Mackay designer launches breastfeeding-friendly clothing
AN up-and-coming Mackay designer has just released her second clothing collection created with breastfeeding mothers in mind.
Launching her Olly M Fashion Label last year, designer Olivia Mansfield said the latest collection was inspired by wanting to help women feel confident.
"A lot of my friends have kids and a conversation was, 'We don't have many nice dresses that you can breastfeed in'," Ms Mansfield said.
The vibrant, wearable art dresses are perfect for nursing Mackay mothers - being made out of 100 per cent cotton and featuring flared sleeves, elastic waistbands and tiered skirts.
Ms Mansfield said she designed the collections herself including the fun menswear range which were then produced in Bali.
"My partner and I, and my mum and nanna all went over (to Bali) a couple of years ago and we went to some factories and looked at the ones that suited us and were ethically made," she said.
"We chose the one where she was a female, like a mother.
"I think I resonated with her more because she was a woman doing this business for her family."
The 25-year-old designer, who works as a teacher aide in Mackay, said she would love to one day soon be stocked in clothing stores across Australia.
"Its been challenging, but it's fun," she said.
The Olly M range can be viewed at www.ollymfashion.com.au/