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Leroy Mac

Winter is the best time of year to invest in a Leroy Mac blanket or beautifully soft piece of clothing for you or your little one. Back at the market on 10 & 11 June, we can’t wait to see the new range and feel how divine these merino creations are. We asked Rebecca some questions about the business.

Tell us about your business

We are Leroy Mac Designs… 4th generation merino wool growers who use our very own wool to make our range of 100% Australian merino woollen blankets, throws, beanies and scarves.

We send our greasy fleeces straight from our sheep over to Italy to processed and made into yarn. We had to send our fleeces to Italy, as sadly there is no one in Australia that is able to make machine knitting yarn that is fully machine washable… The last processing plant that was able to do this left Australia about 5 years ago. Italy then sends our wool back to us and we have friends that have knitting machines that knit our blankets up for us in Ballarat Victoria.
We design the colours and patterns of all of our products. We decided to go to Italy instead of China to have our wool processed, because we were guaranteed, by DNA testing, that the wool we send over, is the wool that we get back. My husband and I can tell every customer which mob of sheep every blanket has come from. We are one of the only companies in Australia, that we know of, that is using its own wool to make fully machine washable garments.
What’s the best thing about Handmade?
The best thing about Handmade is the wonderfully loyal customers who continue to support our small business. The market is also brilliantly organised and the diverse range of talented stall holders, as well as the quality of products available, is beyond amazing!
What are you looking forward to most about your trip?
As an interstate stall holder, we are looking forward to seeing the continued growth and brilliance of the market. It just gets better and better every time we are there. We also can’t wait to see the amazing customers that walk through those doors.
What’s the best way to keep warm in Winter?
The best way to keep warm in winter is wrapped in one of Leroy Mac Designs luxuriously soft and super warm 100% Australian grown and made merino woollen blankets!
Can you describe your place of work?
Leroy Mac Designs place of work is on 3000 acres of rolling green hills covered in fluffy white merino sheep, especially at this time of year, when all the baby lambs are frolicking around. There is no better place to be.

Callie

Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.

MARKET DATES 2017 & 2018

  • 16 & 17SEPTEMBER 2017
  • 8*, 9 & 10DECEMBER 2017
  • 17 & 18MARCH 2018
  • 5 & 6MAY 2018
  • 28 & 29JULY 2018
  • 20 & 21OCTOBER 2018
  • 7*, 8 & 9DECEMBER 2018
  • *FRIDAY5PM - 9PM
  • SAT & SUN10AM - 4PM
  • ENTRY IS FREE

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0402 247 532
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  • 2014
  • FINALIST: CANBERRA BUSINESS POINT CREATIVE
  • DESIGN FINALIST: TELSTRA ACT MICRO BUSINESS AWARD
  • 2013
  • WINNER: CANBERRA BUISNESS POINT CREATIVE DESIGN
  • COMMENDATION: TOURISM SPECIALISED RETAIL
  • WINNER” TESLTRA ACT START UP AWARD
  • FINALIST: TELSTRA STATE START UP AWARD
  • 2012
  • WINNER: CANBERRA BUSINESS POINT HIGH GROWTH
  • COMMENDATION: TOURISM SPECIALISED
  • RETAIL FINALIST: TELSTRA ACT START UP AWARD

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