Meet the Design Team
Posted on 19 May 2016
Robyn Storer CEO and Founder
The inspiration for Coral & Co's first collection, the 'Reef Collection', has come from Robyn's time spent scuba diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
In her early 60s, Robyn is still a keen skier, scuba diver, golfer, bush walker... a workaholic.. a single parent mum... a breast cancer survivor..... Robyn can lay claim to several successful careers already: in mineral exploration, stockbroking, finance and company start-ups; careers that have taken her to over 80 countries worldwide, some many many times. From the heights of helicoptering into the Andes or Alaska to the banks of the Limpopo in Zimbabwe …all great adventures with their own challenges…. to the depths of watching the Twin Towers burn from the office window in New York, a car accident in the Republic of Congo…..
Now, with more time and frustrated by the, limited and too often drab and frumpy, choice of clothes on offer for woman that no longer fit the industry’s idea of standard, she has launched Coral & Co to provide herself and you with clothes that are practical, comfortable and above all stylish. With all that traveling behind her, who better to know what clothes travel best; a fashion range designed so we can all have Curves with Confidence, Comfort and Style ….
Nicole Onslow Head Designer
Robyn is writing this, because Nikki would be far too modest to tell her story...
Nikki joined the Coral & Co team at its inception in 2015, and is the talent behind the best of the designs. Nikki is a creative force, a workaholic who amazingly finds time to live life, spend time with friends and raise a stunning amount for Breast Cancer research. Five years out of breast cancer, Nikki recently participated in a fund raising event where she topped the fundraisers and celebrated with her first sky dive… WOW
She works not only for Coral & Co, but a range of brands that see her work the full range of artistic skills sets from Photoshop to painting.
OK, now in her own words…..
I really am blessed to do the work that I do. I’ve drawn since I can remember. I’ve made clothes since I was 12. I have a degree in fashion design, but I’ve worked not only as a product developer and textile designer but also as an illustrator. You’ll see my work in retail stores and food outlets adorning the walls as wallpapers and artwork, but also in the beautiful fabric prints of the clothes hanging on the racks. I’ve created ceramic tiles, illustrated the covers of international best-selling novels and been commissioned for fashion magazines and newspapers around the world. I love what I do, perhaps why working so many hours is never a chore. I love the diversity of my work, and I’m very proud of what we have created at Coral & Co.
I balance the hard work with hours of yoga, cuddling my cat and a love of travel, visiting new destinations and family who live abroad, with my partner. He too is a contractor so it’s a lovely work-life balance being able to decide to truly spend time together and have the luxury of taking off on a moment’s notice between our schedules. Life is too short as they say, and mine certainly couldn’t be any better.