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Meraki: love, creativity and soul

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Kingston’s Fitters Workshop will come alive on Sunday 24 March for Meraki. 

An immersive collaboration between locals Bianca Pavlic and Maryanne Irhia, Meraki promises to be a day to remember. So what is it exactly?

Well, meraki is a modern Greek word meaning to do something with heart – to be all in. But the teasing across social media in the past month has showed that Meraki is also a fashion show (and lots more) happening this March in Canberra.

We caught up with Bianca and Maryanne to get a sneak peek.

What can guests expect at Meraki?

It’s a day event held at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston. We wanted a large space which had amazing natural light. Without giving too much away, there will be food, drinks, music, interactive spaces, media wall and a gift shop where you can buy the runway looks.

It’s more than a fashion show, it’s a whole Insta-worthy experience.

How did the concept for Meraki come about?

At brunch! Isn’t that the most millennial thing? We were talking about Bianca’s label and events in general and we both looked at each other and straight away we knew Meraki had to be done. The word means to do something with love, creativity and soul. It took a lot of time and thought to find a name that encompassed what we were trying to achieve right now but at the same time had longevity.

Maryanne and Bianca.

We both practice Meraki every day so it was perfect for the name of the show. With Bianca’s expertise in fashion and with Maryanne’s love for food and events we wanted Meraki to be more than just a show. We’re lucky enough to both share the same brain.

What does Meraki represent for Canberra?

It represents a local, diverse and inclusive environment as well as being something new and exciting! It’s a collaborative event which allows local businesses to come together and create something fresh.

If we had the capacity to, we would have said yes to so many more of our models but unfortunately, this is our first show. The fact that we had such an overwhelming response to callouts was so amazing – people wanting to walk who had no experience or were always nervous to audition for something like this until now. It is humbling to think that we created such a welcoming environment for people of all shapes and sizes to reach out.

What sets Meraki apart from other offerings?

Initially, the unveiling of Meraki has been through social media. The release of the concept, the show, location, model callouts – everything was done through Instagram. This reflects the tight-knit and supportive community that Canberra has to offer. We didn’t have a website, photos or anything tangible to show for it at the time. Word was spread through our friends which created the hype. We’re also both quite young with Bianca being 22 and Maryanne being 23 – two young gals starting a business together.

We wanted to break the stigma that being a model or going to fashion shows was unattainable. Our show is welcome to all, with that in mind tickets are a reasonable price. We’ve listened to what people in the fashion scene have expressed and we’re providing that creative outlet for them. The fashion scene is changing and we need to change with it. Meraki has been so warmly received and we can’t wait to share with Canberra what we’ve been working on.

the essentials 

What: Meraki
When: Sunday 24 March from 1 pm – 3.30 pm
Where: The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
Tickets: On sale now at Eventbrite
Find out more at the website, Facebook or on Instagram,

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