The Erstwilder Team
Your designers, marketers, customer care and operations people.
'Queen of Erstwildian Support'
Hi there, I'm Cath. I have the privilege of helping to take care of you lovely Erstwildians as Customer Service Manager. I'm here to assist with your enquiries, listen to your feedback, share your suggestions for your dream collaborations with our design team and most importantly ensure we are sparking joy for you, our wonderful community. In my spare time you'll find me outdoors, probably on my bike as I choose to ride at every opportunity and often leave the car at home. Unfortunately, no fur babies, however 2 beautiful doves visit me daily and have adopted me as their personal seed chef.
Favourite quote: " I've learned that people will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou"
'Princess of Erstwildian Support'
Hi I'm Montana! I'm born and bred in Melbourne's Inner South-East and a lover of all things bright and colourful. When I'm not helping our beautiful community of Erstwildians, you can find me singing on stage at your local Melbourne venue or music studio. My personal style is an eclectic mix of old Hollywood vintage and Japanese street fashion, with a hint of anything quirky and kitschy. My style icons include Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Dita Von Teese & Vivienne Westwood! I'm obsessed with animals and have a 15-year old Golden Retriever named Bingo, who is the centre of my world, and a very pretty cat named Sugar who is learning to tolerate me.
Favourite quote: “You had the power all along my dear" - Glinda the Good Witch
'The Grand Master of Inspiration'
Me in a nutshell? 80% health enthusiast, 20% cookie monster. As an owner, Managing Director and Creative Director, my job mostly involves keeping the team inspired with super fun ideas (made easy thanks to the wonderful suggestions you all submit to us), motivating everyone (also not particularly difficult with this awesome bunch), looking at ways we can give you the best possible experiences and just generally spreading joy. I’m also responsible for keeping the kitchen stocked with biscuits and M&M’s. When I’m not here you’ll find me at the park, or the beach, or somewhere else in nature with my darling wife Dani, baby girl Indiana and little man Sonny. Oh, or I’ll be at the movies. Hot tip - go late enough and a movie ticket gets you the whole cinema!
Favourite quote: “When life shuts a door open it again. It’s a door. That’s how they work.”
'Chief Happiness Inventor'
Aloha Erstwildians! My name is Catherine and I am the Head of Design at EW HQ. My role is to lead the Design Team in the creation of all our wonderful collections! A typical day sees me reviewing new concept sketches and illustrations and then liaising with our production team to bring these EW designs to life. If I had a time machine, I would travel to 1960s Hawaii and hang out on the set of an Elvis movie. I have always loved vintage fashion and my favourite part of working with Erstwilder is its modern take on eras gone by. When I am not in the office, you will find me giving loads of cuddles to my two fur baby Lagotto Romagnolos, Francesca and Gigi; baking something yummy in my mid-century, modern inspired kitchen; or sipping a Pina Colada in my Palm Springs landscaped garden.
Favourite quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” Walt Disney
'Darling of Design Awakening'
Hello, darlings! I'm Holly, the Product Developer for all the beautiful treasures dreamed up at Erstwilder. My role is to bring to life in 3D form, all of the illustrations from our wonderfully talented designers. Pretty sure I was born in the wrong decade because I've always loved everything from the '50s. This was contributed to by my glorious Nonnie, who opened my eyes to all things glamourous. When I'm not being creative, I love watching old romantic musicals & classic horror monsters, pet sitting adorable fur babies and dreaming about living in a Disney fantasy land with my cat Dinah. Like a real-life Alice, I am now exploring the quirky, playful and vibrant wonderland that is Erstwilder.
Favourite quote: "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."
'The Founding Father of Quirk'
When you blow the budget on beautiful brooches and need someone to blame, I guess you can look my way. You see, I’m the fella who (along with our original designer, Louisa) started the Erstwilder label). As an owner, Managing Director and head of Operations and Finance, I’m usually focused on that ‘bigger picture’ stuff, like looking after our stockist program, managing our production, and keeping an eye on the financials. I also get to be involved in a bunch of creative roles too, lucky me! I moved from Melbourne to Sydney in early 2020, to settle down with my wife and beautiful baby boy, but I make sure to come visit the team at HQ as much as possible. Outside of work, you can find me watching docos on YouTube, jogging at the beach, watching footy, slow cooking meat, checking out some local live music, and enjoying time with my family.
Favourite quote: “Speak kind to a stranger, you never know, it might be an angel”
'Head of Hype'
Hello lovelies, you can call me Ev! I’m the Strategic Marketing Manager here at Erstwilder, also known as the Head of Hype. My priority is to make your online shopping experience as seamless and exciting as possible, along with spreading Erstwildian joy globally. I’m a typical night owl who can run on 5 hours sleep, my drink of choice is a classic margarita or mocha, and my favourite pastime is re-watching Gilmore Girls from start to finish. If I could go back to any time in history, you’ll find me in Elizabethan England. Hopefully still with my head!
Favourite quote: “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost”
'Maker of Dreams'
Hi there! I’m Hannah, and I’m Erstwilder’s Digital Designer. I spend my days designing the banners and graphics that enhance your online experience, as well as the packaging that houses your adored accessories. I love creating, viewing, and reviewing all things art and animation! And I also love shopping for crazily patterned shirts. When I’m not at work, you can find me at home playing point-and-click puzzle games, doing a jigsaw with my family, or reading poetry by the sea with a cup of chai.
