Plastic


                Leiden: What is your relationship with fashion? Lydia Downe: I have always been a big fan of fashion. From a very young age I have used design as a creative outlet and fashion design in particular has always been one of my passions. There’s a very real ‘human’ element to fashion and I love the way it can be used as a form of expression on a personal level and also as a reflection of society. I studied textiles throughout high school and college and after college I moved to Melbourne to… Continue Reading

Clothes and Accessories made from Recycled Materials


It’s National Recycling Week so what better excuse to celebrate fashion and accessories labels who are making products from recycled materials. If you haven’t already, check out our ode to recycling, it’s got lots of information about recycling, links between gender and recycling, and tips for what can and cannot be recycled.   Made from recycled plastic Girlfriend Collective’s core fabric products are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. RPET is made from post-consumer water bottles. Try ShopMate to ship them from the US.Shop Now.     Mr Tumbuktu makes active wear from recycled bottles and fishing nets. Shop Now.  … Continue Reading

Curvature and Couture: Design and the Pear shaped Woman


  Last night we attended the opening of a new exhibition by designer Bronwynne Jones, Curvature and Couture: Design and the Pear shaped Woman. After struggling to find clothes that suited her body shape, Bronwynne decided to take matters into her own hands. Under her label Thunder Thighs she creates garments for women whose waist to hip to thigh ratio isn’t catered to in mainstream fashion. Clothing, accessories and sculptural textile installations were all on display as well as runway event showcasing new designs. Within the main gallery of the M16 Artspace we crowded around a pop up runway lined by… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Thunder Thighs


  Nobody knows their way around a men’s shirt quite like Bronwynne Jones. After acquiring them, she unpicks them and turns them into something brand new. Spurred to create clothes that suited her tricky to buy for body shape, her aptly named label Thunder Thighs is now helping many other women enjoy clothes that fit and flatter their bodies. We caught up with Bronwynne to find out more about her journey into fashion, why sustainability is important to her and what’s next for Thunder Thighs.   Leiden: What made you decide to start your label Thunder Thighs? Bronwynne: Like many… Continue Reading

Adelaide Fashion Festival SLOW Saturday


  The whole reason I decided to make the trip from Canberra to Adelaide for the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year was for SLOW Saturday. Everything else was a bonus. After starting life on the fringe of last year’s Festival, this year SLOW became an official part of the schedule in 2018. The runway is the brainchild of designers and creatives Anny Duff from Good Studios, Natalie Ivanov of Re-Swim Club and Emily Sheahan from The Commons Studio & Exchange who together sought to take the conversation about sustainability mainstream. The event began with a statement from Vogue Australia’s Sustainability… Continue Reading

Rise and Resist – Learn How to Change the World with Clare Press


Join as at the Rise and Resist Book Launch Canberra, an event hosted by eco stylist Nina Gbor to celebrate author Clare Press   With so much shit going down at the moment, it’s no wonder we are so dissatisfied with the state of the world. It’s also no wonder that in the face of increased adversity activism is on the rise with more and more people speaking up, taking action and striving for lasting change. Author, speaker and sustainable and ethical fashion expert Clare Press is no stranger to striving for change, having long tackled the fashion industry on… Continue Reading

Leiden’s Top Tips for Op Shopping


  Have you ever noticed that those people with the most enviable personal style don’t dress head to toe in any one designer? They mix and match between designer, high street and vintage to create looks entirely their own. Kate Moss does this better than anyone. She practically invented this approach to dressing in a modern context. But lets face it; we don’t all have Kate Moss’s fashion connections or bank account. So how can the average person start to build a wardrobe of clothes unique to them? The cheapest and easiest, not to mention most environmentally friendly, way to… Continue Reading

Faye De Lanty at the Canberra Fashion Market


  Eco fashion advocate Faye De Lanty is a self confessed shopaholic. But not the regular max-out-your-credit-card-at-the-mall kind. Faye is the thrifty kind. Instead of loading up on fast fashion, Faye is slowing things down and embracing a love of the pre-loved, something that has been important to her since she was fifteen years old. ‘It didn’t become a necessity for me until I was living overseas and didn’t have a lot of money,’ she said. ‘I’d have twenty quid and challenge myself on how to pull together an outfit. People would comment on how they loved what I was… Continue Reading