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A Closer Look: Antoinette Dress

A Closer Look: Antoinette Dress

This season is our third time making the Antoinette Dress!
It became a. bestseller in it's first season and you have been loving it ever since. This year, we made it in two colors and in a new fabric. 

The first color is a soft blue. I fell in love with this color when I saw it because it reminded me of forget-me-nots. These sweet little flowers grow all over my parent's property in the spring and I would always pick them with my mum and make little bouquets. 
The second color is this gorgeous dessert orange....


A Closer Look: Field Dress

A Closer Look: Field Dress

The Field Dress has gone through the longest journey of any SS20 style!

It started off as a prototype as a Maxi Dress, however the fabric I used for the prototype was too heavy and literally pulled the dress down so it was not possible to use for the real dress.

I also realized that the Maxi length was not ideal for everyone since we are all different heights, and because the dress has a gathered detail at the hem, it would not be easy to shorten and lengthen if needed. So I shortened the style and found...


A Closer Look: Céleste Dress

A Closer Look: Céleste Dress

This season we are introducing the cousin of the Antoinette Dress; The Céleste Dress. At first glance it looks a lot like the Antoinette, that's because it's largely inspired by it.. with a key difference. The Céleste Dress can be reversed to be worn with the round neck in front or in back. 
Here's why:
Last summer my mum was trying on the Antoinette Dress, which she loved the photos of. But when she tried it on she didn't like how the V-wrap looked in front, and she tried it on backwards. Which looked obviously backwards and she asked me,...


How to Wrap Gifts in an eco-friendly way.

How to Wrap Gifts in an eco-friendly way.

I recently found out that wrapping paper is not recyclable! I was shocked. Now I am the person that keeps and reuses all the wrapping materials I was given with gifts. I iron tissue paper and wrapping paper that I have salvaged. But there are always scraps that cannot be re-used. 
The shiny, sparking and textured papers cannot be recycled! 

I also recently heard of Furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping technique using cloth. Once I heard about this a lightbulb went off in my head!! SARONGS!

What if the wrapping was part of the gift? Genius right?!

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Sustainability School: Garment End of Life

Sustainability School: Garment End of Life

This edition of Sustainability School will be focused on what to do with garments when you are done with them. Now there are many ways you can be 'done' with a garment. It doesn't fit anymore, you no longer like or wear it, it is stained, it's ripped or ruined beyond repair. So today I want to break down different ways/venues to take when you have reached these points and in the most ecological ways possible.

1) Garment is in fine shape but you don't want it.
This is an obvious one but I'll include it just in case. There has been...