Get to Know: Australian Labels

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When people think of fashion New York or Paris comes to mind, but I recognize a trend as late of an emergence of Australian designers and labels appearing in the States. Australia also known as the land down under, is gaining momentum with a raising amount of new and fresh fashion talent. We all know Sass & Bide which is an Australian brand and very successful here in the US. But here are a few other Australian labels to watch out for:

Label:Robb & LuLu

Designer(s): Robert Zagame and Lulu McDermott

Designer Lulu McDermott

About: Robb and Lulu both used their skills of fashion design and illustration to create unique designs and fabric creations for their label. Robb and Lulu has a range of pieces for men and women but the stand out element of the collection is the highly colorful and detailed illustration prints that is all hand sketched. With only one collection under the label's belt, some of the pieces has caught the attention of major retailers here in the States.

Where to buy: more info at RobbandLulu.com

Label: Oscar The Third
Oscar The Third
Designer(s): Jessian Polk

About: Only 8 years old, Oscar the Third is an organically grown collection, that has many references point from around the world. Jessian works with a specific farm in South India that produces the organic cotton that she uses for Oscar the Third. The label focuses on hand dyed fabrics, flirty dresses and chunky knits. The brand is growing and garnering attention much with the Australian press.

Where to buy: Shopbop.com

Label: WISH

Designer(s): Annette Cannock

About: WISH was established by the Sydney fashion pack and it definitely has all of the elements; ultra feminine, utilitarian, edgy basically everything a city girl needs. WISH produces a jam pack six collection a year, Smokey Shadows their recent collection just hit stores. The collection has wearable skirts dresses in nudes and prints that is perfect for the summer time.

Where to buy: Revolveclothing.com, alibionline.com.au

Label: Maurie & Eve
Maurie and Eve
Designer(s): Kelly Davies

About: Maurie & Eve is an Australian label based on a story of love. The story of Maurie and Eve, is that Evelyn Williams and Maurice Williams met each other on a beach and fell in love and was together for 56 years. Kelly Davis, the designer started designing clothes on the sewing machine that her grandmother, Evelyn left to her in her will. It was only right that Kelly name the label in honor of her grandparents, Evelyn and Maurice.
Currently being produced in Bali, Kelly uses the top of the line fabrics such as suede and sheep leather for her label. Maurie & Eve is the quintessential of the two worlds of being edgy and feminine; there are many elements of boyish quality with a balance of feminine shapes. More than 9 years later the brand as emerged out of Australia and into other major markets around the world.

Where to buy: Shopbop.com, RevolveClothing.com

Label: Jessie Hill
Jessie Hill
Designer(s): Jessie Hill

About: Beginning her career at the ripe ol' age of 17 it didn't take that long for Jessie to get recognize to be head womenswear designer at Buddhist Punk, a label located in London. Soon after her stint there she ventured on on her own with her namesake label. Jessie Hill is a mix of naughty and nice, sweet and spicy. Jessie's know how to balance her edgy sensibility with sophistication which makes it perfect for that hipster customer.

Where to Buy: The-StyleStore.com

Label: Goddess of Babylon
Goddess of Babylon
Designer(s): Chantel Barber

About: Goddess of Babylon is where bohemian lives and thrives. Chantel Barber, head designer gets her inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and Byron Bay, Australia. These are two places that the cultures are uniquely different but consolidated together makes a collection very grounded and earthy. Each season the collection have the basics of organic cottons, leather, suede and details in pieces that are handstitched.

Where to buy: Gloriajewel.com

Label: Marnie SkillingsMarnie Skilling
Designer(s): Marnie Skillings

About: This namesake label is all about what a every day woman wants to wear. Marnie, the designer knows a thing and two about making clothes for the chic sophisticated women. Her first collection debuted at Australian Fashion week and since then she has evolved her collection around tailored pieces. Marnie uses her design training and experience to infuse modernity, shapes and luxe fabrications as her signature each season.

Where to buy: Frockshop

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