Watch List: The 5 Homegrown Movers And Shakers To Keep An Eye On

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By Georgie Murray and Melissa Myrteza | 25th June 2019

This June has been all about things homegrown. Brisbane is breeding a courageous generation of go-getters throughout the creative, fitness and business industries who are making names for themselves beyond our north and south coasts. This movement has been lent a helping hand by society’s obsession with social media and the growing fascination of who’s who. Instagram notably has been the main vehicle, providing a platform for everydayer’s to be more known, more noticed and more valued. Dreams of being a creator or influencer now don’t seem so far-fetched and our city is shaping up to see some key-players thrive. This is something we want to support and showcase in our local community. Homegrown and honoured, see our latest ‘Bris Becommers’.

Stella Rafter

Reigning from Brisbane, then to the Gold Coast, now in Sydney and back between, Stella Rafter is beginning to be a standout in the fashion world. Working as a Sales Assistant at Rachel Gilbert three years ago encouraged Stella to pursue a Business degree to facilitate her understanding and experience of the fashion industry. Since working in the shop fronts and undergoing a high-school internship, she has been noticed personally by Gilbert and is now working closely inside the ranks of Gilbert HQ. At just 18, Stella independently relocated to Sydney to further pursue her passions with some exciting ventures yet to unfold. Stella will be one to certainly watch.

Hattie Nixon

A QUT student, Hattie’s Insta’ aesthetic says it all: fun, fluff and frivolity. Eclectic colours a key theme, Hattie’s unique style and out-there statement pieces show a bright future ahead in the fashion industry. Her knack for uncovering thrift-shop finds and pairing prints with prints is setting her out from the crowd. The confidence Hattie has in her own style is certainly commendable and we’re excited to see how she prospers in the industry.

Shani Finch

You may have read a snippet online at Style Media about Shani Finch’s contribution to Brisbane’s Street Art Festival. If not, you would have certainly seen her creations around town and may not even know it yet. Shani specialises in murals, sign writing and digital posters while expressing her femininity and independence. Her work has a signature tone with pinks, purples and societal commentary. Keep your eye out for Shani’s work throughout the city. Before we know it, Shani will be a Brisbane legend.

Max Heaton

Currently skating his way down Europe, Style’s very own Editorial Coordinator Max Heaton has one epic side hustle. Braving the biggest inclines and windy turns, he’s borderline pro at downhill skating. Expect epic landscapes, treacherous hills and some serious shredding on his scenic Insta account. He’s headed to be one of the world’s best downhill skaters and we’d put money on it!

The Moon Gallery

Ephemeral shapes and gold foil make up this Brisbane based artists’ feed. We’re obsessed with her otherworldly style, with each work giving us a dip into her imagination. She recently featured in BSAF, painting her mark in West Village with deep blues and golden reflections. You may have caught our Instagram Friday Freebies giveaway featuring a few of her gold foils prints and her collab tee with the Print Bar. She’s set to shake up the art world and we’re so here for it.

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