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I am SO excited to finally be sharing with you the result of my latest TEAM.WORK collaboration project! Good things take time my friends!
It is such a personal thrill to get the opportunity to step beyond the blog and actually brainstorm ideas with the independent brands/designers/artists that I admire so much.
For this new project, Betony Dircks and Kelly Elkin were the design stars that accepted the challenge to help me come good on my dream delivering you guys the BEST PJ’s EVER! For them – its not such a hard task as their sleep and leisurewear brand; ALAS (“all light and shadow”) has somewhat of a cult following. They know what cool, quality and deliciously cosy inside gear is and lucky for me were keen to share.
Sydney based ALAS is an industry leader when it comes to fashion that is both socially and ecologically responsible :
“Our sleepwear is made in India where the cotton is also grown, spun, woven and dyed. All of our garments are constructed with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, in fair labour, sweatshop-free factories. We visit our producers regularly to maintain strong relationships and trust between all parties. We believe this personal approach is the best way to ensure the integrity of each factory. “
You can explore more about their production and textiles here.
Knowing that I would be presenting you with guilt free garments of top quality (I myself own many pieces of ALAS that are well and truly lasting the distance) it was then down to some trans-tasman brainstorming! The internet was our shared workroom where we skyped and then used a shared Pinterest board to draw inspiration for our shapes, palette and general vibe. Man, that is such a brilliant design tool….
Kelly and Betony then flexed their textile design muscles to translate our ideas into the original print you see below!
I was quick to identify the style of the top and bottoms from their existing range – wanting to go for an “inside tracksuit” kind of look and nothing too tight so there would be no need to run for the bra drawer should any wearers get busted clad in their “tracksuit” post acceptable pj wearing hours.
The reverse of the fabric is very soft 100% organic cotton fleece which is pretty lush! The pants have a softly elasticated waistband as well as a drawstring should you need it.
I have been road testing our TEAM.WORK set for the last few weeks. Even giving them a “full day” wear while working (from my home studio…) It’s possible my boyfriend didn’t quite go for my “tracksuit” explanation but it doesn’t count as he knew they were pyjamas first!
Betony, Kelly and I are pleased to offer you this limited edition set available only online at ALAS.
ABOVE: Betony Dircks and Kelly Elkin – Designers of ALAS
CAMPAIGN IMAGERY: of TEAM.WORK pyjama’s by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Shot on FujiFilm XT1
Modeled by Greta Spearing
Imagery above by Ophelia Mikkelson for Thisby and Solomon
Welcome to world of Thisby and Solomon, a New Zealand jewellery label dedicated to the celebration of the simple, the precious and the organic.
I was recently introduced to them via one of the divine email newsletters that I receive as a subscriber of Auckland store/online mecca; Tessuti. Store owner Ali and her team have been visiting the studio’s of their makers/stockists and sharing their stories with us through rich, personal photographic posts on their blog. (Explore them here!)
As a sucker for a good story and peek into the spaces where brands are born, it was a treat to explore the home and studio of Thisby and Solomon designer; Kat Corbett.
As you can see from the imagery below (and the entire tour here) Kat’s place is as restrained as her jewellery – with a strong inclination for texture and natural materials.
Take your time to explore all the links above and if you are looking for a little more of the goodness cultivated and curated by Tessuti you can scroll to the bottom and watch the debut video of their new series “Tessuti Mornings” – a look at the intimacy and tactility of bedroom rituals. The experience of texture and fragrance are enhanced by one’s senses at the break of day.
Images by Yasmine Ganley for Tessuti
Filmed by Veronica Crockford-Pound of Pictvre
Muse: Juliet Lloyd
Original Track: Claire Duncan
Styled by Ali McIntosh of Tessuti and Yasmine Ganley of Anyone Girl
Monmouth Glass Studio is rapidly becoming a modern icon of glass craft within our NZ shores and its VERY exciting to share with you the launch of online store! Yes! I hope those are squeals of joy from you all outside of Auckland!
Isaac Katzoff and Stephen Bradbourne are the talented hands and eyes behind many a custom project and their growing range of recognisable lighting and tableware. Both artists are regular exhibitors of personal work and highly regarded in the glass blowing world!
I’d recommend you have a good browse through the gallery on their site to explore the many projects they have been part of and ALSO nip over to peruse the lighting available online here as you my friend, have the chance to win your favourite design!!
Explore the Monmouth Glass Studio collection of lights available online here and in the comments below please let us know your favourite!
FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
Locate the competition post on the Studio Home Facebook page and/or Instagram and leave your choice there. Don’t forget to jump on to join the Monmouth Glass Studio channels as well!
Sorry this competition only open to New Zealand residents
Winner drawn at random on Fruday 29th April
Thank you so much for all your entries! There were many across all platforms!
The very lucky winner drawn at random is
All imagery supplied and posted with permission of Monmouth Glass Studio
Photography by Greta van der Star
Hunting for George offer one damn inspiring success story of small business smarts if you ask me!
I have followed their consistent (and good looking!) growth for 6 years, watching their unique curation of brands combine with their own creative prowess in designing their own product range as well.
So obviously, these rather dreamy shots of their latest range styled into some kind of mythical Melbourne loft, caught my attention once again and I definitely wanted to share with you all.
Their latest in-house offering is the “Loft” collection. This is such a beautiful and cohesive way to present their new seasons stock available online and in store mixing their favourite brands with their own. You can actually shop the collection in its entirety here but I would take special notice to their collaboration with local Melbourne designer; Grazia and Co. and the great ottomans, floor cushion and sidetables.
ABOVE: Designer Grazia Materia of Grazia and Co with Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris of Hunting for George
All imagery supplied and used with permission of Hunting for George
Styling by Lucy Glade-Wright
Photography by Ren Pidgeon
Snack food is generally far from serious – in fact it generally gets a seriously hard time!
Enter Roger Holmes.
The co founder of Stolen Rum and son of generations of corn farmers and you have the recipe for something a bit special. Well certainly special enough for me to want to share considering I am usually deeply allergic to posting on anything food related here!
Last year Roger launched Serious Popcorn – debuting two flavours brewed (brewed?) with corn sourced directly from a straight talking organic farmer from the Hawkes Bay.
The result is snack food with zero baddies. Eg. No artificial fertlizers, no pesticides, no GMO, no dairy, no gluten….
As Roger puts it; welcome to “contemporary corn”.
I’ve been a fan for a while and am very happy to introduce you guys more directly to what is going on here. They’re led by a Serious Bear, they’ve got serious stockists AND can sell direct to you online and I would suggest there is some serious new flavours on the horizon.
All imagery supplied by and used with permission of Serious Popcorn
It’s been a long time since we caught up with the goings on over at Elk – and it has been a welcome check in! After years of watching from afar, I visited their cool Melbourne headquarters in 2013 and sat down to learn a thing or three from savvy leader; Marnie Goding.
What started as a jewellery business is now a well rounded lifestyle brand of jewellery, leather accessories, footwear, mens and womens clothing plus some! The aesthetic is unmistakably their own and despite the years whizzing by, to me they still cater for people like us – design focused, allergic to crazy pricing AND unable to compromise on comfort.
I’ve swiped some favourite shots from their new season shoot but definitely recommend you take some time for a trawl online.