Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. In between attending shows put on by Australian heavy hitter brands like Dion Lee and Ellery and visiting the zoo (life goal), I also had the opportunity to suss out the new-new coming from Down Under. Here are seven brands I learned about and fell in love with while I was there.
Founded by Fiona Myer, this brand is poised to become my new go-to for an amazing white button down. Made with cotton sourced from Milan and Tokyo and produced in Melbourne, each design features an interesting detail—bell sleeves, lace cuffs, mandarin collars—that make the shirt anything but boring.
In between shows I was able to visit this leather goods store in the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney and was glad I took a moment to do so. Founded by Lana Hopkins, Mon Purses’ bags and other accoutrements are designed by you and crafted with leather from Italian and Turkish tanneries. You’d think that would lead to an incredibly marked up price point, but a shopper tote that can hold at least a laptop, change of shoes, and book retails for just $380. And for those of you aren’t big on DIY, pre-designed options are also available from the brand.
Just four years ago, founder and designer Georgia Currie created Georgia Alice, the New Zealand brand for the girl who “shirks dress codes, upends expectations, and holds a keen sense of joy in everything she does.” In other words, she’s not here for your “rules” of dressing, opting for the clash or off-kilter element of cool instead of perfection. Clothing-wise that translates to pared down staples that can be mixed and matched with ease: a ruffled one-shoulder top, twill corset, satin blouses, and more.
Zoe Kravitz, Lorde, Rihanna, and FKA Twigs are just a few the big names who count themselves as fans of Meadowlark’s handcrafted fine jewelry. Founders Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont are the brains behind the brand, coming together to create delicate pieces that beg to be stacked and worn in multiples across all of your fingers and up and down your ears. Shop the New Zealand brand for pieces you can wear every single day, or an unconventional engagement ring if you happen to be in the market for one.
Relatively new to the scene, Esber has shown only once in New York and just a few times in Australia before that. In his latest Resort collection Esber tackled the fundamentals of menswear and tailoring, sending khaki separates, tweaked suiting, and striped shirting down the runway. I hope the budding young designer— definitely one to watch— makes it back to New York and shows again this Fall.
Since debuting her first collection in 2015, Quan has also become a go-to for in-the-know women who want next-level shirting options. Those elongated-sleeve button downs worn by Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, and popular bloggers across the world? That’s AQ. With a less-is-more mindframe, the designer takes typical garments and gives them a unique twist to create shirts, dresses, pants, and knitwear your work wardrobe needs.