My wardrobe – Choolips style

Sometimes you come across a dress that just fits like a glove, puts a spring in your step and will be eternally classic. One of our brands Choolips, have released 2 stunning dresses using their signature hand batik printed fabric, inspired by stained glass windows swimming in watercolour seas. Manufactured in SOKO Kenya – under fair working conditions.

A dress, a work of art, a cultural story of traditional techniques, a representation of sustainable fashion practices.

Both styles exclusively available in Australia on Indigo Bazaar

Photography by Alicia Fox Photography

Make up artistry by Little Fox Make-up artistry

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Choolips Freya dress – $275

Choolips Vonnie dress – $270

My wardrobe – addicted to colour

If your familiar with the collection of sustainable fashion available on Indigo Bazaar, you will have noticed there is quite a prominent theme of colour. Nothing makes my heart beat faster than patterns, colour, and the ultimate, a mix of the two!

So this weeks wearing post I paired three of my fav pieces, the Goodone stripey patch tee which is made using fabric remnants from the fashion industry. This is not your average stripey tee, trust me. Then added  a colour POP with the Choolips latest scarf collection. Choolips use the traditional hand batik technique from Ghana, total WOW factor. Then my street style got the better of me and I toned down the outfit, ever so slightly, with the most comfortable jeans I own the Haikure Peperina’s. If your new to hearing about the Haikure range of jeans, please read a previous blog post here about their manifesto and sustainable philosophy. Stay tuned for new season chinos and some polka dot happenings in the jean department very soon from haikure on Indigo Bazaar. com

Goodone + Choolips + Haikure

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Goodone stripe tee

Choolips watercolour petal scarf

Haikure peperina jeans – ash grey

Photography by the talented Alicia Fox Photography

Make- up by Little Fox make up artistry

 

Undress Brisbane – Any excuse to play sustainable fashion dress up’s!

It’s fairly safe to say most of you have noticed me posting like crazy about the Undress Brisbane sustainable fashion runway Indigo Bazaar took part in on the weekend. With a guestlist in the 700′s, Undress Brisbane is the largest dedicated sustainable fashion runway show in the country. WOW!

With (organic) cocktail in hand and lots of excitement, I took my front row seat amidst the crowd of photographers and gorgeous models pounding the carpark pavement in some of Australia’s best emerging sustainable fashion designs.

Enough chit chat, take a peek at the images below and stay tuned for Undress Melbourne early next year!

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Kowtow Angry Cloud top paired with the Dazed and Confused leggings. Both made from 100% fair trade organic cotton.

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Ikat Traveller pant by Carlie Ballard

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Sardinia jumpsuit by Sail the Seven Seas.

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Choolips Freya Dress

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Ikat Traveller Pants paired with the Betty Browne black racer back singlet.

The lovely Sinead and I getting a sneaky photo. X

 

All Nepali tailors are Rockstars! Just ask Studio Jux

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Founded in 2006, Dutch eco-fashion label Studio Jux known for celebrating it’s tailors as rockstars has built their label on 3 founding principles:
design + eco + fair
Take  a peek at the label to see a unique number which you can then trace back to find out who made your garment. Giving a refreshing story to the integrity of your garments manufacture.
The studio JUX journey started during a study trip to India co-founder and head designer Jitske Lundgren took during her Masters in Fashion and Textile Design.  While traveling through India, a purple man completely transformed Jitske’s ideas about fashion. The Indian man was responsible for dyeing fabrics, hence his skin had taken on the colour of the dye: purple. This wasn’t Jitske’s idea of fashion being fun for everyone involved throughout the design and manufacturing process. After graduating and having worked as a designer for a number of established brands Jitske decided to do it her way and started studio JUX. She was joined by Carlien Helmink, who looks after the overall branding and marketing of studio JUX.
With a story like this to catapult them into the eco fashion business, it’s no wonder Studio Jux has been going strong for the last 7 years. Having broken into the European, US and Japanese markets, Indigo Bazaar is a little bit (well super) excited to announce we are the first Australian stockists of this trailblazing sustainable brand.
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My wardrobe

I decided to get somewhat brave a little while ago and step on the other side of the camera. As many of you know, Indigo Bazaar is a carefully curated selection of sustainable brands from around the world hand picked by, well, me.  When I buy for Indigo Bazaar I imagine what each of the pieces will look like on the Australian gal. I enjoy finding labels creating sustainable brilliance and going the extra hard yards to create an ethical supply chain. No easy task can I tell you.

