Since it’s Australia Day, here’s a pretty list full of products from Australian companies!
Melbourne company Erstwilder is an icon of pinup accessories and they have a large collection of Australiana pieces available, all partly handmade, out of beautiful resins. My favourites include Crimson Callistemon and Victor the Verbose, which retail for AU$34.95 each and are available from the Erstwilder website and from Aussie retailers such as Miss Katt’s Kustom House.
If you want a custom made skirt, try out Betty Le Bonbon. Handmade in Australia, you can get a skirt, dress or full suit made to fit your measurements, from a wide variety of patterns and fabrics. The quality is assured and you know your money is going to an independent Australian business.
If you’re after a tropical hair piece or a quirky hand painted brooch, Soda Sweethearts is a great place to shop. Based on Etsy, their items are made independently in Cairns, Queensland. I love the Tiki Paradise hair piece, for AU$25, and their soon to be released Tropical Lobster brooch, for AU$20.
For vintage style resin jewellery, try Australian shop Glamourlite. Their reproduction jewellery is made in Launceston, Tasmania and features such gorgeous designs as the Die Pretty brooch in various colour ways, for AU$39. Handmade and assembled, these pieces give you the look of vintage Bakelite jewellery at a fraction of the price.
Keen to do some retro sewing yourself? You can pick up original vintage and retro patterns from Sydney shop All the Precious Things. With prices starting at around AU$10, the patterns cover the 1940s through to the 1980s.
Or you can buy ready made retro styles similar to Pinup Girl Clothing’s offerings from Sydney’s Hola Chica Boutique. With separates, including Capri pants, pencil skirts and a range of tops starting at AU$26 for sale items, and dresses starting at AU$69 for sale pieces, they have a great range of items to build your pinup wardrobe while supporting an Aussie business. I particularly love the faux leather Vida dress, AU$216, and the Glamazon palm print pencil skirt, AU$149.
Do you try to support homegrown businesses? What’s your favourite homegrown company?