The bespoke collaborative store and studio has moved to Parry St.
Amelia, Ailie, Morgan, Olivia and Gab have formed a one-of-a-kind collaborative space to share their creative works.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ALICIA POOLE
Shoppers can bring their shopping back to basics and purchase items knowing exactly where their money goes. Apparel, herbal skincare, flowers, and jewellery are collaged together in the space from the girls five key brands – studium, UNIFORM, a., val ent een and HALLE, as well as showcasing a range of local art, ceramics, and publications. Maker store & studio continues to create a unique buying experience where shoppers can see exactly where a product comes from, how it is made and can even have the chance to meet the maker behind it.
Next is the stunning floral arrangements that grace the store's windows, val ent een, created by Morgan whose work you might have been lucky enough to
see at HUNTERhunter’s recent Dessert Bar.
“Val ent een tries to nourish a feeling of connection with nature, the people around you and yourself through flowers. I’d love for people to bring flowers back in to their everyday, like a fresh bunch on the kitchen table every week and sweet simple thank you bunches to their neighbours. My favourites are curious textures and unique shapes, finding a sculptural form in each individual stem and bringing them together as an art piece.” - Morgan.
UNIFORM is the newly rebranded work by Ailie formerly of augie. UNIFORM is a capsule based clothing label of refined trans-seasonal wardrobe essentials.
“I really wanted to create a concept that was ethical, timeless, and authentic. Having one size only, making everything with longevity in mind, designing
my garments without trends and with quality materials makes it so easy for people to see the value in purchasing UNIFORM on so many levels.
Olivia brings HALLE to the store, the slow fashion label which bears virtuous means at the forefront of every design. HALLE produces handmade clothing
in house for the conscious consumer. The timeless designs and sustainable processes of HALLE are perfectly aligned with the ethos of maker.
"I graduated from TAFE last year after studying for over 2 years, I could hardly sew two seams together when I started. It was there I fell for quality natural fibres and learnt the truth behind the fashion industry. HALLE was then born from the love of slowly producing clothing and aimed to educate the consumer of the journey a pieces of clothing goes through before it reaches the racks." - Olivia
Lucky last, but certainly not least, is the incredible skincare range created by Gab, of studium. Studying herbal medicine, Gab was tired of not
being able to find a subtle perfume that wasn’t overpowering, which is where it all began. She has since re-branded and expanded her products.
"I re-branded from The Sixth Scent to studium to give myself a little more wriggle room. Since the re-brand, I've launched a skincare range with holistic
underpinnings & an emphasis on high quality, organic, plant based & sustainably sourced ingredients. In the new shop I've also got a lot of
my raw ingredients for sale.
Customers can come in and buy oils, clays, exfoliants & herbs like you would in a bulk food shop. You can also bring you old bottles back for a refill or have custom products made. Overall, my main aim is to make plant medicine accessible for all & to use skincare as a ritual- something we can use as a daily refuge in our busy lives."
The name maker perfectly encapsulated what all of the girls do,