You won’t need the high street when you’ve seen what Handmade has on offer on 16 & 17 September. We are particularly proud of our curated collection of new fashion, jewellery and accessories designers who combine the best of Australian innovation, passion and style. Read on to see what we mean.
Alexis Eclectic is the creative output of Alexis Withers, whose inspiration comes from the frustration she felt while working in a conservative office environment. Her resulting collection combines creativity with conventional style to make unique but wearable clothing, influenced by the surroundings of her studio in country NSW.
Hause of Glassborow is a handmade eco label with a boho feel inspired by the 1960s and 70s. Using vintage and upcycled fabrics and crochet sourced from Australia, the garments are hand made in Sydney.
Handmade would also like to welcome Remuse Designs, a Melbourne based clothing label for whom futurism meets nature. Remuse fuses artisan techniques and dye technology to create small, ethically produced, trans-seasonal collections, released quarterly at the time of each Equinox and each Solstice.
Milk & Thistle is a womenswear label that is also proudly 100% Australian made. The garments are a blend of Scandinavian simplicity and Japanese minimalism stamped with their own unique textile prints. Each design is made with an easy to wear silhouette in mind for all ages and body types.
Goomo produces bespoke Australian handmade textiles with a sustainable ethos, including a contemporary range of clothing and accessories. All items are hand dyed using only plants and metals.
Crafting beautiful shoulderless shirts and shirt dresses made from recycled men’s shirts is the domain of Butterscotch Castle. Paying attention to the female shape, these dresses are flattering, innovative and suit all ages. And each is one of a kind.
Kumo is a women’s clothing label, established in 2015 by Jen Deery. Inspired by modern Japanese aesthetics, Jen’s collections feature bold, colourful prints and flattering, versatile silhouettes. All pieces are designed and made in Melbourne.
Her Indigo. is a must-visit if you’re into the blues. The collection was created from a love of scarves and a passion for hand block printed fabrics. Block printing is a centuries old traditional method of fabric printing in which designs are carved into wooden blocks and printed by hand using natural dyes (emphasis on indigo) to achieve beautiful block printed fabrics.
For more textile based accessories, Heirloom Fibrecraft is an Australian textile label of individually tailored pieces by designer-maker Kim Shipton. Premium natural materials are selected from small Australian farms and are sent to fair trade traditional craftspeople who weave, sew and embellish. Finished fabrics are then hand dyed using signature colours created from Australian natives grown in the studio and the finished product is unique, ecological and beautifully crafted.
For a real touch of luxury, Pearl & Silk have Australian made pure silk garments for women, including kaftans, sleepwear and silk accessories, made to suit any age, and the majority of body shapes, for day or for evenings out.
Blackinkk creates beautiful leather products that represent quality with extraordinary craftsmanship. The perfect design, the right stitch, the best material and careful attention paid to each piece make these leather goods last, bringing added value to their handmade nature.
Blacbrail Atelier is a contemporary jewellery label that aims to give customers a real wow factor. Within a saturated market such as silversmithing, Blacbrail Atelier pushes the boundaries on design and wearability and displays select one off pieces of wearable art.
CatKe Design creates unique, one of a kind statement jewellery and accessories predominantly in resin and complemented with sterling silver. Each piece is designed, hand crafted and finished from the Sydney studio and influenced by travel and the urban environment. The lines are bold and modern and not for the faint hearted.
Working in acrylic and brass, Happy in Finland jewellery is big, bold and brassy. Following the motto that bigger is better, the earrings are a fearless celebration of colour and shape.
Kate Sale Jewellery encompasses handmade contemporary jewellery pieces predominately made using recycled sterling silver with colour courtesy of cold enamel. With simplistic forms and a focus on shape and balance, the pieces are modern, refined and adaptable and hand crafted in Kate’s Newcastle studio.
Nancy Joanna designs and hand crafts her exclusive concrete jewellery collection. Making such a hard element so light is a challenge, but each piece is designed to look and feel beautiful.