SUNDAY LIFE MAGAZINE, SUN HERALD/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/THE AGE 24/2/19
THE HOLIDAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
Travelling through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos awoke something within me – I fell in love with the colour, the serenity and the people, and knew I'd come back to see more. And while I had settling in Australia in the back of my mind, I don't think I could ever have imagined the role south-east Asia would play in my future.
Why You Need To Stop Using Plastic Bags And Use Crochet Bags Instead
THE MULTI TASKING WOMAN
In 2018, the rising concern about how we are impacting the ecosystem and environment brought about the introduction of legislation preventing the supply of single-use plastic shopping bags in Australia. Sadly, the alternative offered by supermarkets is a heavier duty re-usable plastic bag that still doesn’t solve the plastics issue. So, what should we use instead?
Merrymetric Crochet Bags. They’re a terrific alternative, with plenty of benefits that will make ditching plastic bags an easy choice.
Here at Sincerely Essie, we have a commitment to championing women entrepreneurs and ensuring that this little community can come together for the good of our planet. So, this year, we’ve worked closely with a few women-owned businesses to create this ethical gift guide; products sold not only help to establish the business further, but they also support charitable causes, use sustainable materials or back vulnerable individuals making a huge difference with just one purchase!
When people think of Asia, they think cheap tacky souvenirs, but I want to change that perception; there are unique products out there. So many talented people using recycled materials, with amazing ideas, using traditional methods. I would hope that this is something people will come to appreciate.
Women represent about 13% of quoted media sources when it comes to business. So, the stories of Australian female leaders go largely untold. Femeconomy’s female leader interviews with our community are a way to remedy this imbalance for the women achieving outstanding results in business.
Stories of female leaders, who typically pursue non-traditional, non-linear career paths are fascinating. We want to know in their words how they’ve reached the pinnacles of leadership. These trailblazing female leaders’ stories, wisdom and friendship have left an indelible imprint on us, as they will on you. Enjoy!
HOW JUDITH TREANOR STARTED A BUSINESS SOURCING PRODUCTS FROM S.E ASIA
What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?
My love of S.E Asia is represented through Temples and Markets.
I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and often to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore over the last 20 years. During those travels, I’ve been awestruck by the creativity of the people I met, their stories of resilience against hardship, and their creations that are borne out of hardship.
So often they have come from marginalised or poverty-stricken areas and use traditional crafts and sustainable materials to handmade unique and gorgeous items that one could never see elsewhere.
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SIX BEAUTIFUL HOMEWARES STORES YOU NEED TO KNOW
Australian local homewares stores offer beautiful and bespoke experiences for consumers, ones that often reach far beyond the products they sell. And with Australians shopping less frequently within their communities than ever, it's time to shift our focus back local.
The amount of money that small businesses reinvest back into their local communities is on the rise totalling $50 billion this year, according to research commissioned by Amex, up from $38 billion in 2017.
An online shop that focuses on individual, artisan-made home décor and accessories, unique to the South East Asia region that promote quality craftmanship and are made without promoting social inequality
GRANTOURISMOTRAVELS by Lara Dunston and Terence Carter
TEMPLES AND MARKETS ONLINE GIFT STORE FOR ETHICAL SOUTHEAST ASIAN BRANDS
Temples and Markets online gift store for ethical Southeast Asian brands was founded by Judith Treanor. I chatted to her about the importance of shopping ethically, buying gifts that tell stories, buyer’s regret, and her favourite Southeast Asian designers.
I was thrilled to bits when Australian Judith Treanor reached out to me a few years ago to tell me about her Temples and Markets online gift store, an ethical shopping site that would focus on Southeast Asian brands. She said she was coming to Cambodia and asked if I’d help plan her research trip and introduce her to local designers, artisans and business owners in Siem Reap.
Judith Treanor, a Sydney-based online retailer who last year launched the Pop Up Collective – a group of Australian makers, designers, artisans and vendors “shaking up retail through pop-up shops, curated events and concept stores” – says there are immeasurable benefits, from risk-reduced testing of a market to driving revenue.
