I first met Max Kater and her husband Peter at a dinner in Sydney. Max has an enviable elegance in the way she does everything, from her sense of personal style, to her home decoration and of course the environmentally friendly and classically styled range of home-cleaning products she developed – from basic surface cleaner to suede and leather care sprays.
With the goal of creating safe and effective home cleaning products, Max and Peter established Murchison-Hume in Sydney in 2008. They moved from Sydney back to her native LA a few years ago to grow the company and the rest is history !
What do you love about your home town LA ?
MK: People always say the weather, but as a native, we sort of take that for granted. The real beauty of LA is that she is like a seasoned actress. She is whatever you want her to be: urban & urbane, quaintly country, beachy & laid back or a bit of everything! Los Angeles is a city that acts like a village.
what is your fondest memory of growing up in California ?
MK: I grew up in Deep Suburbia, so my fondest memories are of running (barefoot) through the connected paseos (connected pathways) to our club every day for a swim carrying only a towel and my pool tag!
what are your 3 favorite places to get away to ?
We like to go to different places and they are all within striking distance of LA, but recent favourites are Mammoth Mountain (for skiing) Palm Springs (serious pool-hopping) and Sydney (we still call Australia home).
Name your top must visit restaurants in LA.
Cecconis is my hands down favourite for a glamourous, LA style night out with friends, I recently discovered the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel for major star-spotting (had a girly chat with Katy Perry in the Loo) and for a family-friendly lunch or dinner, I love the Farmers Market at The Grove because the boys can have a corn dog, I have some sushi and Peter can get something vegan. Plus there’s shopping. It’s win-win.
when did you have the ‘ light bulb ‘ moment which brought you to establishing the amazing brand Murchison-Hume ?
MK: It wasn’t really a moment per se, more of a Perfect Storm of things that put it all together for me. My youngest, Charlie was diagnosed with my allergic sensitivities, a chic, Parisian friend sent me a long email about the dangers of most household chemicals and after years of working with beautiful things as a Fashion Editor, I was seriously over all of the daggy products I had to use each day in my new role as a stay-at-home Mother. Cleaning products needed a serious makeover and I was up for it.
which product in the range are you the most passionate about and why ?
Oh, that’s a good question! It actually changes daily, depending on what my needs are. But since I am the proud owner of a new pair of rather fabulous suede shoes, I’m going to go with Spray Valet. It works a treat on the handles of my favourite RR Traveller.
what exciting plans do you have on the horizon that you can share with us ?
MK: Ooh, another good one. We’re always cooking up something new in the Murchison-Hume studio. We say we design products for the way people really live. We’re just about to launch a little Travel Set, with everything you need to stay well groomed on the go. It comes in a little linen pochette that one could easily drop into any RR bag with a strap! Lovely.
The Murchison Hume Bag Butler for leathercare and Spray Valet for the protection of suede are available at www.rachaelruddick.com and check out the Murchison Hume range at www.murchison-hume.com