Marisa Young and Gabby Manderson turned their after-school job into a fashion destination that women on Sydney’s Northern Beaches can’t get enough of. Today, the sisters behind the brand balance motherhood with their love for fashion, growing their fashion boutique to three stores plus an ever-expanding online presence.
Taking timeout from her busy schedule, Marisa talks all things Splice, Australian Fashion Week and their local, the Northern Beaches.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?
Having worked for Splice Fashion & Living throughout my high school years, when I left school, my boss at the time asked me if I would be interested in buying the business. I still remember coming home and telling my dad, he was ecstatic for me! My mum Maria and late father David are the reasons we’re where we are today, due to the incredible privilege they gave to us, helping us to open the doors to our very own boutique.
Gabby and I worked at Freshwater for ten years, six days a week, evolving it from the young fashion/ homewares style we inherited into the purely fashion brand it is today. We opened the doors to our second boutique in Newport, in 2012 and last September we opened our third store in Avalon.