The Founder, Nicole Warne

Marker FROM Sydney, Australia

Nicole’s creative skill set, sharp focus on high-quality content and innate eye for detail is highly sought after, and she counts premium brands Chanel, Valentino, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, L’Oreal Luxe and Net-a-Porter.com amongst her list of clients. She has graced the covers of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore and Malaysia, Elle Australia, Miss Vogue Australia, Lucky, Nylon and Net-A-Porter.com’s The Edit. She is part of industry lists such as FORBES ’30 Under 30′ Asia, Business of Fashion ‘#BoF500: The People Shaping the Global Industry’ and Porter Magazine’s ‘100 Incredible Women’ .

Nicole is highly regarded in the fields of fashion, digital and social media, and e-commerce, collaborating with brands as a creative director, social media and brand consultant, digital strategist and influencer. She has also added presenting to her list of skills, as the host for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Global Live Stream program in both 2013 and 2014, as well as featuring as a guest on numerous commercial television networks.

Owning her own successful company by the age of 20, Nicole also lends her entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge to brands and businesses, from established global corporations to local technology start-ups. She has been a part of the judging panel for the 2015 Australian Fashion Film Awards, the Australian BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award as well as the Calvin Klein Accessories International Design School Project Award.

Nicole became the first digital influencer in the world to sign with IMG’s Talent Division. In 2015, she landed some of her most prestigious roles yet as the only digital influencer to sign as a Net-a-Porter.com Ambassador and founding member of their Style Council as well as being the face of L’Oreal  Professionel’s Global advertising campaign. She was also announced as the new digital consultant for Qantas, Australia’s premium airline, which sees her contribute a 360 degree strategy to their digital campaigns.

Nicole is passionate about philanthropy and is currently the Global Ambassador for Donate Planet – a not-for-profit foundation, bringing charities together in one place so it’s easy and safe for us all to donate. She has also worked with The Cancer Institute and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. She continues to support charity initiatives and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Described as “One of the most visible innovators on the Australian fashion landscape” by TFS, Nicole aims to inspire a new generation, documenting her journey each day as it comes and captivating imaginations all over the world.

The Brand, Gary Pepper

Beginning their journey in October 2009, Nicole Warne launched a small e-Bay store which specialized in vintage womenswear and accessories called Gary Pepper Vintage.

What started as a passion project which Nicole balanced with her full-time job, studies, and two internships at Grazia and Harper’s Bazaar Australia, it was only two months later she decided to take a risk and quit her job to pursue her business full-time.

Rapidly growing in size and popularity, it wasn’t long until Gary Pepper Vintage started gaining worldwide recognition for its unique, quirky, and feminine aesthetic. 12 months later, Gary Pepper Vintage launched its own e-commerce site which quickly evolved into one of the largest online vintage retailers in Australia, boasting an equally loyal following on its social media platforms and fashion blog.

It wasn’t until July 2012 that Nicole decided to close her e-commerce store to focus on expanding her fashion blog into a full-time and equally successful business venture, as well as freelancing as a creative and brand consultant for various clients to build her professional portfolio.

Now known as Gary Pepper, Nicole Warne aka 'The Gary Pepper Girl' continues to share with her community the journey of pursuing your dreams and building a business from scratch. Her life motto? The glass is half full.