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Category Archives: TEAM.WORK
It’s been a while between collaborations so I am TOTALLY thrilled to bring you the first TEAM.WORK project of 2017. And, as always, it is damn unique!
I had been admiring the collection of the Mushama & Me rain coats for more than a few years when designer; Sharn Blackwell and I began to trade emails with a sniff of a collaboration in the air. I had previously blogged about the brands original Rain Cape and was already envisaging my dream twist on this great initial concept.
So Sharn and I got together in Auckland last year, playing around with the sample shape and visiting some brilliant local fabric wholesalers. We sent a few of our favourite samples to her local waterproofer and thus began the trading of parcels between the islands.
We settled on a beautiful lightweight cotton with a super fine navy pinstripe which, when waterproofed, had a result that was both neutral to work for most peoples personal aesthetic but had some subtle texture for interest. It also meant that it was still super easy to be roughly folded up and shoved into bags to be pulled out when needed. Handy.
Work was also done on the original design in terms of adding some front facing “arm slits” for those times when the hands need to come out but everything else would like to stay dry. These have internal zips to make access easy and tightly shut shop when you are needing full closed in coverage!
Lastly we surveyed you guys on the dome and cord colours – which was fun and super revealing! Out of the three options our “dirty yellow” (or mustard yellow as we call it now) won and the cherry on the top was complete!
The result is a waterproof workhorse of great quality, made locally in Auckland and offering awesome versatility. This isn’t something to last the season – it is classic and carefully built to last you years and years.
During the design process, we literally discussed who the cape would work well for.
Those having to stalk the soggy sidelines of sports fields, making that bike OR walk commute in our crazy volatile climate or even tucking a baby away in a front pack/sling to be snug and dry. It’s the perfect back-up to keep tucked in the car for weather emergency’s or to take you from the forest to the streets without looking too “outdoorsy and rustic!”.
The hood is decent and will cover a bike helmet plus the low scooped hems will protect your arms and thighs if zooming through a downpour!
I’d love to invite you to read on further below to learn more about my collaborator Sharn Blackwell of Mushama and Me.
You’ll also get to enjoy MANY different takes and angles on the Rain Cape as modelled by my own mother, Mimi, my sister Caroline and her daughter, baby Ada!
And right at the bottom you will also find the details for how you can WIN our original sample!
The cape is available exclusively in very limited numbers online at Mushama & Me.
Click through to find out more in terms of measurements and specs and please don’t hesitate to snap up your own if this looks like the solver of all your weather exposure issues!
Sharn you have lived around the world, by your own admission, in some pretty wet places! Mushama and Me has no doubt rescued many bodies from the elements – can you talk us through your design process and how you arrived at the Rain Cape and others in your collection?
Yes indeed, I have lived in and worked my way around many parts of the world. The wettest, and most inspirational city was Amsterdam. The weather there is crap, yet it doesn’t stop people getting outdoors. Whether its sunny, raining or snowing – biking is still the mode of transport for most Dutchies.
I think that is awesome!
However, I noticed most people riding in the rain would have mastered the knack of holding an umbrella in one hand while riding to stay dry.
Once shopping around a little, I realised this was the much cooler option when considering the pretty horrific wet weather gear options available…
Amsterdam is where Mushama & Me was born, and so from the beginning I had biking in mind. I wanted to create a raincoat that people wanted to wear (that looked cooler than an umbrella!) I started with two styles, the original A-line cut, and a bike specific style with leg straps to keep your knees dry.
Over the past few years the collection has developed and grown, but still has practicality at the core.
“I think about the lifestyle of those who don’t let rain get in the way of life, like the Dutchies, who still walk, bike and play in the rain.”
Getting out and about is obviously a core value for the Mushama and Me customer (rain coats aren’t that handy for lounging on the sofa…).
Where and what are your favourite outdoor things to do with your family?
I have always loved the outdoors, and luckily I married someone who also does. We love to travel the world and try to keep this a priority in our busy lives.
We live in Stanmore Bay, just north of Auckland, in a beautiful spot. We’re super lucky that we can walk to the beach for fresh ocean air, and spend a lot of time there, walking the length of the beach and watching our daughter play and learn.
That said, we spend more weekends away than we do at home. Its incredibly refreshing to leave the hustle and bustle, even if its for 2-3 days.
We love to go camping, its good for the soul and makes us appreciate the simple life. Hiking (mostly short walks now with a baby) is something we try and do most weekends, whether its in one of Auckland regional parks or one of NZ’s spectacular trails.
And festivals – outdoor festivals are the best! It’s where people loose their inhibitions and live totally in the moment!