WHERE TO GET A TASTE OF VIETNAM IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
Melbourne chef Tracey Lister has lived, loved and learned Vietnamese cuisine for more than a decade, writing cook books and running hands-on classes in traditional street food at her cooking school in Hanoi.
Widely acknowledged as one of Vietnam’s cooking experts, Tracey is passionate about finding and celebrating the best places to shop, cook and eat.
SUCCESS: PROFIT AND PURPOSE OR PERSONAL FULFILMENT
MY ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE
We generally believe a company to be successful if it has achieved profitability and growth. But how often does a corporation achieve that success, without consciously considering its company ethos and culture amongst its staff? How often do corporations take from staff, suppliers and even their customers in search of that bottom line profit margin but give very little back?
In the last two decades, the number of women-owned businesses has jumped an astonishing 114%. As part of OrangeTwig’s Women’s Day celebrations for the month of March, we are sharing inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs who’ve fought the odds, smashed the glass ceiling and been everyday superheroes in their own rights.
Shopify entrepreneur Judith Treanor of Temples and Markets thought she had it all figured out. But a chance trip to Cambodia changed not just her life, but the lives of hundreds of artisans who got to showcase their handicrafts through her enterprise.
SHOPPING CONSCIOUSLY, THE RISE OF THE 'MINDLESS SHOPPER
Increasingly Aussie consumers are falling into the trap of ‘mindless shopping’ – that unquenchable thirst for more and more stuff to improve our lifestyles but which only leaves us wanting more.
Sydney entrepreneur Judith Treanor who is the owner of an online store with a difference is calling on us to become conscious and mindful shopper to avoid the pitfalls of spending too much on stuff we don’t need.
“We’ve all been guilty of buying something on impulse, often because someone else already has it, or their advertising convinces us we need it, but then it ends up sitting in the cupboard for months before we end up getting rid of it,” said Ms Treanor.
How Not To Add To The Stockpile Of Unwanted Gifts This Christmas – Conscious Shopping
With the amount of garbage we produce significantly increasing over Christmas thanks to the scourge of buying unwanted gifts than often end up in the bin, we’re being encouraged to take a more conscious approach to our Christmas shopping. Ethical shopping expert Judith Treanor wants us to think more carefully before making the purchase and ask yourself if the purchase will make a difference to the recipient or are you just buying for the sake of it?
“We live in such a wasteful society that this year I really want to make sure my shopping doesn’t add to this waste,” said Mrs Treanor.
“There are amazing products made from re-cycled items with powerful stories behind them especially from social enterprises in South East Asia,” she said.
Judith Treanor, Founder of Temples and Markets, reminds us of an intrepid modern day East India Company adventurer. With an irrepressible passion for South-East Asian design, Judith has created Temples and Markets to showcase the region’s emerging designers and artisans on a global stage. 95% of products are handmade. All are ethically produced and each comes with its own story. We caught up with Judith to discover what drives her entrepreneurial mission. We were transported by her stories.
JUDITH, WHY DO YOU LOVE SOUTH-EAST ASIAN DESIGN ABOVE ALL ELSE?
I have travelled extensively throughout the South-East Asian region over the last 20 years. When I first visited South-East Asia, I was as an ‘older than most’ backpacker. It was at that time the people, the beauty of the beaches, food, history and the contrasts and contradictions that characterise the region, first found their way into my heart.
WHERE SHOULD WE TRAVEL IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA AND WHAT SHOULD WE DO THERE?
Everyone should visit the magical small city of Hoi An in Vietnam, a UNESCO cultural heritage site. A perfect holiday town with something for everyone, including a beach just outside of the main town. It is characterised by well preserved timber shophouses, ancient bridges and colourful lanterns which light up the streets at night. Hoi An is closed to traffic in the evening, so you can wander through the gorgeous laneways choosing which fabulous restaurant to eat at, or visit the myriad art galleries and design stores.
During the day, I recommend people watching whilst sipping Vietnamese Iced Coffee at a riverside cafe. Discover the beautiful temples and browse the local markets! Have shoes or boots made by Friendly Shop Shoes, and taste Hoi An speciality dishes, white rose dumplings and the Cau Lau Noodle Dish.
