The first thing you notice when you walk into the heavenly Sydney home of Christina Sachs Phillips is the vibrant House Of Hackney wallpaper in the powder room to the left (and the Jo Malone London hand and body wash and lotion – always a chic addition to any bathroom). Her home is filled with fabulous prints and colour and it’s no surprise to hear that her mother was an interior designer – you can tell she’s inherited an eye for interiors...
“My mother worked fulltime as an art gallery owner and interior designer in New York City while raising my brother, sister, and I in Connecticut,” says the co-founder of new neoprene bag line Cub + Scout and mother to 16-month-old Olivia (she’s also 18 weeks pregnant with another girl!). “She taught me through her own actions that women can wear a million hats and still be successful as a career woman, mother, wife and friend,” she says. Sachs was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut. She’d always dreamed of moving to Australia and so after she finished college, she moved to Sydney. Within a month of moving, she’d met her now husband and father of her children. “I still can’t surf but I couldn’t be happier to call Sydney my home,” she says, laughing.
Prior to launching Cub + Scout, Sachs worked in luxury fashion PR and marketing. “So much of my life revolved around my job and the people I worked with. I remember making the decision not to return to fashion during my maternity leave and I felt very lost – like I didn’t know exactly who I was anymore. I knew that I wanted to keep working, but I didn’t want to give up those precious moments of watching Livi grow up,” she reflects.
She launched Cub + Scout with one of her close friends, Pip Reed, after they noticed a gap in the market for a carryall bag that paired aesthetic style with functional design (look inside and you’ll find a range of different sized pockets – ideal for mothers who need to find things quickly). “We were in the same boat – experiencing motherhood for the first time together and still desiring the ability to work and push ourselves. As mums, we both have the same priorities – our minis, but we are also both career women, and we want to see our business succeed, which we know takes time, a bit of sweat, and a lot of work! It’s just a new balancing act for us both,” she says.
When it comes to self-care, Sachs can’t go past curling up on her velvet sofa to watch a good TV series or a pampering bath with a luxurious Jo Malone London bath oil (or shower oil if she’s in a hurry). “I have never been a huge makeup person – my husband always laughs when I am dusting my cheekbones with blush as if I know what I’m doing – the truth is I have no idea. Since becoming a mother, I have tried to take better care of my skin. I love how good I smell after using bath or shower oil – it’s a little treat and makes me feel pampered, which is something all mums should feel!”
We spent the morning with Sachs Phillips to talk interiors, setting up a business, motherhood and more.
Photography: Grace Alyssa Kyo | Hair and makeup: Sarina Zoe