Designer Profile: Zilpah Tart


  Canberra-based label Zilpah tart has been around for a few years now, building a cult following for feminine designs adorned with trademark photographic prints. It would be easy for designer Yumi Morrissey to rest on her commercial success, however, with each new collection she continues to push the boundaries of her practice, experimenting with new fabrics and silhouettes. We caught up with Yumi after the launch of her latest collection Shoreline which takes its inspiration from the South Coast of NSW.   Leiden: Your photographic prints have always been at the heart of your label. What first sparked the… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – auór


In our latest designer profile we sit down with one half of the team behind new accessories label auor to talk design, art and slow fashion.   For some time now, I have been pining for something green. Perhaps its because spring is now here and verdant greenery is seemingly everywhere. Or perhaps its just that green is just a damn appealing colour. As is often the case these days, I found just the fashion item to fill my green coloured void while casually scrolling through Instagram. There they were: celery green hoop earrings just begging to find a home… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Taloma


  Thanks to the ABC’s War on Waste and a whole raft of hard working advocates who have been working in the fashion space (think Clare Press, Emma Watson, Amber Valetta and Livia Firth), ethical and sustainable fashion has reached a tipping point and is beginning to go mainstream. This not only encourages existing brands to question their operations but also expands the market for the makers and labels who value sustainability and are open about their ethics and supply chain. One such label is TALOMA, a Melbourne based label specialising in luxe wardrobe essentials. We caught up with Justine,… Continue Reading

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

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

Designer Profile – kumi xu


  ‘If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.’ – Tom Ford.   This was a quote designer Kumi Xu shared with us when we asked her to describe her eponymous label which launched at the end of last year. For such a nascent project it is evident that Kumi has taken this advice to heart. We caught up with the Sydney based designer to find out more about her experience in fashion and what it takes to get a new label off the ground.   Leiden: Tell us about your ethos. Kumi Xu: kumi xu is a focus on… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Black Correlation


  In a room full of people wearing all black, I would still stand out.   In our first designer profile back for 2018 we caught up with Tanaka from Black Correlation, a contemporary label blending minimalism with individuality: less but better. Launching with a killer pair of unisex loafers and a practical tote, this new label encourages the pursuit of personal style through quiet luxury. We couldn’t wait to find out more.   Leiden: Tell us about your ethos. Black Correlation: Uniqueness drives me. I never like to wear what everyone else is wearing. This way of thinking is… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – The Prodigal Daughter


  If you love colour, pattern and flair in your wardrobe then The Prodigal Daughter is a brand you need to know about. The designs from former human rights lawyer Phoebe Mwanza are exactly the vibrant ray of sunshine to wake you up from the chill of winter; and it was on one of those cold blustery days that I sat down with the lady herself to talk about her brand. Born in Zambia, and growing up in Zimbabwe, Phoebe was always drawing and making things as a child. She found that she was often dressed a little differently (and… Continue Reading