clothing

Elizabeth Suzann

i was so pleased to get an email from Elizabeth Pape introducing me to her line Elizabeth Suzann. a self taught designer, Elizabeth is based in Nashville and her design focuses on simplicity, clean lines, and longevity.

I use all natural fibers – silks, linens, cottons – many of the pieces are hand dyed and painted, and I try very hard to make versatile, seasonless pieces that will serve more than just one function in a wardrobe and can be worn a multitude of ways.  It is my hope that by producing and consuming mindfully, we can focus on craftsmanship, reduce waste, and truly love the clothing we put on our backs. Everything is sewn here in Nashville (by me, currently) and we just this month moved into a studio space so we’ve got some room to grow.

you can see her new studio space here (love me a good studio tour) and shop pieces from the shop on her website. i loooooove that Anais peach watercolour midi dress, as well as this rad charcoal painted silk number. everything is fantastic though, so be sure to have a browse. looking forward to seeing more from Elizabeth in the future.

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nido ss14

argentinian knitwear label nido (who i previously blogged about here) just released their SS14 collection, which is 100% cotton, hand-knitted and hand-dyed garments by Argentinian artisans – inspired by sea breeze, shaded forest, cool summer nights. the lookbook was shot by photographer Ana Armendariz, and the models are Constanza Castagnet and Alan Segal, editors of Labor magazine.

















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Upstate

i don’t actually own a piece of dyed clothing, but now i wish i do after seeing the Upstate s/s 2013 collection. i especially love those rich blue pieces, the slouchy tops and the elegant high-waisted shorts.

Kalen and Astrid design garments utilizing their own take on shibori and dip dyeing. each item is hand dyed and one of a kind. shibori is a japanese tradition of dyeing cloth using several different methods of binding, folding, or compressing the fabric. small changes in the combinations of binding and dyeing create an endless array of patterns and textures.










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Nadia Tarr

Nadia Tarr is a former dancer & choreographer turned fashion designer – and you can definitely see that influence in her beautiful, simple silhouettes. i love love love her midi & maxi dresses, and would honestly want one in every colour & pattern if i had my way (though if i had to choose i’d say this one and this one are my favourites). there’s something about these classic shapes that really make a woman look so refined… and want to have a jaunt on the Riviera, possibly.

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Muku

i was intending on doing a these things today, as usual, but the Muku SS 2013 collection felt like just the right way to sign off the week. from the sweet little girls (those little dresses! those milk-maid braids! those flowers crowns!) to the simple & beautiful pieces for women made from exquisite natural fabrics – i am quite smitten with Lithuanian based Muku.

Muku mainly focus on kids clothing but likes to venture out and play around with toys, accessories, and whatever our exploring hands can create. We choose to use natural fibers. We get inspired by DIY idea, recycling, remakes, urban art… Find most of our materials from grandparents cupboards, antique bookshops, flea markets. All made with love and nicety.

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Aritzia

despite the kinda ritzy name, Canadian retailer Aritzia has very beautiful wearable pieces, and some snazzy floral numbers too. i’ve always loved the idea of floral pants, but can’t pull them off myself – so whenever i see a gal rocking a pair i applaud the universe.

ps: you might notice things look a bit different around here. i did some spring cleaning… still ironing out the kinks though, so if you’re viewing this on safari on a mac in outer space i can’t guarantee everything is in the right place. but i’ll get there!

 

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Syrup

you may remember that i’ve posted about Japanese mail order clothing line Syrup before. i had a gander at their latest ranges, which include an Alice in Wonderland line and a Moomin line – as well as their Autumn Range. i can’t really tell you much more than that since google translate isn’t exactly helping me learn Japanese. you can get a pretty good idea of what they offer by checking out their digital autumn catalogue, or just by clicking around the site blindly like i did. it’s fun, trust me.

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Kristy, Marky & Kuwaii

photographer Kate Berry recently snapped the lovely Melbourne home of creative couple Kristy & Marky. Marky is a musician, currently touring with his band Monnone Alone, and  Kristy is the talented lady behind fashion label Kuwaii. i just had to include scenes from her cool little shop (also photographed by Kate) and some of my favourite pieces from her latest collection Landscape.

home & shop photographs by Kate Berry, clothing pics courtesy of Kuwaii.

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