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INTERVIEW: Stacey Hendrickson, casper&pearl

Stacey Hendrickson

Stacey Hendrickson

Pair big ideas with big dreams and you have a label in similar standing with casper&pearl. This Adelaide-based brand is the brain child of creator, Stacey Hendrickson. At the age of 18, the self-taught designer, who started by altering vintage pieces for friends in her bedroom, launched the ethereal clothing collection that sings with 70s style and whimsical vintage charm. Just 24 months later, casper&pearl boasts a cult-like following with fans from around the world – including high-profile fashion bloggers and TeenVogue.com – revelling in Stacey’s signature bustiers. We chat to Stacey about her brand, and the ups and downs of starting your own
fashion line.

Describe casper&pearl’s style?
Our style is bohemian meets preppy; a mix of vintage floral with short picnic dresses. We create whimsical and dream-like designs suited to personalities such as Isabel Lucas and Alexa Chung.

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Tell us about your creative process. Where do you begin when designing a collection?
I like to come up with a story first, and I always make sure I have a visual diary by my side, so when ideas come I can draw them down. I imagine my character, where she is, what she’s doing, and what she’s wearing. I draw images, write poetry, make collages of inspirational images and end up with a collection that reflects all of this.

Your bustiers are very popular with fans. What is it about your signature piece you think they love?
Our ‘First Love’ bustier is definitely our signature piece – its fun, happy and innocent with a twist of cheekiness in the back. It’s the perfect piece to wear to festivals, picnics, first dates and tea parties! It sold out in one night on our website and under 60 seconds in one of our online boutiques, Peppermayo!

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Are there any fashion designers you look up to?
I adore Chloe’s effortless sophistication, and Alexander Wang’s edgy sexy style. The two of them combined would be a magical world of perfect outfits! I also really look up to Alice McCall and the girls behind Maurie & Eve. I imagine casper&pearl being sold right next to these two amazing Australian brands.

I adore Australian fashion. We’ve seen so many amazing Australian designers take the world by storm such as Lover, Magdalena Velevska, and Dion Lee which is so inspiring. One of our stockists in New York – one of the most on-trend cities in the world – will only stock Australian and New Zealand designers which says a lot!

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Tell us about your upcoming collection. What’s it inspired by? What can we expect to see?
We’ll be launching our first seasonal collection ‘Secret Garden’ in March 2013 for autumn/winter. It’s inspired by my favourite childhood book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and you can expect to see lots of cut outs, peplums, cute dresses and hand-drawn embroidery.

What is your go-to fashion/creative resource? Where do you turn to for inspiration?
I read Vogue religiously, the Australian and British versions are my favourites. I also love to read fashion blogs and keep an eye on street style. My favourite fashion bloggers would have to be Tuula, Le Gypsy and Fashion Toast. I also make sure I keep a visual diary with magazine cutouts and inspirational images. I find inspiration everywhere I go, from the colour of the sky to the flowers on the ground. I also find creativity in children’s books, Sofia Coppola movies, and the decades of the 70s and 90s.

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What do you think are the biggest struggles to overcome when starting your own fashion business?
Getting noticed and building a following! You also need to work hard and show persistence to have the industry take you seriously. But this all comes with time!

Would you consider setting up a bricks and mortar store?
A casper&pearl pop up store is definitely in the near future, and then I’ll see how it goes before we do anything permanent. At the moment I can only dream of having a concept store.

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What’s the number one lesson you’ve learned about the business so far? What advice do you have for others starting their own label?
I’ve always loved the saying: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” I think this is so important when starting your own business whether it’s fashion or not. This industry can be really tough, so you have to learn to brush everything off and not take anything too personally. Make sure you show respect and loyalty.

When starting out, I faced so many blunt replies and negative feedback because nobody knew about casper&pearl yet, but I always promised myself when my brand grew I would never be like that. I always make it one of my top priorities to write back to aspiring designers who ask for advice and always make sure I donate a percentage of profits to charities.

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Where can people find your designs?
We’ve picked up some amazing stockists for 2013, some of the better known ones being Globalize, Nasty Gal and Dissh. We’re so excited with how many boutiques have come on board, reaching from Alice Springs to Manhattan! And you can always find our favourite casper&pearl pieces on our website.

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Do you think Adelaide has its own fashion style? Where is your favourite place to shop in Adelaide?
Most definitely! Over the last few years the Adelaide fashion industry has become very significant. With the launch of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, and stores like Zimmermann and Sass & Bide opening retail stores on Rundle Street, it’s evident that Australian fashionistas are keying onto the fact that SA is up and coming. My favourite boutique at the moment is definitely Karibu Boutique on Melbourne Street!

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Vote in Australia’s Emerging Designer Award

No matter how you feel about daily deal sites or online shopping, there’s no denying the Temple & Webster and Inside Out magazine Emerging Designer Award is a standout idea! The two home and lifestyle hubs have teamed up to showcase some of the country’s hottest up-and-coming designers, and they’ll be rewarding the favourite – as voted by you – with a cash injection and their own feature in Inside Out.

Chris Hardy

Natural Pleat Stool by Chris Hardy

Matt Prince

Contemporary furniture by Matt Prince

The nominees include the likes of Tamara Maynes, who produces a range of collectables and DIY kits based on her love of craft, (in love with her neon-dipped macrame tassels!), Melbourne based designer, Andre Hnatojko, who has gained international recognition for his popper light, and Ilias Fotopoulos who takes a highly personal approach to creating and producing innovative wallpapers, just to name a few. See the full nominee list here.

Daniel Emma

Vessels by Daniel/Emma

Voting is open now till Australia Day, so be sure to share your opinion here. And for those who are as entranced with neon-dipped macrame tassels as me, you can shop the nominee designs on Temple and Webster now.

