It’s mid winter here in Australia, and I feel like putting together an Australian-company themed Pretty Things List for you all 🙂
First, let’s look at clothes! I love Australian company Retrospec’d for their lightweight Queensland-worthy cottons, the flattering cut of their patterns, and their beautiful fabrics, many of which are in-house designs. I own one Retrospec’d design already and I currently have three of their dresses on layby with Ms Katt’s Kustom House (and I can’t wait to receive them and review them for you). In the meantime, some of my favourite designs currently available are the Norma Jean in red polka dot and the Kathleen in cobalt blue, both AU$190 each and available in select sizes from AU6-18, catering for busts from 75 to 110 cms and waists from 60 to 90cm.
I currently wear a size 18 in Retrospec’d designs, for your reference.
By buying from Retrospec’d, you are buying quality Australian made products from an owner operator small company.
By now, just about everyone knows about Aussie resinware company Erstwilder. Producing beautiful limited edition resin design brooches, earrings, cardigan clips and necklaces, this Melbourne-based company has been operating since 2011. Erstwilder has been particularly prolific over the last six months, with many new ranges of designs coming out recently. Some of my recent favourites that I’ve added to my collection include the Paper Moon brooch, Around the World brooch and the Gumnut Babies brooch, all AU$34.95 each from Erstwilder’s own website.
You can also buy their designs from many Aussie online pinup shops.
Some other Australian jewellery companies you may not know of include Revere Folie. Based on the Sunshine Coast right here in Queensland, this little company began operating in January this year, inspired by the beauty of bygone eras – in particular the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements. I’m the lucky owner of two pairs of Revere Folie earrings, being the Revier in gold (AU$25) and the Mermaid in pink (AU$20).
They have a great deal currently, where every order receives a free pair of mermaid mini studs, or sparkle silver or gold studs, and orders over AU$50 receive a free pair of Baby Holly Hoops in black or white!
Another great Australian company producing quality jewellery is Deer Arrow. Also based on the Sunshine Coast, this company is the brainchild of a pair of sisters who began creating their jewellery in 2015. Working in resin and timber, Deer Arrow are the makers of my awesome custom poison apple brooch that you will see me wearing in some photos.
Some of my current favourite designs that I plan to purchase in the near future include the Ouija brooch (AU$12), the Valentine brooch (AU$35) and the Glitzy Radio brooch (AU$30).
Finally, I came across little Aussie shop Glamourlite on etsy mid last year and was instantly taken by the stylish designs. Started in 2014 in Launceston Tasmania, Glamourlite produces items such as earrings and brooches, including my heart padlock earrings that you may see in some of my outfit photos.
I’m currently in love with the Key to my Heart brooch (AU$39) and the Love Hurts Dagger brooch (AU$22), both of which I want to get in the near future.
By purchasing from Revere Folie, Deer Arrow or Glamourlite, you’re supporting small Aussie-made businesses!
I hope this Pretty Things List has introduced you to some new favourites 🙂
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