Inspired by past and present, The Only is an independent Melbourne based womenswear label that offers unique pieces that are both on-trend and classic.
From 60s geometric mod, 70s laid back bohemian through to edgy 90s grunge, The Only draws inspiration from the distinctive shapes and detailing of the past and recreates it with a modern twist, seen through their up-to-date classic designs with a signature touch of yesteryear.
Committed to sustainability, The Only focus on timeless prints and easy to wear shapes, carefully selecting key trends that they believe will stay relevant season after season. All of their pieces are designed in Melbourne and made in small quantities by their talented team of tailors in Bangkok.
Visit their online store to check out their latest arrivals or follow them on Instagram for regular updates.
BackCouture is a Bilbao-based clothing label and brainchild of Spanish fashion designer, Ibone Mañaricúa. Inspired by the fashions of bygone eras, BackCouture has 'modern-retro' covered with its classic silhouettes, contemporary prints and feminine colour palette. So if you're a lover of A-line shapes, peter pan collars and embroidered detailing, then look no further!
In an effort to support the Bilbao textile industry, all of BackCouture's garments are locally and ethically produced in small fair trade workshops. So not only can you look good, but you can also feel good knowing that your clothing meets fair trade standards.
The label also recently released their first female artist collaboration with Madrid-based illustrator, Marce Lopez. The collaboration features a custom illustration by Marce, inspired by what it means to be a woman, that has been beautifully embroidered onto a cosy bomber jacket. Check it out here!
Shop BackCouture online now or follow them on Instagram.
24-year-old New York native, Paris Starn, is the brainchild behind the super cute and swoon-worthy label, Paris 99. Drawing inspiration from the textiles of the traditional country club and domestic appeal, her debut collection features playfully feminine gingham dresses with daring cut-outs, ric rac trims and dainty pearl buttons, that pay homage to traditional Americana style and Paris' love for her great grandmother's aprons. Available in pink, yellow and blue, each dress has its own personality was named after the designer's friends, “successful young women working in creative fields” who have been her inspiration and collaborators.
Shop the collection online now via the Paris 99 website or follow the label on instagram.
Photos by Ondine Vinao
Australian fashion and homewares label, Doops Designs, was conceived by Byron Bay-based Textile Designer, Jane Newham in 2015 after she set about making her own screen printed fabrics and joined the online marketplace, Etsy. With a degree in Textile Design from RMIT under her belt, Jane hand screen-prints her original designs using eco-friendly water based inks and responsibly sourced fabrics. Garments are then lovingly sewn by the Doops Designs team in their Byron Bay studio. Inspired by the likes of Marimekko, Jane's prints are bright, simple and often feature elements of Australian flora and fauna. Perfect for all shapes and sizes, her designs are relaxed loose fitting pieces that can be worn all year 'round. Bold prints on trans-seasonal designs that are sustainably made; what more could you want?
You can shop Doops Designs online here and follow them on Instagram for store updates.
BAMBAM is a small #peopleswear brand based in Madrid, Spain. Inspired by past, present, and the Millennial Way Of Life, their debut collection 'Tómbola' combines art and technology in a playful and nostalgic way. References to the late 80's and early 90's culture can be seen throughout the collection, including the bold primary colour palette and the Nintendo inspired "Gamification" print and earrings. While the influence of 20th Century Artists such as Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, is evident in their funky "Facemotiv" print. All of their print fabrics are designed in-house, printed locally and ecologically on 100% cotton, making it the perfect label for anyone that loves to stand out and appreciates the value of an ethical, local and small-scale production. You can shop the current collection online now here!
Founded by Rose Halstead in 2012, Manchester-based label, Plum and Pigeon, combines past and present with its vintage-inspired style and modern-day fabrics. After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in Textile Design for Fashion in 2009, Rose attended local dressmaking courses where she learnt the sewing techniques and pattern making skills that would go on to help her create Plum and Pigeon. Influenced by 1940's and 50's fashion, each garment is handmade and a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Head to the Plum and Pigeon Etsy store and Instagram account to find out more!
Lauren Winter is a namesake clothing label based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2014, the labels goal is to create high quality, statement designs that reflect the individuality of the wearer and evoke an air of timelessness. Inspired by Asian art, southern history as well as her surroundings, Lauren's weird yet wearable shapes are made to order from beautifully hand-dyed fabrics such as linen and denim. Her latest Spring/Summer 2016 collection features comfortable and timeless pieces in rich tones of brick red, navy, cerulean and ivory. We are absolutely obsessed with the Wraparound Jumpsuit which is available in washed blue denim or ivory linen and makes for a great layering piece all year-round. You can shop the full collection online now at laurenwinter.co and stay up to date with the label via the Lauren Winter instagram.
LOELA is a Manchester based label set up in 2010 by fashion graduate, Laura Baker. Specialising in unusual limited edition prints, and easy to wear shapes, Loela garments are handmade and hand-printed to create unique and playful fashion. Not only are we completely smitten with the bright colour palettes, shapes and prints seen throughout the label, we also love the simplicity and wearability of the line. We can definitely see ourselves getting around in almost all of the pieces, especially the bold sketch print set. Producing unique contemporary pieces with a vintage edge, Laura has created a line that is truly affordable, comfortable and feminine. You can shop Loela both online and in stores.
Poplin Homewear is an Istanbul based label founded in 2010 by designers Isıl Çogal, Duygu Ülgen and managing director Ayça Çobanoglu. Inspired by comfort and minimalism, Poplin produce handmade pajamas that are simple but refined. Handcrafted from pure fabrics such as cotton and wool, their latest collection 'Sleep Time' is both stylish and practical. We absolutely love the soft, playful colour palette and are pretty sure you could get away with wearing some of the pieces outside of your home. If you'd like to get your hands on some Poplin pj's head to their online store or etsy store.
Caves Collect is a clothing and leather goods studio founded in 2014 by Melbourne gals, Johanna Howe and Sarah Russell. Placing equal emphasis on aesthetics, function and wearability, the duo celebrate high-quality materials through collaboration of their respective crafts; Johanna is an RMIT fashion graduate, while Sarah has a background in luxury leather goods and shoemaking. Inspired by honest and simple design, Caves Collect pieces are all handcrafted on a made to order basis in their Melbourne studio. We love the passion that Johanna and Sarah both have for authenticity and creating pieces that are designed to have longevity for the wearer, not only in the quality of materials and craftsmanship but also in the timelessness of the design. We're also really diggin' the 60's vibe a lot of their pieces have going on - especially the linen long wrap overalls and high waisted wrap shorts. To find out more or pick up a few pieces head to their website and Facebook.