Lorna Jane announced as finalist for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012

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The judges of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award today announced the Australian shortlist for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012, bringing together five shining examples of female entrepreneurship and business success across sectors ranging from fashion to food to industrial products.

We are excited to announce that Brisbanite Lorna-Jane Clarkson is among those announced! Lorna Jane Clarkson is the Founder and Creative Director of Australian activewear label Lorna Jane.

Regarded as the ‘Oscar’ of female entrepreneurs and business leaders, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, now in its 40th year, is held in 16 countries and is the first international award created specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life.

The Australian winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012 will be announced on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March, 2012, at a lunch attended by 100 of the country’s most influential businesswomen. The winner will receive return business class travel to Reims, France, to join past and present laureates from other countries at the Annual Veuve Clicquot International Businesswomen’s Forum, where a vine will be christened in her name. Each year on Madame Clicquot’s birthday, she will receive a gift of La Grande Dame champagne.

Janet Holmes à Court, Chairman of the Award, commented: This year, on the 40th international anniversary of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, the finalists are an extraordinary group, all leaders and true innovators in their chosen fields who conduct their businesses in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They are an inspiration to other female entrepreneurs, and to us all. Every one of them would be a worthy winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.”



Lorna first began making gym clothes while working full-time as a dental therapist, driven by her frustration with the limited range of fashionable exercise clothing available on the market. As demand for her stylish designs grew, Lorna saw that fitness fashion was her calling, so she moved to Brisbane and  began  working as an aerobics instructor, sharing her fashionable yet functional clothing range with people in her classes.  Lorna quickly realised that she had stumbled upon an important niche market, as people started to notice her designs and demand grew rapidly. Before long, Lorna had moved from her small backroom studio to a large warehouse in order to meet the demand and with husband Bill Clarkson by her side, Lorna launched the label’s first retail store in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in 1990.

Since then, Lorna has grown her business to 120 stores nationwide and overseas, with further expansion scheduled for 2012. The fitness-inspired brand has grown to include gym and sportswear, yoga and lifestyle clothing, intimates and accessories, and Lorna Jane has become a household name synonymous with active living. As an advocate for women’s health and wellbeing, Lorna has developed a brand which inspires the women of Australia to live actively. Lorna lives her life by three principles: Move, Nourish, Believe. She aims to move her body everyday, nourish from the inside out with nutritious food, and believe in herself and that anything is possible if you work hard enough. Lorna has implemented this philosophy and encourages all women to follow these three principles in order to live their best life.

For further information on the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012, please visit www.veuveclicquotaward.com.au.

For more Lorna Jane please visit www.lornajane.com.au.

Lorna in office


*Images from Veuve Cliquot and Lorna Jane.


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