With a history as a trading port and commercial centre attracting artisans and traders from Vietnam and overseas for centuries, Hoi An is brimming with creativity. Enrol in Red Bridge Cooking School where you’ll visit a local market and organic farm to pick up herbs for your recipes, and learn to cook the best Pho I’ve tasted. Enjoy a dip in the riverside pool between dishes. Truly an experience to treasure forever.
Temples and Marketswas born out of a love of travel, eating and shopping my way through South East Asia. Along the way I discovered products created by resilient individuals, employed by Social Enterprises and Artisan Groups. These groups exist to improve people’s lives and empower them towards a better future. By showcasing their handmade and unique products, my store has become part of the growing movement of ethical retailers.
ETHICAL SHOPPING IS A WIN-WIN FOR THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER.
As a global community we can no longer pretend not to know where our products come from, how they are made and who by. Shopping consciously literally makes a difference to individual lives and communities. One may think one person can not make an impact. But, if we all join together and shop with a conscience can you only imagine what good can come of that globally.
There’s something about buying a special item from your travels – whether it is the memories attached or the sheer craftsmanship behind the item, these pieces become treasurable gems that last a lifetime.
Awestruck by the creativity of the people she met in South East Asia, Judith Treanor’s love for the region is represented through her online-curated store, Temples and Markets. The store showcases artisan-made fashion accessories, jewellery and home décor, unique to the region. Each product is ethically and personally sourced from Judith’s travels and come with stories of its creators, giving a human element to the often cold world of eCommerce.
We can’t help but wonder what sparked her interest in creating Temples and Markets. We asked Judith to share how she has gone about building Temples and Markets, snippets of her favourite countries and what’s at the top of her travel bucket list.
How do you curate the brands?
Firstly I have to love what I sell. I was an interior decorator prior to Temples and Markets and I gravitate to bold colours and distinctive designs so that plays a big part in product choice.
Secondly, the brands and or their products have to have a story and be following ethical practices. Their pieces should be unique and handmade and preference is given to items made from sustainable or recycled materials.
I curate brands that I have come across when literally pounding the streets/markets or who I have found from online research. Similar to Travelshopa I now have brands who approach me through word of mouth but they have to fit the brief if they are to be included.
South East Asia is home to some of the best shopping in the world. Known as the land of smiles, South East Asia is full of colourful markets and an array of wonderful arts and crafts. This exactly the reason as to why Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets decided to start her online store, to really showcase the finely crafted products.
The online store was created to inspire and support local artisans from around South East Asia. Boasting stunning and specially selected items, this online store will leave you speechless and in total awe with how perfect these handcrafted items are.
Home to some of the most awe-inspiring countries in all of Asia, South East Asia includes destinations such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. All of which are filled with bright colours, breathtaking sights and fascinating arts and crafts.
If you can get past the creepy crawly factor, insects are really just a new flavour, says Judith Treanor. The Sydney-based online retailer travels to Southeast Asia regularly and enjoys a beef dish with red tree ants in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “Food choice comes down to culture and what we are used to,” Treanor says. “What may seem strange to some is perfectly normal to others.”
Judith Treanor is a Sydney-based entrepreneur who spent years travelling through South East Asia. She enjoys a few things about the various different cultures that have pulled her back time and time again but above all, Treanor says she’s passionate about the creativity and talent of so many people she’s met along the way. So she turned that into a business venture. Merging her passions with the years of experience Treanor gained sourcing products for large UK department stores, she started the online retailer Temples and Markets which sells artisan products from South East Asia. And the best bit – it supports the local communities that have inspired her for years. So there’s the inspiration, but here’s what Judith has to say about the real experience of starting and running a business in the e-commerce space.
The sustainable lifestyle community is expanding at light speed. As we encounter other like-minded peeps, advocates and pioneers we are in grateful awe that we are not alone with our flax seeds, bamboo floors and hemp t-shirts. Yet we are not always witness to the process, the often bumpy journey from then and now - we only see what we perceive as the well-packaged end result. Here you'll find stories of city moms, diverse green families, sustainable designers and social advocates. PROFILES aims to share their stories of life and business transformation, honouring their commitment to conscious living, navigating the personal and political and keeping a sense of humour and joy.
