For Mother's Day we're celebrating Tutu Du Monde creator Andrea Rembeck's fashionable approach in a series of mother-daughter portraits with teen-daughter Alyna (stylishly clad in Isabel Marant), alongside our own Eva Galambos her two young daughters; Alexa and Paloma who wear whimsical children’s label Tutu Du Monde.
In the shoot at Intercontinental Double Bay, X-Files captures Andrea's fashionable aesthetic.
Tell us about how you created the idea for Tutu Du Monde?
Tutu du Monde began with my quest for a ‘ballerina dress’ for my own little daughter. Faced with market offerings of uninspired and uninspiring mass-produced, pink polyester, I instinctively drew on my own design aesthetic and experience and decided to create my own tutus. Thus, the brand was born and formally launched in 2009. What I initially considered a ‘side-project’ soon took over my life.
How do you balance motherhood, career and self-care?
I try and have balance in my life which is a lot easier said then done especially when you juggle a fast-growing business and family life. In very busy and quite stressful times, I make sure I carve out time to exercise and eat well to stay mentally focused. It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture sometimes when a lot is happening.
What advice do you have for fearless women in business?
Find your niche and be genuine. It will never be a hard sell or feel like hard work when you do something you believe in, something you enjoy and you’re passionate about. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. At the same time be prepared to work harder than you ever have. Take risks, don’t be afraid to fail, most importantly you need to become resilient and pick yourself up again.
How important is it to have a creative outlet?
Being able to do what I love most – having a creative outlet and travel. I feel very grateful for being able to bring joy to little girls and their mothers. Childhood is such a fleeting moment in our fast-paced world, so I feel very lucky to be able to contribute to creating memories of special moments in life.
What is your style philosophy?
I think my style has become simpler over the years. I’m a pants/jean and (good) tee girl teamed with a great coat and fabulous shoes. I love a great (Isabel Marant) blouse or 10! And have a shoe collection that needs its own room soon (apparently). Definitely less but better, good quality that outlast fleeting trends and can be worn for years. Working in fashion, I am acutely aware of the damage fast fashion does our planet and our children’s planet.
How does being a mum to Alyna inspire you?
It inspires me to be a good role model. I am a strong believer that doing what we love doing – our work - also makes us better mums. For me, having maybe less time available means that the time I spend with Alyna is more considered and meaningful. I also know that showing her strong work ethic will rub off on her. It already is, she does express that she’s proud of me and understand that you have to work hard to become successful. She loves coming into our office in the holiday and help the team and I love having her around during work hours.
Stay connected with Tutu Du Monde’s next collection via their website or Instagram. To hear more from Andrea, read our full interview here.