Meet the team

Meet the team

Our Team

Meet some of Forever New's team; a passionate, diverse group with an eye for all things fashion.


Kirsten Frost
Senior Designer – Outerwear and Tailoring

Meet Kirsten Frost

MY CAREER JOURNEY

My career with Forever New has been exciting and challenging, filled with plenty of growth and opportunity to develop on past successes. I moved to Australia from the UK after accepting an Outerwear Designer position with the company, and was promoted to Senior Outerwear Designer after a year and a half of hard work. I’ve since been involved with everything from overseas fabric sourcing to garment production, with a focus on creating inspirational design concepts to help elevate the department and brand to new heights.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

The people. Every day in the Forever New office is like being with a big bunch of friends. Although we all work so closely together, it’s hard not to think of each other as family! In terms of my specific role, working here has allowed me to push the boundaries and create beautiful, high quality garments. From sketching an initial design, to selecting the colour, trims, and agonising over the length of a belt or the size of pocket; it’s a phenomenal feeling to see this garment come to life. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you have contributed to the growth of the department and the greater business, especially when you love what you do.

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

For winter, I’m all about the black high-waisted jeans, a pair of killer heels and a great coat (of course). For summer, it’s a chic pair of mules.

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY

Earl Grey tea is a must in the morning, then a team catch-up to work on our plan of attack for the day. We also love listening to music – it puts us all in a great mood and gets those creative juices flowing.

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Joshua Gatt
Group Risk Manager, Retail Risk

Meet Joshua Gatt

MY CAREER JOURNEY

I joined Forever New in 2011 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager, based in Sydney. After about 12 months I was given an opportunity to take on the national role in an interim capacity, and not long after, I was lucky enough to make it permanent. I made the move to Melbourne to be based in head office, and our team has since evolved from a Loss Prevention function to something more robust with an enterprise Risk Management view.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

Three things come to mind. The people - I’ve made some great friends and worked with some outstanding professionals. The potential - in terms of personal and career development, I’m grateful that I have been able to grow with the business. Finally, the international travel opportunities.

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

I wear my boots from RM Williams pretty much every day. I received these as reward and recognition of my time spent at Forever New.

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY

Like most, I start my day with a great cup of coffee.

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Georgia Pearson
Assistant Planner - Woven Tops, Jersey Tops and Petites

Meet Georgia Pearson

MY CAREER JOURNEY

My career here is always changing! When I first started with Forever New I was working as a Sales Assistant while finishing my university degree. After I graduated I was promoted to Store Manager, but soon decided I was more interested in working at head office. I applied for an Allocation Analyst position and stayed in that role for a little over a year before I was promoted to Assistant Planner. I’ve been lucky enough to work across both Apparel and Accessories, which has allowed me to explore many areas of the business.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

Forever New really values their employees, which is shown through a wonderful training and development program designed to teach us new skills and help us achieve our goals. Many people have been able to progress their careers and move up within the company because of our focus on professional development. Forever New has an amazing rewards and benefits program which celebrates when employees achieve career milestones. Forever New also likes to make sure we have a great work-life balance with initiatives such as birthday leave and loyalty leave, as well as a fantastic social committee who always make sure we have fun while we work.

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

A good blazer and a pair of black heels. If you have these basics, you can mix and match them with everything else in your wardrobe to create so many different outfits.

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY

A strong cup of tea! I can’t function until I’ve had that first sip.

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Sandra Michaels
Human Resources Coordinator - Retail Operations

Meet Sandra Michaels

MY CAREER JOURNEY

I’ve seen great career progression at Forever New. I started as a casual Sales Assistant in one of our Victorian stores in 2013. In 2015, I became an Assistant Store Manager and supported across two sites. By the end of 2016, I completed my Double Bachelor Degree of Accounting and Human Resources, just in time to be considered for a newly created role within Forever New’s Human Resources team. I was successful in my application for the graduate Recruitment Administrator role and loved playing a key part in supporting our store teams across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. After 21 months, I was promoted into my current role – Human Resources Coordinator for Retail Operations.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

It’s hard to pick one thing! Firstly, I’ve met some amazing people over the past five years, both in stores and in head office. Secondly, the amazing employee benefits, such as product discounts, monthly afternoon teas (including an early finish), birthday leave and loyalty leave.

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Everything in my wardrobes are essential. Yes, that’s wardrobes, plural!

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY
With a nice big cup of coffee (subsidised by Forever New) from the café downstairs. A large, extra hot, extra choc mocha. Yum!

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Candice Tout
Senior Store Manager, Highpoint VIC

Meet Candice Tout

MY CAREER JOURNEY

I joined the Forever New team as an Assistant Store Manager, looking for a business that would give me the opportunity to build a career. Since then I’ve constantly been encouraged to develop my skills, and was excited when the opportunity to move into a Senior Manager role came up. I’ve found my journey so far full of challenges, opportunity and encouragement, with amazing support from my team leaders.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

It’s a true team environment. I was drawn to Forever New during the interview process, where I met honest and approachable leaders. I love that everyone here is valued for their opinion and contribution. Pretty clothes help, too!

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY

I like to take a walk in the morning when I can. The fresh air and exercise helps get my brain going for the day.

MY ADVICE TO ASPIRING FOREVER NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Appreciate humble beginnings. It’s all about taking the first steps, then taking the next. Learning is a great thing, and if you ask questions, put in the work and use your passion to drive you, who knows where you'll end up?

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James Pavone
Strategy & Performance Improvement Manager

Meet James Pavone

MY CAREER JOURNEY

My Forever New career commenced in mid-2017 and from day 1 my team has been involved in many interesting projects that span the business’ entire operations. The complexities of a global omni-channel business mean the everyday tasks and challenges we face are varied and require an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. Since joining my role has provided me the opportunities to work in Australia, India, South Africa and Turkey and I look forward to seeing what challenges lie ahead.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

My advice prior to joining Forever New was that I “would never be bored” and how true that statement has been. After 10 years working in a professional consulting environment I have really embraced the speed of change and the willingness of Forever New to challenge itself and its position in the global fashion industry. We move at a great pace but as colleagues we push each other to achieve our goals and support each other at the same time. Whilst having fun I should add!

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Country Road chinos are a staple in my wardrobe, paired with a collared shirt. Still stuck in my consulting habits, Friday is my casual day with jeans and a tee.

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY
Most days I am up pre-6am to kick-start with some exercise, healthy body = healthy mind. My current favourite is to run alongside the Yarra River trails which you can easily get to from the Forever New head office. Follow this up with some avo toast and a coffee and I am ready to tackle another day!

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Connie Mele
Branch Merchandiser

Meet Connie Mele

MY CAREER JOURNEY

My FN journey started 7 years ago, in a variety of different grade stores with a career progression to a high level manager. I then was granted with an amazing opportunity 2 years ago to join the head office family as an assistant Branch Merchandiser. With a lot of dedication and hard work I recently got promoted to Branch Merchandiser, the past 7 years have been Fun, Fast, Intense, Rewarding and I have made some lifelong friendships with some wonderful people.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FOREVER NEW

I love the fashion and the team that I am in. I love the way we have the customer front of mind with all our changes and always catering to her needs.

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Definitely the LBD, Jeans, denim jacket and a good pair of sneakers.

HOW I LIKE TO KICK START MY DAY

Coffee and music.

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