Favourite quote: “In the end the shadow was only a small and passing thing: There was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.” - JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
'Digital Curator and Joy Alchemist'
As an eternal optimist, I believe that life happens for us not to us. Focusing on all things digital here at Erstwilder, my role is to curate your online experience and make your journey from fan to loyal customer as seamless as possible, spreading Erstwildian joy worldwide and making a difference through our charity efforts. When I’m not online I’m hanging out with my favourite people, my partner Guy and our sons Hendrix and Buster. I am a storyteller at heart and in my limited free time, enjoy reading and writing as much as I can, taking photos on the daily and sharing highlights to Instagram. I believe the best things in life start with the letter C… my Children, Coffee, Chocolate, Cake, Couture, Cuddles and Colour!
Favourite quote: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else.” - Ru Paul
'Director of the Day-to-Day'
Hi, I’m Joel. I am the Warehouse Manager at Erstwilder, and my role is to lead the team that makes sure your special little somethings leave HQ and arrive on your doorstep in a timely fashion. It has been said that if I were any more laid back, I’d be lying down. Outside of work, I’m usually watching footy (or any sport for that matter, much to my wife’s dismay), getting creative in the kitchen and running around after my three wildlings, Caleb, Elliott and Cooper, alongside my wife, Kristen. In what presently feels like another life, I love to go to live gigs and travel (I can’t wait to get back to Hawaii!).
Favourite quote: “When someone says you can’t do it, do it twice and take photos”
'Lead of the Pack(ing)'
Hello everyone! You might not hear of me or see me often but I help lead the HQ team who are picking and packing all of your orders, and getting whatever admin needs to be done around that. Outside of work, I spend all of my precious time with friends and family, hanging out with my amazing partner Daniel or chasing around my little boy, Jax. There will usually be music involved too, whether that’s at home or better yet, checking out some live music at a pub. I’m also partial to dinner outings and long drives. Growing up with not one, not two, but three brothers taught me not to be scared to get my hands (or the rest of me) dirty. It also taught me to tackle problems head-on. I’m not one to dwell on drama, I prefer to find solutions!
Favourite quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
Hey, my name is Kenny, and I'm the Warehouse Administrator at Erstwilder. I bounce around the warehouse doing everything I can to help the team get from A to B, with A being the moment we receive your order on Erstwilder.com and B being the moment it leaves HQ on it's brief journey to your home or place of business. I spend my time off work playing different games with my friends and watching videos on ancient history. I enjoy keeping up with Formula 1, from the racing to keeping up with all the technical jargon.
Favourite quote: "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts" Marcus Aurelius
I am an illustrator and artist from Sydney’s inner west. Drawing is my passion and I am very much inspired by animals and all things botanical. A typical day for me would consist of running my online shop, working on commissioned artwork and of course creating super fun and colourful brooches with the lovely people from Erstwilder. I love working for Erstwilder because they encourage creativity and let you take control of the design and output of each brooch. Some of my favourite designs would have to be Best Budgies, Janettie the Patient and Flora Fox Face. When I'm not drawing, you will find me hanging out with my cat Miso, visiting all the galleries or enjoying a Bloody Mary with my bestie and partner in crime.
Hi! I’m Elena. The area in the outer suburbs of Melbourne where I live is green and hilly, with many birds, kangaroos, horses and even alpacas. I find it very inspirational, and often carry a little notebook with me on my daily walks to jot down ideas that come to me while I walk. Springtime is my favourite season - I love seeing the bursts of verdant leaves and the bare trees that become covered with flowers all of a sudden everywhere I look! When I am not outdoors, I spend my days painting and illustrating. I work from home, so often this can be till very late at night, as I am a bit of a night owl. Designing for Erstwilder has meant I can put two of my favourite things together – my love of nature and my love of colour. Sometimes it seems like magic that takes a simple sketch from paper to computer to a finished piece a few months later – it’s always such a thrill to open the box to see the end result, and realize I helped make it happen.
Bonjour! My name is Hallie. I am a designer who lives in Melbourne with my family and fur baby Pepsi! I help to design the visionary concepts of Erstwilder's amazing creative team! ! I love the creative energy at Erstwilder – it’s like designing in sunshine ALL THE TIME! My favourite place to be is in a Vintage shop or market. I love finding unique treasures that can be a source of inspiration and I can give a new home to. “Pick me, pick me” the orphaned objects call. As Maria would ask - What are a few of your favourite things? I love horses in all its forms - Unicorns, Pegasus and seahorses! Horses must be my spirit animal. My favourite movie is Xanadu - it is the mixed tape of movie greatness - 80’s, 50’s, roller skates, romance, music, dancing, greek mythology and LA architecture - it has it all! And my favourite humans in the world are my boys!
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We're always open to opportunities and love hearing from talented people who have their heart set on joining our team. So, while we might not always have your dream position available, we'd welcome an introduction. Besides, who knows what the future holds! Contact us below to discuss working together.
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