UPDATE: Thanks for all the awesome entries! Looks like a lot of you could use a Rain Cape in your lives!
The very lucky winner, drawn at random was Deb L.
Join us to WIN!
We have decided to put our sample Rain Cape up for grabs. This exactly mirrors the original that you can buy here except for the zips being access from the outside instead of in.
In the comments below tell us “on what occasion in your own life do you think the TEAM.WORK Rain Cape would come in handy?”
(eg. your daily commute in Auckland, your planned travels to Iceland in spring, your forced attendance to winter based sports events….)
– Winner will be drawn at random on Thursday 22nd of June. v
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.
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
I’m SO happy to bring you this follow up to the product that kicked off the TEAM.WORK collaboration project!
Just 18 months ago I met with designers Mike Grobelny and Nikolai Sorenson of Trestle Union and floated the idea of pot plant stands. In true form, they knocked around some ideas, experimented with prototypes and arrived at a design which is distinctly true to both of our brands and has proved to be a favourite for many of you. It has been super satisfying to see the stands popping up in your homes and spaces over the last year and our brains have continued to whir with ideas on developing the them further!
While there are many more still marinating, we are really excited to present our new Matte Gold finish stand. This is the same height as our other medium stands but this time, instead of a shiny finish of clear coat, we wanted to offer something less glossy, more textural and rich for those looking for that patina in their homes.
There is a softness and nod to a vintage vibe with the new colour (my personal favourite) and the finish is designed to wear over time adding to its industrial appeal.
Pop down the bottom of the post to find out how to WIN A STAND FOR YOU AND ONE TO GIVE AS A PRESSIE!
And the winner by random drawer is Anna Wilson Farrell!
Comp now closed
HOW TO WIN!
In the comments below simply let us know one other Trestle Union product you love (simple click through to explore them here) AND leave the name of the lucky person you will gift the second stand to.
This is short and sharp!
Drawing on Wednesday 7/12
Open to NZ and Australian residents only
Welcome to the first TEAM.WORK collaboration of 2015 and in a nod to our ANZAC friendship, our first with an Australian based brand.
Radical Yes! were not only appealing partners with a functional, fun and awesome take on shoes, I was also super attracted to their modern business mentality. They are an ambitious, exciting but calculated brand who have made their home online and make up their own rules ( two things I am quite into too!).
SO for YOU we knocked heads, threw ideas back and forth across the Tasman sea and arrived at two limited editions styles that we think are just the right amount of classic, quirky and most importantly will slide into everyday busy wardrobes with ease.
Using the classic Radical Yes ‘Abundance’ lace up silhouette as a starting point, we have dressed it up in two new styles.
The first, a classic 70’s vintage vibe with a heavy handle Tobacco Suede upper. This features antique bronze eyelets and super fine cream cotton laces, the Radical – Studio Home detail kicks in with the contrast of a white base, black polkadot canvas lining leaving the feeling modern desert bootie with a graphic twist.
The second pair is a twist on the now classic Radical Yes Polka Dot shoe, with a super cool, French influenced Navy Polka Dot canvas in a painted wash finish. Balanced with high quality Forrest green leather lining and perfectly matched with an emerald lace, this shoe is all about blue and green being perfectly seen.
HOWEVER the real Studio Home – Radical Yes twist lies in the back up lace option!
Both styles are being sold with a clever back up set of black laces, finished with the signature Radical Yes metal clasp detail allowing the wearer to change the look to suit!
As with the ethos of all the TEAM.WORK collaborations, we always pull together more clever, like minded partners for the shoot!
I had a few ideas rattling around in my brain and decided that this time I wanted to do the photography myself (in response to an exciting new partnership with Fujifilm NZ and delish new camera! More to come on this very soon!) and produce imagery with a secondary element for something a little different.
This led me to Christchurch based designer/illustrator Sally Shand of Ragdoll Illustrations – talented AND the perfect model!
We had an awesome day exploring the seaside suburbs of Redcliffs and Sumner to demonstrate the adventuring and light hearted vibe of the capsule collection. After her modelling stint, Sally then did some lighthearted doodling across some of our favourite shots to add a little whimsy.
So there you have it my friends!
The limited edition shoes are available exclusively online from Radical Yes!
Orders this weekend ANZAC weekend have free shipping across New Zealand and Australia – just use the code: FREESHIPPING15 at the checkout.
We are giving away a pair too! Scroll down for details!
Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Shot on a FujiFilm XT1
Model and Illustrator Sally Shand of Ragdoll Illustrations
And out super lucky winner is
THANKS to you all for entering!
