Jimmy Bartel and his partner Lauren Mand have kept a low profile since a video of his ex wife Nadia ‘snorting white powder’ went viral in September.
But as Henne founder Nadia continues to face the repercussions of the leaked footage, Lauren, 31, has been working on an empire of her own.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that the Melbourne-based socialite quietly announced the launch of her fine jewelry line, RE.FINE ATELIER.
Stealing her thunder? Jimmy Bartel’s girlfriend Lauren Mand, 31, (pictured) has quietly announced the launch of her essential fine jewelry line as Nadia continues to face the repercussions of the ‘white powder’ scandal
Lauren set up a business Instagram account to promote her upcoming new project just weeks after Bartel’s world came crashing down on September 3.
‘Re.fine essentials, everyday beauty,’ she captioned a post of a model wearing a series of three gold chains a emerald coloured jewel.
It’s unclear if the necklaces featured in the post are from Lauren’s collection or being used as inspiration.
‘Coming soon’: Daily Mail Australia can reveal the Melbourne-based socialite announced the launch of her essential fine jewelry line, RE.FINE ATELIER, on her private Instagram
New venture: Lauren set up a business to promote her pieces just weeks after Bartel’s world came crashing down on September 3
‘Something is coming,’ she teased in another before revealing that she she will be working alongside an inspirational team for the upcoming project.
Lauren has since shared 10 additional posts to the account to hype up the range, some of which include captions with inspirational quotes.
‘Inhale the future, exhale the past #refine #jewellery #love #newstart,’ one reads.
Lauren has since shared 10 more posts to promote the range, some of which include inspirational quotes. ‘Inhale the future, exhale the past,’ alongside the hashtags #refine #jewellery #love and #newstart
Sources close to Lauren have told Daily Mail Australia that she has been ‘working hard’ sourcing pieces for the upcoming collection for months, while another said she decided to ‘jump the gun and announce it early’.
Lauren did not respond to multiple requests when approached about her jewelry line, but deleted any mention of the brand from her Instagram biography.
Lauren made headlines back in February when she denied rumours she’d split from Jimmy, 37, by changing the profile picture to a photo with the retired AFL star.
Jumping the gun: Sources close to Lauren have told Daily Mail Australia that she has been ‘working hard’ sourcing pieces for her collection. Another claimed Lauren ‘jumped the gun’ with her announcement – unclear if it had anything to do with Nadia’s white-powder scandal. Lauren and Jimmy pictured together in 2019
They had been the subject of break-up rumours in December after fans noticed it’d been months since Jimmy had shared a photo with his girlfriend on social media.
The couple’s last photo together on Jimmy’s account was taken in March last year, during their holiday in Japan.
Meanwhile, Nadia was noticeably absent from the star-studded Bar Bambi’s launch night in Melbourne last Thursday.
Keeping a low profile? Nadia Bartel was noticeably absent from Bar Bambi’s launch night in Melbourne last Thursday. Pictured: L-R: Kylie Brown, Tayla Damir, Rebecca Judd, Lana Wilkinson and Michelle Greene
Her best pals WAGS Bec Judd, Kylie Brown,and Jessie Murphy sipped cocktails at the restaurant opening.
Nadia only recently returned to Instagram to spruik her fashion label, after keeping an incredibly low profile since her ‘snorting scandal’ came to light.
She was filmed by her business partner Ellie Pearson breaking Melbourne’s lockdown and snorting white powder at an illegal gathering at a friends house back in September.
Ellie accidentally uploaded the footage on her Instagram page, with Nadia breaking her silence with a public apology one day later.
At the time private and public gatherings were not permitted in Melbourne, where Bartel lives, under Victoria’s Covid restrictions.
Video: Nadia only recently returned to Instagram to spruik her fashion label, after keeping an incredibly low profile since her ‘snorting scandal’ came to light. Nadia (pictured) was filmed breaking Melbourne’s strict lockdown and snorting white powder on September 2
Video: The clip begins with the fashion and beauty influencer appearing to lean over the plate with a rolled-up banknote in her left nostril as she presses her right nostril. She then snorts the substance as one of the women watches on
Nadia’s apology – which included an appeal for forgiveness from health workers – appeared to confirm the gathering was held on Thursday, September 2.
A later report claimed the video first found its way online due to Ellie having a cracked phone screen.
It’s alleged she was attempting to send the video to her sister; however, because her phone screen was damaged, she hit the wrong buttons.
As a result, the clip was posted to both Instagram and Facebook, and was online for about 10 minutes before being deleted, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But it was quickly copied by others and shared around.
Apology: Breaking her silence in a post shared to Instagram, the 36-year-old wrote: ‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future’