Shifting gears

After 18 years with one company, last August, I said two small words which changed the course of my career.

I quit. 

Two small words, quick to say, but the reality was much bigger. It took months of negotiations, round tables, offers and counter-offers. Having been divorced before, it reminded me a little of that. This working relationship had been built over 18 years and it wasn’t going to be dissolved in a minute by two small words.

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Chris Ballard
When Australia got Chanel

Shopping at Le Louvre was a cloistered experience. Technically, you needed to make an appointment and once you made your selection, following any alterations, your purchases were delivered to your home. Because really, how gauche to take your shopping to lunch?!

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Renée Ballard ASOFIA interview

Earlier this year, we joined ASOFIA (Australian Shop and Office Fitout Association) as a design member. They’re the leading industry association for retail fit-outs and I was tickled pink when they reached out to interview me about why we joined, and ask a couple of other questions too…

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Renée Ballard
Sentimental things

About three months ago, we moved back to Melbourne. Mostly because as our business (thankfully) gets busier, we need more family help with our five-year-old daughter. But another reason we came back was because my Dad, Jeff, needed to go into care because he has Alzheimer’s.

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Renée Ballard