I had a wonderful team to help with the shoot shenanigans. The lovely Emily Onikul from LIttle Fox make-up artistry put my face on, and the worldly talents of eco photographer Alicia Fox put my beating little heart down a notch or two with her relaxed approach to a fashion shoot with a novice.

So over the course of the coming months I am going to share with you some snippets from the Indigo Bazaar wardrobe, mixing and matching in true Indigo Bazaar style. Let me know your thoughts, I can get a little carried away sometimes with patterns. I hope you like the edit as much as we had fun shooting. All garments available on indigobazaar.com.au while stocks last. X

Haikure + Kowtow +Athinaeum + Betty Browne

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Haikire denim jeans in dark magenta

Kowtow Say so jacket in charcoal

Betty Browne scoop T in grey marle

Athinaeum tote.

 

Kowtow – The silent space

Our favourite brand from across the Tasman, Kowtow, have just started to filter through their summer collection, The Silent Space, to Indigo Bazaar Hurray!

For this collection their inspirations came from bare concrete walls, sunlight, creating shapes on every surface, raw materials echoing the meticulous randomness of nature, large openings framing wind, rain and light. The body is only passing through.

As with all Kowtow collections you can be assured of premium certified fair trade organic cotton with the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) approved dyes which are free of hazardous elements such as nickel, lead, formaldehyde and pesticides.

They create products that improve workers livelihoods and your conscience.

You ROCK guys, and we love you even more with every new collection.  XX

P.S More stock arriving soon to add to this collection.

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Sail the Seven Seas

Introducing ‘Sail the Seven Seas’ to Australia.

Sail the seven seas construct limited edition garments made by artisans. By repurposing utailitarian clothing they make unique pieces for the “urban adventurer”. Clothes you can move in, travel in and that tell a story too.

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We love a good fashion story and Sail the Seven seas totally fits the bill. Designer Johanne Bertaux-Strenna found her inspiration from living in Tel Aviv. Using used military uniforms from Israel to create her bespoke label.

Johanne is a worldly creature, growing up in Corsica, studying fashion at the London College of Fashion, and is about to reside and immerse herself and Sail the Seven Seas in the sustainable fashion movement in NYC.

Sail the Seven seas is a beautifully constructed label giving old military uniforms a positive and peaceful new direction into sustainable fashion pieces.

This collection contains 8 styles with only 3 pieces in each style available due to the supply of the military uniforms. We are lucky enough to have 1 of each style available through Indigo Bazaar online and instore in Manly.

Take the time to browse the styles online where you will find measurements to make sure you get the right fit.

We are thrilled to bring such a powerful, well constructed and designed fashion story to you.

For all enquiries and orders for these garments please email me at carlie@indigobazaar.com.au

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Palma Loose top

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Eco photographer – Alicia Fox

It’s a wonderful thing when you can do business with like minded people heading in the same direction as yourself and your business, so when I met Alicia Fox of Alicia Fox Photography, I knew our passions were sitting on the same page.

Alicia has just returned from 3 years as a humanitian photographer in Latin America where she aligned herself with organisations that were working with communities to bring hope, inspiration and a future. She finds nothing more rewarding than seeing everyday people getting in there and getting their hands dirty to make a difference.

Alicia has also just completed a project documenting the disappearing Amazon through portraits of the fascinating locals and will publish her images and findings in a hard copy book. Head to her website to get a taste of the increadible images she has captured.

Aside from humanitarian photography, Alicia feels just as comfortable shooting high fashion, bands, magazine editorial and surfing lifestyle images and I can vouch at how comfortable, professional and easy she can make her subject feel!

A talented artist, a passionate photographer and a dedicated humanitarian using her natural creative eye to make change in our fascinating world, I invite you to check out this exciting photographer that Indigo Bazaar has collaborated with. More of our collaboration  photo’s to come on the blog shortly.