Adopt Change, How to Help
7 min read | 30 May 2022
8 min read | 30 May 2022
I was adopted from Pusan, South Korea when I was five months old by my parents Ian and Robyn. I grew up in a small country town in Western Australia called Pingelly, with a population of 800 people before moving to the Central Coast in NSW, so my childhood was rooted in nature and community. I was lucky enough to be adopted into a family who gave me two wonderful siblings, my older brother Ryan and my little sister Caitlin, who is also adopted from South Korea. I always knew I was adopted because my parents told my sister and I from a very young age, but I don’t recall the exact moment they told us—it just felt like it was a part of our story, but it never defined us. There has always been such a safe space and open dialogue about adoption within our family, so I think it’s a testament to my parents as to why I’ve always been so open about my story with others.
I started in the fashion industry as an intern at Grazia and Harper’s Bazaar Australia, which led me to open my eBay store selling vintage clothing and eventually launching my own ecommerce store. At the time, Instagram didn’t exist, so I’ve been lucky enough to evolve with the industry and the opportunities that come with it. I’ve partnered with some of the biggest luxury brands in the world like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Armani Beauty, Tiffany & Co and Qantas, which has been surreal. I also consult for brands on their digital and social media strategy, creative direction and we produce campaigns in-house. But it’s my philanthropic work as an Ambassador for Adopt Change and WWF that has been the most fulfilling role of my career so far.
As an adoptee I’ve always been aware of the important advocacy work Adopt Change and Debora-Lee Furness do for the out-of-home care system in Australia. I reached out in 2016 to see if there was any way to help support and it quickly blossomed into a beautiful ambassadorship when we realised how much we shared the same passion. I feel so lucky to be part of a cause that means so much to me, but also so many children and families around Australia. Adoption and foster care touches so many people’s lives—with 43,000 children currently in our out-of-home care system—yet unfortunately there is still so much work to be done in changing the legislation to make these processes easier in Australia.
I’ve been a loyal fan of Purebaby since the first day I experienced the brand. I’d bought some growsuits for my yet-to-be-born daughter after searching the internet for organic baby wear as we knew she would genetically have eczema prone skin, and I instantly fell in love with the quality. I think I’d bought so many pieces that Purebaby somehow saw it and reached out about collaborating, which has led us here nearly two years later, to a beautiful capsule collection.
It has always been a dream of mine to have my fashion experience and philanthropic work meet, and now, the result will hopefully help a lot of children and families in our foster care system, but also help start an open dialogue about adoption to help remove the stigma associated with it.
I wanted to highlight Adopt Change’s ethos of #AHomeForEveryChild, which gives them the chance to grow, learn, play and thrive when they’re in a permanent home, as well as honour the beautiful and minimal design style of Purebaby. I knew I wanted the collection to be gender neutral and that some of the designs that were iconic to Purebaby would work really well, such as the soft pinstripes or cute all over prints, so these were re-imagined for Adopt Change by using the brand’s turquoise colour or including the words “Home” and “Grow. Learn. Play. Thrive” through-out.
I was quite embarrassed to present my hand drawn rainbow home idea, but the design team at Purebaby are incredible and transformed it into what you see today hero-ing across multiple styles in the collection. I found the entire design process easy because I was so familiar with Purebaby’s aesthetic, fabrics and quality already. It also really helped that Mirabai, the founder of Purebaby, and I share a very similar aesthetic—minimal, refined yet playful designs, which made this collaboration seamless.
I absolutely love the two-piece Track Set. I personally never wanted my daughter to wear anything gender specific, so this is a look I’d style her in. I also love that this set makes a great baby shower gift when you don’t know the sex of the baby, which is something I struggled to find myself.
What is one word you would use to describe this collection?
Purebaby, Nicole and Adopt Change are so delighted to see this collection come to life, after many months in the making. We appreciate your support in raising funds for Adopt Change allowing them to continue their work supporting displaced children and the families who care for them. This helps achieve Adopt Change's vision of a world where all children grow, learn, play and thrive in a safe, nurturing and stable environment. Read more about Adopt Change here.
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