Sally Coates, Gold Coast Bulletin
IN an economy in which businesses are well aware that going offshore is cheaper, this Women of the Year nominee has found a way to keep everything inside Australia.
Leina Broughton, owner and founder of online label Leina B& Fleur, discovered the secret to keeping all production of her clothing local while still turning a profit.
“We are 100 per cent Australian made,” she said.
“With offshore you have to produce high quantities to make it worth your while, whereas we cut smaller quantities.
“Not only does that keep our items unique and boutique, it also means we have no excess stock
Mrs Broughton and her business partner, Fleur Richardson, delved into retail space for a period in 2015 but quickly realised that was not the path they wanted to follow.
After that, they transitioned into online only and ceased wholesale trading.
“But the biggest thing for us is we are very much customer-focused.
“I know a lot of brands say that, but they help choose our designs, prints and colours.
“We have a very close connection with customers.”
Mrs Broughton said she was touched to be nominated for Women of the Year in the entrepreneur category.
A shortlist of 24 women will be selected on January 12.
A judging panel led by Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page will select the winners.