Scottish born Stephanie Davies starting her career in New York, working with internationally renowned stylist Renate Lindlar and assisting fashion shoots at NYLON Magazine. She then went on to become a professional personal shopper (I mean, everyone women’s dream job) before moving to the Central Coast with her husband and two daughter in 2014.
Stephanie launched La Bohème Lifestyle in 2018, the chicest luxe fashion boutique on the central coast and its namesake brand La Boheme Girls in 2020. Her vision is to empower women to be fearless, free spirited and playful. Her brand La Boheme Girls is inspired by travel, offering timeless, eclectic lifestyle clothing and pieces for the modern, effortless bohemian woman.
We sat down to get to know Stephanie...
What is your earliest fashion memory?
Moving to New York after finishing Glasgow School of Art. I was working 3 different fashion jobs at once. I was an intern for an incredible knitwear designer Mischa Lampert in Soho as well as a showroom assistant to an incredible stylist Renate Lindlar and an intern at NYLON magazine. I lived and breathed every opportunity thrown my way and forever grateful to all these women who offered me the experience and helped me become who I am today.
Biggest career highlight/most memorable moment to date?
It would actually be a daily highlight really. It is being able to work at my store and for my brand which I am so incredibly proud of. Being surrounded by my gorgeous team getting to do what we love on a daily basis but having a lot of fun while we do so.
How did you start La Boheme and why?
I have always loved working with people, it brings me joy to build relationships and help women feel and look good from the inside out. I was a personal shopper for many years where my job was much more than just clothes , it was to help grow confidence and support women to be the best version of themselves. I also moved to the coast and had always lived in big cities so it was a big change for me style wise. I couldn't find anything to wear on the coast so thought I will create somewhere that offers something for everyone.
When you need inspiration, where do you turn?
My mum. She taught me everything I know. Mostly about being kind and that there is power in softness. She taught me how to put outfits together and how to express myself through clothes.
The simplest piece of fashion advice you can give every woman is...?
Do YOU! Dress for you, no one else. If it makes you feel good.. go for it!!!
Favourite Beauty Food product?
Your collagen cookies!
How do you juggle being a mum and running several successful businesses!?
Determination. I struggle with it on a daily basis. Each week is different and new challenges come my way. I have the most incredible supportive husband, he is my biggest fan and believed in me even when I didn't. I do it because I love it and I want to show my girl what they can be capable of if they work hard. Everything I do is for them. They are my world. My 7 year old Marlowe works with me in the store every day of her schools holidays as I have no family here. She is already a fantastic worker - teaching her young to apply herself and work hard.
Favourite thing about being a mum?
Morning snuggles/ their faces when I pick them up from school.
How is the fashion industry changing at the moment, in your opinion?
People are moving away from fast fashion ( thank god ), being more mindful of what they buy, how things are being made and opting to buying well and choosing less. One of our main focuses at LB is creating dresses that are timeless, pieces that are trans seasonal that you will love season after season, year after year.
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Dream holiday destination?
At the moment... anywhere I could meet my family 💔 Miss them terribly as they are all in Scotland and no one can travel.