While fashion may not have been the priority for most Victorians this year, the emergence of sunshine and warmth is providing a sense of optimism for all. Now’s the time to pack away those sweatpants and reinvent the wardrobe. Hop online, support local business’ and look good doing it.
Founded by two sisters in 2015, Sister Studios focuses on limited runs of womenswear made in Melbourne. Clients can enjoy breezy vintage designs inspired by a time before fast fashion and an emphasis on natural fibres or deadstock fabrics means customers can feel the love that has gone into each garment. Shop: www.sisterstudios.com.au
For a minimalistic wardrobe, look no further than Handsom’s collection that concentrates on textures and timelessness. Both mens and womenswear are on offer and garments are made in small runs on a monthly basis to adapt to customer demand and Melbourne’s unpredictable weather. Pieces are made to be versatile and last for years to earn a spot in any customers regular rotation. Shop: www.handsom-store.com
Flux boasts a comprehensive range of clothing that ranges from simple T-shirts to floral prints and breezy linen. There’s enough to create an entire post iso wardrobe for those hankering to get rid of the sweatpants. Flux’s entire collection is designed and produced within Melbourne and while their shopfront is closed online orders will get free same day shipping. Shop: www.flux.com.au
Despite only being five years old, Denimsmith has secured the coveted title of everyday jeans for many Victorians. Offerings for men and women encompass a broad range of denim items including jeans, shorts and jackets. Each pair is made in Brunswick East within an Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) accredited factory. Shop: www.denimsmith.com.au
Striving to keep things as local as possible Vege Threads produce all garments within Australia with 80 per cent of the fabrics used being made within Melbourne. Materials include hemp, cotton and dead stock fabric to ensure minimal wastage. Expect to find cosy everyday wear with bold, earthy colours for men and women. For those continuing to embrace working from home activewear or making the most of longer days and time outdoors, swimwear and yoga gear are available. Shop: www.vegethreads.com
Quality basics are the ethos of Australian Stitches and as the name implies, they’re all Australian made. With comfy hoodies or crisp T-shirts in a range of solid colours Australian Stitch has Victorians covered for anything this spring will bring. Shop: www.australianstitch.com.au
Who said fashion needs to be limited to clothing? With the resurgence of cycling during Victoria’s lockdown Framework Designs offers a stylish and practical way to transport groceries or snacks for the next picnic. Products are made to order from the Melbourne workshop and materials can be customised to ensure each bag is as unique as its owner. Shop: www.frameworkdesigns.com.au
For clothes designed and made in Melbourne, The Ark Clothing Co offers a selection of ethically made shirts, tops, tunics, knitwear and denim styles to revamp the wardrobe. Head to the Zoom Collection to refresh the working from home wardrobe. Shop: www.theark.com.au
Wear the mark of a Melbourne girl and add a pop of colour to the wardrobe with a one of in Leonard Street’s cleanly structured but feminine designs. The adventurous prints and popping designs are the result of founder Amanda McCarthy’s love of print, colour and beautiful fabrics. Shop: https://leonardstreet.com.au/
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