Sass and Bide: Make a Wish

Following the success of last year’s collaboration, Sass & Bide have once again designed a limited edition necklace to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

The lariat-style necklace can be worn as a choker or a loose necklace and is available in gold and silver. The star pedant which appeared on last year’s design is symbolic of the designers’ friendship and has been carried on through the collaboration for 2013.

“We were overwhelmed with the success of the first necklace and felt we wanted to continue supporting this great initiative,” Sarah-Jane Clarke said.

“Hearing first hand of the children’s wonderful experiences inspired us to design the lariat star.”
All proceeds from the collaboration will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Australia. For only $30 each, retail therapy has never felt so good.

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Not Charity, Just Work


The International Trade Centre’s mission is to support fair and sustainable development, both economical and political, using trade and international business development as their tools. Thus, the Ethical Fashion Initiative was born. 

The Ethical Fashion Initiative stresses that they are not a charity. Merely an organisation who require the rare skills of the artisans all over Africa and Haiti, who in turn, through ethical and sustainable labour, earn an income and can lift themselves out of the cruel and never ending cycle of poverty. An “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” situation.
Not only the highly skilled and traditional artisans are sought after however, those who wish to learn are given the opportunity through various training initiatives set up. The Ethical Fashion Initiative does not discriminate.

There is an unparalled quality and attention to detail in the handwork of these artisans, it truly cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide are the two newest members to be picked for the Ethical Fashion Initiative, joining Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Venturini Fendi to name a few. Clark and Middleton had their first experience with the initiative in Kenya’s largest slum Kibera “a city within a city.”

The commitment of Sass and Bide is not just seasonal, roots have been put down within these communities to ensure the partnership between Sass and Bide and the artisans of Africa is long lasting and consistent, “repeat orders are essential to the Ethical Fashion Initiatives’ longevity.”


Winners at the Intersection

We were very excited to share that one of our own, George Livissianis – the architect of Jac + Jacks’ store at The Intersection Paddington won the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Award for the best Commercial Space.

On Wednesday, May 22nd Australia's interiors and decorating industry braved the rain and navigated the back streets of Sydney's industrial areas to attend the third annual Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, the most outstanding to date. Designers and representatives from Sydney and Melbourne's interior design studios mingled, sipped and anxiously awaited the awards formalities, hosted by Belle's senior editorial team at the Coco Republic showroom.

If you're an avid reader of Belle, you'll be aware their events are no small occasion. Oft styled to perfection and with champagne aplenty, Belle's Editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker utilises the talents of his outstanding editorial team, particularly Interior Design Editor (and judge at this year's awards) Steve Cordony, who this year transformed Coco Republic's showroom into a neo-classical garden with a maze-like quality using floral, foliage and products from Coco Republic's extensive range.

The record number of entrants at this year's awards represented the most respected pool of interiors experts in Australia. The judges' criteria was to find those standouts who presented diversity, originality and balance using innovative design, quality of execution and realisation of the client's brief.

Cited by Neale Whitaker as a standout category this year, the Residential accolade went to Greg Natale Design for his work on the Brighton & Perikic houses. The Commercial category went to interior architect George Livissianis for his wonderfully considered work on the Jac + Jack retail space at The Intersection, Paddington. The Hospitality finalists were a diverse mix, but came down to Melbourne architect Pascal Gomes-McNabb for Monopole, Sydney. A surprise this year was relative newcomer to the scene, Adele Winteridge of Foolscap Studio, taking away the Corporate category for their unpredictable design of Clemenger's Melbourne offices.

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