Fragrance aficionado Nicole Eckels launched Glasshouse Fragrances in 2006 with a spark of imagination and a belief in the power of fragrance to transform the everyday. Since its launch nearly a decade ago, Glasshouse Fragrances has quickly grown to become a leading brand in the Australian fragrance market.
Nicole was born and raised in New York and began her career as a makeup artist in SAKS Fifth Avenue. After a stint in San Francisco in corporate business and sales, Nicole decided she needed a more challenging outlet. She flew to the sunny shores of Australia with her son, looking for a sea change. It was in Australia that she found her 'true calling'. While shopping in David Jones to replace a beloved candle purchased in New York City, Nicole couldn’t find what she was looking for. Noting the high-end brands from Europe and non-fragranced, low-end brands, Nicole saw a clear gap in the market and, from a spark of imagination, Glasshouse Fragrances was born.
Sapphire Group officially launched in 2006 after Nicole spent months researching, strategising and developing a business plan. Although Nicole had no knowledge of candle making, her drive, commitment, determination and entrepreneurial spirit were the essential ingredients to the company’s quick growth. Glasshouse Fragrances quickly began to dominate the fragrance market. By taking a unique approach and anonymously gifting potential stockists, Nicole soon established a wide distribution and has not looked back since. Glasshouse Fragrances is now the leading fragrance brand in David Jones and has grown to become a local and international favourite. Sapphire Group has since extended their brand portfolio with the launch of Circa Home, a broad range of fragrance-based products designed to meet the needs of every consumer.
Today, Nicole maintains a hands-on role in the Sapphire Group as the company’s Creative Director. Most recently, she spent two years working with a team of French Perfumers in Grasse and Paris, developing a niche, bespoke fragrance range, La Maison Glasshouse. This region in France is the home of European fine fragrance and has been the birthplace of many luxury fragrance houses' finest products. It was here that Nicole developed her exceptional fragrance 'nose'.
Nicole has expert knowledge in fragrance classification, olfactory families and fragrance trends. Her wealth of knowledge, warm personality and cheeky sense of humour make her an incredibly engaging speaker.
Elizabeth Abegg is one half of sister-duo that makes up Byron Bay fashion brand Spell and the Gypsy Collective. With a background in video editing and a lot of gut instinct, Elizabeth drove the label into a global business by embracing the blogging and online shopping world.
Since this time, the brand has grown from strength to strength, employing over 50 women in Byron Bay, stocked in American online retailers Free People, Revolve and Planet Blue and gaining over 1 million followers across their social media platforms.
In 2016 the sisters were named one of Elle Online's most followed Australian brands on Instagram, and Spell & the Gypsy Collective was awarded the 2016 Australian Business of the Year at the National Telstra Business Awards.
The idea for Health Lab was ignited when Jess was sick of boring health snacks and had no time to make her own as she was busy climbing the corporate ladder, working the 9-5 grind. She was determined to escape that and committed to changing the game when it comes to healthy eating on-the-run. So, in 2015 she began hand rolling protein balls in a small commercial kitchen with the help of family and friends.
In just over 2 years Health Lab now stocks their guilt-free goodies in over 3000 doors across Australia, and exports to China, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Dubai and New Zealand. Health Lab can be found in David Jones stores, Good Life Health Clubs, Virgin Airlines, Fitness First, Lorna Jane stores, Hotel Groups, IGA’s, Food Works, About Life Stores, Go Vita Stores, Coles, Coles Express, select Woolworths, Caltex, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Choithram’s, at the Australian Open, and many other fitness studios, gourmet cafes and independents. They are currently the fastest growing health food business in Australia.
Jess previously spent time working in marketing roles at L’Oreal Australia and Retail Zoo. She's also now a mum to 7-month-old Gigi, and is passionate about fuelling female entrepreneurship, empowering women to succeed in their chosen careers, shattering barriers and stereotypes, and challenging women to take risks to get the most out of life.
Anna Polyviou, The Punk Princess of Pastry, started her culinary career in 2000 when she accepted an apprenticeship with The Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne. Anna won the “Best Apprentice in Victoria”, the prize being scholarship to work anywhere in the world to further her cooking career.
Anna followed her dreams, and took off to work in London for three years at Claridge’s Hotel; Where she had the opportunity to work under two extraordinary pastry chefs.
Anna, most prestigiously, took the top honours with the Nadell Trophy (Dessert of the Year) and also the Culinary Academy Award of Excellence for pastry. This award allowed Anna to travel to Paris to do work with renowned Pastry Chef Pierre Herme.
Anna then began work at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney. Since then, she has transformed the pastry team, and her sell out Dessert Degustation in her pastry kitchen has put the Shangri La on the culinary map in Australia.
