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by Evie Hudson September 16, 2021 11 min read

The team at Lahana is our backbone; they are stars that make Lahana what it is. Each member is an integral part of the business, and we love and appreciate each member. If you're thinking about a career in design, marketing or even dream of starting your brand, then you will want to hear the insider tips and insights of this dream team.

 

GENERAL MANAGER, DESIGNER & CO-FOUNDER /

Ramana Benson

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I'm Co-founder and head designer at Lahana Swim and Active.

What do you love most about your job?

Definitely the best part of my job is designing! I love having a creative outlet and environment that allows me to bring my ideas to life. I’ll never get over the feeling of seeing our beautiful customers wearing swim + active, every time is a pinch-me moment.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Bring your own flare to the designs you create, stay true to yourself. Don't be afraid to be a little different, If you don’t try you will never know your full potential. Find your unique style and have the confidence to support yourself no matter what.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

I personally think we should all meditate at least 10 mins a day, it's such a beautiful tool for our wellbeing. If not that I usually listen to a podcast, my go-to is mind valley or Marissa peer on Spotify.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

The PYTHON TOP paired with the TULLIE bottoms. I wear a Size small for less coverage, I adore how is brings out my curves!

Size?

I am an 8-10 (10C).

What is your fav way to stay active?

I love doing pilates, gym and surfing.

Instagram: @ramanabee

CEO & CO-FOUNDER / Vrindy Benson

 
 

What is your role at Lahana?

Co founder, Vibe bringer, team management.

What do you love most about your job?

I Love the flexibility and the ever-changing role I have at Lahana. No two days are the same. I love coming into our Lahana team and feeding off their creative energies.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Fearlessness. If you are looking to start a brand, ensure you know your stand and be confident in that. Do not get caught up in the comparison lane.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Marissa Pear!! You can listen to her on Podcasts, Youtube or read her book ‘You’re Enough.’ She is honestly life-changing. She speaks on perspective, everything we already know. However, it is how she talks about it that is so incredible.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

I love high wasted bottoms and a bra cup style. My favourites at the moment are. The Tullie Bottom - Denim The Freja Top - Denim. Oh, and Im Denim obsessed, so I’m super excited to incorporate a denim look piece into my swim wardrobe.

Size

S / M

What is your fav way to stay active?

I like to set achievable goals. As I live a hectic lifestyle and am time poor I like to do a 15 - 20 min workout from home daily. Squats, abs or treadmill. . . it’s not a lot, but it’s something!

@vrindybindy

MARKETING MANAGER & CO-FOUNDER OF ACTIVE /

Kunti Benson

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I am the Co-founder and Brand Manager for the Active side of Lahana and Marketing Manager for the swim side.

What do you love most about your job?

It's a pretty diverse role, where I get to use my creative brain and my practical brain.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

I highly recommend applying for Internships if you're just starting out. Experience in the industry is everything. The more experience you have, the easier it will be to land your dream job.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Our newest active collection, Peach! So much love and passion went into this collection from designs, samples and shoot!

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

My favourite style at the moment is the classic Archer Bikers x Tyler Crop in white. I love this combo as it is so easy to style in your day to day get up. Pair it with an open button, oversized shirt, and for me platform sandals (I am shorty), gold jewellery, and it's a straight-up casual but bouje vibe.

Size

S / M

What is your fav way to stay active?

I was a yoga teacher before I did this full-time so my yoga practice has and always will be an essential part of my life.

@kuntibenson

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR / Tyler Blair

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Managing director / finances

What do you love most about your job?

The staff we've gathered around us and experience everyday.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Always stay calm and focus on being agile, most of the time things don't work out and you need to be flexible and keep going.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Wayne Dyer lectures for personal inner growth, changing your perspective.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

The Tyler crop and Blair bottoms of course.

What is your fav way to stay active?

Chasing my little boy around haha

STOCK AND WHOLESALE COORDINATOR / LARA GREEN

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Stock and Wholesale Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I absolutely love the organisation that is involved in my role, I find organisation is really the key to success. Although, when new stock arrives, there’s nothing better than that!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

It’s okay to start at the bottom, eventually you’ll work your way to the top. If it’s meant to be, it will be!

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Take the time to read! It teaches you to focus and allows you to stop for a moment. Lara Briden - Period Repair Manual. Every girl needs to read this. No if’s, no buts.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

For swim the Tullie top and bottom in red! Oh so flattering. And for active, the Tyler crop and archer bikers, all black. Slightly obsessed.

Size?

I wear a size small all round baby.

What is your fav way to stay active?

Yoga. That gentle flow gets the body moving in all ways you didn’t know possible.

Instagram: @laramaree_

 

PR & MARKETING COORDINATOR / GEMMA LYNDON

 

What is your role at Lahana?

PR & Marketing Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I love working in such an encouraging team who inspires and motivates me everyday.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Internships! The more experience the better!

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Loewe 001 perfume - the best.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

The black Archer’s. I honestly wear them to death.

Size?

XS

What is your fav way to stay active?

Pilates and sunset beach walks !

Instagram: @gemmalyndon

CUSTOMER RELATIONS/ TIGI BERNECKI

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Customer Relations

What do you love most about your job?

I love coming to work every day and seeing my amazing work crew. Everyone is all so lovely and supportive. I get to interact and communicate with girls locally and all over the world and help them find the perfect fit and style that they will love. I also love jumping on social media and seeing all our queens wearing Lahana Swim/Active.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Never be afraid to have a go at new things. Talking publicly to people isn’t really my thing but being able to communicate with all the girls online has never been better. Let the gals you to talk feel so special. Always believe in yourself.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

I highly recommend Bam Bam Bakehouse. It’s located in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast and its the perfect place to start your mornings before heading down to Burleigh beach. I tend to do this on my weekends with my friends.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

My fave Lahana style is the ’Tullie Bottoms’ and the ‘Freja Top’ in Red. I’m a sucker for high waisted bottoms and that the underwire for the top. The fit is so flattering on and you can’t go wrong having a Red Bikini in your swim collection. But if red isn’t your style, there are other colours to choose from.

