Who's your favourite brand at the moment?
Let's discuss work wear, you're mostly wearing suits at work, tell us about your favourite brands?
Gem is a start-up brand who is based in Melbourne Town. Her talented brooch creations brought her popularity over her Esty online shop and throughout the months she has grown rapidly on Instagram with a popular fan-base who also share the love of wearing and collecting brooches. Her interesting interview explains how her dream grew into a local business.
Firstly how did you get into the brooch business?
I started making brooches after I had been studying metal-smithing. I lived in a tiny little flat with no equipment or tools to make metal jewellery, but I didn't want to stop creating! So my solution was to start making things with fabric instead. It was cheap and I could just sit on the couch & sew while I watched movies. I never thought it would come this far!
What inspires you for your different creations?
Most of the time it's the fabric. I find my fabric at op-shops. I buy old handbags and wallets - anything that is faux leather or similar. I never know what I'm going to find & what it will inspire which is why I'm still so excited about what I do after all this time! Also, animals & skulls are a huge influence on my work.
What's the process of creating a brooch? From idea, sketch to actual pin?
Well, now I make mostly necklaces & brooches. Occasionally I make earrings, bracelets and other bits & pieces too. But the process is pretty much the same each time. I do a terrible sketch of the piece to get the basic shape down. Then I cut that shape out on paper & define it a little more as I cut. Then I pin that shape to the backing fabric & cut that out... Then I cut the paper shape up into each little piece & pin those little bits to all the different fabrics I need. It's like a puzzle made from fabric pieces! Once all of the fabric shapes are cut out I sew everything together & then comes the fun part - adding any last details with beads, metal, fabric paint etc. It's quite tedious sometimes, lucky I have OCD!
You've recently started creating bangles, how did this idea come about?
I have made some cuffs in the past (way-way in the past!) but recently I stumbled across some plain vintage wire bangles that looked perfect for sewing my creations on to! So I gave it a go & I think it was pretty successful... I'm still ironing out the kinks in this process though!
Lastly, any advice to any one who wants to create their own local start up?
Don't work for your business, make your business work for you! #girlboss... After I took this advice myself & really implemented it, I saw such a difference!
Fav pin you own?
A tiny vintage enamel motorcycle pin that my Pop gave me. He's the OG pin collector.
Best place you've travelled to?
India with my fam. We were up North, in the Himalayan foothills.
I never leave the home without my...
Balms! Lip balm, Tiger balm, bee balm, Egyptian magic. Balm me up.
Favourite ice-cream flavour?
Choc Mint always and forever.
Glitter or Matte?
Emerging designer Marie completed her fashion design course at Kangan Tafe a few years ago and has always had the dream to start her own label. With a passion and creative flair for Painting, creating and customising Levi's jeans, Marvin Ink was created. Selling her customised creations at Markets and personal customer orders too, she explains to us what it's like to do so.
What made you want to get into customising Levi's?
Well, I've always felt like the 'typical' a typical Australian Designers job within a company or large label does not allow the individual to be as creative as they would like to be. This is what made me start customising Levi's, it's an expression of my creativity, to be free with what I create and sell. Without anyone telling me how and what creative direction to take!
What inspires you? How do you come up with your ideas for your designs?
Colours and patterns have always interested me, I am inspired by Flora, organic shapes and colours.
I love creating patterns and mixing colours together. I've never been afraid to wear two different prints together.
What do you use to create your designs?
To create my designs I use different paints, stencils and sponges.
Where do you source your jeans from?
I source my jeans from USA, Op Shops and vintage stores.
How does it feel to sell your product at different markets?
It's the best feeling selling my product at the markets! It's great to know that there are so many supportive people out there, who love what you do and love how much hard work you put into your creations.
What's next for your brand?
I'm planning to expand my range by beginning to paint on denim jackets and shirts. Also, I've been recently branching out and having my product available in retail stores, my jeans are now available in Design A Space Chapel Street.
Quick foxy 5
My favourite food is…..? pasta
I never leave home without my...? Converses
My most memorable moment so far in my life……? Was when my Fiancé proposed!
Weirdest thing that's ever happened to you?
I would say probably this whole experience! I never expected to be selling painted jeans, pretty cool - but crazy.
Special thanks to Marie
Last night the fashionistas gathered to Myer Melbourne for the launch of a Sydney label - Christian Paul watches that are being stocked in Myer. Also welcoming the new Ambassador of the brand SydneySider fashionista Kate Waterhouse.
Timothy is the creator behind the watch company, It all started at a young age, his love for watches as he would admire his father's watch collection. Years later one late night he was staring at his marble clock on the wall that his wife had purchased, from there he turned his idea into reality creating his first watch. Coming from a buying background in home wares, he felt he was ready to create a company of his own.
Being a heartfelt family man, Timothy naturally named his watch after his second son, along with the attention to detail on the watch having the C slightly tipped at 11.25, which was his second son’s time of birth.
Starting with only four watches and now after only six months a with great success has a range of 22 watches now being stocked in fashion store giant Myer.
I had actually interviewed Tim awhile back, and here are some of the questions he had answered when the company was around only 3 weeks. Today he has built an empire within 6 months in the fashion game, which is a great achievement to which he eventually wants to pass onto his sons.
What inspired you to become a designer?
Having been within the industry of home wears as a buyer and manufacturing. I had always wanted to create my own brand, it was all about the right timing and having an idea. I had gained the long-term experience needed to go forth with my idea.
How did you come up with your idea for the watches?
My wife had actually purchased a marble wall clock, and one night I was staring at it, and the idea for creating marble watches came to me. I loved the minimalistic look about it, and wanted one on my wrist. I knew it at that moment I was ready to create my own company.
And the name? Christian Paul?
Christian Paul is my seconds son's name who was named after my father Christian and my wife's grandfather Paul
My logo the C is actually tilted in the angle of 11 and 25 past, the same time my son was born.
I actually want them to inherit the brand; I made this brand not only for my family but also for my sons.
What was the process of creating your original marble watch?
Firstly a lot of trial and error! I first created the watch with actual marble, but of course due to durability it would break during production inside the watch. I then went forth trying different productions, until we found the correct one of a print of the marble, but still looking like the real thing.
It was also creating a lot of prototypes, still seeing the marble detail by far on the watch, and along with having the correct type font inside the watch.
What do you think the key of success with your brand is?
Listening to my audience. Seeing what they love and listening to feedback.
Advice to all students and people who aspire to get into the design industry?
Just go for it, pretty straight forward. You've got to sit down and make a decision and based on that decision would be the actions from the actions to the result.
Love them? Check out Timothy's creations by clicking on the link below and buy your own timeless piece xx