Meet Our Family
Building a brand doesn't happen without the incredible love and support of so many people outside of our own employees. Our extended family consists of our partners, models or faces of our brand, our customers, freelancers and so many more incredible humans. We'd like to introduce you to a few of our extended family members below.
Raage - Model, Vivien's
Meet Raage, one of the newest faces of Shhh Silk. Raage is a local Melbourne model. Not only is Raage incredibly humble, always smiling and super down to earth, but he can also do 7 different types of whistles!
A cause that is important to Raage is supporting people in Africa. Raage shared his feelings with us and told us "there's a lot of people starving that shouldn't have to be".
Welcome to the Shhh Silk family Raage.
Kristy Whitford - Director of Spa and Retail, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Meet Kristy, our collaboration partner from The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in LA.
Kristy and our founder, Olivia met by chance in January 2017 and have been business associates and the best of friends from across the globe ever since.
In her personal and professional life, Kristy is an advocate for all humans and especially loves to support and raise women up.
Recently we asked Kristy what doing good meant to her and this is what she so openly and honestly shared with us: "When I think of what doing good means to me, I reflect on the selflessness of giving to others in a way that supports and elevates joy, whether it’s being present in a moment, sharing a meal, giving in a way that makes sense and is helpful, creating thoughtful connections, taking time to nourish my own mind, body and soul so that I am well and strong to continue to do good for others and for myself. It’s cultivating a life with purpose and intention to inspire others to do good too, because doing good is a beautiful freedom and that’s something to be grateful for". - Kristy.
And Kristy we are incredibly grateful to have you as part of the Shhh Silk family.
Rachel - Actress, @rachinreallife_
Meet Rachel, one of the newest faces of Shhh Silk.
Rachel has a smile that lights up a room and we are so grateful to be welcoming Rachel to the Shhh Silk family.
We sat down with Rachel to learn more about her, and what makes her the beautiful spirit she is.
Rachel shared with us what she would tell her younger self. "I would tell my younger self to embrace who you truly are, what makes you different is what makes you special. And when you let your own light shine you give permission for other people to be themselves too".
A cause that is important to Rachel is women supporting other women. "When we lift each other up, we all rise''. We couldn't agree with you more Rachel.
Amanda Cummerford -Beauty Blogger, @amandascuteface
Meet our freelance beauty writer Amanda who is a 30 year old mum, wife, beauty influencer, content creator and writer that shares her honest experiences with perioral dermatitis, dry and sensitive skincare and glowy makeup.
Sara - Model, Vivien's
Meet Sara, one of the newest faces of Shhh Silk.
Sara is a country girl and comes from a hard working farming family and resides in regional Victoria. Her Dad is a huge inspiration to her.
Apart from not being able to sleep without her silk pillowcase, Sara's must have beauty essential is lip balm. Sara also uses the Calm meditation app to wind down before bed as well as getting off socials 1 hour before bedtime.
Some advice Sara would like to share with others is: "Be kind to others no matter how they treat you as you don't know what people are going through".
Welcome to the Shhh Silk family.
Sarah Gross - Creative Director/Partner, Storyfolk
We reached out to Sarah from Storyfolk in December 2020 to partner with their purpose-driven design agency.
One of the reasons we knew instantly that Storyfolk were the right agency for Shhh Silk was the fact that they only partner with like-minded brands that exist to make an impact.
We asked Sarah what doing good means to her and this is what she shared:
"Doing good is really part of my DNA. My parents were always ahead of their time, focusing on climate change, LBGTQI+ rights and pushing for a better tomorrow before they became mainstream topics. By the time I was 13, I had been on the front-line of The Jabiluka Blockade in Kakadu, had been published as a writer for a political poem, travelled around Australia in a transit van, attended Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal school and learned to fire twirl."
It’s safe to say that Sarah’s unique upbringing, passion for fighting for what’s right and exuberant creativity has allowed her to bring a unique approach to Storyfolk.
Story folk is led by two friends Sarah & Cass.
Sarah had this to say about starting Storyfolk with her business partner, Cass Mackenzie: “I feel incredibly grateful to be doing something I absolutely love with a friend I also absolutely love. Cass and I have been friends for many years and collaborated on many projects before forming Storyfolk. This foundation has really helped us in business, and I often say we are “strawberries and cream” complimentary yet different. This carries through into our approach and personalities, but this is also what makes us a strong team. I love going “on the record” to publicly express my admiration for Cass and to celebrate her as she really is exceptional, and I couldn’t ask for a better business partner.”
We are incredibly grateful for the abundance of love, heart and soul both Sarah and Cass have poured into our digital rebrand and we can't wait to share the next exciting chapter of our partnership in coming months.
Sandra Telfer - Founder, Scale Commerce
Meet Sandra, our incredible web developer and web designer who has worked with Shhh Silk since 2015.
Based in Brisbane, Queensland Sandra has two young children and in her spare time enjoys going to the beach or to the park, and watching movies. Sandra is most proud of what she has achieved since moving to Australia from Columbia back in 2007.
She cares about raising awareness of Mental Health and looks forward to being able to travel overseas in the future.
