Could you tell us how equestrian has informed some of your designs, in particular with the Zuster accessories collection?
Wilhelmina McCarroll: I ride dressage horses almost every day. To me, it’s a beautiful combination between sport, art and clothing. There are many exquisite details in equestrian equipment, from clothing to saddlery. Growing up on five acres, Willy and I rode horses from a young age – competing at show events every weekend, including the annual Royal Melbourne Show competitions. Being involved with the sport from a young age taught us discipline, presentation and goal setting. Reflecting back, it was very hard work for such young girls. I continued my love of horses into adulthood on our 40-acre property in the Yarra Valley. I enjoy having a hobby that allows me to tune out from the world and live in the moment, riding every stride. It allows life balance – to be creative in my work life, yet still have the freedom to switch off in my personal time.
What is the most popular item in the Zuster collection today?
Fleur Sibbel: Our best selling products are for the dining space, including large dining tables, chairs, buffets and consoles. The bedroom is also a significant portion of our business, with many favoured bedsides and beds. Our signature items are the Embellish dining table, Halo buffet, Cloud bedside table, Halo bedside table and Cloud swivel armchair. We are most proud of the designs: the Embellish cocktail cabinet with its layering of detail inside and the Tapestry buffet featuring its three-dimensional door fronts and marble handles.
Is there anything you would like to share about the future plans for Zuster?
Fleur Sibbel: Both Willy and I have so much in the pipeline, working on some exciting collaborations. We have some large international projects we are looking forward to sharing with you in the future. Watch this space!