Coco Pendant Light by Kate Stokes

Coco Pendant Light by Kate Stokes

Growing/Falling Wallpaper by Ilias Fotopoulos

Andre Hnatojko

Colourful Popper Lights by Andre Hnatojko 

Tate Anson

Solaris Wall Clock by Tate Anson

Images via Temple & Webster

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A taste of Sydney’s Artisan Popsicles

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

We’re having a heat wave! And we only have one thing on our minds – ice pops! That’s right. The extreme weather has our overheated sights concentrating on only the essentials today, with number one being ice blocks. And we’re not talking about your everyday icy pole; we’ve discovered an appreciation for artisan popsicles.

Liana Raine

What’s an artisan popsicle? It’s an intricately conceived cold delight that’s full of seasonal flavours and natural ingredients to cool your ice pop craving. Two such Sydney brands we’ve come across that embrace this sweet idea with mesmerising flavours include: Liana Raine, and Pure Pops.

Liana Raine was created by sister duo Aja and Bianca. They produce mouthwatering gourmet ice popsicles that use only the best seasonal fruit and produce available. Some of their enticing flavours you’ll fall in love with include: peaches and cream, pineapple chili, blueberry mint, lychee and orange with cardamom, and nectarine and rose yogurt, just to name a few.

Liana Raine

Liana Raine has currently parked their cute, blue and white vintage-inspired carts outside the Sydney Opera House for this month’s Summer at the House setting. We can highly recommend the rockmelon and lime flavour – tried and tested!

Liana Raine Sydney Opera House

Not to be outdone, Pure Pops has a range of flavours to excite your eager taste buds, too, including: lemon and elderflower, two-tone watermelon and pineapple, Pimms punch, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt swirl, roast peach and honey, and more fun varieties. These handcrafted pops are at Sydney’s Big Day Out today and you can find them regularly at Bondi and Manly markets.

Pure Pops
We’ve had a taste of artisan popsicle magic and now we need more! We’d love to know of any more clever popsicle creations around the country. Send us a picture and let us know the details if you’ve come across gourmet popsicles in your hometown, we’d love to share the hotspots. In the meantime, keep cool friends.

Pure Pops cart

Liana Raine

Images via:
lianaraine.com | Facebook
eatpurepops.blogspot.com.au | Facebook

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Whisky Bravo limited edition silk scarves

Spotted these colour-rich accessories today and thought they were fab enough to share! They’re a newly released limited edition selection by label Whisky Bravo, and the handiwork of designer, Ruth Kirkland, a self-professed love child of art and design! Each design is printed as an edition of 100 on 1 metre squares of silk twill using cutting-edge digital print technology. The original photography and vector graphics come to life with vibrant colours and
distinct patterns.

The theme and underlying manifesto of this business is design with meaning. Embedded in each narrative are values, including heroism, a life of purpose and respect for romance and dreams.

Rome

Rome

Catalina

Airport

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Designer Rugs announces Dinosaur Designs Studio rug collection

We love checking out what design collaborations the duo behind Designer Rugs will commit to next! We shared their rug results with fashion hierarchy Easton Pearson here, and now we’re excited to showcase their latest release with Dinosaur Designs. (We’re a little Dinosaur Designs ob-sessed here!) This is the third time the rug company has fused its creative prowess with the homewares and jewellery label, developing six new designs that add a fresh twist to its previous collection.

Wink Rug

Wink Rug

The Studio collection is quintessentially Dinosaur Designs and plays with rhythms in line, shape, colour and tone. “We wanted to draw on big planes of colour with this series and work from a really warm palette to a very cool blue palette. Despite the striking individuality of each piece, the collection works as a family – when you view it in its entirety, you can see how each works together,” says Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs. The collection is now available in Designer Rugs showrooms nationally.

Moon Rug

Moon Rug

Glow  Rug

Glow Rug

Orbit  Rug

Orbit Rug

Carve Rug

Carve Rug

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2013 Colour of the Year: Pantone 17-5641 Emerald

The 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year is 17-5641 Emerald! I’m thrilled with this year’s selection as Emerald is in fact my fave shade! For those who surround themselves daily with a cacophony of colour for both business and pleasure, the Pantone colour system is the ‘go-to guide’ for official colour selection. It’s a ‘universal hue hub’, so to speak, allowing the collection and accurate communication of colour to seamlessly translate across industries.

Emerald

Pantone, the world-renowned authority and provider of the essential scheme, selects the colour of the year by combing the world in search of powerful colour influencers such as the entertainment industry including: films that are in production, traveling art collections, and hot new artists, as well as popular travel destinations, and other socio-economic conditions.

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This lively, radiant, lush green tone is not to be ignored. It’ll take on a power of its own this year as Pantone’s yearly selection influences product development and buying trends for industries such as fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

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Past colours include:

Pantone-Color-HistoryWhat are your thoughts on this year’s selection?

Images: pantone.com

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Smeg denim-clad refrigerator

When we first saw this design we did a double take and knew it was a must to share! Appliance giant, Smeg, has released a creative new take on the iconic denim material with a denim-clad retro refrigerator. It’s a collaboration between Smeg and Lapo Elkann, CEO of Italia Independent and heir to the Fiat company.

Its design harks back to the 50s with a classic curved profile, and features
dark denim finished with traditional ‘jeans’ stitching that’s been treated with
nano plasma technology to prevent fading and staining. Once you open the
door, however, it’s 21st Century technology all the way with the latest and
greatest inclusions.

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Smeg Denim Refrigerator

Smeg Denim Refrigerator

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