Anna now hosts one of Australia’s first dessert festivals, ‘Sweet Street’, where 600 sugar fanatics join together to down more than 5000 desserts. Tickets to this delicious festival literally sell out in days.
Anna has been featured on MasterChef Australia twice over the last two seasons and is currently collating a collection of her favourite dessert and pastry recipes to include in her very own cookbook due to hit the book stores in 2018.
The Beach People was founded in the summer of 2013 by sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales Australia with round beach towels they dubbed the 'roundie'. For an office, they used the garden shed of Victoria's one-bedroom beach house, and they put their respective skills to use.
Inspired by their family, friends and seaside lifestyle, with their passion for creating beautiful and iconic products, their first collection of round towels sold out in weeks. A few short years later, they are building a globally admired brand of seaside luxe essentials. Today, the brand has a full team, distributes their products worldwide, has over 350,000 social media followers, and have opened an office in California.
Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. She is a columnist for News Limited, a presenter for Fox FM and a regular television commentator for shows including The Project and The Drum. Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network Websites and prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister Kate Ellis.
Just some of Jamila’s accolades include being named in Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 (2014), listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review (2015) and named one of Melbourne’s Most Influential Women Under 40 by The Weekly Review (2017).
Her debut book, 'Not Just Lucky', launches in July 2017. 'Not Just Lucky' is a practical toolkit that arms women with the tools they need to thrive in the workplace. From dealing with insecurities to helping build up courage and use their success to lift women up, Jamila’s new book will give women everything they need to start fighting for equality at work for all.
As founder and creator of Barre Body, Emma Seibold has cemented her place as one of Australia’s leading health and wellness professionals. Having launched the brand’s first studio in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane in 2012, Barre Body has quickly grown to be one of Australia’s favourite workouts, with eight studios across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, luxury retreats, teacher trainings and Barre Body Online – a digital platform with over 120 videos streaming online. With more studios planned in 2017, Barre Body is growing rapidly.
Emma is a self-declared ‘heart-based’ entrepreneur and leads the Barre Body team with a love that flows through to all the studios, teachers and clients.
Emma, Matt and their two children are now living their dream life in Byron Bay (with Barre Body Byron Bay opening very soon). She lives a passionate, joyful, inspired, conscious and connected life.
Close friends Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer started b.box for kids 10 years ago, with an idea for a cool new baby product. From a cardboard mock-up, and two years of product development, the essential baby box was born. And yes, for the curious, b.box does stand for baby box.
Like everything b.box does, this product gave the market something different. And the duo has never looked back. Today, the company has 22 products and has won awards for its product innovation and design around the world. The company was named 2016 Telstra Victorian Small Business of the Year and in 2015 won the Australian Small Business Exporter of the Year and the Governor of Victoria’s award for Women in International Business.
What makes this fast-growing Australian company unique is the thought it gives to product design, aesthetic and functionality. They know their market and design quality products that are fun, practical and affordable. b.box has 800 retailers in Australia and sells to retailers in over 25 countries. But what drives them?Continuing to bring to market products that redefine everyday baby essentials, and the buzz they get seeing tots using their products around the world.
Carla Oates is the Founder of The Beauty Chef and winner of the 2017 InStyle Australia Women of Style Award (Beauty). Carla is naturalist who is passionate about nature and the profound synergy we share with it. An avid beauty chef and formulator, she has spent the last fifteen years creating beauty products from foods in her kitchen and herbs from her garden.
She’s the author of the best selling books, THE BEAUTY CHEF Cookbook and Feeding Your Skin, is the natural beauty columnist for Wellbeing Magazine and a Goodwill Ambassador of Australian Organic. Carla believes that organic skincare and food is the most sustainable choice for the health of both the individual and the environment.
In 2010 Carla created her first Inner Beauty product: GLOW a powder based on Carla’s philosophy that beauty begins in the belly, and has lead the inner beauty charge, with this passion taking what was once a small idea, from her Bondi kitchen to a global phenomenon. In 2016 The Beauty Chef launched in Selfridges, Net-‐‑A-‐‑Porter, GOOP, Anthropologie, Free People and is available in over 200 locations world-wide. 2017 is set to see Carla continue to take The Beauty Chef to the US, with the launch of Sephorain July.
Martha Butler is Brand Director and co-owner of Loving Earth, a company known as much for it’s bean-to-bar chocolate as it’s purpose driven business practice.
She spent the majority of her life as a gypsy nomad, living over the globe from ashrams in India, to vibrant Mexico City. Having spent many years making music and art, currently she is fascinated by the creation of a conscious brand and it’s impact on the world.