David Lawrence is a proud supporter of The Australian Women’s Weekly/CPA Australia 2016 Women In Business Awards. These awards honour the most enterprising businesswomen in Australia today. They help bring attention to the greatest new business initiatives – and help give a boost to established ones ready to take their operation to the next level.

The 2016 winners were styled in David Lawrence by the magazine’s style director Mattie Cronan for the July issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Each finalist was treated to a private shopping experience at our Westfield Sydney store.

We sat down with the finalists and asked: “What inspired you to start your own business?”




Ziah Lane, No Issues Tissues
100% tree-free tissues, toilet paper and paper towels made from renewable and sustainable bamboo

“Brand awareness is the main challenge, getting people to know about the product. No trees are used in the production of these products. Bamboo is the future of the paper industry. I am an advocate and I want everyone to know that.”

Ziah left wears our Kelsey Trench Coat in powder blue.


Julie Adams/Lorna Cook, chemo@home
Administers chemotherapy and other infusions to patients in their own homes

“We are trying to change the face of cancer care, having national coverage would help change the whole paradigm of cancer care across Australia and maybe the world. We don’t have a big marketing budget, so we need exposure so people know this service is here when they need it.”

Julie and Loran 2nd top and bottom from the left wears the Lotus Wrap Silk Blouse and  Mamba shirt.


Kristy Chong, ModiBodi
Stylish and comfortable underwear that is period, leak and sweat-proof

“I started the brand to provide a comfortable, convenient and attractive product for women that didn’t exist in the market. Some issues are still taboo, we want to break them down. Being recognised as a leading woman in business will go a long way to helping do that.”

Kristy bottom far right wears our Sandrine Silk Blouse in cobalt blue.


Carmen O’Keefe, RIGA Precast Pty Ltd
Canberra’s preeminent precast panel supplier

“Every night I sit at my computer and think, ‘What can I do to make this better? A new trainee? Year 10 school group visits?’ I am inspired to do well, with Riga making a difference. We are changing perceptions within the precast industry.”

Carmen bottom 3rd from left wears our Antwerp shirt.


Caroline Monet, Caroline’s Cream
Therapeutic skincare for the relief of a range of skin conditions

“There are so many people who are going to benefit from this. My product changes people’s lives, it’s not a luxury. It’s the difference of being able to go to work, to sleep at night. This is what drives me.”

Caroline top 3rd from the left wears Pome Knit Jumper.


Rachel Perkins, JustMums Recruitment
Connecting working mums and mums returning to work with family-friendly employment

“The brand development and the advertising that comes with these awards will help grow the business on a national level. It would be amazing to have a presence in every part of the country, and be able to connect working mothers with flexible employers.”

Rachel wears top far right wears our Kelsey Trench Coat in silver.



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