In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Korryn Bentley, the Homewares Buyer at Freedom.
Korryn first fell in love with textiles at age three when she was inseparable from her blankie. After growing up in a coastal town on the mid-north coast of NSW, it was no surprise when she chose to spread her wings to study Textile Design at UTS. After graduating Korryn cut her teeth in the industry working at a number of textile companies, before landing her role at Freedom back in 2009.
On her travels as a buyer she loves to collect bowls, big ones, little ones, patterned and plain ones – she loves having them around her home to remind her of the far flung places she’s visited. As well as lycra, Korryn loves stretching at pilates (she goes at least four times a week), swears by lipstick as the ultimate mood lifter, and rarely does a day go by when Korryn’s not wearing stripes a la Picasso. She’s tried giving them up – but Betty Ford has no rehab for stripe addicts. She loves turquoise (and water that matches the same Pantone), her favourite food is Japanese, and she’s currently daydreaming about her next holiday in Sri Lanka.
This is a day in Korryn’s life…
Korryn Bentley, Homewares Buyer at Freedom
I wake up around 6:00am every morning and either go for a walk or for a morning pilates session. Today I go to pilates and have a good stretch. This gives me time to think about the day ahead, and also have some me time.
I’m in the car with a coffee and singing along to Pharrell. He gives me a burst of energy and I feel pretty much like I am invincible. The sun is shining, the birds are singing.
Sitting at my desk going through my emails and check out all the eDMs that have flooded my inbox overnight. I take a look at the news from the other hemisphere. I feel like I am prepared for my day now.
I put on some music which brings a good energy to our team area. We love a few tunes and change up the playlist depending on our mood. I start churning through email replies, briefing suppliers and looking at samples.
I review some artwork and get started working on some fresh moodboards for our themes and trends for the next 12 months.
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Armed with a fresh pile of international magazines and a bunch of tear sheets I ripped out last night, I meet up with Head of Visual, Jason Granziera. We chat about the Visual Merchandise references taken in Europe and NY and plan how this might influence the in-store experience at Freedom. We talk about our vision for Freedom and how that can be incorporated into the upcoming season looks.
12.00 -1.00 pm
I grab a quick lunch (a quinoa, green beans, oven roasted heirloom tomatoes and poached chicken salad) and another coffee and flick through this month’s mags. I’m a sucker for magazines and can’t stop collecting them.
2.00 -4:00 pm
I go through a few more emails – and then head off on a store visit to take a look at some of our products and see how the store is merchandising them. One of my favourite parts of my job is to select the scents of our home fragrance. We’ve also been working with incredible artisans in India to create some of our new rugs, I love seeing how they work.
Back to the office in time for a green tea. I’ve recently started a daily ritual (I even set the alarm in my phone!) to take time out to look after myself and enjoy a green tea during the day. It just so happens there’s a birthday in the office so I score a piece of Flour and Stone’s Chocolate Cake. My day just keeps getting better and better!
I’m out of the office to meet up with some friends for dumplings in the city and take in the Vivid Festival.
Back home for a quick replay of the Masterchef highlights, a cup of chamomile tea, and then I’m in bed by 10.