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Five minutes with Lisa Gorman

Josie Gouvoussis and Beatrice Smith

Lovers of bold colour were overjoyed when it was announced that cult label Gorman will soon be coming to Canberra Centre.  

Those unfamiliar with the label’s signature prints and patterns will love their quirky takes on corporate and weekend wear using high-quality Australian materials like silk and wool.

Ahead of the store’s opening, we chatted to founder Lisa Gorman about the brand’s aesthetic and their newest collaboration.

How would you describe the Gorman design philosophy?

Fresh, modern, colourfully printed pieces that provides for an independent sense of style.

What can Canberrans expect with the arrival of the new store?

The new store will offer the full Gorman collection, in a gorgeous new shop fit that embraces our signature finishes of terrazzo, timber and white steel fixtures. The store is the perfect house for our collections of print and colour.

What will customers be able to see and experience?

Currently, in store, we are showing our spring collaboration with Swedish, London based artist Monika Forsberg, and will be just in the early stages of launching Mireia Ruiz, our newest collaboration for summer 17.

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Why do you believe Gorman is such a highly regarded designer label and recognised internationally?

Well, the brand has been in the making for the last 18 years now, and these things take time and often the process is quite organic. It’s about maintaining your handwriting, not getting into every trend that passes through, instinctually understanding what is and what is not right for your brand, which is also a continual work in progress.

Who is Gorman’s style suited to? What is the Gorman woman like?

It’s more about a style and attitude to dressing that a specific target market or age bracket. We have teenaged girls buying T-shirts and women buying for work.


Why is Gorman so easily recognisable?

Because we’re about print and colour, and that’s what people recognise when they see it on the street.

Tell us a little bit more about your summer collaboration?

Mireia Ruiz is a Spanish artist who lives and works in Barcelona. The synthesis of shapes and the deep study of colour define her work. Mireia’s main motivation is to paint her works with colour to convey a message of positivity in a world as complex as a parallel dimension.

They created a dynamic, summer collection featuring apparel, homewares and accessories. A pairing of vibrant, geometrics with fun edible delights has, in turn, created an exciting range for the Gorman woman who’s not afraid to make a statement, big or small.

the essentials 

What: Gorman Canberra
Where: Upper Level, Canberra Centre
When: Opening approximately Tuesday 24 October


Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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