A Make Good Things Happen content collaboration with Makers and Shakers Markets
The first post in our content collaboration with Makers and Shakers market profiles Mia Penn of Sydney-based ethical fashion label, Ruby Raisin.
We recently caught up with Mia to chat about all-things sustainable small business and of course discussed the hot topic of markets while she prepares her one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces for the upcoming Makers and Shakers event in September 2023 at Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal.
As an observer of Australian independent artists and designers, seeing Ruby Raisin’s evolution has been an absolute pleasure to watch.
“My mum taught me to sew, I’ve worked in retail and for a couple of small designers and just kept developing my skill set and relationships to expand local production.”Mia Penn, Ruby Raisin
From beginnings as a children’s wear business “the Raisin did it”, to the slow-fashion womenswear label that it is today, Mia Penn of Dulwich Hill in Sydney’s inner west has established herself as a beloved long-term member of the maker community.
Sydney’s sustainable shoppers will be aware of Mia’s hugely popular jumpsuits, which utilise her eye for detail and exceptional tailoring skills to create a comfortable, wearable and fashionable item for every day. It’s those kinds of high-quality feel-good products that keep customers coming back.
“I would say it’s my customers that keep me going, I’ve had some for decades now and giving them a piece that offers joy or confidence is really motivating. If a woman tells me she wore something I made for an important occasion, like a presentation or even a funeral where her outfit helped bolster her during a time of vulnerability, well that’s the highest compliment and motivation I can think of!”Mia Penn, Ruby Raisin