Friday, March 30, 2012

Guest-Blogger Post for THE CHOOK

T r o u s e r s

Jeans and trousers bombard my wardrobe space, I rarely wear skirts and when I wear dresses, I often wear denim shorts underneath. Somehow trousers (and shorts) give me a sense of freedom and a feeling of independence. This could be because I frequently ride a bicycle, or jump on the back of a motorbike. However, it wasn’t until I started researching 19th Century costume (fashion), that I truly understood why trousers give this feeling of independence and strength.... Check out the chook for the rest of the post!


Ondine + Matisse(what incredible names!) 

The post is a celebration of women wearing trousers, and a thanks to the hard work that women in the past went through, in order to transition trousers as socially acceptable womenswear.

(All images taken in Sydney, Australia)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yo Nico! What's Under There?

Re-Posted with a note on their sustainably sourced materials (see below)

I was literally (I wish) surfing the net the other day and came across this Aussie label Nico who not only have some incredibly beautiful, unique, quirky but elegant underwear, most amazingly -they are MADE IN AUSTRALIA! 

They state that they  '...minimise [their] impact on the environment and make all of [their] garments in Australia under ethical conditions' they also claim that their '...materials are sustainably sourced and Nico Underwear is made to last'. I'm not sure what exactly sustainably sourced means, but I'm guessing it would have to be along the lines of sourcing as locally as possibly (to save on fuel damage to the environment) and hopefully it also means sourcing from crops/factories that consider the environment and either eliminate or reduce their harmful chemical use ...I may be dreaming right now, but lets hope that that is what it means.

Prices are higher than the average bra and undies ...but if everything was made ethically these days, their prices would be standard AND if you think about it, technically they are only higher initially, but if they are as they say they are 'made to last' then you'll be saving by  buying a set that lasts rather than 5 el-cheapo pairs that give in after a month -either way check them out and see for yourself

( All images taken from )

Added note re: sustainably sourced materials

The super lovely Lis from Nico has let me know what they mean by sustainably sourced materials, basically they acquire fabrics that have minimal environmental impact, and only source from textile suppliers who have a proven ethical production record (this comes down to workers not being exploited, and looking out for workers' safety). Nico's first collection was made from bamboo, bamboo is a pretty amazing fabric in terms of it being harvested without the use of pesticides, and minimal amounts of water (compared to cotton, which uses a huge amount to be harvested!) The most amazing part of bamboo is that it can decompose easily, so basically as long as non-toxic dyes have been used, you can put your old bamboo clothing piece in your compost bin and feed it to your garden later on in life -this is the case of natural bamboo; bamboo viscose is quite different, while it uses minimal water, no pesticides, and is a fast re-generator, the process of turning it into a textile uses just as much energy as most other textiles. Kate Fletcher's book, Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys explains bamboo and its environmental effects more clearly than I possibly could, so I'd recommend reading her book to clarifyTo the point ---> It is amazing on its own that nico is AUSTRALIAN MADE, let alone that they consider their environmental impact and ethical codes! I can't explain how happy it makes me, seeing a label like this blossom in our country... hope they stick around for a really long time!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Where I want to be & what I want to be doing right now...
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