The joy of selling fashion is boosting confidence, says MicMac Boutique owner Kim MacDonald. “The effect of wearing the right pair of jeans, or knowing you look good in an outfit, is tranformative for women,” she says. “Bringing out that confidence in people is a very happy experience.” Kim grew up in Orange and always wanted to work in fashion, so she headed straight to Sydney after finishing school. She started as an assistant buyer in ladies fashion for Grace Bros and later designed resort wear and bought for Australiana stores. Kim moved to the Highlands six years ago after her son, Alex, decided to attend Oxley College. She opened MicMac in October 2011, originally specialising in pre-loved clothes. “I saw a niche in Bowral for a fashion business that made sense. So many women, like myself, go through a period of downsizing and need to cull their wardrobes. It’s wonderful to know clothing you have loved is going to a new home.” Kim soon expanded to include new labels, and loves offering something different from the chains. Outside work, her big interest is skiing. “I was always sporty, but I didn’t try skiing until I was 30. I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker and I was instantly hooked.”
I LOVE SELLING FASHION BECAUSE...
there is never a dull moment. Whether I’m buying or selling or styling, every day I meet like-minded women who inspire me.
MY BIGGEST INDLUGENCE IS...
my annual ski trip to Colarado. I’m a thrill-seeker, but skiing is also like meditation for me. When you get to the top of the mountain, all you can see are mountain views, and when you ski, you can’t think about anything else. It relaxes the mind.