Mother’s Day 2019 is a special day for Gai Brennan, co-founder of new Fashion Activewear Start-up, Posh Active.
With her Mum ‘Sheila Babe’, just about to turn 100 years old Gai has reflected on her life’s journey and tried to make sense of all the influences that have made her life what it is.
‘My overwhelming memory of my childhood is the civility that was bred into me by my mother. Mum was busy raising 5 kids but there was attention to manners and refinement. She had a horror of allowing laziness and slovenliness into our daily routine.
I remember her as always being busy and when her mothering was finished for the day, she would busy herself with knitting and needlework. These handicrafts still take up much of her time today. The quality and quantity of her output is extraordinary, and I believe is the key to her longevity.
Mum had a very understated sense of style, but she was a very creative thinker and I believe that started me delving into the world of fashion at a very young age.
I grew up with a love of all things fashionable which led me to discover Jenny Kee, whilst I was at university. I clearly remember wanting to work with Jenny and when that became a reality, she became my greatest teacher. Jenny has such a refinement of style and I have been able to draw on my experience with Jenny all my working life.
As I see it, exposure to such beautiful women and their creative abilities have naturally led me to where I am today, offering a fashionable alternative for women, to help them look their best, when they are working out or whatever else it is, they are doing.
My Mum taught me to think outside the square and not worry about what anyone else thinks. I have seen my Mum act as a brave warrior at times during her life and I have had times when I have had to do the same. I was able to do so without fear or favour because of the fabulous role-modelling I received from her. I have tried very consciously to drive that message home to my own 2 beautiful daughters.
A life of honesty, integrity and creativity fuelled with love is what I will always remember my precious Mum for. It has kept her going since 1919 and I think that is amazing.
I love her dearly and thank her for being my MUM. I appreciate Mum’s support and encouragement through this start-up process whilst developing Posh Active, the first activewear line of clothing designed specifically for women over 50, in the world. Find Posh Active at www.posh-active.com.au.
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