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Company Founder & Creative Director
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 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 was 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! In Summer you’ll find her in the water or on the sand where she's always called home, Bronte Beach.
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 family and her home town. 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 on the Northern Beaches where she first discovered her creativity, by the ocean.
Sarah is a world citizen, who has recently found a little corner of the world to call home.
Born in Montreal yet raised in North West England, Sarah was bound to have an affiliation with the nomadic life. She went on to study in England, Spain and Brazil before working as a fashion agency rep while living in Canada. Sarah soon found herself in Sydney and she joined Karolina York in 2010 as Australian Sales Manager.
With a passion for relationships and prints, Sarah proved to be an invaluable member of the team and was the ace of the sales team for 5 years. Sadly in 2016 she left the golden sands of Bondi to head back to the UK, with her husband and two little people in tow. After two years at home with her children Max and Raffi, Sarah is thrilled to rejoin the Karolina York team.
Despite missing the beachy lifestyle of Sydney, Sarah loves bringing up her kids close to family and surrounded by English countryside and birdsong.
Sophie is a trained events manager, but could never deny her enduring love for fashion.
After completing her Bachelor of Management at UTS and completing study abroad in Ireland she found herself naturally leaning back into her first love of Fashion. On graduation Sophie decided to follow her heart which lead her to Karolina York’s door.
Sophie's is easy to spot around Sydney with her fun printed clothing and outgoing personality. You can find her in the sunshine of the beautiful Northern Beaches or enjoying a wine with friends.
Lexi 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 Lexi 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. Lexi is a talented artist who considers herself to have three homes-Sydney, Melbourne and her native Philippines.