Australian Puffer Jacket Label Toast Society (Made With Vegan Down) Is Inspired by Tokyo’s Vibrant Street Fashion

Written for Broadsheet Puffer jackets. They’re practical, sporty, stylish – and best of all they keep you warm. But are you aware of the cruelty often involved with stuffing them? In most cases, the staple jackets are stuffed with down –feathers found closest to a bird’s skin. Feathers are often plucked when the bird is alive,… Continue reading Australian Puffer Jacket Label Toast Society (Made With Vegan Down) Is Inspired by Tokyo’s Vibrant Street Fashion

Now Open: A Bigger, Bright-Yellow New Home for The Social Studio in Multi-Level Arts Hub Collingwood Yards

Not-for-profit social enterprise The Social Studio – which operates as a fashion school, clothing label, retail shop, digital-textile print studio, clothing manufacturer and community space – has supported young people from new migrant and refugee communities since opening on Smith Street, Collingwood in 2009. “All of the work that we do feeds back into the school and… Continue reading Now Open: A Bigger, Bright-Yellow New Home for The Social Studio in Multi-Level Arts Hub Collingwood Yards

Brisbane’s Bianca Mavrick Jewellery Crafts Costume and Statement Jewellery With Everyday Wearability

When Brisbane-based jewellery designer Bianca Mavrick was little, she loved playing dress-ups with her nonna’s ’80s costume jewellery. “She had a box of broken pieces she’d surrender to me and I would repair them or reassemble the pieces into new jewellery,” she says. Mavrick went on to study industrial design at QUT, but took night… Continue reading Brisbane’s Bianca Mavrick Jewellery Crafts Costume and Statement Jewellery With Everyday Wearability

Show-Stopping: Has the Pandemic Changed the Australian Fashion Industry Forever?

Written for Broadsheet In the past decade, many aspects of the fashion industry have gone digital, including retail and publishing. But one thing that has endured IRL – and has remained crucial to how business is done – is the fashion week, which occurs in multiple cities around the world biannually. Labels have relied on… Continue reading Show-Stopping: Has the Pandemic Changed the Australian Fashion Industry Forever?

Handbag and Leather Goods Designer Katya Komarova Opens a Cosy Adelaide Studio

Russian-born handbag designer Katya Komarova didn’t plan for a career in design. She graduated from Moscow State University of Culture and Arts with a degree in acting before becoming a model. But after a chance encounter with a local artisan on a trip to Thailand in 2010 – who taught her how to make a… Continue reading Handbag and Leather Goods Designer Katya Komarova Opens a Cosy Adelaide Studio

Sleeping With Jacques, the Melbourne Sleepwear Label Blurring the Line Between Bedroom and Bar

As a time-poor, sleep-deprived mum, Melburnian Jacqui Hoang dreamed of creating something that made her feel good, felt comfortable to lounge in all day and was stylish enough to wear out. “Naturally I thought of designing luxury pyjamas,” she says. That was 2017. Fast forward three years and throw a pandemic in the mix, and… Continue reading Sleeping With Jacques, the Melbourne Sleepwear Label Blurring the Line Between Bedroom and Bar

Five to Try: Unisex Tracksuit Collections by Australian Labels

Written for Broadsheet It’s a good time to be a leisurewear label. When the pandemic hit, office attire was out and comfortable-cool came flying back in. And while existing loungewear labels have capitalised on the switch to comfy clothes, others have adjusted to cater to work-from-home life. Oversized hoodies, tapered pants, crew-neck sweaters: tracksuits, in… Continue reading Five to Try: Unisex Tracksuit Collections by Australian Labels

PE Nation Releases Its First Unisex Range

Written for Broadsheet Sydney-based athleisure brand PE Nation has just released its first unisex collection, Uni-form. Co-founder Pip Edwards says the company is aiming to level the athleisure playing field with the range by bringing fashionable, functional garments to all kinds of people. The collection was designed with “unity” in mind, says Edwards – thus the name.… Continue reading PE Nation Releases Its First Unisex Range

Sleepwear Label Jasmine and Will Launches Its First Wholly Australian-Made Tracksuit Collection

Written for Broadsheet Classic, timeless pieces made from quality fabrics and finishes. That’s what you can expect from Australian sleepwear label Jasmine and Will. Founder Jasmine Lindsay first conceived the label as a passion project while working in the finance industry. “I started [the label] in 2015 when I was living and working in Dubai.… Continue reading Sleepwear Label Jasmine and Will Launches Its First Wholly Australian-Made Tracksuit Collection

29 to Buy: Corduroy Makes a Cruisy Comeback

Written for Broadsheet I discovered corduroy when I was eight years old. My little sister was in prep, and it was her turn to take home the class bear, Corduroy. Named for the fabric his little navy-blue vest was made from, Corduroy was a matted old thing. The stress from being passed from student to… Continue reading 29 to Buy: Corduroy Makes a Cruisy Comeback