How to Look Good for Less: Dressing for Spring Racing on a Budget

Written for Broadsheet Spring racing is now acknowledged as a bona fide fashion-retail season in Australia due to the spike in dress, heels, handbag and hat sales from late September through to the first Tuesday in November. Becoming a slave to the season's trends is an easy trap to fall into when every local label… Continue reading How to Look Good for Less: Dressing for Spring Racing on a Budget

Back to Basics: Timeless, Collectable Statement Shirting Handcrafted to Order by Sustainable Melbourne Label Kalaurie

Written for Broadsheet Canadian-born Kalaurie Karl-Crooks travelled to Australia by boat in late 1998. She grew up on the mid-north coast of NSW before moving to Melbourne in 2010 to study costume design at Swinburne University in Prahran. “Halfway through the course I realised I ultimately wasn’t interested in working in the film or television… Continue reading Back to Basics: Timeless, Collectable Statement Shirting Handcrafted to Order by Sustainable Melbourne Label Kalaurie

The New Minimalist Label From Melbourne Inspired by Performance and People-Watching

Written for Broadsheet Husband and wife team Nikita Miller and Omar Asadi are behind the new minimalist Melbourne womenswear label Nikita Miller, which launched in August. The “part one” collection is made-to-order and features simple, structured staples that look and feel almost Japanese. Standout pieces include the oversized long-sleeve Luan shirtdress (which resembles a trench coat and… Continue reading The New Minimalist Label From Melbourne Inspired by Performance and People-Watching

Now Open: A Tiny Cannoli Shop Hidden Inside South Melbourne Market

Italian-born Giorgio Linguanti has been hand-making burrata, mozzarella, ricotta and more since founding Thomastown cheese factory and shop That’s Amore in 2008. After a number of years churning milk, his Sicilian heritage inspired him to develop Cannoleria by That’s Amore – a sister business devoted to the iconic Sicilian dessert. Until now, Melburnians could only purchase these… Continue reading Now Open: A Tiny Cannoli Shop Hidden Inside South Melbourne Market

Review: After 80 Years, Oroton Releases Its First Ready-to-Wear Collection Under New Creative Director

Written for Broadsheet Oroton, the iconic Australian label known for its leather accessories, entered voluntary administration in November 2017. The demise of the company, founded in Sydney by Boyd Levy in 1938, wasn’t a surprise for many after years of slumping sales and an outdated approach to design. In August last year, new owner Will Vicars appointed Sophie… Continue reading Review: After 80 Years, Oroton Releases Its First Ready-to-Wear Collection Under New Creative Director

The New Adelaide Label Designing Loungewear to be Worn From Beach to Bar

Written for Broadsheet Adelaide label Acler launched in 2015 to fill a gap for high-end pieces at an affordable price. The local label is predominantly recognised for its event wear – sculptural, contemporary dresses and separates with dramatic detailing, whether that be a cascade of ruffles or delicate appliqué. The brand shot to wider fame… Continue reading The New Adelaide Label Designing Loungewear to be Worn From Beach to Bar

Boiler Suits Made for Busts: The New, Affordable Melbourne Label Challenging Traditional Workwear

Written for Broadsheet After a long day spent working aboard a cargo ship, head stockperson Mimosa Schmidt suffered from chafing between her legs, under her arms and on her neck from the ill-fitting boilersuit she was wearing. The constant discomfort made her wonder, “Why isn’t there one of these suits [designed] for women?” “I wanted… Continue reading Boiler Suits Made for Busts: The New, Affordable Melbourne Label Challenging Traditional Workwear