Corrina Douangphoumy’s Adelaide home – which she shares with her mum, dad, and boyfriend – has recently become a very small warehouse. Tracksuits hang on clothing rails in the family’s sun-drenched loungeroom, catching a breeze through the window every now and then. Shoulder bags and hoodies nestle in the shelves of her personal wardrobe. They’re pieces in a limited line of comfortable, neutral-toned loungewear and totes that Douangphoumy launched in July this year, called Good Luck Club.
A first-time fashion designer (Douangphoumy’s a hospitality pro who was most recently working at Rosemont Hall), the idea was initially spruiked by her love of comfort. “I love to be comfortable in what I wear, but I don’t want to be one of those fake activewear people … All my friends know I don’t work out,” she jokes.
“I was sitting on the couch with [my boyfriend] Declan browsing online for a tracksuit set but couldn’t find the right one for the right price, so I decided I’d design my own.”
The first line includes a simple range of unisex hoodies, tapered trackpants, shorts, a crewneck jumper and a crop top in heavy fleece and French terry. The minimalist pieces come in three colours – white, grey and chocolate – with just the Good Luck Club logo embroidered on each one.
There’s also a white tote bag featuring Douangphoumy’s hand-drawn version of the popular Japanese Maneki-neko (Beckoning Cat), which is believed to bring good luck to its owner. “And there’s a large beach/market bag coming in time for summer, which is wider and more structured than the tote,” says Douangphoumy. It features an image of a paifang (a traditional Chinese archway) “to represent old and new worlds colliding.”
The symbols have a personal connection for Douangphoumy. “Both of my parents came to Adelaide as refugees in the 1970s,” she says. “My dad [Souk Douangphoumy] fled across the Mekong River and lived in a refugee camp for two years after being arrested in Thailand [before finally making it to South Australia in 1978]. Mum [Angelica Douangphoumy] came from Chile at around the same time. They met at school and bonded over having similar experiences, I guess.”
The impact of her parent’s shared experience on her identity is palpable. “[Dad’s parents] lived with us, took us to school, and made things like sushi for our lunches every day. I wanted to create a line that celebrated them,” she says.
Grandma Bounthanh Douangphoumy even features as a model on Good Luck Club’s Instagram.