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26 SA STYLE SUMMER 2O18 / SA STYLE #SUPERMUMS / I increased short family holidays to compensate for time spent working on weekends. “ “Before having Gracie I lived in Melbourne and Sydney and used to frequently visit and sell at the markets,” says Jenn. “When I returned home to Adelaide I identified a clear need for a local marketplace. After passing Gilles Street Primary School I had the vision to start up a small fashion-based market. The rest is history, as they say...” Jenn has gone on to curate the Campbelltown Moonlight Markets and the Glenelg Sunset Markets, in addition to numerous collaborative efforts with local event bodies, such as the Adelaide Fashion Festival, St Peters Fair, Alpine Winter Village, Winterfest, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, and Good Fortune Market, to name a few. The Gilles Street Market now has a supportive community of designers, grateful for the platform to launch their brands, as well as enthusiastic stall holders selling preloved items. “I have an enormous support network,” says Jenn. “Family, friends and a committed staff base that return year after year to work with me. My team often work independently on our various events to make the magic happen.” “I feel strongly about sustainable fashion. More specifically about being kind to our environment and responsible with our resources. The markets are about supporting local, making mindful purchases, using what you have, and being creative with wardrobe choices. Gilles Street prides itself on supporting this essential movement, one that delivers a positive message and has an impact on our planet.” Juggling such a large project with a family and side business (she also heads up kids’ clothing label Numbers and Letters) doesn’t come without its challenges, but Jenn continues to think outside the box to turn those challenges into opportunities. “Running your own business coupled with a family is never easy. However, it is rewarding and the flexibility enables me to take time when I need to ensure I am present for our family’s needs. I increased short family holidays to yearly to compensate for the time spent working on weekends, and where possible I try to include my family in events I am involved in.” Jenn launched the ‘Kids Made It’ Market as a new addition to Gilles Street and encouraged her daughter to create her own dino market stall, printing and selling her own dino t-shirts. “I find joy in harnessing JENNIFER CENTENERA Jenn is the founder of the Gilles Street Market and mother to four-year-old Gracie. She married her long-time boyfriend in 2008 – the same year as she launched the market. These days this stylish mum manages the market and her kids’ clothing business Numbers and Letters in between daycare drop-offs. PHOTOGRAPHY URBAN SAFARI Gracie’s interests and redirecting them into a creative outlet. Her love of dinosaurs is so exceptionally strong, so I draw on that and try to find ways to continue to drive her passion through what I do. It was a great element to the market, and an even better creative outlet for children.” Jenn’s advice to women wanting to pursue a dream or interest is to just give it a go. “I am witness to so many creatives that have started out small, but with drive and persistence have created formidable and profitable businesses.” GILLES STREET MARKET Gilles Street Market celebrates 10 years in March 2018, so be sure to follow it on social media where you’ll see lots of updates and surprises.
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