MAUDE Studio

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Glitz and Glamour there is never a dull moment with the emerging designer Courtenay. Founder of Melbourne label MAUDE Studio

Having handcrafted all her collection to shimmer perfection. Courtenay’s hard work shows in all her ultimate statement pieces.

I sat down with Courtenay for our interview inside a café, below where her studio is situated. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek upstairs. I must say it’s very enchanting to see the full range out in display I was mesmerised by the handbags, a truly beautiful collection. From lined up bags to cabineted glitzy sparkly shoes she had hand embellished herself.

Did you study fashion?

I attended RMIT’s, Bachelor Of Design (Fashion) course, I graduated in 2008 with first class honours.

I was awarded Most Promising Student in 2007, which was judged by Karen Rieschieck, owner of Alice Euphemia which was a little boutique in the Nicholson building which housed independent Australian designers. After the completion of my course I moved overseas to Stockholm, Sweden. I interned for 6 months with local designers Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair. It was a small boutique fashion company where i got to work in all area's of the business. The designers there was really creative and inspiring, it was great to work alongside her.

What was it like to intern overseas?

I always knew when I graduated I wanted to go to Europe. My internship was for six months. It was a fantastic experience, because it was a really small team of seven people, so it was very hands on. After my internship I then started working for a much bigger company, which gave me a different skill set and valuable knowledge into the high street market.

What is your label about?

MAUDE Studio is very much about stand out pieces. I focus on capturing the preciousness of an object within wearability as well trying to make something fun, interesting and unique. It's also a celebration of design imagination. i want to develop the idea of creating preciousness within certain objects, that's what i'm exploring at the moment. I don't take myself too seriously and I love what I do. MAUDE Studio is about people who want to celebrate their unique personality and style. The brand is for anyone who is after something fun and interesting. The Maude customer is outgoing, independent and smiles involuntarily in response to shiny things. It's not so much about an age group, more about a mindset and attitude

What made you create this label? Tell us your story

I’ve always wanted to have my own design studio but before I could start on my own label, I wanted to gain some experience in the industry. After working within a small and super creative boutique design firm, I then worked at a much larger and more commercial fashion company, so I felt quite confident in being able to start my own label.

What’s a usual day in the office?

My studio overlooks a gallery space which is such a nice place to arrive to every morning. Basically at the moment I hand make all the pieces so that takes up most of my time. My usual day is centred around sewing, cutting out fabric pieces, applying all the hardware different gold hard wear plates installing them. Answering emails and getting in touch with people, being present online and in social media.

How many in you’re team?

Currently its just myself, however I have some really special and amazing people who have donated some of their time to helping me out at this early stage. Also I have worked really closely with Niika who are an amazing digital agency and managed to create an incredible website and online store which reflects the MAUDE Studio style.

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How did you learn to create and make your handbags?

I taught myself how to make them. I learnt at Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair that you can make anything you want however you want, there are no rules. Coming from a womenswear background, I approached handbags the same way you would a garment. However it was a long process of trial and error to make the bags perfect, as the they need to be practical, functional, long-lasting and durable-as well as pretty and fun!

How do you go about sourcing your products?

It just depends, I try to find my fabrics locally but unfortunately that is difficult. Often I can’t find what I need so I have sourced some of my fabrics though an overseas wholesaler, but where I can I will buy fabrics locally.

What materials do you use?

I use synthetic fabrics different variations of PU and PVC, as well as Polyester. I’m vegetarian so I prefer not to work with leather, and there are some really amazing synthetic fabrics available.

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Where is the final product made?

All items are handmade locally in Melbourne by hand.

How did you get to where you are now with your label?

Experience and hard work. Having worked for a small design label helped me learn how to run things in my own small business. In addition to this, working for a larger company helped gain an understanding from a really structured business perspective. I have also just completed a Certificate 4 in Small Business so that was really useful and relevant.

How and what gives your inspiration for each collection?

My first collection Blue Planet (2012) was very much inspire by David Attenborough’s documentary titled “The Blue Planet” I’ve always been fascinated by sea creatures and in this collection you can see it is very much present. It was a five piece woman’s wear capsule collection featuring delicate pleating and flounces to emulate underwater creatures.

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Glittermare (2013) was a mixture of shoes and clutches embellished with brightness and sparkles and spikes. I managed to source a whole heap of sample jewellery at the time and I came up with the idea to use all of those to regenerate something existing to make a new and exciting creation. I wanted to make pieces which were really over the top bling, crazy cool it was a scary fun look that I developed and applied onto clutches and shoes. I love the photos of this collection its one of my favourite shoots.

