In our Behind the Brand series, we introduce you to the incredible members of our team. From who they are and what they do to fun facts you never expected, here’s a glimpse inside the lives of the White & Co. family.
For this Behind the Brand article, we interviewed Michelle. A face most of our customers will instantly recognise, Michelle is the creative heart of White & Co. and our favourite model. Around the office, she’s our go-to for spontaneous dancing, great laughs, and endless outfit inspiration! Here, she tells us a little about herself.
Introduce yourself, Michelle
I’m Michelle and I’m the in-house stylist and content creator at White & Co. I style the photoshoots, curate the latest looks, and create content for our social media platforms. I started working at White & Co. last year (2020) and have loved creating imagery and videos for the business since! Showing customers different ways to style and wear everyday clothes is something I really enjoy.
“I’m the in-house stylist and content creator at White & Co.”
Tell us about your story so far
I was born in London and moved to Australia in 2007. I am married with two daughters and love the beach life, which is why I emigrated to Australia! In the UK, I trained and worked as a professional dancer, which was amazing. I performed on TV and in huge stadiums like Wembley & Earls Court Arena. I danced in Berlin, Amsterdam, and for the MTV awards in Milan. I even performed at the West End theatre for the Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince Charles! After having my children, I began teaching dance to kids aged 6-16. I also have my teaching certificates in Yoga and Pilates!
What are some of your hobbies?
Being an ex-professional dancer, keeping fit and moving is important to me. I love playing indoor beach volleyball, practicing yoga, and I try and dance whenever I can (with and without booze!). For the past year, my girlfriends and I do a bay dip one day a week, usually Saturday or Sunday! We call ourselves the bayside dippers and love the rush as the water hits our skin! Yes, even in winter! Dipping has changed my life. The mental and physical challenge is why I do it! I couldn’t do it without the support of the other ‘dippers’ though!
Of course, while I love being active, I need downtime too. During which, I love to watch comedy, especially British comedy! We are definitely the funniest, haha!
“I try to dance whenever I can (with and without booze!).”
What’s your favourite thing about working at White & Co?
I love the team here at White & Co and I love my job as it’s different every day! I can honestly say I have never dreaded coming to work! Each day is different, and I really love everything about it. Especially the days when I get to do the ‘fits’ as I love trying on all the clothes!
When you’re not at work where can you be found?
When I’m not at work or in lockdown you will find me shopping! I love shopping! And travelling. Shopping while travelling is my dream!!
What’s something our customers would find interesting about you?
In my career as a professional dancer, I have worked with and been a backing dancer for Take That, Robbie Williams, Five, Barry Manilow… All the 90’s bands! I went to George Michael’s birthday party and dance school with Naomi Campbell!
“I went to George Michael’s birthday party and dance school with Naomi Campbell!”
What inspires you in your work?
Just being surrounded by strong, hard-working, talented women every day makes me want to learn and do the best I can to develop new skills & work as a team.
Michelle with the White & Co. team.
What trends are you loving right now?
My favourite trends are pretty timeless. I love striped tops, good denim, and classic shirts. I’m also always searching for the perfect beach dress! I love changing my look to suit my mood. Some days I like to be comfy in our Wash Out Lounge Pants and a cool sweat and others I like to be a little chicer with classic Chelsea Pants, a shirt, and stylish sneakers.
“I love striped tops, good denim, and classic shirts. I’m also always searching for the perfect beach dress!”
What are your style picks of the season and why?
My favourite piece for winter is the Avril Jogger! I am living in mine at the moment and even have a pair for home and a pair for “going out” on a walk, coffee run, or errands. They are so fleecy and warm! I also love all the new season summer wear coming through. There are some great new dresses by Haven and Eb&Ive! I have my eye on a few of those. I love animal print too and there’s plenty of that popping up! The new Sunday Jeans with silver trim are my trans-seasonal must-have. They are comfy and easy to wear and perfect for elevating basic tees and tanks.