Kitte Accoutrement

 

Emerging from Melbourne's performing arts scene in the late 90's, Kitte Cockerell fell into accessory design by chance. 

In just a few years the small production line evolved into a thriving business and by 2000. The Richmond studio housed a large team to manage local manufacturing for Australia's largest fashion retailers. Since then Kitte has worked with industry leaders including Sportsgirl, Kookai, Mimco, Witchery, Seed and Forever New and in 2014 launched her own namesake label, Kitte Accoutrement.

Each Kitte collection is timeless and theatrical, offering bespoke pieces of art to be showcased and adored. Kitte finds inspiration in juxtaposition, contrasting the delicate with the tough. She pushes all boundaries to deliver unexpected combinations & textures while proportion & balance underly all her designs.

Since only launching her brand a year ago, it has already been seen on fashionistas such as  The Olsen Twins, Jennifer Hawkins, Micah Gianelli, Kate Cebrano, Delta Goodrem and Ruby Rose, Kitte Accoutrement is fast becoming the accessory label to watch. 

Design, made to adorn the brave and the audacious. 



What made you want to create Kitte Accoutrement?

After designing for many other labels where I needed to create commercial and price driven styles, I was excited about the freedom of designing without limitations or restrictions.

 

What is it like being an independent Melbourne fashion label ?

Very busy! There is so much to do apart from design. I like to be involved in all aspects of the business so work closely with my team on marketing, social media, sales and branding.

 

Tell us the design process of creating a necklace or a ring, how do you source the right materials?

There are no strict rules when it comes to my design process. I tend to source materials such as beads, leathers, trims and metal components and combine them together in different ways until I like what I see. Once I’m happy with the initial sample I send to my manufacture offshore to replicate.

 

 

How long can it take to create a piece? Ranging from necklaces to bracelets?

It varies depending on the intricacy of a design or how easily my idea comes together.


You have a series of different collections, could you explain a little about each one and the inspiration behind it?

 

The latest collection, The Ivy, was inspired by the outdoors, nature, twisted vines and overgrown ivy.  My childhood was spent growing up in The Dandenong Ranges, with memories of creek walks along mossy ranges. It was a magical time that I now get to revisit with my own children.

For the Insignia range, I wanted to explore alternate forms of adornment and was inspired by military accoutrement and antique furniture trims. Inspiration tends to find me at the most unexpected times and my love of theatrical costumes and vintage finds heavily influence my designs.

Biggest achievement with the brand?

The growth of the brand in such a short time is something i’m really proud of. Also that some really high profile people love wearing the brand too – Delta Goodrem, The Olsen Twins and Micah Gianelli have all been spotted in Kitte Accoutrement!

 



Advice to all students and people who aspire to get into the industry?

Young people who want to get in to the industry should consider doing a short business/marketing course. Being creative is usually what draws people to the industry, but having these other skills can be really helpful when starting your own label.

 

 

 

Couple of quick Questions! --


Favourite piece you never leave without the house with?

  My Chloe perfume

Heels or Flat?

I’m usually in boots with a bit of a heel.

 

Usualday in the office like for you?

Meetings with my team & suppliers, researching new ideas, working on designs and answering emails.

 

Coffee or Tea?

Milky tea with lots of sugar. I’ve never had a coffee!

 

If you could have any superpower what would it be ?

The ability to fly.



Your signature look is….

Seventies influenced mixed with a bit of rock n’ roll.

Website 

Special thanks to Kitte xxx 

RUE STIIC

logo www.mingnomchong.com      jilliaaan

Rue Stiic
pronounced: roo steek
Rue: Alley way
Stiic: Our inspirations

Southern Californian born Rue Stiic founder and designer Jillian Beed lives and breathes the California lifestyle with the ocean, organic patterns, natural textures, architecture and rustic chic vibes of Venice Beach intrinsic to the timeless and wearable pieces in her label.

After completing a degree in business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Beed’s passion for expression and experience led her to her travels and discovery of Perth, where her distant Australian roots took hold.

Loving the WA coastlines and niche fashion culture, a connection between her new and old homes was ignited and has become a strong drive behind Beed’s designs launched end of 2012. 

Not only does the label embrace, but it also celebrates elements of this amalgamated Southern California – Australian lifestyle.

I had the pleasure to interview Jillian, it’s not only inspiring but you can defiantly feel her loving vibe throughout about her brand read below! x

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What is your label about?

Rue Stiic is a style driven, beach inspired label.

It’s about taking one of our easy to wear pieces and creating a cool, easy, yet sexy style. 

The Rue Stiic girl is a little rock n roll, a little laid back, and oozes an unspoken and natural chic.

What’s a usual day in the office?

Australia office: Coffee, emails, Dogtown and Z Boys soundtrack and Blow soundtrack on repeat, more coffee, production planning, designing.

Bali: Coconut and big breakfast, jumping on the scooter and taking on the day of driving around in the Bali heat to factories, suppliers, and meetings. End of the day entitles a sunset beach walk (necessary to ease the muscles and mind from the Bali chaos) and a group dinner with my beautiful friends that call Bali their full time home.

Did you study fashion? If not what did you study?
I studied Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California. I taught myself how to design through out the years, so it was great to learn how to properly run a successful business.

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What made you create this label? Tell us your story

Since I can remember, I’ve had a burning drive to start a label. As a little girl, I had my diary of wedding dress designs that I drew whenever I was having me time. In high school, I started creating surf inspired artwork on white shoes and selling to friends and family…I was hooked after this. After taking the steps I needed to learn and experience how to run a business and a brand, I decided to take the leap and start the label I had envisioned for years – a style driven, beach inspired, lifestyle label. I started small so I could learn how to properly run a business, fashion production overseas, and design pieces that worked for a good range of customers and I have successfully and organically grown over the past 2 years.

 

How many in your team?

Just me and my intern who comes in a few times a week.


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How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you
go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?
A mix of music, photography, and travel inspire me on a daily basis. Music is one of my biggest inspirations. I get hooked on a few songs and the designs start to flow. My constant travel within Australia, Bali, and the States has also been an important influence on the overall brand and designs.

How did you get to where you are now with your label?
Hard work, endless nights of no sleep, and keeping my head up and my vision in the horizon.

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

A huge milestone this year has been breaking into the States.

 I’m also so excited that people are loving the voice (branding) of Rue Stiic and they see the voice through my designs. It’s been amazing hearing the beautiful feedback from my stockists and customers who happily have more than 1 piece of RS in their wardrobe.

 


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

About 2 years of non stop, hard work.

Before creating your brand did you work for another label?
Out of Uni, I worked with Hourglass Cosmetics based in Venice Beach, California. I was the first intern hired and grew within the business to gain the Sales/Production/Product Development Coordinator position. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I have since put all my knowledge I gained at that position towards building my own brand, but in the fashion industry.


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Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to?
Tom Ford, Yves St Laurent, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Acne, while at the same time guys brands: Brixton, Critical Slide Society, and Deus Ex Machina


And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry!
Don’t be scared and don’t think anything is impossible. Put yourself out there, take risks, and do what you need to do to make your path and vision a reality.

Thank you to Jillian Beed xx
All pictures are from the collection motel del mar

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