Bronwyn’s authentic warmth and casual style belie her savvy as an extraordinarily successful businesswomen.
In the past 15 years, she has blazed a trail through a new corner of the fashion industry, leading the way for countless others. Bronwyn studied Fashion and Textiles first in WA, and then at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She immersed herself in the European market working alongside her first mentor and designer of the eponymous label, John Rocha.
When she returned to her native Australia in 2005, Bronwyn co-founded print studio Karolina York. Today she is the sole owner and Creative Director of the studio, which now operates globally and employs a team of designers and sales staff in three continents around the world.
Despite being drawn to far flung places around the globe, Bronwyn’s passion has always been for Australia and her proudest moments with Karolina York have been collaborating with the indigenous= artists of Merrepen, and working alongside classic Australian brand Mimco on the ‘Our Watch pouch’ social enterprise campaign.
Bronwyn and her husband, Dave live in Avalon on the northern beaches of Sydney, with their three daughters, Billie, Macy and baby Hazel.
When Lucinda graduated from high school, her goal was to work at a textile design studio - and to those who know her it’s no surprise that’s exactly where she has ended up. With a strong foundation in Textile Design at Ultimo TAFE, Lucinda leapt into the world of prints when she won a design competition in 2012 for Sunburn Swimwear, which saw a bikini she designed in stores and on beaches around the country.
In 2015, an internship at Karolina York afforded Lucinda the opportunity she’d been waiting for and she subsequently became Sales Manager for Victoria. After 18 months with the company, Lucinda has now been promoted to Studio Coordinator, a key communication point between the sales and design teams.
Lucinda is obsessed with the beach and prints, so it stands to reason that she owns close to 30 bikinis! She’s recently relocated from one beach to another - Bronte to Dee Why - and in summer you’ll find her in the water or on the sand from dawn til dusk.
Helen is a renaissance woman with a literal world of experience.
After studying fashion, marketing and fine art in Newcastle, and subsequently living in London for many years working as a designer in womenswear and print, Helen moved to Bali by chance. It was in Bali that she found a community of kindred spirits giving her avid interest in healing work, breath workshops and core energetics healing.
After a dream prompted her to contact Bronwyn at Karolina York, she quickly made plans to move to Australia for her new role in late 2017.
Helen draws creative inspiration from her diverse interests - be it whipping up a delicious feast in the kitchen, belting out a banger at karaoke or advancing her flexibility and rhythm with the hula hoop! She also find inspiration on screen through on her passion for film studies, and the rhythmic beats of trance and techno music.
Alexei is a reformed Melbournian, who learnt to love colour on the job.
The consummate fashion graduate from RMIT’s Bachelor of Design (Fashion), as a student Alexei designed almost exclusively in monochrome. After her studies, Lexi worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in fashion and beauty.
It was not until her mentor suggested she look into an internship at Karolina York that she discovered her passion for prints. Alexei is a talented artist who considers herself to have three homes - Sydney, Melbourne and her native Philippines.
With a background in Irish hospitality, it’s safe to say that Simon’s passion is people.
Originally from the tiny island of Inishbofin off the West Coast of Ireland, Simon found that getting to know the locals, old and new, and taking terrific care of them was what he loved best. This passion has taken him around the world, from the lively pubs of Ireland to managing restaurants in New Zealand.
Simon’s wanderlust finally led him to Sydney, where he found a new passion for working with talented print designers and the vibrant Australian fashion industry. Working at Karolina York sees him forging strong client relationships and being inspired daily by the creative atmosphere. He currently lives in Stanmore, and enjoys the area’s relaxed, bohemian lifestyle.
Emma grew up in sunny Brisbane and has had a lifelong passion for prints and design.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the Queensland University of Technology under her belt, Emma learned of Karolina York while reading an article about Bronwyn in Marie Claire Magazine. She was convinced that Karolina York was the place for her. In 2015 she started an internship in the design department and after a brief stint freelancing, she accepted a full time role in 2016 and has never looked back.
Emma loves living in her new home of Sydney, but desperately misses her cat, Yogi. She’s a keen cook and traveller, and aspires to take her talents overseas in the future.
Nicole grew up on the Central Coast and her career has taken her around the world and back again.
While studying for an Honours Degree in Design at UNSW COFA, a scholarship afforded Nicole the chance to travel and study around Gujarat and at the National Institute of Design in India. She then travelled to Sarawak, Malaysia where she worked with textile and ceramic artisans.
Following a 6 month internship at Karolina York in 2012/13, Nicole completed her Cert IV in Fashion Design at The Fashion Design Studio at Ultimo TAFE, enabling her to apply her textile and graphics experience to fashion. She worked as a graphic artist for Hotsprings and Best and Less, where she honed her skills in geometric design.
In 2017 she returned as a permanent Designer at Karolina York, where she combines her passion for prints with her technical design skills. Nicole lives with her husband in the place where she first discovered her creativity, by the ocean.
Ziggy is a creative maven with a passion for travel.
Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, Ziggy’s love of adventure meant she was bound to go far.
With an early passion for fashion design, Ziggy turned her hand to directing when she was invited to film and television school. For the past 14 years she has enjoyed production roles on everything from feature films like The Great Gatsby to Survivor. She’s travelled to the ends of the earth, racking up experience and frequent flyer points to boot.
When L.A beckoned she couldn’t refuse, but life came full circle when she joined Karolina York, bringing her back to her love of fashion, and of course a connection to the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Now you’ll find Ziggy flying all over North America to meet clients, but on weekends she loves nothing more than exploring nature with her husband Eric and their Border Collie, Bowie.