Meet the Girls Who Launched Nice Martin and Landed Their Dream Job

In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($30), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Pip Edwards, Julie Stevanja, Rachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Jessica Cadby and Jody Feldhofer of Nice Martin.

Nice Martin is hands-down one of our favourite labels. It’s Australian, affordable, and fills our wardrobes with all those pieces we didn’t realise we were missing. It is our go-to when we feel the urge to shop. Why? Because we know we’re going to find an on-trend piece that is not only kind to our wallets, but one we’ll wear over and over. Oversized shapes and luxe-feel fabrics like linen and washed satin are perfect for dressing up Monday to Friday, or down on the weekends.

The ladies behind the label, Jessica Cadby and Jody Feldhofer have seen huge success since it launched in 2015. We spotted the label all over Fashion Week Australia (probably due to Carmen Hamilton and Yan Yan Chan being huge fans of the label), and for now, its rise shows no sign of slowing down.

Keep scrolling to discover more about the girls who launched our new favourite label.

"Designer, creative director, sourcing and production manager, social media manager and everything in-between."—Jessica Cadby

"Designer, creative director, sales manager, order packer. Wearer of many hats."—Jody Feldhofer 

"That we do absolutely everything ourselves. We have spent probably a total of 10 full days together working on Nice Martin in the same place. NM has been built by us over Skype, email, text and what we would say ‘very like minds’."—JC

"People would be surprised to find that Jes and I take care of every aspect of the business ourselves. Virtually NO hired help thus far. I also have a full time job so many hours are worked per day."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"I distinctly remember that was my ‘surfer girl days’ so most likely something Roxy and a frangipani necklace with shells. (holy moly haha)."—JC

"Oh gosh, I can’t remember exactly but most likely a pair of jeans from an op shop and a Billabong T-shirt. I was incredibly stylish as I’m sure you can tell."—JF

"Caroline De Maigret."—JC

"Iris Apfel. She has so much spunk and the most fabulous style."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Definitely Instagram, I’m on there all of the time. I love fashion blogs and online magazines too."—JC

"Pinterest is my number one go to, then magazines, then Instagram, and blogs."—JF

"Regret is such a strong and trivial word. In my early 20s I regretted things from the past. Now I’m in my late 20s, I’m so grateful for good and bad experiences. I really don’t regret anything work wise or personally."—JC

"I don’t really have any regrets, everything I have done so far has led me to this point so I’m pretty grateful for all opportunities I have been given. Although, I’ve definitely made mistakes and learnt along the way."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Work ethic is my number one. Common sense, initiative, passion, and creative drive."—JC

"Personable, enthusiasm, initiative, passion and drive."—JF

"Anything black in masculine shapes and a really great shoe."—JC

"I don’t really dress for power but if I had to I’d wear a nice tailored cropped pant, a Chinese collared shirt, a long line blazer and a pair of platform brogues."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Hopefully they would describe me as hard working, passionate and someone they feel inspired working with. Most likely the ‘mother figure’ of the office."—JC

"Hopefully as fun but serious when needed. Hard working and reliable."—JF

"I either watch really inspiring documentaries or listen to great podcasts. Or the bee’s knees way for anyone to get inspired is being around other motivated and creative people."—JC

"Listen to a podcast, read magazines or go for a run."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Always on good terms. It’s never good to leave a work place or any place for that matter with ‘s**t on your liver’. It’s not good for anyone and really bad for your digestion."—JC

"Honestly and leaving on good terms. Giving a few weeks notice would also be a good idea too."—JF

"Anything with rice or made out of rice. My boyfriend is Vietnamese so our house is constantly producing something with rice!"—JC

"At the moment I can’t get enough of rice paper rolls. Of any kind."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Every entry-level employee should be humble and work hard. Take every job, every offer, every task and every opportunity. ‘Real-life’ fashion is hard and a good social media feed doesn’t mean you’ll skip the hard work getting to where you really want to be."—JC

"They expect to get the good jobs first up. You need to start from the bottom, do the tedious jobs with no complaints, and work your way up."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"I always start the day with at least one litre of warm water, exercise and sunscreen. I usually end the day with a walk, a cup of herbal tea, and I always moisturise before bed."—JC

"Every morning I go to the gym (it keeps me sane), then I can start work and at night I listen to a podcast, either a crime one like Undisclosed or a business one like Tim Ferris, or Hamish and Andy if I need some LOLs."—JF

"I always really struggle to answer this question. I feel like the best advice I’ve been given hasn’t been in the form of advice. I just like to surround myself with super great people. Their personal stories and energy is usually the best ‘advice’ I’ve ever received."—JC  

"Make mistakes. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything."—JF

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Hannah Roche

"Our plans for summer, upcoming collaborations, and our very first office."—JC

"Our collection for wholesale which will be available in summer, and our signature print. We get excited easily."—JF