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The Candy Collection (2014) I knew I wanted to explore handbag design and so I decided to start to develop and focus on that. The Candy Collection is a 5 piece ensemble of bright and shimmery embellished handbags reflective of all things sugary sweet and artificial. It is currently available to purchase via the online store. I wanted to represent the feeling of being in a candy store but also make something beautiful and unique at the same time.

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My previous collections, Blue Planet and Glittermare were both developed as just personal creative outlet. Whereas The Candy Collection is my first commercial collection available for purchase

What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?

Working for myself is great, I have so much creative freedom. Previously I had worked for a really big company so now working for myself I can explore different ideas and concepts that inspire and drive me as a designer. Being able to do what you love and what interests you then finding a customer who appreciates that is very rewarding.

What’s your advice on networking to all our emerging designers and students?

Be outgoing and introduce yourself, be interested in what other people are doing. Follow people up people and if your very genuine about yourself and what you love people will recognise that and be interested in helping you out. Also, be nice it’s free and you never know where it will lead you.

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What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of?

Getting my brand off the ground. Everything has come together really well and I’m really happy with the brand identity and the collection. I feel really proud of the online store and fortunate to have been able to work with Niika who have done such an amazing job with my website and online store. I’ve also had great people help me through the process supporting me at different stages with different things.

How many years did it take for your idea to hit reality and start becoming a reality?

The concept has been bubbling ever since I was a fashion student. But so far its been eight months and the online store launched a couple of weeks ago.

Who are your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to?

Lots of people as well lots of different things! I do have a huge appreciation for Manish Arora he is amazing. What he does is what I dream about doing, he’s really into embellishments and delicate designs, which I admire and love.

And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry!

Try and align yourself with people who you admire and look up. Also with whom you want to see yourself as eventually. Try and get close to them and learn from them. My internship really defined me as a designer. Choose your internship wisely because your time is very precious, you have the potential to learn so much or so little. Additionally having a belief in what you're doing

Special thanks to Courtenay xx

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Wild Horses

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http://www.wildhorseslabel.com.au/

Natalie Donovan

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Look out for Western Australian tempestuous label WILD HORSES. Designed for untamed women who want to abscond from the herd and dare to be lax but different. Simple, yet striking, the clothing and jewelry assemblage is renowned for achieving naturally inspired fun and accessible designs while still maintaining dark, stormy undertones.

Natalie’s creations are superbly unique as she steers her creative skills into drive ready to road test to onlookers. A woman who takes pride in quality checks, her exceptional craftsmanship ensures each piece of clothing is crafted to sheer perfection. A multi-tasker mum, she has created a marque from scratch, utilizing her prior industry talents and ingenious pattern maker in the making of the business. Natalie allowed her passion to run freely for women who want to escape the herd.

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What is your label about?

Wild Horses is about being carefree, wild, spirited and effortless! For women who want to escape the herd.

What made you create this label? Tell us your story?

It all began in 2011 when I would create hand made jewelry out of precious stones. From there I would go to markets specializing in local fashion and from then on it grew and got popular and so I took the next step which was clothing.

How did you get to where you are now with your label?

Perseverance, consistency and strong will! Be 100% you! Keep going and don’t look back. And make sure you remember ‘if the elevator to success is out of order, you’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.

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What’s a usual day in the office?

Office is attached to our home as we have two young children. Usual day is wake up 6am, organise kids for school. The day - answer urgent emails, gym, write a to do list of the day and sometimes week/month, try to complete that list! Meeting, appointments throughout the day about up and coming shows, shoots, collections. And if it’s that time of year where we need to organise the next range, we would be in the studio most days pattern making, designing, toiling and sampling.

Did you study fashion? If not what did you study?

I studied Fashion and Textiles at the Institute of Technology in 2010 completing Diploma.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Flexibility of working from home. You have total control on what you design, and how you can style it. It’s very joyful!

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How did you select the materials you used?

Fabrics are usually chosen during pattern making time. I like to be clear in what I’m wanting to use for the collection so I don’t confuse my self and more importantly so I don’t waste time and money. Most of the time I have a theme for the range and I stick with that theme to keep the fabrics cohesive and strong throughout the collection.

How many people are in your team?

There is me, myself and I! And my pattern maker, samplist, factory, book keeper and accountant.

How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?

I have been on fashion trips over seas. But most of the time the inspiration comes from within. I feel and imagine a lot and from there it creates these little pops of ideas and then it grows.

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Who is your target market?

Women between 18 – 39 years.

How do you go about sourcing your products? Lots of googling! Research into fashion Asking people Calling and inquiring a lot of businesses in what they do.

Where is the final product made?

The final product is made locally – Fremantle WA. A small handful is made in Indonesia which is mainly the leather side.

What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of?

Proud that WH is 100% pure and organic. The whole brand has been curated and created by myself. And to have started the label up from nothing is truly inspiring and I feel lots of women can be inspired by each other as we are all strong and passionate beings.

