Designer Profile Brindabella Fusion


  We love ethical and sustainable fashion here at Leiden so we’re always on the look out for brands and labels who are pushing the boundaries on principles, materials and production. Brindabella Fusion is a brand that does all these things so naturally we were very excited to catch up with Jason to find out more about the business and the ethics behind it.   Leiden: How did Brindabella Fusion come to be? Jason: Before Brindabella Fusion we ran a business that sold leather and PU (polyester urethane) handbags and wallets by wholesaling them to retailers. Our household has always… Continue Reading

August 2018 – 2


  Fashion Business of Fashion Whatever: How Fashion Lost Its Meaning Eugene Rabkin, 8/8/18 ‘Fashion has entered a state of pure postmodernism where anything goes and nothing means anything anymore, argues Eugene Rabkin.’ Read More   The Business of Fashion Fashion’s Fur-Free Future PJ Smith, 11/8/18 Today’s consumers want to align their values with their wardrobes like never before and fashion companies are taking notice, argues PJ Smith. Read More   Health SBS How a multibillion dollar ‘poison’ was sold to us for 40 yrs Cat Woods, 6/8/18 ‘‘The Sugar Conspiracy’ explores the devastating health consequences of the sugar industry’s… Continue Reading

Flora, Fauna and Challenging History – Bangarra’s Dark Emu


  Following up a critically acclaimed show that has enjoyed a sell-out season is always going to be tricky, but for Bangarra, Australia’s indigenous performing arts company, story telling is in the blood and artistic director Stephen Page has seemingly no shortage of inspiration. After exploring the story of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora, in Bennelong last year, Bangarra’s new work Dark Emu moves away from narrative and instead delves deep into the academic. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book of the same name, Dark Emu challenges the hunter-gatherer tag that has been applied to Australia’s first peoples… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Bird Skin


  ‘With the ability to transcend, birds do not allow borders to dictate their travels; they identify themselves by the feathers they carry.’   This statement perfectly encapsulates Bird Skin, a label founded and run by designer duo, Luke and Ali. Their textured, colourful pieces speak of far flung places and of lives well lived. We caught up with the pair to find out more about the design process, winning awards, and addressing the realities of the fashion industry.   Leiden: How did Bird Skin come to be? Luke: Bird Skin was initially a much-needed outlet for two creatively frustrated… Continue Reading

Independent Togetherness – Addressing the Stigma of Remaining Unmarried


  Jesse and I have been a couple for almost five years. We own a home together. We have similar core values. We actively plan for our shared future. We are unmarried. And have no plans of becoming so. And up until recently, I have been very happy with this mutually made decision. Our relationship centres on our self-devised philosophy of independent togetherness. Although we are navigating our lives together, we maintain an element of separateness, which suits our respective temperaments and situations. Jesse requires alone time to recharge; I am often out and about attending events and taking meetings,… Continue Reading

A Makeup Masterclass with Chantelle Baker


  To mark its Beauty Precinct’s first birthday the Canberra Centre is threw a weekend long celebration. Alongside complimentary cocktails (made using the new earl grey gin from The Canberra Distillery and Her Canberra), cake pops and chocolate we enjoyed a makeup masterclass with Chantelle Baker. Chantelle is known for her editorial work and for creating looks for the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Gomes and Bec Judd. ‘I love that my job is different every day, that I get to work with amazing people, and that I get to make people feel really good and happy.’ Let Chantelle make… Continue Reading

Bare Yoga Canberra – Nude Yoga and Empowerment


  Yoga sure has been bastardised over the past few years hasn’t it? Not only can you downward dog with dogs, you can enjoy shavasana with a kitten, tree pose while holding beer or lizard lunge with goats. At first glance you would think that Bare Yoga, a new naked yoga and body empowerment workshop coming to Canberra on Saturday 4 August, is also trading on gimmick but you would be dead wrong. The duo behind this initiative, Joelle Blake of The Whole Mama and yogi Sally O’Donnell, aren’t using nudity to draw punters, but are instead embracing it as… Continue Reading