Leta dress and Victoria dress to the office (I love a good classic and elegant look when I’m at work).
- What is a must have in everyone wardrobe?
As mentioned earlier, I’m all about choosing the right style that is versatile, multifunctional and long lasting. Therefore, I believe that every woman must have a good classic black dress and trench coat in their wardrobe. Our Nara and Leta Dress are good examples of classic black dress that can be easily dress up or down. Just by adding heels and accessories, you can easily achieve that elegant and classic look. At the same time, you can easily dress it down to a casual setting just by simply pairing them with sneakers. So it’s a WIN-WIN.
- Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years time?
I hope in 5 years time my business will be well known Australia wide! I also hope that soon I can be in the position to provide employment opportunity for people out there.
- How can we help build this dream, where do we shop or find your amazing products?
As we all know, retail is a very competitive industry. It is very difficult for small businesses to compete with the big brands. It is important for everyone to understand that when you are supporting small businesses, you are supporting someone’s dream, not some CEO’s lunches. That dream could belong to a young entrepreneur, or a mother who is being a role model to their children, and so on.
For us, every sale that we make means the world to us! And we thank every single one of our customer from the bottom of our heart. My kids are still very much ecstatic and jumping in joy every single time we receive an order. So next time if you need a new outfit, please support and find us on our Facebook and Instagram Page @maddisonandamber. In addition to our quality and affordable clothing, we promise you a next day dispatch and free shipping for any order $80 and above. So definitely check us out!
I love getting to work with these amazing small businesses but also I’m a really personal person so the fact that I get to know them on a more meaningful level I love.
If your looking for something new to wear this spring make sure. you head over and check out all the amazing styles they have on offer. I love my goodies from them so I know you will.
Until next time, happy shopping xx