The Lisa Barron Story

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Lisa Barron is a pillar in the Australian Fashion industry, designing and creating the highest quality, locally made collections since 1983. Lisa’s vision is to create garments that don’t follow trends and are truly unique. Precision tailoring crafted by the most careful of hands, complimented by beautiful materials ensures that every garment we make elevates our client’s wardrobes while still remaining timeless and classic.

Lisa’s early fashion career began in her early 20’s making stage costumes for local punk bands out of her parent’s garage. She finessed an art of combining unseen textures and colours that got her name noticed in her local circles. Once she had saved up $500, she packed up her portable sewing machine, crossed the Nullarbor and moved to South Yarra, Melbourne in 1983. While Melbourne was the beating heart of the Australian fashion industry, Lisa still couldn’t find brands that appealed to that avant-garde, bespoke voice in her head. So she started her own label, Lisa Barron. 

Set up in a garage out the back of her South Yarra apartment, she put together a small collection crafted from fabrics she foraged for in Melbourne’s iconic fabric stores like Job Warehouse and Victoria Markets. Using her unique skills, she studded, shredded and spray painted her way into selling her first designs at Jo Sillito, Chapel St, Prahran.

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Lisa has an endless curiosity for finding the best materials for her client’s needs. Her fabric sourcing journeys have taken her to many corners of the world where she was able to connect with small, niche fabric mills that produced the highest quality materials. Lisa’s philosophy when choosing fabrics for a collection is that it needs to “tell her a story of what it’s destined to become”. She lets the fabrics design themselves into pieces that fit effortlessly into her clients wardrobes such as durable, stretch cotton suiting to hand washable, sequined ball gowns.

By the mid to late 90s the national distribution of Lisa’s designs was complemented by a flagship store on Toorak Road, South Yarra and soon followed by the jewel in her crown, a beautiful boutique and head office on High Street, Armadale in 1993. Now, we operate solely from our High St location; with our design studio, Lisa’s office and boutique all working together under one roof. The LB team is small mighty! Headlined by Lisa’s Assistant Designer and Store Manager, Hannah and her right hand seamstress for the last 25 years, Ippolita. 

Some of Lisa’s career highlights include dressing supermodels such as Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, having her first dress worn at the Oscars in 2018 by Zoe Daniel and dressing close friend and TV personality, Nicky Buckley for the past 30 years. But, Lisa credits her greatest achievement as building a name brand that means so much to its clients and employees. Lisa has always been driven by a limitless dedication to her loyal clients who are her inspiration when designing new collections. 

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Lisa has been a driving influence in the Australian fashion community throughout her entire career. She is a strong advocate for supporting small business, locally manufactured garments and women in business. Throughout her career she has been involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives and credited with some of Victoria’s most prestigious design awards. 

Including:

Appointed to the Victorian Government Creative Industries Advisory Group (2019-), Founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia (2014), IWF Steering Conference Steering Committee (2015-2018), Vice President, Treasure Chest Charity (2005-2017), Victorian Manufacturing Council (2012-2015) The Stonnington Hall of Fame Inductee (2006), The WA Designer Awards – New Wave, The Australian Wool Corporation – Young Designer Award 1980.

Lisa Barron shows no signs of stopping! With new clients discovering her impeccable tailored fits and unique design style everyday.

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