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Christelle

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Christelle

Christelle Scifo spent her former years studying ballet in Paris, so it comes as no surprise that she knows how to make flowers dance. This season, our lookbook features one of her sculptural carnation arrangements, and for our sustainable swimwear presentation in Sydney, we collaborated on still life arrangements that used flowers and litter as a conversation starter for circularity and design. We spoke with Christelle about her practice and relationship with creative floristry. Story photographed by Hannah Roche.   Derby Jumpsuit, Black   What prompted your interest in floristry and how did you get started? Spending time living and...

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Lauren

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Lauren

We have always admired the eloquent and evocative work by Australian watercolour artist Lauren Cassar of Mirador. With our mutual love for organic cotton, we launched the process of a collaboration to sit alongside our first collection of sustainable swimwear. Both designs are representative of the simple rewards of Summer, expressed in warm painterly tones. We spoke with Lauren to learn more about her art and her creative motivations. Story photographed by Tasha Tylee.     Tell us a bit about yourself... I grew up in Tasmania, south of Hobart in a yachting town called Kettering. I spent most weekends...

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Nadia

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Nadia

Nadia Reid is a singer-songwriter from Dunedin, New Zealand who has made a lasting impression on international audiences. Over the past year, she was named as a finalist for the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award, was nominated for the Taite Music Prize, and performed live...

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Yuka

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Yuka

Tokyo-born Yuka O’Shannessy is dedicated to connecting people and craft. As one of the founders of An Astute Assembly, she shares work by local and international artisans and teaches traditional techniques that help preserve goods for life. Recently, Yuka led our Kintsugi workshop in Auckland. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese technique of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with powdered gold. We caught up with Yuka to learn more about wabi-sabi philosophy and discuss the importance of craftsmanship. Story photographed by Neeve Woodward.     Japan is embedded in tradition, how did you find adapting to New Zealand culture? I...

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Julia

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Julia

When she was five, Julia Cheng only took a few ballet classes and participated in one Christmas performance. It wasn’t until she was 18, when she took her first street dance class that she realised she wanted to be a dancer. While lack of previous training prevented her from studying dance at university, she found her way through drama theatre & performance studies. Since then, Julia has trained in Austria, New York & Israel. She commissions works and teaches dance in institutions internationally: she designed outdoor work at the British Council Cairo in Egypt last year, taught workshops in Spain...

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