How many years did it take for your idea to hit reality and start becoming a reality?

A good year.

Before creating your brand did you work for another label?

I didn’t as I just thought – hey lets do this! And threw myself into the deep in, head down, bum up!

Which fashion designers do you aspire to?

Stella McCartney,Chanel,Kate moss and the Olsen twins

And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry?

Do it! But, make sure you have the knowledge, strength and financial back up to start. Something tricky and hard as this industry will leave you red and raw. They say to make $100,000 you need $1,000,000.

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Special thanks to Natalie Donovan xx

Website : www.wildhorseslabel.com.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/W-i-l-d-H-o-r-s-e-s/150633064994175 Instagram: @wildhorseslabel

Beau In The Wood

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Get acquainted with
, creator of a new raft of fashion, the Wanderlust design, BEAU IN THE WOODS. A former media mogul (journalism and communication), colluding in secret and every woman has a Rendez-voux with herself, Kylie ran with her secret. There she entered the Universe of an unimaginable fashion career.

Residing on the ever so captivating Brisbane, lined with shimmering warmth of the sun and white sandy beaches, Kylie began a love affair in retail fashion. 

Not a seasonal girl, she focused her tag lines on a summer theme, as she lives for summer.

We are loving BEAU IN THE WOODS and with a luxe of whisper, I invite Kylie Dadson to hone in on her vision and her incredible rise towards her success.    

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Below Kylie answered some of my curious questions about herself.

 

What is your label about?  

 It’s about a wanderlust, summer life style. (Yep two words!) …  

Beau is the love and In The Woods is the adventure. It’s really about loving the adventure of life and creating a lifestyle that individually suits you… 

In my world it’s always summer! 

Our prints are created from photographic images, so travel is my biggest influence, but I am also inspired bygone era’s for their classic styling and design. I love a 50’s, 60’s and 70’s woman as a style muse and often think in print design with 1920’s deco lines. 

What’s a usual day in the office?  

I don’t think there is ever a usual day in the office in the fashion world, but it’s always very task focused and I break it into timeframes to suit. It might be based around pattern or production meetings one day. Design time another. I also tend to work best at night when nothing can distract me! 

Did you study fashion? If not what did you study? 

 I studied journalism and communications whilst working in a photography lab/shop. Towards the end I moved to the Gold Coast so I could be near the beach and fell into fashion retail as a back up plan to support my socialising and travel addiction. 

What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?  

When people come to us for an outfit for a special event. At the moment we are outfitting a bridal party … We have customized the boys bow ties to go back with each bridesmaid who is wearing a different style across one of our prints. It is going to look so fabulous! It’s been such a fun process to communicate with the bride leading up to the wedding! 

How do you select the materials you used?  

I have a slight obsession with silk. In particular crepe de chine silk. It’s heavenly to wear on the body, perfect for travelling and lasts season after season. Plus our digital prints look amazing on it. 

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How many in your team? 

 Me + my pattern maker, machinist and production. It’s a small circle and I couldn’t do it without them. 

How did you get to where you are now with your label? 

 With a lot of support and encouragement from people in my life … My husband and customers that are now more like friends have been amazing! 

How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?  

 I have planned trips to gain inspiration, but honestly it just hits me sometimes when you see an image or have an experience. I collect everything I can, screen shot everything on my phone, take photos like crazy and then wait for a vibe to hit me. Anyone that knows me will tell you I am happiest when near water, so generally all great ideas come together in my head in the shower… it’s a lot more practical that being constantly pool-side.  

Who is your target market? 

 Confident girls that know what they love and don’t want to strictly follow trends. Our age demographic is anywhere from 16-60. It’s crazy but fabulous that a piece like our Palms Kimono or Bow Cami can kit out such a wide age bracket so perfectly. 

How do you go about sourcing your products? 

We create them all! I am super passionate about building local industry and manufacture all of our garments locally. I drive to drop off items for production, then drive to pick them up. Soon I will have to get couriers of course but I love the conversations I get to have with our makers. It puts life into the garments and everyone is so passionate and proud of the work they have created. 

Where is the final product made?  

Brisbane. 

What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of? 

I can never answer this questions!!! Sorry, maybe in another a few years!! ;) 

How did you go about creating this label?  

Omg, sooooo many years of trial and error and fabulous moments all in between. Jumping in head first. Just going with it. A ridiculous amount of passion for an idea and turning it into a product. First there was a trip to Vietnam and falling in love with fabrics. Then my husband and I started a fashion agency. Then our first label. A few stockists. Then a shop. Then a raiding of my step father’s photography from which the Beau’s first prints were created. Then a flagship boutique. Now I have pulled it back and am starting super organically with everything I have done to move it forward on a e-platform.  I feel that this is a more modern approach to retail and pop up’s will give the brand the flexibility to change each season. It’s been a constant work in progress for almost 4 years so far.  

