Who doesn’t love a day at the races? Dressing up and feeling fabulous. I sure do, it is one of my favourite social outings. Nothing better than catching up with friends over a glass of bubbly wearing your best frock and a stunning fascinator – especially if it is an Allport Designs custom made piece.
Allow me to introduce Sophie Allport. Sophie is a gorgeous girl inside and out who grew up near the tiny town of North Star and boarded at The Scots PGC College in Warwick. Sophie arrived on our doorstep in 2010, fresh out of school, as our first Governess when Tom was in Prep. She flew in on the mail plane and when I greeted her I knew we would get on just fine, such a big happy smile, and that hair… I have never met anyone who has hair that is this blonde and ….. natural!
Soph was the perfect Governess to teach a Prep student as she was very “arty”. She went above and beyond in the school room with hours upon hours of art and craft (better her than me – I can’t stand all of that mess). It was heaven for our 5 year old.
When Soph left she didn’t really know what she wanted to do, so headed to Uni to study Visual Arts Teaching, but, after a year, decided this was not for her. Soph was still worried that she didn’t know what she was going to do with her life. I kept telling her that all would be fine, she was so talented and things would fall into place for her, big things were going to happen.
In 2013 Soph headed down to Melbourne and completed a Diploma of Fashion Business at The Melbourne Fashion Institute and was also offered a job at a millinery supplies company where she now works 5 days a week (2 half days so she can still do her millinery). Soph also manages the social media and marketing for this business.
Although Soph has been in Melbourne for such a short time she has achieved so much. Having model and television presenter Rebecca Judd wear an Allport Designs piece for a Saba Spring Racing Trends event has been one of the highlights of her career so far. Sophie also collaborated with accessories brand Olga Berg to design a 20 piece leather range. Soph was also offered an internship with Richard Nylon and worked with him during the lead up to Spring Fashion Week last year.
Great things are happning for this bright, bubbly 22 year old and I can’t wait to follow her journey which is only just beginning. Good luck Soph, and don’t forget to sneak this old girl from the outback into The Birdcage when you have made it big time. xxx
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