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

A Fifteen Minute Beauty Routine With A Beauty Bitch…


  Leiden’s resident beauty bitch Tina Andrews shares her fifteen minute beauty routine.   What is the very first thing you do when you get up in the morning regarding your beauty routine? I first drink a tall glass of water; vodka just isn’t hydrating enough and because I am responsible and prefer not to stumble to the train station I really prefer nature’s fruit juice. It wakes your skin up instantly. I then splash my face with water, and depending if I feel I need to cleanse and exfoliate, I might do that over the sink and use a… Continue Reading

EQ: Do you know where you stand?


  Do you operate with a sufficient dose of EQ at work? Do you even know how much EQ you have? Emotional intelligence (also known as emotional quotient) is essential for life. Some of us naturally have more than others. Some of us think we have it when we don’t. And some of us never think about it, or care. Here’s the thing: on the professional front, lack of EQ can get you into shit real quick. It can get you fired. It can stop you from getting promoted. It can land you in the media, with coverage that can… Continue Reading

Talking Music with Alec Benjamin


  LA based singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin is a self-described narrator. Strongly influenced by artists such as Eminem, Paul Simon, and Citizen Cope, Alec is a storyteller, weaving his own experiences and those of the people around him into his music. His penchant for story telling through cinematic, lo-fi pop saw him signed to a record label at just eighteen years of age. And while Alec enjoys over 268,000 YouTube subscribers, a legion of fans and new opportunities in the pipeline, his career so far hasn’t been all smooth sailing. The day after handing in his first album, Alec was dropped… 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