Meet the Maker: Manning Cartell

Founded in 2005, Manning Cartell brings a compilation of effortlessly modern and sophisticated pieces to our everyday wardrobes. The Manning sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle share their creative process, Sydney hotspot and what wardrobe essentials they turn to time and time again.

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Vanessa, Gabrielle & Cheryl Manning 

 

What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today? 

Manning Cartell is the collective vision of three sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning. Founded in 2005 on the principles of ethical production and innovative design.

 

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Sugar Pop Shirt Dress | Sporty Houndstooth Pleated Skirt 

 

How would you describe your brand in 3 words? 

Modern, sophisticated and sporty.

 

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Inside Manning Cartell HQ

What inspires your collections, your aesthetic and how do you keep it relevant? 

We are inspired by the story of life, by sisterhood and culture. Each collection is a fusion of modern technology and traditional craft sourced globally we find inspiration in innovative textiles, prints and colour.

 

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State of Play Knit Dress

 

What is something not that many people know about you or your brand? 

We have had Ethical Accreditation since 2012 and manufacture over 80% of our production in Sydney.

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What has been the absolute highlight of your career so far? 

Our MBFWA Resort 17 show under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we worked an incredible team of creatives that helped to make it our best show ever.

 

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How would you describe the Manning Cartell customer? 

She is a source of inspiration, constantly evolving her style to suit her lifestyle, occasion and mood.

 

If you were to describe your own style, what would it be and what couldn’t you live without? 

Equal parts; feminine and strong, sophisticated and sexy.  A statement blazer elevates every look.

 

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Flight Mode Jacket | Sensory Overload Turtleneck

 

What do you do to switch off? 

Meditate.

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Flight Mode Crop | The Enthusiast Top 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

Define your audience, who are they and learn what is the best way to communicate to them.

 

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Lissy Graham in the Sugar Pop Shirt Dress 

 

Where are you based? What are some of your must-go places or hidden gems there?  

We are based in Marrickville Sydney where there are some great cafes and restaurants. The baristas at Ona Coffee offer a different blend every day and Pizza Madre has the best vegetarian pizzas. 

 

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Pizza Madre | Ona Coffee

 

You’ve already achieved so much, what’s next for you?

Our approach now is to see things differently to reduce waste and make what we present to customers more relevant, we will no longer follow the fashion calendar.

 

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Bambi wears the Sweet Ride Knit Singlet

 

 

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