WHO WE ARE

We Are Here To Make Your Life Easier

Let us be your Virtual Team to assist you through the technical development of your range and successfully transform your designs into a collection that sells.

We can assist you with all your technical information needs for both on-shore and off-shore Production; with years of experience in garment construction, industry standards, fabrication, and production techniques.

Sample Room is a one-stop shop that provides support, knowledge, and advice in:

You can be assured of the best outcome and smoothest development process to market, with the help of our team of experienced and knowledgeable Fashion industry experts.

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FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Julia Van Der Sommen

Julia is an industry professional and the owner of Sample Room with over 25 years experience in the Fashion industry. With a strong background in Design, Pattern making, Sample making, and Production management. Julia is passionate about sharing her knowledge to support and develop businesses both Big and Small/ Established or Start-up, to find more efficient ways of working to achieve great results. Julia works with each client to improve fit, production processes and to produce products that sell.

DANIEL WATTS

DANIEL WATTS

CFO

Despite being new to the clothing industry, Daniel is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience running businesses as interim Managing Director in businesses across Australia and as far away as California. With more than 15 years working in service firms, Daniel looks after of all the finance and legals, but he doesn’t wear a suit very often now.

SHARON

SHARON

FABRIC CUTTER

Principally a cutter, Sharon has a wealth of experience in a range of businesses, both big and small in Sri Lanka, but has been with us for nearly 2 years. With a background in pattern making, Sharon is detailed focussed and is regularly checking with Kate and Julia minute details to help ensure the pieces he cuts are spot on. To mix it up a little, Sharon sits down to help out with pattern making from time to time, which further hones his talents.

HOLLY

HOLLY

SAMPLE MACHINIST

Holly has been with Sample Room for more than 4 years as a sample machinist. A true talent, Holly can put together pretty much any garment in any fabric. Holly works very closely with Mai, Sharon, Kate and Julia to make sure the samples she sews are exactly as intended.

MAI

MAI

SAMPLE MACHINIST

Mai’s extensive experience is always on show. With some time in production sewing, Mai has a wealth of experience which comes through in the samples she sews. That knowledge is worth its weight in gold, as she finds even more efficient ways to construct your samples. This ultimately translates to a less expensive garment to make. That’s what 30 year of experience brings to the table.

Anna

Production Assistant

Anna left her home in Germany to study fashion in London before finding her way to Melbourne. Our most recent team member, Anna has settled into her role amazingly quickly under the careful tutelage of Julia and Kate. Anna joined the team in May 2021, but its clear she has the knack and enthusiasm to be with us for the long haul.

KATE

KATE

PRODUCTION supervisor

Kate is our wonderful Production Supervisor. Kate’s background as a machinist means she knows how a garment is put together and brings that knowledge into her pattern making and working closely with clients. Kate is often sitting with Holly and Mai to help work out solutions to complications that crop up from time to time.

Julia C

Production Assistant

Julia (aka Jules) came to Sample Room after travelling and working her way around Australia. From Argentina and with a degree in industrial design, Julia just gets it. Oh, Julia has also worked for a denim label, so has sat on the other side of the table, so appreciates what a difference that extra little bit of effort makes.

Hien

Production Machinist

Hien has a strong background in production of a wide array of garments. Hien is only reasonably new to the team, but is obviously very capable and is a great addition to our team.

Lucy

Engagement Supervisor

With a degree in International Business and an incredibly positive 'can do' attitude, Lucy looks after our social media, client engagement and keeps everyone in the workroom smiling. If it is pic of the workroom or plants, good chance Lucy was behind the camera!

Ethical Clothing Australia

We are proud and excited to become one of the few pattern making services to have gained ethical accreditation via Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) for our local production. If you would like to know more about ethical accreditation or other suppliers in this unique manufacturing process then please get in touch with ECA. ECA works closely with legally compliant manufacturers in Australia to ensure a transparent and ethical textile, clothing and footwear industry. The Sample Room works collaboratively with ECA as part of its ongoing commitment to offering ethically made products in Australia. ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au

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