Collective Closets Is a Sunlit New Store Stocking Only Local Female Designers

Written for Broadsheet Nairobi-born, Melbourne-raised sisters Laurinda and Fatuma Ndenzako are behind the eclectic clothing label Collective Closets. Since 2015, they’ve been merging the subtle Melbourne aesthetic with the tribal weaving, batik prints, and bold, earthy colours seen in fashion across the African continent. The pair mainly sold their garments online before opening their first… Continue reading Collective Closets Is a Sunlit New Store Stocking Only Local Female Designers

Now Open: Melbourne Label Elka Collective’s Resort-Esque New Flagship Store

Written for Broadsheet Elka Collective first launched online in 2015 and is by designer Courtney Price, whose pieces combine natural fibres with different textures to create beautifully constructed, timeless garments for women. In 2017, Elka was bought by Brand Collective – which also owns Mossimo, Superdry and others – and Price transitioned to a freelance… Continue reading Now Open: Melbourne Label Elka Collective’s Resort-Esque New Flagship Store

A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Resting above the mantelpiece in Trentham General’s main dining room is an oil painting of “General Smith", the store’s fictitious CEO. The portrait is one of many collectables co-owner and interior stylist Lynda Gardener has kept stored away for years, and now sells at her new cafe, homewares and furniture store… Continue reading A Modern Take on the General Store for Trentham