Tis the season to give and receive, and if you are reading this post, this year you want to give mindfully and ethically. We asked Judith Treanor, founder and curator ofTEMPLES and MARKETS, a super chic one-stop shop for all things exotic and sustainably-made to be our guest style and shopping editor and she happily obliged. Yay! Her generosity extended to an added perk just for our readers - a juicy promotional discount! (see below) Here are her gift-giving suugestions for practically everyone on your list; including yourself. Happy shopping.
Non Materialistic Christmas Wishes from around the World
Here we go with our very first Contemplatus listicle! This year, people are sharing their non-materialistic Christmas wishes with the world.
“Because my online store is all about ethical shopping and giving back to the amazing artisans whose work I feature in my store, my wish would be to sell enough to trade them into a better life. These are women in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand who have been empowered by fair work opportunities and training in a skill they can be proud of. Each one of these women has their own unique story that can be readhere.”
Judith Treanor, Founder of Temples and Markets talks Mindful Shopping on Radio 2UE Talking Lifestyle Smart Shopper Show. Interview begins at approx 32mins
ABC 702 RADIO SYDNEY
EVENINGS WITH CHRISTINE ANU - INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH TREANOR
Judith Treanor, Founder of Temples and Markets talks "Mindless Shopping vs Ethical Shopping in the Pre Xmas Rush" with Christine Anu, Host of ABC Radio 702 Evenings Show
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
We love finding great products from great Australian Businesses and really enjoy that we can find almost everything we will ever need from lots of really fantastic ranges, all without leaving the house. Instead of keeping all our secrets and favourite shops to ourselves we are sharing our favourites with you all, so that you can enjoy an easy, stress free Xmas shopping experience too.
This E-store, run by Judith Treanor, retails products produced by small-scale artisans and social enterprises she meets during her travels throughout Southeast Asia. Every product has a story and each is as unique as the person who makes them. Not only a talented designer, Metanomski is undeniably industrious. Having returned to Siem Reap from India after a failed marriage, and having no work or support from her family, she saw the potential in the small colourful seeds sprinkled along the roadside. Via painful trial and error, she devised a method to drill small holes into the seeds in order to string them.
Lovely Silks Publishing is very excited to bring you this amazing book Successful Women In Business. This is an motivational book that will help you commit to either starting your business or to push past those obstacles that are preventing you from moving forward in you business.
Women entrepreneurs are rarely satisfied with the status quo: Instead they strive to build the world in the way it should be rather than abiding by a system that’s potentially archaic or outdated. The inspiring women showcased in Successful Women in Business are living testaments to the fact that breaking down barriers for women in the workplace is key to success for companies and for countries. Successful Women in Business offers insightful and thought provoking chapters from women entrepreneurs who have excelled in the fields of technology, education, retail, real estate and more. Through perseverance, determination and a refusal to accept second best, the women showcased in this book have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an inspiration to countless women across the world.
Here Are The Thought Leading Contributors Within Successful Women In Business
Junko Kemi Lorena Öberg Rosie Shalhoub
Emma Coleman Linda Stewart Melissa Aguirre
Stacey Suish Christine Khor Judith Treanor
Catherine Craig Kiran Singh Rebecca Carroll - Bell
April Morse Suzi Chen Roberta Perry
Renee Catt Sandra Yeow Samantha R. Strazanac
Books that change lives, together we will make a difference.......
THE MOTHERHOOD INSPIRED SESSIONS: THE RISE OF THE MUMPRENEUR
Becoming a Mum often inspires other women to think about starting their own business as a way to create a life that includes family and work on their terms. Judith launchedTemples & Markets, a curated online store showcasing artisan made accessories, jewellery and home decor from South East Asia late last year
It’s hard to believe that not too long ago I was a serial offender of careless consumerism. As a lover of fashion I would get a frequent kick out of loading up shopping bags with cheap and cheerful new dresses, shoes and bags from the High Street. Hate to admit it but I would also haggle over the cheapest price of designer copy handbags or jeans on my trips to South East Asia.
