Sissa Sorella


  After Peachy Keen, a Braddon based footwear and accessories haven, found a new home within it’s sister store Rebel Muse late last year there has been an independent shoe store size gap in the Canberra market just waiting for someone to dip their toe into. The pair brave enough to take the plunge are sisters Kelli Zakharoff and Kate Dawson who today have opened Sissa Sorella, a veritable mecca for shoe lovers. The boutique occupies the space formerly occupied by Pink Ink’s little sister Baby Pink in Deakin and launches with an Autumn Winter collection of luscious flats and… Continue Reading

Style Diary: 30 Days of Mirror Selfies


At the beginning of the year I set a number of style goals for myself. These were to: Buy less and make better use of what I already have. Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion. Shop as ethically as possible. Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible. Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery. Experiment more with my makeup. Go to the hairdresser more often. Make more effort to style my hair. Paint my nails every week.   In order to keep myself accountable to my… Continue Reading

2017’s Word of the Year has its roots in Fashion


  Back in December the Oxford Dictionary announced their word of the year as ‘youthquake’. There has apparently been a huge upsurge in usage of the word in 2017 compared to 2016, however, having not encountered the word being used once in a sentence during 2017, we were as surprised as everyone else as what the Oxford data revealed. It wasn’t until reading about the state of language in 2017 in The New Yorker that we learnt that this word has its origins in fashion. According to Oxford dictionary, youthquake is defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Stamp Out Systemic Sexual Abuse in the Fashion Industry


  In the wake of the harrowing reports of rampant sexual misconduct committed by Harvey Weinstein and the resulting #MeToo movement, stories of misconduct and abuse across a range of industries are unfolding on a seemingly daily basis. The latest report to rock the world of fashion was released on Saturday 12 January by The New York Times. Legendary photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have both been accused of sexual exploitation by fifteen former and current models in the case of Testino, and thirteen male assistants and models in the case of Weber. On January 17, another four allegations… Continue Reading

Our Style Goals for 2018


  The start of a new year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect upon personal style. We asked a few members of team Leiden to share their wardrobe goals for the New Year.   Emma My goals for the year ahead are to: Buy less and make better use of what I already have. Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion. Shop as ethically as possible. Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible. Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery. Experiment more with my makeup. Go to… Continue Reading

A Power Plant is Burning Discarded H&M Clothes Instead of Coal


  Sweden is not just the home of Scandi-cool, street fashion stars and of the moment clothing labels, it is also a country that has proudly embraced a renewable energy market. Thanks to its hydro, wind and nuclear plants, Sweden has an almost entirely emission free power system. The remaining few coal – and oil – fired power plants are being converted to instead burn biofuels and garbage. One plant in Vasteras, northwest of Stockholm, aims to become a fossil fuel-free facility by 2020. Instead of coal, the plant will be burning recycled wood, garbage and discarded clothes from fast… Continue Reading

Beware the Black Friday Sale Frenzy


  It seems traces of American culture are slowly creeping into our Australian way of life. First it was Halloween filling our social media feeds with over the top costumes and elaborate beauty looks. Now it’s the Black Friday sales. Lately every time I open my email or scroll through Facebook someone is telling me to get ready for Black Friday because a bargain is coming. In America, Black Friday and its sister, Cyber Monday, mean big business. This four-day weekend retail bonanza kicks off the holiday season, with 30% of the entire seasons sales taking place on Black Friday.… Continue Reading

Fashionably Numb – Changing the Way we Think About Fashion


  For most of us, clothes are fun. As well as protecting us from the elements, they offer a mechanism for self-expression, an opportunity to try on different personas. We enjoy the thrill of the chase, constantly seeking the buzz that finding the perfect hard to find item produces. And then, once that thrill wears off, we do it all again. We want more, more, more and more often. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Many of the people who work to produce the clothes we wear don’t earn a living wage and… Continue Reading