Camilla Franks is known as Australia’s kaftan Queen. On the Gold Coast, though, Diane Henley-Smith is giving Ms Franks a run for her money.
Ms Henley-Smith is the creative behind Henley Collections, and while still relatively young, her boutique fashion business is turning plenty of heads with its bright capes, kimonos, and willowy kaftans.
Designed on the Coast, the pieces are then sent to India where they are produced.
“I started the business in January, I went to India and then again in late-February and got back just before Covid actually hit us,” Ms Henley-Smith said. “Not a great time to sort of feel like I started a business, but to be honest, I’ve had amazing, amazing results.”
Encouraged by her friend, world renowned artist Lynn Jaanz, to join the Qoin community, she and her team onboarded the digital currency into the business about six months ago.
“It’s been great, I’ve had huge success with Qoin,” Ms Henley-Smith told us from her stand at the Gold Coast Small Business Expo. “I’m actually utilising it in my business for you know, make-up for when I need to get a model’s make-up done or for when I’m having showings for my website. I’ve had help with website exposure too.”
Henley Collections has an online store and a physical shop within the Oasis Centre at Broadbeach.
She generally offers 100 per cent Qoin or 50 Qoin / 50 cash, but one thing is for sure, the woman behind the designs that are beginning to blanket the country, if you are not on Qoin you should be.
“I highly recommend it,” she said. “I think it’s the way of the future, I think everyone should come on board and we’ll all be very successful.”
Peruse the collection or order online at https://www.henleycollections.com/