International Women's Day 2019 / Jodie Barrett, New Zealand Sales

Jodie Barrett, NZ Sales Manger

What does balance for better mean to you?

Being pregnant with our first child, I am so grateful for the opportunities women have today to continue their careers and raise their families simultaneously. 


What does a typical day look like for you?

I try to start most a little earlier and get to the gym before work or take our pup Jones for a walk. Once I’m at the office no two days are really the same, which is one of my favourite things about working for a small business. Many do start with emails and coffee, and depending on what time of the year we’re at I’m usually either working through orders and dispatch or travelling around the country, catching up with stockists and selling our beautiful collections. 


After work is down time at home with my little family or spent catching up with friends. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and do try to get to the beach at least a few nights each week too.


What are your go-to rituals that make you feel empowered each day?

The first thing I do every morning is make the bed and give the house a quick spruce. Accomplishing little things at home definitely sets me up for a productive day ahead.


Daily diary to-do lists at the office are essential to make sure my day is planned out. Working across multiple brands and seasons can mean a few balls in the air at any one time, so this helps to keep me focused and prioritise my time.


Fashion is often used as a female form of expression. What is the Marle garment that makes you feel most confident, and why?

Very hard to choose just one, as I have a few, but my Rudy Skirts are a go-to every season! I love how flattering the bias cut is and the handfeel of sandwashed silk. Plus it works with every top and knit in my wardrobe so makes it an easy choice if I’m low on time in the mornings.


What is appealing to you about Marle’s considered approach to fashion production?

We have so many choices with clothing today, it’s important to know where the pieces in your wardrobe come from and what they’re made of. Our Perino Yarn for example is made just outside of Wellington and it was amazing to visit the factory to see the whole yarn process come together for what becomes our beloved Jo Jumpers. I’m not one for fast-fashion so love knowing my Marle pieces will stand the test of time both physically and aesthetically.


Jodie wears the Jo Jumper + Rudy Skirt in black