Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tess Makes the Best of Both Worlds

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tess Makes the Best of Both Worlds

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Byline: Zhanae Conway-Dodd

SHE grew up on an Alpha cattle property with a love for fashion and mustering, now this Central West Queenslander is making the best of both worlds.

Tess Cox, whose two interests could not be more different, has started her own clothing label, Hessian By Jayne, all while managing her contract mustering business and photography business.

The young 24-year-old entrepreneur first knew she wanted to make a name for herself in the world of business when she was working in contracting camps, which she had been doing since she was 15.

At age 22, the country girl took on the challenge of running her own contract mustering business which saw her spend about seven to eight months in remote country.

Tess admits being away so often and out of service for months at a time wasn't the most convenient lifestyle to be starting a fashion business which required a lot of communication with a team to produce the perfect product.

"I created Hessian By Jayne by starting with sketches, lots of them," Tess said.

"I worked on patterns and samples and sourced fabrics when I was in town shifting camp or on weekends."

Tess said her agent, who is from Brisbane, was a little unsure of her dedication.

"We would have a conversation about getting 500m of crepe silk printed, giving the go ahead on samples and hand sketched prints but then I would end the conversation with, OK cool I'll speak to you in a month when I'm back in phone service," Tess laughed.

"She realised I was serious soon enough though."

Starting the label was something Tess had always wanted to do but says she did experience her fair share of struggles including her remote location and lack of technology out there.

"I've been camped out in the padlock hundreds of kilometres from town or phone service, working from dark till dark and coming home to sketch and plan," she said. …

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