Day 10: For the Fashionistas

Chasing the perfect Christmas day outfit for yourself? Or a special gift for someone else? Brisbane’s super talented designers and creators have you covered.

I’ve pretty much been drooling over Alice Nightingale’s gorgeous Australiana pieces since I discovered them a few years ago. Native flora prints? Check. Wombat and avocado embroidery? Check. Hand knitted jumpers with Aussie phrases? Ken oath. She’s also just put out some super cute swimwear and lingerie. Check out her incredible range on Etsy, but be quick – she closes for Christmas orders on December 12!

Like all great Aussie businesses, the story of Palooza began when the cofounders met at a paddock party. Seriously though, Amber and Beth have created a series of bags, building their brand from a common desire to “get out there and do something” and the belief that “every day should be one great big event”. Shop their collection online, from the sturdy everyday tote and “Plain Jane” clutch to some serious bling to complement your evening outfit.

Ukiyo’s philosophy revolves around beautiful fabrics in simple, timeless styles – being based in Brisbane, they also recognise the importance of breathable fabrics! Lots of block colours, stripes, and gingham (I love a bit of gingham! Our mum made us lots of gingham clothes when we were kids…). See their full range on the website.

Established with the intention of providing quality, sustainable clothing to those who were mindful of ethics and comfortable, functional clothes. All of their pieces are made in Australia from GOTS certified organic cotton and designed to be timeless and versatile. They have clothes for men, women and kids, as well as homewares and accessories. Men and women’s clothing is super basic, block colours, but there are some super cute prints for kids. Visit their website to shop the range, or to find a stockist near you.

More fashionable duds for the littlies in your life, also 100% certified organic. Gillian is based on the Sunshine Coast and brings together high-quality kids clothing brands from around the world, intended to last and to inspire imagination. I like that their clothing is marketed only by size and style, rather than taking the “pink aisle-blue aisle” approach. Unfortunately, the online shop is closed until January, but if you’re based nearby (or up for a drive) you can still catch them at the Eumundi Night Christmas Markets on 15th and 22nd of December.