The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! And while we spend our time training the next generation of fashion stylists to shop for others, we’re taking a moment to explore what’s on our own wish list this Christmas season.
Scroll for some ‘add to cart’ inspiration featuring Australian owned, women-led and initiative focussed brands that the ASI team are loving right now. Spot us in these in the office in 2022…
National Course Advisor
Anyone who knows me, will know that I have a passion for beautiful, well-made garments and accessories that last a lifetime. Hermes have always stood out to me, not only for their beautifully crafted products but for their humanist and inclusive values too.
From scarves to belts and shoes, they work with artisans to create beautiful and timeless products. So, as we get out and about more this summer, I have these classic Oran sandals on my Christmas Wish List. The Gold Piqûres Écrues colour stands out to me most as they go with almost everything in my summer wardrobe.
Training and Development Coordinator
Oroton is an iconic Australian brand and I believe in shopping purposefully by investing in timeless pieces like this bag. I’ve added the Cole day bag to my wish list because it’s a classic style and would easily mix and match with plenty of outfits I already own. Some pieces can elevate a look and I think this bag is one of those pieces. I’m also a sucker for some gorgeous metallic detailing.
Events and Admin Coordinator
The Ace shirt is on my wish list because it’s such a versatile garment. Its quality and colour ensure that it’s dressy enough to wear to work, but the softness of the fabric triples its wearability., Its unique design also means it can to be worn in a variety of ways, spicing it up from your ordinary shirt. This is a stunning brand made by women, for women. It is also extremely inclusive featuring tall and petite sizing, as well as being ethical, local and made to order. All their pieces are numbered to reflect the exclusive nature and makes you feel like you own a garment that is one of a kind!
Student Development Team
Brand: Shona Joy
I love this boiler suit for so many reasons!
I love how neutral the colour is, which means it will be so versatile to wear. I can easily pair it back with so many items in my wardrobe, yet still add a pop of colour! I am a structured-piece gal and I love how this casual piece has structure to it which means I can dress it up or down with no issues. It’s hard to come across a simple yet statement piece and for me, this is it.
I have also admired the Shona Joy brand for a long time now being that they are proudly Australian, and woman led!
Marketing & Communications Manager
Brand: Bands of Courage
The Bondi born brand, Bands of Courage, design ethically handmade jewellery inspired by nature’s beauty. I love the neutral palette of this versatile glass and gold plated stack, which for each bracelet sold, Bands of Courage plant 10 mangrove trees in Madagascar and provide one day’s work for its locals. They also plant a tree for every Instagram follower, so give them a follow whilst you’re here!
Sam Sungmin Lee
Brand: Maxwell Scott
As a videographer, I tend to carry a lot of gear with me and so The Alanzo briefcase by Maxwell Scott is the perfect size to house my expensive 16” laptop. Not only does the design balance old school class with modern sleek, but the Italian leather is made to last for up to 25 years. The built in umbrella straps are also perfect for Melbourne’s unpredictable weather. Housing my work belongings in this timeless briefcase will make me feel even more proud about my work.
Digital Marketing Executive
Brand: Lack of Colour
Those who know me, will know that I’m almost always wearing black. So, this summer I’m welcoming some more colour into my life, starting with this fun little number from Lack of Colour (which ironically, does not lack colour). With the many picnics and regional getaways I’ve got planned, this will make the perfect addition to my daytime outfits. Bonus points for it’s UPF rating 50+ accreditation too!
Student Development Team
Brand: Mi Piaci
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge white sneaker fan! I love the versatility and comfort they give and these Mi Piaci Violet Slip On sneakers are the ultimate pair for me. They have been on my Christmas Wish List for the past few months as they have the clean, classic lines to make them look stylish, but then the gold detailing on the front add just enough of a statement that I’ll be able to elevate them for wear while Styling clients. Mi Piaci shoes are beautifully designed by a team of Women in Auckland, New Zealand. They pride themselves on designing footwear to empower women to embrace freedom of expression.
A coordinated set that can not only take me from day to night, but from night straight into bed! Made from slinky crepe de chine and trimmed with feathers – detachable, for when you need to tone down the extra. The label itself, Sleeper, is all about versatility, with their beautiful pyjamas created to incorporate into your daytime wardrobe. Dreamt up in an atelier in the Ukraine, each piece is produced locally by a single artisan, with a company-wide aim for zero waste. It’s on my wish list as it’s way out of my price range, so Santa, I hope you’re reading!
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