five minutes with billy & boo

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You may have noticed the criss-cross top that I have taken a fancy to lately from Billy & Boo! I wanted to know a little more about this Melbourne-based label and took five minutes to speak with the Designer & Creative Director at Billy & Boo, Belinda Lapenta.

Belinda was taught the basic techniques of sewing from a young age by her grandmother and at the end of 2013 launched her life-long dream into the clothing label called Billy & Boo.

I thought I’d ask Belinda a few questions about her label and dreams for the future!

1. What made you start Billy & Boo?
Billy & Boo started with me making outfits for friends and family. This gained a lot of exposure and many people were asking where their dresses were from, which then evolved into me deciding to start making dresses and selling them online. In such a small space of time, Billy & Boo has kicked off and has definitely surprised me with the amount of positive feedback and exposure it’s gained.

2. What do you love the most about following your dream and starting the label?

The thing I love most about following my dream of being a designer is that I get to wake up every morning and actually enjoy what I do. I am so passionate about designing and sewing that I get a real buzz seeing a project from it’s beginning stages to it’s final product and on a customer. It’s great! 

3. Where do you get your inspiration for your pieces?
I get my inspiration from everyday things. I might be driving one day and see something out of the ordinary that will spark a few flames and I’ll come up with a really good concept for inspiration! Sometimes, I actually dream of my next project and become inspired in my dreams – when I wake up I suddenly grab my phone and start flowing out a whole heap of ideas before I even get out of my bed! When that happens that’s always a bonus!!

4. How would you describe your Billy & Boo girl?
My Billy & Boo girl is someone who is fashion conscious – she is sleek, sophisticated, she loves to be bold, she is someone who is confident and outspoken, and is always looking for a standout piece.

5. Where do you see Billy & Boo in 5 years time?
In five years time, I see Billy & Boo stocked in boutiques around Australia and some international stockists. I’d also see Billy & Boo stocked in my own boutique here in Melbourne. That is where I am heading with my label and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.

We all aspire to follow our dreams and achieve our goal and there’s no doubt that I would love to be as lucky as Belinda to wake up everyday and love what you do. I can’t wait to see where this label goes as there is nothing better than something handmade with love. I am completely obsessed with my criss-cross top that can be found online HERE

You can follow Billy & Boo at or on instagram @billyandboo

PS. All other outfits to come in blog posts this week!

With Love,


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