Our Story

photo portrait of Sun Republic owner Sharlene smiling with her fiancé and grandson

"Today I am so very proud of the small family business I have built. I could not have done it without the love and support of my two boys James and Ben, and my fiancé Ian, for whom I am forever grateful."

Being born into a family of ‘tradies’, I spent most of my childhood with my grandfather and father- teaching me the trade. I loved it! As an adult, I married a tradie, created two little tradies of my own and for two decades I worked in the building, interior design, architecture and consulting sectors.

After a sudden and heartbreaking loss in our family, I left my full-time position and embarked on a new path on my own. With two young sons to care for, I created and built my design and consulting business, BJS Designs, and began doing interior design & styling to keep busy and make ends meet while doing what I love- creating, designing, and helping others create beautiful homes and spaces to enjoy. I was also creating a small range of homewares such as; pottery, candles and throw cushions, selling at markets on the weekends. Building everything from the ground up myself, I had established a strong client base, and beautiful relationships. I began designing new pieces, and sourcing like-minded creatives and suppliers, along with sourcing beautiful unique pieces for my clients. With the encouragement of my man ‘now fiancé and clients, I expanded, and Sun Republic was born! 

At Sun Republic, we are strong advocates of putting people and the planet first. Every piece is individually crafted by skilled artisans who use techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. By carefully selecting suppliers to contribute to our ethical supply chain, we are able to support communities and empower women’s cooperatives around the world.

Today I am so very proud of the small family business I have built. I could not have done it without the love and support of my two boys James and Ben, and my fiancé Ian, for whom I am forever grateful.

We hope you love your Sun Republic items as much as we have loved creating it for you!

 

With love and gratitude ,

Sharlene X