Any difficulties in creating and production?   

There will always be a challenge somewhere along the line but because we work so closely with everyone involved in the process it gets sorted quite quickly.  Maintaining great business relationships and creating a beautifully finished garment is the utmost importance to us all. 

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Before creating your brand did you work for another label? 

 Not behind the scenes, just on the shop floor.  

What are your future plans with your label?   

Online retailing is my focus at the moment. I am working on developing a new website and have plans to re-launch the label later this year for the resort season. Moving forward Beau is about summer all year long. (I can’t pretend to care about winter anymore!) We plan to do pop up’s with designer friends too! Kind of like the wanderlust lifestyle we constantly covet! 

Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to? 

 I always rave about Jenny Kee. I love following Matthew Williamson on instagram. I am terrible at looking at style.com to follow new season shows and trends. I much prefer street style, architecture, vintage finds such as bohemian glassware and purses and daydreaming about as many travel destinations as possible. 

What’s your feeling for future trends?  

I don’t really follow trends personally. I think it’s the flipside to working in retail for so long and getting such a huge wardrobe that gets outdated so quickly.  (There are only so many market stalls one gal can do!) I love styling for longevity, lifestyle and personal taste. I only buy pieces I absolutely love and encourage my fabulous customers to do the same.  Quality is the biggest trend. The second is knowing your style and just simply rocking it. 

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And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry! 
Get as much experience as you can. And get onto that shop floor! Listen to what people like and don’t like and really gauge if there is a market for what you want to produce. Just do it.  

Special thanks to 
Kylie Dadson xx

 http://www.beauinthewoods.com

Three Of Something

 

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3ofomethingInside the world, three artistic and talented Sydney – based women have launched a collection of home grown couture and ran with it internationally. These awe – inspiring woman have come together through intermingle of fate to share their quest for success.

I present to you fashion icons Rebecca Carmody, Jane Kidston and Bree Hay – Hendry, founders of the label ‘Three of Something’. Coactively, they ooze passion and industry knowledge to inspire feminine style fashioning that stiking opulence entrance of a woman.

‘Three of Something’ label is no doubt in a league of its own appealing to any woman who aspires to feel and look timeless. The brand features inimitable prints, graphics and distinctive pieces to create this aesthetic collection.

Creating well – designed and versatile apparel’s ‘Three of Something’ is fast becoming the ‘go-to’ label for audacious and the ever so young at heart. ‘Three of Something’ influences a strong retail presence and is rapidly pacing among the creative tongues of the media and fashion blogger community.

‘Three of Something’ has adapted their cultured theme from a beautiful old Japanese tale to hallmark their clothing brand. And what an exotic theme it is! The moral for this indestructible team of woman is tapestry of faith and relentless strength binding them together regardless of the challenges and obstacles that may confront them.

This concludes my online interview with ‘Three of Something’. I was privileged to partake in an exclusive moment with this ‘going places’ team.

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What is your label about?

Easy to wear pieces that surpass what is common or usual.
What’s a usual day in the office for Three of something?

We all keep to ourselves doing our own thing. We come together to collaborate on product and marketing.
Did you perviously study fashion? If not what did you study?

Yes - I did fashion at Whitehouse
What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Seeing my ideas come to life....I love walking down the street and seeing someone in one of our garments.
How did you select the materials you used?
We pick what we love

How did you get started in all this?

We all met at a previous employer. A combination of right time and right place for all of us.
How many in your team?

It is just the three of us with a production coordinator. We do everything.
How did you get to where you are now with your label?

We all had a lot of industry experience before we started. But it takes a lot of hard work. It is not very s!
Before creating your brand did you work for another label?
We have nearly 30 years industry experience between us!

How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?

All three of us contribute from different inspirations. It can come from anywhere.... A holiday in Bali, a print, a feeling....
Who is your target market?

Young women 18-30. And those young at heart!
How do you go about sourcing your products?

We work closely with our factories.
Where is the final product made?
China

What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of?
Launching the brand in USA


How many years did it take for your idea to hit reality and start becoming a reality?

We have been around for 2 years now. Things moved pretty quickly once we decided this was what we wanted to do
Any difficulties in creating and production?

Yes, quality and attention to detail are so important.

What are your future plans with your label?

We have would like to move into the UK and European markets, grow our online business.
Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to?

There really are too many to mention!
What’s your feeling for future trends

Stay classic!
And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry!

Get as much experience in as many different areas of the industry as possible. Learn all you can!

 

 

Special thanks to Three of something