INDUSTRIAL WORK, SAFETY AND OUTDOOR WEAR FOR WOMEN
Who am I and what is this about
This is an exclusive personal shopping experience for women in communities on the west coast of Canada. My name is Audrey Rippingale and I am founder/owner/truck driver of this mobile business based out of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. My history is driving trucks and running equipment and I have been a part of the trades for decades now. My own frustration at not being able to find work wear had me thinking it was time someone did something about this issue. So when an ongoing wrist injury prevented me from continuing to drive concrete trucks, which I enjoyed doing for Island Ready Mix for the previous eight years, I realized the time to do something had come. This crossroads in life got my creativity flowing and the business was born. I travel the west coast with my Kenworth and converted semi-trailer which sets up as a store filled with women's industrial work, safety and outer wear.
Here is an interview with CBC Radio North in May 2016 while I was in Terrace, BC. The interview covers who I am, what I am all about and the issues that us women working in industry and trades can face when it comes to getting work wear that is functional for us.
"CBC Daybreak North" by host Carolina de Ryk - Audio
My story is also wonderfully summed up by CTV Vancouver Island News when Lisa Perry did a segment on my truck. The only thing I would add to the interview is that pink is not "my theme". I do carry some pink PPE because women have requested it, but I carry a wide range of all types of women's work, safety and outer wear. I am very proud to run my own trucking business and to help women working in trades and industry get what they need to get their jobs done.
Thank you Lisa Perry for an awesome segment on CTV Island News. Check it out here.
Enjoying my last stop on the island - Duncan.
Two women who own a construction company in Australia have decided, like me, to take the problem of finding women's industrial work wear into their own hands. As well as running their own business in the trades, they are designing a line of women's workwear.
I have arrived and finished the two hour set-up at Shar-Kare in Courtenay! Check out the calendar for more detail. Took a little time yesterday to enjoy our beautiful west coast ... SHE PLAYS ON CANADA DAY!
It has been a couple very busy first few weeks of operation, and I am pleased to announce locations for the next three weeks. Next stop, guess what? Willow Point.