Wendy & Holly Shoes - A fairy tale in the making
Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.
This definitely rings true for Tewantin (QLD) local, Wendy MacManus, who is a self-confessed shoe-a-holic. From an early age, Wendy had a love of shoes. After a mid-life career change, Wendy chose to follow her heart and find her fairy tale ending thanks to her shoe fetish.
Let's start at the very beginning...
At the age of 54 and having worked in accounts for a number of years, Wendy made the brave decision that it was time for a change.
“I started to feel very stifled by my job. Accounts, was all I had known. I realised I was ‘dying’ in my role. I had no enthusiasm to go to work. So I made a radical decision, and quit.”
Not long after this snap decision, Wendy ventured to Bali. Here she found inspiration for her new career – designing and making jelly shoes.
After many months of searching the web and sampling, Wendy flew over to China to visit various shoe factories and showrooms.
“I went from one appointment to another; my feet did not touch the ground. Shoes have always been my passion and now it was my job to source and design shoes!”
After much deliberation, the moulds were chosen and the first collection based on four styles of shoe – court, ballet, wedge and sling back was in production.
Wendy wanted to personalise each style so she added her Australian designed shoe jewellery.
Once Wendy was satisfied that she had created a fun, fashionable and affordable shoe, Wendy & Holly Australia was launched in February 2011.
Now, three years on the brand Wendy & Holly Australia is blossoming.
With more than 160 stockists across Australia and New Zealand and now moving into further a field in the international market, there is no stopping Wendy & Holly Australia. The brand is becoming so well known that Wendy was recently a guest judge at Fashions on the Field at the Tattersall's Tiara Race Day, Eagle Farm Racecourse.
But wait...there's more!
Wendy & Holly Australia will give the Sunshine Coast an extra boost in the coming weeks with plans well underway to open a warehouse and showroom for the retailers and the public at 5/27 Gateway Drive Noosaville. The grand opening will take place on the 12th September 2013.
Wendy & Holly Australia are a fun, fashionable, comfortable and very affordable shoe that is suitable for anywhere, everywhere and all year round. New Spring/Summer styles available.
Once you join the Wendy & Holly Australia jelly shoe revolution, you’ll never look back!
Vive la jelly revolution!