We are two sisters and busy mums, with a love of fashion, style and design. Coming from a long line of dressmakers, sewing and design has always been in our blood, just hidden under the surface for a few years.
When my daughter was only 6 months old, my gorgeous husband was diagnosed with cancer. An absolute bolt from nowhere, it turned our lives upside down. Juggling a new baby and learning to be parents we were now also juggling hospital visits and heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They threw it all at him. We were practically living at the hospital. Unfortunately it was an aggressive cancer and 6 months later I found myself suddenly planning a funeral. I was in complete shock. How does a fit young man in the prime of his life suddenly die within six months. To say I was devastated is an understatement.
As much as I wanted the world to end, unfortunately life didnt stop. My new baby was only 13 months old and needed her mumma more than ever, and I needed to keep going. As I struggled with my loss and the enormity of my new life, my amazing sister guided me every day. I realised I needed to do something different to allow me time to heal and to raise our little one, while also paying the bills. Being a sole parent in a busy corporate job wasn't going to work. It was time for Plan B, and who better to do it with than my sister and best friend.
We took a huge leap of faith to try something new to allow us to be more hands on mums and be around for our kids. Life is short.... we had just learned this first hand. We always talked about being business owners together but never found the right time. Now, that time had come. It was time to pull myself together and show my daughter how to keep going, and I also want to do my husband proud.
While being a small business owner is certainly not easy, its hard work and long hours, it allows us flexibility to work from home and be available for the days when our babies are unwell or just need mum. As my little one recently started kindy and my niece started school, it gives us both new opportunity without long daycare hours.
As busy parents we know the frustration of trying to find quality and unique clothes/shoes for our little ones and we hope our designs can help fill that gap for you too. I was tired of seeing the same outfit on other kids and when I sort different, I paid highly for it. Then it would lose shape or fade after one wash. Not good, I was wasting time and money.
River and Sage clothes are designed and handmade from durable, breathable, 100% cotton, by us, in our Gold Coast studio, and we source our fabrics from across the globe so we can offer something a little unique. Everything we offer has been road tested by our own kids, and they certainly put the items through all environments! River and Sage has been born and as the newest addition to our family we hope you will come on this journey and grow with us.
We are open to any feedback and / or design requests you have. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our goal is to provide great customer service and an enjoyable online shopping experience, and in the future open our own delightful emporium for you to visit. :)
Thank you for stopping by.
Sharon and Kerri