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WEST INDIES WEAR - Meet the designer Kim

A lot of you have been emailing lately to let me know how much you are enjoying my blog post stories and it occurred to me that a lot of myloyal island friends haven't even met me....so I have created a little 5 minute video to introduce myself.   Click here to view the video. I am planning to do a bunch of video's for you guys over the coming weeks.  So if there is something you would like me to talk about, please let me know. I would love to share some of my island knowledge with you, how to pack for your island vacation, how to wear a sarong, the advantages of wearing cotton.... are just some of...

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Caribbean SNOW

My daughter was born in Australia but as soon as she got her passport at 2 months of age we left and by the time she was 4 months of age we had moved to the Caribbean, back to our boat.  Here she is learning to walk on the uneven deck. Her first 7 years were a somewhat unique beginning.  We lived on our boat, and we house-sat for "land friends".  We sailed around the islands for some of it, and we lived the 9-5 life in St.Maarten for some of it.  Here is a photo of her in the car seat in the dinghy.  During our years in St.Maarten I ran a chain of 16 gift shops by day,...

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Hurricane GO AWAY

When we first sailed to the Caribbean we nobly decided that we would always keep ourselves and our humble vessel out of the hurricane zone.  Well that lasted one hurricane season, and after that we endured many many years of stressful hurricane seasons up north in the firing line.... all because well, we had to earn a living.  During our 10 years in the Caribbean we were actually VERY lucky, only going through 3 hurricanes, (and not on the scale of Hurricane Matthew) but we also tried to minimize our risk by hauling our boat, and even living onboard in the boat yard the first time.  Here is a photo of me hanging laundry in the rubble of the boat yard....

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Long haul

I live in a small town, 1 hour flight north of Sydney, Australia.  I have travelled to USA three times in the last 3 months to show the new collection and catch up with island friends at 3 different shows.  Each time I arrange a schedule for my husband, mum and mother-in-law to fill in my role with our 3 children (3, 5 and 12) for their various weekly activities. The journey to Florida takes between 24 to 30 hours by the time you add up flying time and airport waiting time.  It's crazy.  Here is a photo of my flight over Sydney Harbour.  WOW, always stunning, even on a grey day. Once in Florida I am at work.... no time for jet...

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One Love for Haiti

Back in late 2009 I had the privilege of visiting the island of Haiti on a buyer's trip.  I have to say it was one of the most amazing islands in the Caribbean (and I was lucky enough to visit quite a few of them over the years) While we were there we visited the homes and market places of artisans who did amazing work, like this life size sculpture. The hotel we stayed in had all these incredible sculptures scattered around the grounds. Outside the hotel grounds though, the island was poor, and the people struggled to etch a living for their families. Just a month after my visit, Port-au-Prince was flattened by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter...

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