Kate Olsson- McKinnon

Freelance Wholesale Consultant - Sales & Strategy

I'm an experienced luxury wholesale manager, working across both designer and contemporary price points. Having spent 10 years in the UK, I've now relocated back to Australia to start a family and work on a freelance/consultancy basis. I'm helping emerging Australian brands scale their business internationally, and also working with old clients sell back into Australia. My selling and strategic style is pragmatic, personable, and collaborative. I always place the interests of the brand at the forefront of my decisions, and strive for the most favourable solutions in negotiations. I am a people person, and love to spend that little extra time with clients; either in appointments, over the phone or with a coffee. I have long standing relationships with both key accounts, and leading independent boutiques worldwide.

Previous Brands
Paper Mache Tiger
Victoria Beckham
Babette Wasserman
Work Experience
Freelance Wholesale Consultant
Mar ‘21 - Now
Self employed

Working with emerging brands to help scale their business, review their internal operations, and help with sales. I have worked with brands including: Acler Significant Other House of Campbell Huisan Zhang Etre Cecile Sunset Lover Aston Studio Bubish

Freelance Wholesale Consultant
Sep ‘20 - Feb ‘22
Paper Mache Tiger

Senior account manager for Petar Petrov. Maternity Cover.

Senior Account Manager
Aug ‘16 - Mar ‘20

Global management of brands: Bella Freud, The Mighty Company, BITE Studios, Rachel Comey Australia and New Zealand Territory Manager

Wholesale Exeutive
Jan ‘13 - Aug ‘16
Victoria Beckham

Initially working across all collections, I then moved to focus on Victoria Victoria Beckham collection. I managed the UK & Ireland, Germany/Switzerland/Austria & Eastern European and Australian/NZ territories.

Wholesale & Marketing Assisstant
Apr ‘11 - Jan ‘13
Babette Wasserman

Wholesale and marketing assistant.

English - Native
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Permanent Positions
Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
Sales Manager

Kate worked as an integral part of the sales team. Her dedication to all aspects of her job demonstrated a professional attitude to work and how efficiently she managed every task given. She provided support to all members of her immediate team and to the other areas of the business when called upon. We have kept in touch and I happily put her forward for any suitable positions. Kate would be a valuable addition to any business.

Rachel Pelly
Aug 2016 - Mar 2020
Contemporary Sales Director

Kate was a joy to work with. Not only is she a lovely person to have on the team, but she is committed, consistent and a problem solver. Kate is a level-headed person and doesn’t get easily flustered in pressured situations. I would definitely hire Kate back given the opportunity and can highly recommend her for start-up, emerging and larger businesses that need an excellent sales, account management and wholesale specialist

Education & Training
University of Adelaide
‘08 - ‘11
University of Adelaide
‘08 - ‘12
Arts (Gener, Work & Social Enquiry, Anthropology)
Adelaide SA, Australia