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Melissa Chacon

CITY: MELBOURNE

Business: Grandma Funk
What? Vintage-inspired garments, born in Melbourne Australia

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How did the idea for your business first come about?
I have fond memories of spending many hours with my grandma Lola in her sewing room, regularly visiting thrift stores and weekend markets. I have an instant attraction to vintage garments and love giving them a more updated and modern look. Through my label, I am able to satisfy my shopping addiction and nothing makes me happier than making people feel like a million dollars. Working for large corporations felt soulless and now I have a vision I need to communicate to the fashion industry. It was that deep seeded feeling within myself where I knew there were bigger dreams and goals for me to chase.There was a collective synergy that was happening it was literally as though the stars aligned and I finally had my moment to run with it and achieve my dreams. 

 

When did you have a ‘fuck-it moment’ and decide you were going to go all in and start your business?
I had a pivotal ‘fuck-it moment’ where I took a week off work to organise my logo and start to build up my collection. I created a vision board a few months earlier so now when I look back on it, the exact goals on there were manifested when I took that leap. I knew my time working for someone else was coming to an end. Within two weeks, I launched my label at Melbourne Central through a design fair. Fast forward 4 months later I quit my full time job and threw everything I had to keep Grandma Funk alive. 

What were some major challenges you had when starting your business? And how did you overcome them?  
It took a while to find the confidence to have a voice within the industry. I found reaching out to like minded business owners who have an understanding and a compassion really help me push myself forward.

What has been your biggest “pinch me” moment?
NYFW would have to be the biggest for me. I’ve had so much exposure these last 12 months and this one is the icing on the top. 

 Starting a business can be gruelling -what keeps you motivated, and keeps you going?
Honestly, laughing my head off everyday! Seriously, I have the loudest laughs going round. This is the core of what keeps me going, laughing at my fuck ups and surrounding myself with the right people. I do the typical entrepreneur checklist where I mediate everyday (yes JUST DO IT) and make time to do a workout. Whenever, I’m feeling down or there are moments where I am having my doubts, I reach out to my people on social media for a virtual hug and a long bitch.  

What do you do to create a work-life balance?
I mediate everyday  It is easier said than done but these are non negotiable items on my list.