KRISTY RIGBY may still be a school, but this young designer is determined to make it big in the competitive world of fashion. She recently launched her own label LEHANE – a 50’s inspired, handmade line aimed at young adults. “I definitely think the category of teenagers to young adults is forgotten about because there are girls and womens clothes, but there is nothing in-between,” says the teen “I have created garments which are sweet and innocent which isn’t often seen these days”.

While she hopes to grab this niche market, the Gold Coast born and bred entrepreneur says she does try to cater for all sizes and hopes her designs flatter every figure. “I want all women to feel and look beautiful in my garments. Each item is individually handcrafted and this makes every garment unique, just as unique as the customer”.

LEHANE is available at local markets like The Village Market in Burleigh as well as on FACEBOOK at

Kristy Rigby


What style advise would you give someone?

Style is not fashion. You should not feel you have to keep up with the trends because that is not what style is about. Style is about expressing who you are and being true to yourself. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing and confident that you look good.

What was your best fashion buy?

My best fashion buy would have to be my Sass and Bide jeans. I got them at a warehouse sale a couple of years ago for $30 and have been wearing them ever since.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I’m not at school, I’m doing homework, at the beach or with friends.

If you could be anywhere in the world where would you go?

I would be in Paris or New York. These cities are beautiful I have yet to visit them and can only dream until the day. I have seen enough pictures and movies to know that these places are amazing and a definite must-visit on any traveller’s list. Their fashion industries are huge and something I hope to be involved in later in life.

What is your beauty regime?

My beauty regime is I cleanse my face then moisturise. I hardly ever where makeup which keeps my skin clear and natural.

In five years I hope to be …completing university and studying fashion. I am yet to decide which university this will be at.

In ten years I hope to… have travelled around the world. Before I settle into working I think I want to travel and maybe intern around the world. This will give me some inspiration and ideas of goals I want to accomplish.

Photos courtesy of Kristy Rigby

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