Size?

12B and 10-12. I wear large in the styles.

What is your fav way to stay active?

I have a treadmill at home that I use every day after I come home from work. I also go for bike rides with my friends on weekends to new beach locations. I love staying active with my friends by doing fun things on the weekend that doesn’t feel like your working out but you really are haha.

Instagram: @tigs._

ORDERS & STOREFRONT / BRIANNA KING

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Packing and Store Front

What do you love most about your job?

Working with a bunch of amazing and inspirational women who have built such an incredible brand, as well as my colleagues giving there all to be the best!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Just be your happy self!

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

A Netflix thriller series called "Behind Her Eyes".

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Currently my favourite is the Arlo Crop & Bikers in Mint. Im obsessed with colour! It's such a beautiful shade of green. I fit a size small in both crop and biker. The Arlo is such a flattering style for all shapes sizes!

Size?

8-10 and a small top and medium bottoms.

What is your fav way to stay active?

Big beach walks are my absolute go-to!

Instagram: @briannakingg

ORDERS & STOREFRONT / LALI BENSON

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I work in our beautiful store in Tweed Heads and pack orders too.

What do you love most about your job?

I love working with my amazing family as well as meeting the beautiful Lahana tribe everyday.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Never stop being your true authentic self. Be out going and courageous and never change for anyone. Be raw and real and people will naturally be attracted to that.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Go treat yourself for one whole day! Whether that be to get a facial or eat some chocolate, give yourself some lovin' its the best medicine you can do.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

My fav bikini top would have to be the purple gingham, that spicy little pattern is so cute. I love the green gingham active set- its super cute, fun and I'm a sucker for a print. It's also the comfiest little number I've ever worn.

Size?

I wear a size medium in the tops and large in bottoms.

What is your fav way to stay active?

Walking and riding my bike! I'm always going on adventures it's my favourite thing to do.

Instagram: @lali_benson

CONTENT CREATOR & MARKETING ASSISTANT / EVIE HUDSON

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Content Creator and Marketing Assistant

What do you love most about your job?

I love how much creative freedom I have! Everyday is different from graphic design, taking and editing photos and videos, print design and doing socials - I love it!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Instagram is basically an online portfolio these days so utilise that to your advantage and post all your creative work online! Network, engage and support other like-minded creatives in the industry (in-person and on socials) and apply for internships! Internships are a great way to gain real-world experience. Also, know your worth, trust in your creative ability and dream biiiiig!

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

The books In the Flo by Alissa Vitti. It's how to bio-hack for women based on our natural monthly cycle. My other fav is "Make It Happen" by Jordanna Levin.

Netflix Show: Surviving Death. I found this so so intriguing! 

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

For swim I’ve been literally LIVING in the Tullie high waisted bottoms and the Freya top! It's seriously so flattering.

For active I’m loving the new choccy brown set that just launched and the lounge is way too cute too.

Size?

I am small in Active and for Swim I am a size small in the tops and medium in the bottoms.

What is your fav way to stay active?

I love HIIT and functional fitness as well as big beach walks.

Instagram: @evie_hudson

DIGITAL MARKETER & ECOMMERCE COORDINATOR / BRENT DE ROOY

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Digital Marketer & Ecommerce Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

The environment at our HQ and the people I work with

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

It’s a tough job to get straight into without any experience as University and Tafe are probably outdated in terms of what they teach. The industry changes so quickly that unless you are in it and working with it every day, you will get left behind. The best advice is probably to ask a large brand to intern with or apply for a job with a digital marketing agency as they will educate and train you at the same time. Also, listen to a lot of podcasts and watch a lot of youtube videos on repeat.

One top recommendation for the week? This can be a favourite show, book, podcast, song, beauty product, cafe etc.

Books:

- Breaking the habitat of being yourself by Joe Dispenza

- Start with why by Simon Sinek

- Rich dad poor dad - Robert Kiyosaki

Podcast Episode:

Michael Saylor on the fiat Standard

 

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Any of the Black Minimal Styles - Luna, Piper, Amara. Can’t go wrong with black :)

 

What is your fav way to stay active?

Surfing and eating healthy.

HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER / TROY FREYEE

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I am the head photographer! I look after the campaign shoots for both swim and active.

 

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Firstly I would say go buy a camera and don't expect to know what you are doing straight away, it takes time to work it all out... which surprised me because I thought I could do it straight away... and do as many photoshoots as possible. Be a YES person and don't compare yourself to anyone....Go to all the networking events... make yourself known. Submit your work to as many magazines as you can think of. Just put yourself out there no matter how hard it is.

 

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

My all-time fave Lahana style would be the all the leopard in the minimal range it's such a vibe... probs the most flattering print on a bikini I have ever seen - you need to make men's boardies with that print, unfortunately, the bikinis don't fit me too well haha.

 

Instagram: @freyeephoto

OFFICE POOCH / ORBIT

 

What is your role at Lahana?

My role at Lahana is to be the cute office dog. My mum brings me to work a couple of days a week.

What do you love most about your job?

I love coming into the office and seeing everyone!! I get so excited and they all give me heaps of cuddles and pats.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and Why?

My favourite Lahana style is the Goldie Style. I love it.

What is your fave way to Stay Active?

When I get to come to work with mum, I get people to play fetch with me, But on weekends I go for walks, runs and to the beach with my family. I love that.

Lovers, untameher.


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