New Melbourne-Born Label Flipslide Is Doing a Grown-Up Take on Havaianas

Written for Broadsheet After spending some of her career working in fast fashion, Flipslide founder Rebecca Rennie wanted to create something a bit more sustainable. “A simple shoe that wouldn’t go in and out of fashion, and could be made from natural materials and with minimal waste,” she says. Rennie’s worked in product development, design,Continue reading “New Melbourne-Born Label Flipslide Is Doing a Grown-Up Take on Havaianas”

First Look: Il Porto, a New Pizzeria in Avondale Heights Where Dough Is King

Written for Broadsheet Father and son duo Alessio and Armando Villani are no strangers to the baking game. Before opening their thriving Avondale Heights bakery Impasto in 2014, the pair were selling bread at three different bakeries they owned in Deer Park and East Keilor. Now the Villanis have ventured into restaurant territory for the first timeContinue reading “First Look: Il Porto, a New Pizzeria in Avondale Heights Where Dough Is King”

Byron Bay Label The Bare Road Makes Earthy Basics Inspired by Beachside Living

Written for Broadsheet Ayla Caughey and Katie Cook first met in 1998, in the playground of Byron Bay Public School. After high school, the friends briefly left their popular beachside hometown – Caughey to study fashion and textiles at TAFE Queensland and Cook to travel around Europe and Asia – but returned to Byron andContinue reading “Byron Bay Label The Bare Road Makes Earthy Basics Inspired by Beachside Living”

Aussie Label Ottway’s Breezy, Beachy, Unisex Shirts Are Inspired by Nature – And Days Long Past

Written for Broadsheet “From a very young age we’ve been on the move,” says Neri Sacristan of herself and her partner, Manu Lopez-Velez. “Our parents are explorers and travel enthusiasts, so it couldn’t be any other way. For us, travelling doesn’t necessarily mean taking an eight-hour plane, but just being curious and getting out withContinue reading “Aussie Label Ottway’s Breezy, Beachy, Unisex Shirts Are Inspired by Nature – And Days Long Past”

Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch

Written for Broadsheet Before opening a cafe of his own, JohnPaul Marmora worked as a real-estate agent and a sales manager. “I actually spent a lot of time in cafes [for work],” he says. “And owning a cafe of my own was something I always wanted to do; to bring my vision to life.” InContinue reading “Now Open: Essendon’s Assembly Ground, Serving Pina Coladas and Fried-Chicken Tacos for Brunch”

Obus’s New Collab With Artist Olana Janfa is a Bold, Bright Kaleidoscope of Colour

Written for Broadsheet Obus designer Kylie Zerbst has been designing garments in bold, bright, saturated colour palettes for more than 20 years, and has always nailed fun prints. Over the years, the Melbourne label has teamed up with a number of local creatives and collaborators including accessories label Crumpler, sustainable sanitary company Tsuno and furniture store West Elm. Now,Continue reading “Obus’s New Collab With Artist Olana Janfa is a Bold, Bright Kaleidoscope of Colour”

South Yarra Institution Cosi Is Back, With Generous Bowls of Homemade Pasta and a Roving Grappa Cart

Written for Broadsheet Walking into Cosi feels a little bit like stepping into my nonna’s living room. Roomy booths make it easy to get comfy, there’s a projector playing classic black-and-white films, a grappa cart roves around the room, and in cooler weather the open fireplace gets going. It’s this old-school hospitality that’s made CosiContinue reading “South Yarra Institution Cosi Is Back, With Generous Bowls of Homemade Pasta and a Roving Grappa Cart”

Slip Into This Slinky, Slumber-Ready Sleepwear From New Aussie Label Maison Essentiele

Written for Broadsheet Liv Flanagan has always been a maker. “As a child I’d organise baking stalls and lemonade stands,” she says. “[Then in] my teenage years I’d distress denim and stud vintage clothes and sell them at the local fashion markets.” She eventually landed a job in public relations, and for the last fiveContinue reading “Slip Into This Slinky, Slumber-Ready Sleepwear From New Aussie Label Maison Essentiele”