The Faes family owned and operated business has been serving the Gold Coast for over 40 years. Carla and Paul Faes originally manufactured the "Domani" brand shoes on the Gold Coast of Australia for over 35 successful years with 8 retail boutiques. When we say that Domani was a family business, we mean that many of the Faes' dinners with their two children were spent discussing the shops and shoes.
That's what happens when your family has been in the retail business for over 40 years! Their daughter, Candice, reminisces about going into work with her mum, catching tadpoles by a pond close to the factory or curling up in a bean bag chair next to her father's desk.
In 2007, Candice took over the business so that her parents could enjoy retirement. She shifted to focus on importing the best quality designer shoes and accessories from Europe. This was inspired after years she spent living and working in Europe after finishing her Commerce degree at Bond University.
"This is my life! Shoes! Leather! Fashion! I love the smell and feel of leather."
Candice spent a lot of hours after school running around the factory playing and dreaming of having a shoe empire of her very own. For entertainment her mum would hand her a bucket full of shoe components to play with. She found herself designing and making shoes at the age of 15! She is now continuing this tradition on buying trips to Italy where she is able to hand pick the fabric, colours and design of every shoe that Domani puts on it's shelf for sale. As far as Candice is concerned, quality and good design are of the essence.
"Domani is all about keeping ahead with the fashion, being affordable and offering the best quality in shoes."
Candice (right) and her mother, Carla (left), going over designs for the upcoming season.
"Domani Shoes is the ultimate destination for luxury shoes and accessories on the Gold Coast."
"To be able to taste and experience so many different cultures and fashion trends is invaluable. I found myself always looking at fashion. I took loads of notes, photos and clippings from magazines and catalogues whilst travelling."
You can find the Domani shop at the
Marina Mirage Shopping Centre,
74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia.
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