Brisbane is home to so many incredible creatives making incredible things – if you love being able to wear the art you invest in (and which are often small batch or unique, one-off pieces) this list might be a good place to start.
Future = Female + Friends
Beginning in November 2017, Future = Female is a cool unisex streetwear brand designed by Amy Crow. Initially a pop-up shop in Winn Lane earlier in the year, Future = Female has now taken up a more permanent position in California Lane, Fortitude Valley, as a concept store and a platform for local and interstate artists. Amy’s work is a lot of clean lines, good messages, and mythic imagery, which I love, but there’s also a bunch of local and other artists to discover in this store from prints and homewares to apparel and accessories.
I fell in love with Alice Nightingale’s work when I discovered in on Etsy a few years ago. Australiana prints, cute embroidery, fun clutches featuring ibises, hand knitted jumpers with Aussie phrases…what more could you want? She also makes super cute swimwear and lingerie, and has recently opened a brick-and-mortar store (also in California Lane, Fortitude Valley) in addition to her Etsy store.
Nicole is a Brisbane-based designer who creates original apparel and accessories with plenty of colour and pop culture references. Her creations are stocked in the GOMA store, Monsterthreads in Brisbane City, Junky Comics in West End, and Thousand Island Dressing in Paddington. You can also purchase her work directly through her website.
A pair of Amy’s beautiful (and ethical and sustainable) pyjamas made from vintage sheets are on my general life wish list. I love the muted tones, and the jammies themselves look so lush and cozy. Check out her online store on the website – she takes custom orders but it’s probably a bit too close to Christmas for that (but there’s always next year). If you have a sheet that mean something special to you, you can work with her to create your own special pair of pyjamas. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and I love the idea of reusing something like a bedsheet to continue its life of helping you dream safely and comfortably!
Phoebe Paradise is the alter-ego of Brisbane-based creative all-rounder Phoebe Sheehy, independently owned and operated since 2014 and situated in Winn Lane since 2017. The screenprinted dresses, tees, totes, robes, accessories, and artwork stocked at Phoebe Paradise has an often grungy, distinct Queensland feel – from the cigarette butts on the Ashtray Blouse to the outlines of wraparound verandas on the Home skirt. Visit the brick and mortar store in the Valley or shop online via the website.
Planet Hostile Clothing
Combining new designs made from recycled fabrics and upcycled vintage, Planet Hostile’s pieces are handmade and hand-painted by Clair Emery in Brisbane. You can purchase on the website via shopify or find Planet Hostile sharing a retail space with Max & Mort in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley.
Sierra Rose Designer Aprons
I came across Sierra Rose’s designs at the International Cake Show Australia earlier this year, and they took me back to baking with my mum as a little kid. I loved the idea of being able to have matching things with my mum. Check out the online store – custom designs are also available.
Meta Design Co
Kathy makes beautiful women and children’s clothing in bold prints and simple designs, predominantly cotton with the intention of avoiding synthetic fabrics. Meta Design Co is stocked at Nook in West End and is often at markets around Brisbane (check the website for details) as well as via the Etsy shop.
More lovely bold prints and basic cuts – Jericho Road was started by two sisters and the pieces are designed in Brisbane but manufactured overseas (details here). They are stocked by Hummingbird The Shop in Paddington and The Happy Cabin in West End as well as being available for purchase on the website.