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First Look: Gungahlin Collective by Sash and Belle

Elsie Adamo

Sash & Belle has taken on a new project to promote and showcase local and national artists and makers through the Gungahlin Collective.

For those not in the know, Sash & Belle have been helping feed the Canberra’s handbag addiction for a while now. The young company is a Canberra based designer currently selling Australia wide, but their newest venture will be helping other makers and creators gain exposure. Opening just last week, the Gungahlin Collective by Sash & Belle encourages Canberrans to peruse wares from locally sourced, independent artists and producers.

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LLL Designs, available at Gungahlin Collective

Kristy McPhillips, Sash & Belle’s founder, says the project has given her the fantastic opportunity to promote her own label, but also showcase the talents of independent Canberra/Australian designers and handmade business owners.

Speaking to HerCanberra last month, Kristy was able to give us a bit of a sneak peek into what we can expect in store – an exciting mix of new women’s, baby, children’s fashion, accessories, and gifts.

For Kristy it’s all about giving access to something truly individual, “finding unique and original pieces that are not be seen in chain stores, this may mean that each visit into our shop will not be the same as the last.”

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Girls Sweat Too, available at Gungahlin Collective

Kristy knows from personal experience how hard it can be for designers to initially start selling their products, and is hoping the Gungahlin Collective will give a low-risk platform to local makers to connect with the community.

“Our goal is to make it easy for artists, designers, makers and creative retailers to make the transition from product development to retail presence without many of the prohibitive factors associated with opening a brick and mortar store,” she explains.

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Amy Basnett Art, available at Gungahlin Collective

Even though they’ve just opened their doors, Kristy has been buoyed by the encouragement and support she’s received from Canberra’s creative community.

“We have about 20 (and the list is still growing) wonderful designers and unbelievably talented crafters joining us, there were will so many things to choose from,” she explains. “I am so excited from the response I have received from local businesses, they are super keen to be part of the Collective.”

the essentials

What: Gungahlin Collective by Sash & Belle
When: Open from Monday – Sunday, click here for opening times
Where: Shop 33, Hibberson Street, Gungahlin Marketplace
Website: facebook.com/sashbellecollective

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Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author

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