Looking to update or build a website? You can contact Sandra via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Darmakis - Interior Designer, Stylist & Trend Forecaster, Samantha Jane Interiors
Meet Samantha, a very exciting new addition to the Shhh Silk family.
Samantha is not only Olivia's big sister, she is officially our new freelance trend forecaster. Having Samantha officially join our extended family now completes all 4 of the original 'Carr' women working together!
Day to day Samantha spends her time designing and styling homes across Melbourne, Regional Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula.
With over 10 years experience in the field, Samantha not only has an incredible eye for style and trends, she pours her heart and soul into every project she works on. Which is why cannot wait to share our upcoming collections with you.
If you're a brand looking for a freelance trend forecaster with an incredible eye for designs that will not only resonate with your product, but your audience too, then send Samantha a DM over at @samanthajaneinteriors
Welcome to the Shhh Silk family, Samantha.
Paris - Model, Vivien's
Meet Paris, one of the newest faces of Shhh Silk.
Paris is a local Melbourne model and ex-elite pole vaulter who represented Australia for pole vault.
In her personal life, Paris cares about raising awareness and much needed funds for Cancer charities after sadly losing a family member to cancer.
Paris finds inspiration from her sister's who she describes as very resilient, super tough and she is just super proud of everything they've achieved.
Welcome to the Shhh Silk family.
Cara Stokes - Mind, Body & Intuitive Massage, Carmic Health & Wellness
Meet Cara, our mobile massage therapist. Cara is now part of our employee wellness program providing our team with monthly intuitive massage and energy healing. Cara is also our freelance wellness writer, Cara will be sharing monthly wellness tips on our blog.
Cara is currently studying Kinesiology and Mind Body Medicine.
She believes in treating her clients as a whole being, and focuses on facilitating emotional and energetic healing as well treating the pain and physical symptoms that can manifest in our bodies, especially when living in challenging times.
Keeping employees as mentally, emotionally and energetically balanced as possible through sustainable wellness practices (you don’t need a big complicated routine! Whatever works for you) aids in overall employee well-being.
Welcome to the Shhh Silk family Cara, and thank you for keeping us energetically balanced.
Sandy, Ben & Penny - Photographer, Assistant & Interior Design & Visual Stylist, The Studio Melbourne
Meet the incredibly talented close knit team behind The Studio Melbourne.
We discovered The Studio Melbourne's warehouse studio space via friends on Instagram. Not only have they created a beautiful light filled canvas with multiple spaces, movable rendered walls, the space comes with props galore.
The Studio Melbourne is co-owned by Penny and her close friend of over 30 years Sandy Rogulic (@sandalah_thephotolady) one of Melbourne's most highly sought after photographers.
Apart from how down to earth the team are from The Studio Melbourne, they hold your hand every step of the way, ensuring you leave your photoshoot not only satisfied, but filled with love, emotion and excitement.
Sandy takes images as if the project is truly hers, and we believe this shows in her work. Sandy's images can be seen throughout our new website, we hope you love them as much as we do.
You will also see Ben (Penny's son) and his gorgeous daughter Luna from time to time on our socials, as recently Ben gladly jumped in front of the camera for us.
We are extremely grateful to welcome The Studio Melbourne to our family and we look forward to shooting many more fun and exciting products and projects together.
Dr. Holliday-Bell - Founder, The Solution Is Sleep
Meet Dr. Angela Holliday-Bell who is our resident Sleep Doctor. Angela is a Physician and Certified Sleep Specialist. More importantly Angela has suffered from the wrath of insomnia for years. While she had been able to find ways to get by on a lack of sleep, the strenuous schedule of medical training took Angela to her wits end and she knew there had to be a better way. Angela started doing her own research on sleep and ways to improve it. Angela has since applied her learning to her own routine and has watched her sleep improve dramatically. We are so grateful to be working with Angela to share sleep tips and sleep health educational content with our community.
Cass Mackenzie - Design Director/Partner, Storyfolk
Meet Cass who is the Design Director at Storyfolk.
We asked Cass to share with us what she loves most about being able to partner with brands that do good.
Here's what Cass had to say: ’I am feeling very fortunate to collaborate with the incredible clients that have partnered with us here at Storyfolk. To be able to work with clients who are equally as passionate and committed to their industries as we are in ours is truly a gift. What drives me personally as an owner of a small studio is a focus on accelerating design boundaries through a balance of innovation, creativity and rationality.'
About working with Shhh Silk ❤️
We knew from our very first conversation with Olivia that we would work magic together. Olivia’s passion was infectious, and her mission to have a greater impact in the world was inspiring.
“I actually got teary just hearing about some of the incredible initiatives Shhh Silk had been involved in, from volunteering with soup kitchens to donating 5000 hot meals to families in need to paying the phone bill of a customer that was struggling financially. It was clear that the brand’s purpose was much bigger than selling incredible silk products, it was something that really resonated with us. We knew we could transform the brand to really amplify their impact and help them showcase to the world the values behind the brand."
We look forward to working together for years to come, welcome to the Shhh Silk family.