Markian is celebrating its first birthday, and wow... what a year it's been!
On the eve of our birthday, we sat down to reflect on the past 12 months. Read on as we share our highlights, our challenges, and look to the future!
What has been your most memorable highlight of the past 12 months?
Roz: There have been so many but I think one that will be stuck in my mind forever will be when I first saw a working prototype of Ray low. Another was whenever I spent time at the factory with the team and helped with the furniture.
Andrew: Watching Markian grow. Particularly seeing Markian in print media, we are definitely batting about our weight division in all aspects.
Justin: Seeing the brand in Habitus for the first time.
What has been the most challenging aspect?
R: Not doubting myself, the choices we have made as a team, COVID, and the floods.
A: Probably not being patient enough. Many marketing activities are slow burns so we jus need to be patient for the return.
J: Covid and border closures to see customers.
If you could change anything in the past 12 months what would it be, and why?
R: I don't think there is anything I would change, I think our team has been very good at course correcting on the way and we are constantly learning and pushing ourselves to do better, there is always room for improvement.
A: Nothing! I think we have learnt a lot, but they were valuable lessons that were only learned by making certain decisions whether they be right or wrong.
J: No - we are growing and learning.
What was the most unexpected thing to happen in the past 12 months?
R: Being asked to feature by two major mags in Australia in one week!
A: Probably winning the Wine Bar Bid. It came out of left field!
J: Predicting the very first sale.
What was the most rewarding experience in the past 12 months?
R: Every trade show is so rewarding, hard work to set up and be at but so rewarding to see how people interact with the product and brand.
A: Denfair. The feedback from visitors was amazing as was the experience of exhibiting!
J: Watching the brand grow and develop or mature.
What would you say to yourself 12 months ago?
R: Make sure to pre allocate downtime in the year to recharge.
A: Dont stress and don't go too hard too early.
J: Be patient - Rome was not built in a day.
How have you grown as a team in the past 12 months?
R: There is always growth and development to be had, but a way in which I feel we have grown is our ability to communicate with each other, hone our systems - these have helped us achieve so much with such a small team, a great feat! Proud of every person in our team, gosh.
A: I think the highs and lows have taught us to be grounded and are allowing us to grow our Markian Team members.
J: We have all grown and still finding our strengths.
Summarise the first year of Markian in one word:
R: 'Markian' - a subtle but bold year
What is your favourite product in the Markian range, and why?
R: Ray Low, the original! The curves, joins, and functionality are just perfection to me, love the piece.
A: 1957. It is now Markian.
J: Designer Rugs - such great colours.
Who would you choose as a celebrity ambassador for Markian, and why?
R: Gal Gadot - pure elegance, wit, and beauty.
A: I think George Clooney would be the perfect Markian Man. I just don't think we could afford him...yet!
J: Kylie Minogue - for her accent.
Describe a Markian Moment in the last year:
R: A subtle but bold moment for me was when we pulled off an amazing client presentation as a team - with the requisite - theatre, nuanced understanding of the clients and their brief alongside the ever present Markian hospitality. I was so proud of the team.
A: When we were checking out an open house and James (our 9 year old) said the Estate Agent smelt like Markian. Turns out she was wearing 1957!
J: First ever Christmas lunch at Ciao Papi.
What are you looking forward to in the future of Markian?
R: Our next range, hopefully expanding the business to more locations
A: Commercialising the brand. Working out what sells and push that to build Markian to success.
J: A second showroom in a different city…