Shop Handmade is your go-to destination for unique, quirky and stylish fashion pieces. From unusual and ornate coats to delicate jewellery, each piece has a story. Lovely Rachel has modelled some current items to show us what’s in-store, but don’t delay. As these are unique pieces, they won’t be available for long.
Eva Cassis is a shop favourite. She was taught to sew at an early age by her mother & grandmother, so making clothes has always been a big part of who she is. According to Eva, “making beautiful clothing is an art form that requires skill & a lot of patience, so I wanted to create a label that slowed down the way we consume fashion. I think back to a time when clothing was created slowly & meticulous thought was dedicated to every detail. Buying less & choosing well is something I am very passionate about.”
The Dixie Dance Pant ($129) has been perfected over 3 years. These trousers look great on everybody, they are super comfy & can be worn for so many occasions. They look great with heels & very cool with trainers. The Suzette cape comes in lots of different wools & wool/cashmere blends. They are so fabulously convertible & versatile you will never need another jacket!
Mainichi, created by designer, maker and craft enthusiast Dearne Mills, is a Melbourne-based practice spanning jewellery and interior design. This necklace is made out of beads created from Australian native desert timbers collected around Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, and treated with a natural lavender polish. Dearne enjoys creating these organic, asymmetrical necklaces because the result is always unexpected but beautiful, thanks to the nature of the timber and materials. Look out for Mainichi’s “Fractal” timber necklaces at Shop Handmade, made from salvaged native timber offcuts. Dearne is currently sourcing some new timber beads from in and around the Yarra Valley in Victoria.
The Found by Ange earrings are made out of chain links from a vintage chandelier. In her home studio on Botany Bay, Ange creates one-of-a-kind and limited run jewellery pieces, including necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, from sustainable materials. She loves using mixed metals, found objects and natural materials and is drawn to patinas and imperfection. In her view, a piece comes alive when it has scars and a backstory.
The BoHo Fox Frieda Carlo dress $159 (left), is part of an exclusive one-off collection by the label. BoHo Fox uses limited fabrics to ensure a classical, quirky and interesting variety to the range. Shop Handmade carries a large range of A-Line skirts and dresses, but as most items are one of a kind, you need to grab them while you can.
Berserk is owned by Karen, whose passion for turning humble scraps of fabric and thread into things of beauty was first awakened by her great aunt and mother. A hobby grew into a talent for dressmaking and a taste for fashion, when the frustration of never finding clothing that she liked led Karen to start designing for herself. The Berserk label was established in 1996. While her early range was largely street wear, the Berserk label has expanded and evolved along with Karen’s own tastes, and continues to reflect its maker’s love of natural fibres, vintage prints and flattering design for real women.
Australian metal smith Toby Eagle uses traditional smithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind jewellery with an eco-conscious twist. Each piece is designed, crafted and finished by hand using traditional processes that ensure each piece is uniquely different.
Bottom right: Dress $189 and berry belt, $59, handpainted lace drop earrings $25, all by Josephene.
Josephene was born from designing and manufacturing limited edition handbags. From there, the design of women’s wear has grown, with products now ranging from dresses to cardies, shrugs and infinity scarves. Josephene designs consider body shapes, comfort and elegance and can be worn in many different ways.