How times have changed and how I have changed. From my own life experiences; from a brush with cancer to frequent travel, I am intent on living life with purpose and to make a positive difference in the world during my short time on this planet. Like so many of us who are part of the growing movement away from Fast Fashion and towards Ethical Shopping I am now sickened by an industry that thrives off human slavery, child labour and abuse.
By moving away from meaningless shopping and embracing conscious consumerism I can literally make a tangible difference to the life of the person who make the products I buy. This is what ethical shopping means to me.
GETTING TO KNOW...JUDITH TREANOR OF TEMPLES AND MARKETS. A BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
What motivated or inspired you to start Temples & Markets?
Travelling back and forth from South East Asia, I have seen some amazing places and have met some amazing people. I would come back from a trip wearing a piece of unique jewellery or carrying a handbag and people would literally stop me in the street and ask where I got it. When I’d say “Thailand” I would see their faces drop. I started to formulate in my mind a business concept that would expose the people I have met in South East Asia making incredible things to a wider market outside the region, and connect people back home with the emerging designers and artisans they wouldn’t normally know about.
The other thing was to bring back the memories of a great trip away. So often people have buyers regret after returning from travelling, they either think they’ve spent too much or don’t have the luggage space, yet when they get home they reminisce about the things they could/should have bought. That was so often my case so I decided to bring back those things we could have bought to people via an online store.
Additionally the website is designed to give people a feel of S.E Asia; there is a travel blog within it talking about food, hotels, stories of creative people and so on. There’s a growing movement towards ethically sourced and unique products and that was part of the motivation behind the concept too.
Teachers Gifts. The first year of school I didn’t even know I should buy one. I was too busy thinking about how hard I worked getting my school hating angry pants preppie to school every day. I completely forgot to recognize the teachers in his life who had to deal with it!
I made up for it when school returned, but it felt like too little, too late. That being said I’m sure teachers don’t turn up to work every day expecting to be showered with gifts at the end of the year. This post isn’t sponsored whatsoever. It is made up of some awesome women who care, women who have put so much passion into their business – I want to recognize them.
These products speak for themselves, the presentation is beautiful. The products are made with your quality of life at heart. Gifts are not all about monetary value. You want something that says “Thank You” in a very personal way, this is your child they have looked after all year long.
Going green doesn’t have to be a complicated project, or be of great expense to you and your family. In fact, there are very simple changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help save the world around you, with no inconveniences whatsoever. Take a look at some of the ideas below to get you started on your clean, green adventure!
For example, Judith Treanor profiled the Hmong people in Vietnam who even make cushion covers and runners out of hemp, including one who “wanted to apply her creative design skills and her interest in community stewardship to develop a line of products that do not leave a mess in their trail and provide overall socioeconomic and environmental benefits to local producer villages.”
This emphasises the importance of knowing where the items you are purchasing come from, and how they are affecting the environment, no matter which corner of the world you live in.
Have you ever looked at the latest trends in interior design and wanted to run away screaming? It seems that pastels (or millennial pink, as it’s been so proudly dubbed) are still alive and kicking, and it shows no sign of stopping. There is always room for trends, but sometimes classic design is the most sought after. Of course, there are different variations on the term “classic”, but they’re all called classic for a reason. Minimal, understated or timeless designs are perfect for any household, not just the country estates found in movies. Here are some interior secrets that will never go out of style.
If your home is too simple, and it feels like it’s a bit soulless, you can always add a pop of colour.Judith Treanor fromTemples & Markets knows how you can add your personality into the room.
Please contact Judith Treanor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to interview her for Blog Posts or Articles relating to Ethical and Unique Shopping, Conscious Consumerism, Social Enterprises in S.E Asia, Artisan Groups and Emerging Designers as well as Travel in S.E Asia.
If your values also align with ours we may be interested in Collaborating with you. Please contact Judith Treanor at email@example.com to discuss