The Mombasa Rose Story
The creative endeavour of Pip, Nancy and Rose Lawson, Mombasa Rose was founded in the early 2000s. As a proudly family owned business, we wanted to create a brand that reflected our passion for independent and uplifting fashion.
Over the years our styles may have changed to reflect current trends but at the heart of what we do and how we do it has always been a love for the free spirited coastal lifestyle of our Sunshine State - Queensland.
Working in our Brisbane studio together with our close-knit team we imagine, sketch, sample and create our exclusive styles. All of our patterns are made and graded in Australia by our master pattern cutter to reflect our size guide.
Much of our jewellery is handmade in our Noosa studio featuring gemstones sourced from our Brother company Lawson Gems. Having fallen in love with the amazing Australian opal we now work with local Australian miners & cutters to produce our unique range of opal jewellery.
Why We Love Mombasa Rose
Designed in Brisbane
All of our designs are exclusive to Mombasa Rose. Working
from our Brisbane based design studio we design, sample and create fully graded patterns for all of our styles. Looking towards the end of 2022, we also plan to start using exclusive prints.
As a brand we actively try to use as many natural materials
as possible. This includes not just the fabric used to make your new garment, but also the buttons and trim. By using natural fibres, we not only create garments well suited to our sub-tropical climate but we are also making our own small contribution towards a more sustainable future.
As we try to move our brand to work in a more sustainable
model, we know that we aren’t perfect but we are constantly striving to improve. We have recently introduced bio-degradable packaging and more than half of our garments now come in cellophane bags instead of plastic. Unlike many online
fashion brands around the world, we do not send returned garments to landfill. Instead unused/unworn returns are carefully quality checked, then hot steamed and repacked into cellophane bags for resale.
Prior to 2020 (and the global pandemic) we visited our
factories in China regularly to ensure safe and fair working conditions. In the past 2 years we have used video conferencing calls to continue this practice. Once travel restrictions have been lifted we look forward to getting back to in person visits.
Whilst we donate to a number of different charities throughout the year we are proudest of our efforts in working with the following causes.
Don’t throw it away, fix it.
All faulty garments that we find in our warehouse or that are returned to us in an unused state are fixed by our in-house team. We then donate these garments along with any other products that are no longer saleable to a number of charities across Queensland including a domestic violence program on the Gold
Ladles of Love
This amazing organisation feeds the hungry in Cape Town, providing healthy food through a network of NPOs. Ladles of Love is about more than merely providing meals.
Médecins Sans Frontières
We make a yearly Christmas donation to Médecins Sans Frontières.
Jewellery for Hope
The full amount of any sale from our Jewellery for Hope collection is donated monthly to an individual working in Cape Town South Africa to purchase warm clothing, raincoats and daily essentials which are then distributed to the local homeless & destitute.
As passionate creatives we couldn't stop at just
designing clothing. A few years ago we introduced our range of handmade jewellery.
Using gemstones, sterling silver and other objects sourced
from around the globe, we hand make unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings in our Noosa and Brisbane jewellery studios.
We have also developed a passion for the amazing Australian opal and through our Brother company Lawson Gems we have developed relationships with a number of independent Australian opal miners. We sell both beautiful jewellery created by the miners as well as our own designs featuring their unique stones.