FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN: COLETTE

Here at Sussan, we have been celebrating the spirit of Australian women for more than 80 years.

Through our designs and brand partnerships, we are committed to supporting, empowering and championing women and are always looking for new ways to help our community thrive.

Now, we want to recognise the influential women of our Sussan family by sharing their unique and uplifting stories.

From female cotton farmers and garment technicians to motivating members of our wider community, including Breast Cancer Network Australia.

With that, we give you: For Women By Women, a new column featuring valuable and diverse insights from women who create, design, and inspire.

COLETTE YON, BUYER

What do you love about other women?

Working with incredibly talented women inspires me every day. I love how nurturing and collaborative I feel when I am around other women. I love collaborating and working alongside our team, bouncing ideas and melding minds.

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman today?

When I found out we were not able to have children, I found it hard, but it’s a pain that I have come to terms with. I have learned to nurture in other ways.

I do think people should be more sensitive and not ask ‘Why haven’t you got children?’. It can be upsetting.

There is this expectation that women get pregnant as a part of life, but that’s not always the case.

What does ‘For Women By Women’ mean to you?

I design with the understanding of a woman’s lifestyle. I understand the expectations of a garment and how they need to work for the woman wearing them. I celebrate all women by designing functional, practical, and flattering garments. 

What is your favourite quote?

 “Things always work out, and sometimes even better than you could have imagined” — I wish I said this more to myself.

What is a memorable piece of advice?

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” – Serena Williams, professional tennis player who has won more singles titles than any man or woman

What is your night-time ritual?

My partner will cook as he does most nights. He will choose something fresh from the garden, we will open a bottle of wine. We turn off all screens, play a record, listen to the radio, read or just talk.

Who is a women who inspires you and that you would nominate as part of #womenforwomen campaign?

My mother.  She was a funny, warm, sharp, no-nonsense, tough woman. She taught me to stick to my ambitions and never give up. She taught us to work hard, but most importantly, to love what we do.

#WOMENFORWOMEN

We are thrilled to launch a new initiative, inviting women to nominate and celebrate the women in their lives. We want to put you, our Sussan community, centre stage. We call it ‘women for women’.

As part of #womenforwomen campaign, we’re asking you to nominate a women who inspires you. This could be a woman who has lifted her community or someone you’d like to thank for all they do for you.

To win a $20 online voucher for yourself and the woman you nominate, simply:

  1. Make sure you’re following @sussanfashion and like this post.
  2. Tag your nominated woman
  3. Comment in 25 words or less who you’d like to nominate and why?

We’ll pick two winning entries from this post. Competition closes 11.59pm AEDT Thursday 31st March, 2022. For T&C’s head to our website.

Read more about the #sussanwomen who inspire us, including our QA Manager, Claire Mellios.

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