Linda Penn

Linda Penn is the owner and Managing Director of Lowes Menswear - one of the country’s largest and most iconic retailers. She is a highly-regarded philanthropist, has raised 3 children and recently welcomed her second grandchild. A dynamo director, this female powerhouse sits down with her eldest son Josh, Belinda’s co-director, to impart her well-earned wisdom and values to all generations of women and fellow businesswomen.

Linda Penn.Oscar de la Renta

Tell us about your role and day to day life?
I am the co-owner and Managing Director of Lowes Menswear, an iconic Australian retailer. I work full-time and oversee the entire operation of the business which includes over 190 stores as well as online and 1900+ staff all over Australia.

Outside of business and family what are you most passionate about?
The community and my charitable work are my biggest pursuits - I'm particularly interested in the work of Children's Medical Research Institute, Beanies for Brain Cancer, a Start in Life for disadvantaged school children.

I also am a true believer to keep your health and wellbeing paramount. I exercise 7 days a week, which includes running and strength training.

Linda Penn.Alexander McQueen

What has motherhood taught you & what strength or quality did you discover you had from raising 3 children?
To be tolerant and patient, selfless and always accepting.

For working mothers, what advice can you give?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Look after yourself from a health and mental wellbeing perspective. Be the boss or work for someone who is understanding that you have children. Family should always come first.

Linda Penn.Josh Penn

Your most rewarding moment of being a mother?
Watching my children grow into wonderful human beings.

A money can’t buy object or experience you would like for Mother’s Day is?
A cuddle with my recently born granddaughter, Blake.

Linda Penn.Alexander McQueen

Do you have any style or fashion rules to live by?
I'm influenced (told) by my son Josh to be confident in what I wear. I like to take risks and enjoy dressing up as I believe that fashion is a form of self expression.

What do you come to Belinda for? Anything currently on your wish list?
I love popping into Belinda as a form of therapy and relaxation. I truly enjoy the shopping experience and take inspiration from the edit of international designers. I'm currently coveting Alexander McQueen's Pre-Fall 21 collection, specifically the leather pieces. I have added a few items to my Pre-Order basket.

Linda Penn.Bottega Veneta

The last time you dressed up, where did you go and what did you wear?
I went on a date night with my husband and wore a Bottega Veneta white shirt and leather skirt, with an Alexander McQueen double strap belt, completed with Bottega Veneta's signature heels.