We're a mum and daughter team who believe we should be able to enjoy our outdoor lifestyle, protect ourselves from the sun, AND feel good at the same time.
Watch the clip below to get a better idea of why we do what we do, and to see some of our products. Or scroll on down to read more...
Craft project to prototype.
She bought a couple of old rain umbrellas from the Karrinuyup Swap-meet and dismantled them, hand-sewed a canopy using curtain-blackout fabric from Spotlight and had a handle turned from wood by a gentleman at the Mens Shed. The result was an elegant and effective sun parasol.
Feedback from friends and strangers on Jillian’s craft project was overwhelming. It seemed to filled a gap in the market, and had the potential to change womens attitudes to sun safety. By creating an attractive, UPF50+ sun umbrella, Jillian had created a sun protection option for women that could be acceptable and fashionable part of everyday life, rather than a burden or daggy afterthought.
Her invention seemed to turn heads for the right reasons, with family and friends asking where they could get one. Coincidentally, around the same time I left my full-time marketing gig, to look after my first baby. And together, Jillian and I decided that this craft project, come elegant sun parasol, was something that women could (and should) be using in our every day lives.
And here we are.In 2012 we launched Sunbella, based on a philosophy that women should be able to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle safely and with style. Over the years, we’ve grown from selling at local markets to a global online retailer, wholesaler, supplier of hire packages and custom branding options for major corporate clients. Sunbella won the Business Excellence category of the National AusMumpreneur Awards for 2015, the 2015 Stirling Micro Business Award and reached a record number of sales after the Duchess of Cornwall was gifted a Sunbella by the State Government of Western Australia. In 2017 Nigella Lawson was spotted using one of our City Luxe Sunbellas. Our sales have grown by 200% year on year and our customers come back over and over again - either to add to their collection or to purchase as a gift for friends or family.
We're always open to feedback, so if you have purchased a Sunbella and would like to let us know your thoughts, or haven't bought one and don't mind letting us know what's stopping you, drop us a line any time.
Thank you for your support.
Jillian & Casey
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