Known for her superb design philosophy, luxury fabrics and unique Brisbane-made approach to high end fashion, Julie Tengdahl’s eponymous label was founded in 1996.
In the decades since, Julie’s flagship stores have been located in Sydney, Brisbane, Indooroopilly, Carindale and Emporium. The Tengdahl label has also been stocked in David Jones stores across Australia. Today, it can be found online and in Brisbane’s iconic Brisbane Arcade and Emporium precincts.
Julie’s garments have won 12 awards for excellence in design and manufacturing. Worn by celebrities and politicians, business leaders and art icons, Tengdahl boasts a strong following around the world for its unique Australian aesthetic and attention to detail, with a client list that spans generations, nationalities and walks of life.
With 100% local production, ethically sourced luxury textiles, a targeted and consumer-driven production process and an expert team stylists, Tengdahl focuses on European-style customer service and upholding the truly ‘designer’ shopping experience often lost in modern retailing.
Clients are intrinsically involved in a responsive design process, and Julie spends time on in her shops every week, gauging her clients’ needs and feedback, which informs the development of each new collection.
"I have truly loved working with Zig Zag for many years now. I’ve seen the organisation’s hope, positivity and proactive approach to changing the lives of so many young people in action. It’s an honour to be part of something that is making a difference in people’s lives, across Queensland & Australia every day. When you meet those people touched by Zig Zag, you realise the massive impact every dollar makes in creating big change in the world."
Chris Hartley is a professional cricketer with the Queensland Bulls cricket team. A dynamic middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he has played over 250 matches across all formats for the Bulls, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. He has also represented Australia A and Australia in a tour match.
Chris has been involved in a number of championship-winning sides, including the Sheffield Shield (2005/06 & 2011/12), Ford Ranger One-Day Cup (2006/07 & 2008/09), Ryobi Cup (2012/13 & 2013/14) and Big Bash League (BBL02 in 2013 & BBL05 in 2016). He is Queensland’s all-time leader for dismissals and has captained his state over 15 times.
Off the pitch, Chris has completed a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Journalism/Communications, and in 2015 launched Wordsmith Group, a professional writing services business. Chris has been a Zig Zag Foundation Ambassador since 2012.
“I had an easy childhood growing up, happy and healthy and able to run around outside playing all sorts of games and sports with my mates. But sadly some children aren’t so lucky. The Zig Zag Foundation is an amazing group that makes the lives of those children that aren’t so lucky, so much better. They raise funds to support sick and underprivileged children all across Australia and do so all on the back of the hard work of volunteers. I know a bit about teamwork from my time in cricket and Zig Zag is another team that I’m proud to be a part of. So wherever and whenever you can, get behind a team that truly makes a difference.”
Darren is a logistics professional with over 30 years experience. He is married with two happy and healthy kids.
In addition to being a long term friend of Kim's (Co-Founder of Zig Zag), Darren's involvement with the Zig Zag Foundation grew after he saw an opportunity to arrange for the project logistics industry to donate every time they attended a networking event.
"As a collective industry we attend "sponsored" functions and I thought why couldn't we donate the equivalent of the cost of the first drink per person. I was surprised how quickly the numbers started adding up.
The Zig Zag Foundation charity model of "zero" admin fees resonated with me.
It is great to be giving to such a worth cause."
Laura is a Brisbane stylist and fashion editor with experience in personal styling, runway and commercial work.
Laura's business,The Style Report is a full service fashion and lifestyle company catering to clients across personal shopping and fashion parades, photo shoots and events, conference partner programs and more.
With experience across print media as the former fashion editor of Brisbane's The Courier-Mail and QWeekend magazine and contributing to several other publications and events, Laura is regularly called upon to MC events for corporate and commercial clients.
Since becoming a mother herself, Laura is all the more passionate about supporting the Zig Zag Foundation and the valuable work they do with children.
"I was very fortunate to have a healthy, happy childhood but I know many don't have the support and guidance I was afforded. I'm passionate about community and happy to be able to offer my time toward a charity that does so much for sick and underprivileged children. I'm inspired by the tireless work of the Zig Zag Foundation and its volunteers."
Brendan Power is a Brisbane based business man residing and working in Bulimba.
Presently Brendan owns and operates several businesses - a national recognised RTO and an online web development business plus investments in other ventures.
In 1990, Brendan left the comforts of home to travel to the USA to study brewing at the prestigious Siebel Institute of Brewing of Brewing, Chicago. From there he went to work in Colorado and Missouri for Anheuser Busch - makers of Budweiser (every boy’s dream job).
He returned to Brisbane in 1992 to work as marketing manager for Power Brewing. Leaving Power Brewing he set up successful liquor buying group, Liquor Legends, which he sold in 1999. From there he became the CEO of the largest independent worldwide hostel chain VIP Backpacker.
Never content to just work, Brendan, had a successful rugby career playing A grade for Brothers. He enjoys doing triathlons and has written 5 marketing text books. He also has an MBA, is a personal trainer and is a GAICD (Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Never letting his desire to be active in the community he has been on the Board of East’s League Club for the last 4 years and recently renegotiated its lease with the Brisbane City Council for another 20 years.
Brendan Is married with two children and regularly helps with the school run. He has been the coach of his son’s rugby team for 6 years (Brothers of course). This year Brendan hopes to expand his training and web business while trying to spend more quality time with his family.
"I had the privilege to know Kim well before Zig Zag was even on her scope. I was a guinea pig as she started her career as a personal trainer way back in the Bardon Health Works days. She would train me then and we would do a step class together. Watching Kim do step class was like watching a drunk person trying to swat a fly while moving up an escalator…… very funny!
I was asked to a charity dinner at the Summit, Mt Cootha, in 1997 which was one of Kim and Michelle’s first forays into fund raising. I feel very proud and honoured to be asked to be a Ambassador of the Zig Zag Foundation as I saw from the very beginning that Zig Zag was going to be great. Time is a very valuable commodity these days, so if there was any charity I would spend my time helping it would be Zig Zag "