The Gold Coast is known for hotter than hot beaches, but this surf city is turning up the fashion temperature with a burst of local designers flaunting fresh looks inspired by the lifestyle around them. Here are four of the best to keep your eyes on.
Sinead James The Label (SJTL) by Sinead James
In 2011, Sinead James started selling her designs online and since then has grown her eponymous label into a sough- after Gold Coast brand, now stocked around Australia.
After successfully debuting her spring/summer Collection at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, this savvy lass has earned industry recognition as an innovative, vegan friendly and 100 per cent Australian-made brand. Girls, if you dare to mix sophisticated cuts with a liberal dash of playful edginess, then be prepared to click ‘add to cart’ on all of Sinead’s pieces. Keep your eyes peeled for her highly anticipated summer ’14/’15 collection, “Panthera”.
Peony by Becky Jack
A tinge of nostalgia greets as you ‘step’ into Becky Jack’s online swimwear boutique, Peony. The Burleigh designer has been pipped as an emerging talent by the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival and her designs hailed as “bohemian luxe with an effortless Australian feel”.
All garments are handmade in Australia using Italian Lycra. And the spring 2014 lookbook for “Our Lagoon” has us yearning for summer days.
Where to buy: Online.
Lisa Brown by Lisa Brown
Inspired by vintage collectibles and fluid fabrics, Lisa Brown is an Australian-made label stocked in more than 70 stores around the country.
Since the launch of her first collection in 2006, all garments have been designed in Lisa’s Gold Coast studio and many have walked Australia’s major fashion runways. With goddess-style draping evoking the spirit of the late Katharine Hepburn, it’s no surprise that Lisa Brown has an enviable list of celebrity clients, including Kate Hudson, and Aussie songstresses Marcia Hines and Julia Stone. Her latest spring/summer ’14/’15 collection is a blend of flowing cuts, light colours and sun-kissed prints.
Where to buy: Toscana, 58 Thomas Dr, Chevron Island; Element, Shop 50 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach or Shop 113, 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach; Designer Forum, Shop 4077, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina; or online.
Jaymes Swimwear by Jamie Allen
Jaymes Swimwear is a cheeky collection of bikinis designed by Jamie Allen, whose teen years spent in a bikini as her second skin have been poured into styles that curve and cut in all the right places. The Goddess Collection is everything the name intends it to be; and uses heavenly white fabric mixed with cheeky cuts to make a woman look and feel like a supreme being.
Discover more local designers
For emerging local talent on the GC, the best place to head is The Village Markets, operating from 8:30am until 1pm on the first and third Sunday of each month in Burleigh Heads and from 8am until 1pm on the fourth Sunday of the month in Paradise Point.
The markets are a hotbed for creativity with more than 100 local fashion, arts, and homeware stalls as well as live local music and food.
Know another local talent you think we should feature? Let us know in the comments.
*Photography courtesy of labels featured + The Village Markets.