PM: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what are some great memories from your childhood?
MP: I grew up between the UK and Australia. Some of my most cherished memories are of the time spent at my grandparents’ house in Abersoch, North Wales. They lived on a headland that had private access to a little beach called Penrhyn Bach (the only other way to access it without trespassing was by water). I have many happy memories of jumping off the rocks, catching shrimps from the rockpools, and sighting seals on the shores of the nearby St. Tudwal’s islands.
PM: Who/what inspires you?
MP: Tough question. Different things/people inspire me in different ways depending on my state of mind. I consistently find people who can make things inspiring, not just in a traditional creative sense, but people who have unique skills with which they can produce something, whether it’s a beautiful painting or innovative computer software – it’s all awesome!
PM: What passion in life are you pursuing?
MP: Dogs. I’m always on the hunt for a pat.
PM: What will the next 5-10 years bring?
MP: Hopefully I will finish my university studies. I am also planning on living overseas for a period of time, not entirely sure where, but Dublin would be great.
PM: Spontaneous or organised?
MP: Spontaneous, but trying really hard to be more organised!
PM: Online or in store shopping?
MP: Definitely in store.
PM: What makes PM different?
MP: The fact that it is a locally owned independent retailer. It’s a hard slog as a small business, particularly in retail, but I love that Pitty has stuck around through it all. I feel as though there is a shift now taking place, whereby people are becoming more aware of their consumer choices, making deliberate decisions to support local businesses, and Pitty is there to offer them that.
PM: What is the best thing about working at Pitty?
MP: The small team. It’s so much fun being part of such a tight knit crew, and being able to have input in decision making.
PM: Favourite buys?
MP: My Veja sneakers for sure – having waited a good 10 months to get my hands on them, they did not disappoint. Also my Vanishing Elephant linen dress, it’s starting to get tears in the pockets, but I am determined to keep it alive, especially as they no longer exist (RIP VE).
PM: Where would you most like to live in the whole world
MP: Tasmania, this place is the tits. Would love to live in New York for a couple of years, though.
PM: What are your favourite spare time shenanigans?
MP: Hanging out with my boo, sipping on an aperol spritz. Also playing with dogs and swimming in the sea.
PM: What do you think is the best thing about Tassie?
MP: There are too many good things to name. I love the landscape, the people, the places. It’s just the best place on earth.