Growing up in Canada, Katie Kolodinski moved to Australia at the age of 18 where she continued her studies in fashion illustration and industrial sewing. Kolodinski has always had a love of fashion. “I often found myself altering and adjusting vintage clothing to suit my taste, and being very into the quality and feel of the fabrics I would wear,” she explained. Her earliest memories of fashion were ones of her mother. “She made all of my and my sister's clothing and dresses, ranging from pink taffeta dresses to heavy, beautiful velvets and corduroy dresses.”
Her brand, Silk Laundry, has been running for two and a half years and Kolodinski completes all the fabric sourcing and factory visits. She also oversees the day-to-day running of the business. She works alongside three others where they perform their marketing, branding, design and wholesale all in-house.
Kolodinski came up with the idea for Silk Laundry when she struggled to find silk basics in Australia. “The 90's slip was our first design, and I just wanted to create a brand that could be trusted and consistent with high-quality fabrics,” she added.
Silk Laundry is currently stocked in boutiques across Australia as well as running from their online store. “I would love to keep expanding the range offering as well as starting beautiful silk blends. Think Silk Cashmere sweaters or gorgeous light silk cotton for summer,” Kolodinski said. Additionally, she is looking forward to having a standalone store and expanding into the North American market.