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Heather McIlvaine

Heather McIlvaine is features and premium editor - retail at Inside Retail. In her nearly four years writing for Inside Retail, Heather has traveled to Shenzhen to cover the epic Chinese shopping event Single’s Day, doggedly reported the details of Amazon's launch in Australia, toured the biggest office supplies store in the world to understand the future of physical retail, dissected the 'Instagram aesthetic' with three brands that embody the look and followed the local fashion industry's pivot to making PPE during Covid-19. An LA-native who now lives in Melbourne (via Munich), she could happily survive on a diet of good tacos, coffee and beer and welcomes local recommendations for all three.

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One year after launching, Una Brands has a run-rate of $100 million

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‘It’s a revolution’: Adaptive fashion leaders team up in world-first

Online adaptive fashion label Christina Stephens has offered clothing that is both stylish and easy-to-wear for men and ...

New store, new website, new vision: Here’s what’s next for Koskela

The co-founder and CEO discusses the iconic design brand's new store and headquarters, online growth during the pandemic...

The next Who Gives a Crap? Meet subscription sheet service Sheetly

Sheetly has launched the first subscription linen service in Australia, with consumers in Brisbane and Sydney now able t...

Behind the launch of Bonds Home: ‘People want to express themselves’

Famous for its underwear and loungewear, Bonds recently launched its first ever range of homewares. Here, the brand’s he...

Period underwear goes premium: How Femmze aims to disrupt femcare

Period underwear has come a long way in the last 10 years, but there are still few if any brands targeting the top end o...

The rise of Sheike: From Sydney market stall to style authority

Here, Sheike general manager Sarah Kennedy discusses the business' soon-to-come Adelaide store and plans for further exp...

April Fools’ Day: worth the effort, or a waste of time?

In the age of social media, it can feel like a marketer’s job is never done, and yet, year after year, many brands make ...

PAS Group CEO Eric Morris on the launch of first Replay store in Aus

When it comes to jeans, PAS Group CEO Eric Morris swears by one brand in particular: Italian fashion label Replay, which...

VIDEO: How Betty’s Burgers is catering to a new generation of flexitarians

As more consumers embrace flexitarian diets, burger chains around the world have started adding plant-based patties to t...

Why design brand Koskela is rethinking the way it sells furniture

Australian design brand Koskela has opened the doors to a stunning new concept store and headquarters on Sydney Harbour ...

Sheike to enter South Australia in major bricks-and-mortar push

Women’s fashion brand Sheike has announced plans to open its first store in South Australia off the back of strong onlin...

Long Live Fashion: Inside Vestiaire Collective’s new global brand identity

Along with a new tagline, the company also has five new faces: puppets made out of pre-loved fashion that represent the ...

Fashion rental is back: Designerex looks to raise funds as demand surges

Peer-to-peer fashion rental platform Designerex is looking to raise fresh funds to help it scale in the US and other glo...

How Ikea Australia is supporting staff impacted by domestic violence

The retailer worked with an expert in domestic and family violence to develop a number of new support measures, includin...

Price hikes not the only way to deal with inflation, KMD Brands CEO says

Michael Daly says the company that owns Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz can deal with inflation in other ways, such as nego...

Despite administration, Ginger & Smart owner is still ‘very bullish’

We spoke to ACTA Capital founder Richard Facioni about the decision to enter administration and what’s next for the desi...

‘Passion never fails’: Why Casetify is going all in on the metaverse

Casetify co-founder and CEO Wesley Ng explains how the tech accessories brand got into NFTs, and what it's working on no...

From bankruptcy to the ASX: Booktopia CEO Tony Nash has seen it all

Recently named #3 in the 2022 Top 50 People in E-Commerce, the co-founder of Australia's leading online bookstore reflec...

Love, Bonito CEO talks omnichannel, tech and being a purpose-driven brand

Founded in 2010, Love, Bonito has grown into the leading direct-to-consumer women’s fashion brand in Asia.