Please share with us any pics of these shoes in your own life!
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED
– click here to visit the Radical Yes store to check out the shoes in detail and then simply leave your choice in the comments below!
– for a second entry locate the Radical Yes + Studio Home TEAM.WORK post on the Studio Home facebook page and leave your choice there too!
Competition open to New Zealand and Australian readers
Drawn at random on Tuesday 28th of April.
It’s with an enormous amount of pleasure that I present you the final TEAM.WORK collaboration of the year!
This project was an extra special one as I got to work with not only a talented and savvy designer, but a great friend of mine. Natalie Newlands is the owner of cult Queenstown based store; Angel Divine – a super popular destination for design and fashion lovers both locally and on holiday. In 2011 Natalie drew on her extensive experience as a designer to launch her own label; New Lands in a direct reflection of her own aesthetic and exploring her love of fabrics and detail. As part of this sheintroduced her hugely popular leather “bucket bags”…. which immediately got my mind ticking!
Together over the last 9 months, we have met in person a few times at both ends of the country, drawn pictures, sent samples between us, road tested and finally come up with our good looking, daily workhorse – the TEAM.WORK tote!
Available in tan and black, the bags are made of beautiful soft leather which will earn an even better patina with age and use. Our aim was to find a size and scale that meant the bags where easy to wear but had ample room for all that daily “stuff” – be it a laptop, school books, nappies, travel paraphenalia, shopping or whatever else needs transport in your life!
The front exterior panel features a finely stitched circle detail and is embossed with the TEAM.WORK logo. Inside we have a large zipped pocket (crucial we know!!) in gold foiled leather.
We have produced a limited number for our first run which can be found exclusively in store and online at Angel Divine.
As with all the TEAM.WORK collaborations – my mind ticked forward to the shoot and who I would love to work with to present this product to you!
I have had my eye on young and super talented photographer Emily Hlavac Green for some time and knowing she had recently relocated to Auckland from Dunedin, I sought her out! Emily not only has a beautiful, emotional aesthetic she easily took my brief and ideas and made them so much better (which you can see here!)
I also enlisted the help of Libby Morgan and Liz Acland whom I met last year while shadowing this Auckland University project. They are recent architecture graduates, designers, serial collaborators and for me a constant source of inspiration and enthusiasm for the local design scene! Oh yes – they are also total spunks which was handy!
I hope you enjoy the result of this project and hope even more that I might bump into you and your bag in action one day! Oh yes…and you can WIN one below!All photography by Emily Hlavac Green for the Studio Home TEAM.WORK collaboration project
WIN YOUR OWN LEATHER TOTE!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
– Visit the Angel Divine online store and in the comments below name ONE designer that they stock AND which bag you would like to own!
– As per normal you can gain a second entry by locating the competition post on the Studio Home Facebook page and leaving you answer in the comments there too. Don’t forget to stay in touch with Angel Divine by following them as well!
Competition drawn at random on Friday 5th of December.
I am SO pleased to bring you the second collaboration in the TEAM.WORK project! Now that I have this format to explore, I am never without ideas knocking around my head!
In the case of this merry union with sister’s Kate Lett and Kirsty Coles of KM2 Creative, it all began when I had been admiring some of their prints-on-ply online then stumbled across their collection of felt ball garlands. I have and always will be a sucker for purely ornamental items for the home and while I loved the concept and flexibility of the garlands…I was just a tad stuck on the multi coloured range.
THUS the conversation begun and Kate, Kirsty and I came up with this collection of “grown up” colour options of dusky pink, forest green, inky blue, dove grey, creamy white and graphic black.
Our collaborative collection can be purchased directly from the KM2 Creative online store where you can also have a good browse of the rest of their products!
I then packed up a set and headed off to the mid century hideaway of photographer Greta Kenyon and her family. Here we had fun using the garlands in different ways which I hope will give you an idea of their scope!
We’re giving some away!
See how to win below!
Photography by Greta Kenyon
WE WILL BE OFFERING ONE READER THE CHANCE TO SELECT AND OWN THEIR CHOICE OF THREE GARLANDS
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT ENTERED! THE LUCKY WINNER DRAWN AT RANDOM IS LUCY MILLTON!
Competition now closed:
– in the comments below simply tell us which of the three colourways are your pick! Visit the site here to make sure you use the correct names!
– as per usual, you can clock your self a second entry by locating the competition post on our Facebook and leaving your choices in the comments there too. Don’t forget to stay in touch with KM2 Creative by throwing them a “like” too!
Winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday the 12th of November.
Open to all readers.