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Canberra’s local fashion scene is sometimes overlooked.

While we have an abundance of roundabouts, galleries and coffee shops, finding a local designer to support is like finding Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes at Belco Vinnies—something you won’t stop talking about for weeks to come.

Well, pull out those credit cards and get ready to get chattering—we’ve found 15 Canberra designers that you need to know to support local and keep your fashion cravings sorted, no matter the occasion.

Maak

 

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Looking to start shopping slow? Limited edition and slow fashion supporters will love Maak, a creative independent fashion label that makes everything locally.

Starting as a side business that worked with artists and musicians all over Australia, Maak fully supports the slow fashion movement, doing it with stunning style.

 @maak_clothing | maakthelabel.com.au

Pure Pod

 

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One of Canberra’s ethical fashion pioneers, Pure Pod started in 2007 with a vision of a fashion industry that holds the planet at its core.

Inspired by people and passion, since their inception Pure Pod has grown and evolved with their female client base, offering clothing and accessories that all have a story to tell.

@purepod_studio |purepod.com

Venetia Major

In a beautiful vintage-style building within the charming township of Hall, Venetia Major Bespoke Jewellery is bringing high-quality and stunning designs to Canberra from makers across Australia and from the owner herself.

Offering custom-made designs—perfect for a unique engagement or wedding ring—Venetia’s taste naturally leans to classic and Art Deco style jewellery, but she’s committed to helping her clients express their own aesthetic.

Read more here.

@venetiamajor | venetiamajor.com.au

RQ The Label

 

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Glamour, sustainability, and the feminine form: this is what Canberra-based brand RQ The Label wants to bring to the fashion industry. RQ The Label  was founded by local Rachel Quach in 2020.

With no experience studying or working in fashion—apart from retail jobs throughout high school, college, and university—she decided to start designing clothes as a fun creative outlet. Creating classic corsets with a slightly modern edge, it’s an homage to the vintage and high-end fashion Rachel has always loved.

Read more here.

@rqthelabel | rqthelabel.com

EDITION


Alice Sutton from EDITION explores sustainable design and zero waste pattern making for women.

Embracing sustainable practices in each beautiful, multi-functional garment she makes, you can contact Alice to learn more about her upcoming projects or visit Craft ACT to embrace EDITION. Oh, and did we mention her work was featured in the closing show for Australian Fashion Week 2022 thanks to First Nations Fashion + Design?

 @edition.label | editionalicesutton.com

Hello Sparkle

 

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Dangles, studs and hoops, oh my! With endless sparkle and fun designs, Hello Sparkle offers fun and funky earrings handmade by Chloe using acrylic, resin, ink and glitter.

Completely self-taught, her earrings are a passion project that exploded into a colourful and creative full time job that brings some sparkle to Canberra.

@hello.sparkle| shophellosparkle.com

Bianca Pavlic the Label

Hand-made in her home studio at Wamboin NSW, Bianca Pavlic came into the Canberra fashion scene with a bang.

Showing her work at FASHFEST and Meraki, Bianca focuses on the feminine form and enjoys using unique fabrics that connect with her customers. You can also create your own custom designs, perfect for standing out from the crowd!

@biancapavlic.thelabel | biancapavlicthelabel.com

Mila and Me Handmade

With timeless and elegant designs, Jessica handcrafts pearl jewellery from her studio in Canberra.

Named after her daughter, Mila and Me uses natural pearls that are sourced locally to minimise environmental impact and that are designed to be passed down.

@milaandme_handmade | milaandmehandmade.com

Naomi Peris Bridal

 

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Creating amazing gowns that are customised to suit your style and personality, Naomi Peris Bridal provides designs online as well as custom designs for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra brides to be.

Handmade using French laces, intricate beading, and fine tailoring, Naomi Peris Bridal calls Canberra home.

@naomiperisbridal | naomiperis.com

Vetro e Metallo

 

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Located in Braidwood (making her an honorary Canberran), Wendy Lees has a passion— and talent—for handcrafting jewellery using salvage metals and Murano glass. With the ethos of upcycling copper, brass, silver, and glass to create collections with soul, Vetro e Metallo is known for its low carbon footprint and strict adherence to sustainability and Australian hand-making. 

@vetroemetallovetroemetallo.com.au

Zilpah Tart

Designed for women who want something a little out of the box but is still feminine and comfortable, Zilpah Tart is a fashion label by Yumi Morrisey.

Made locally in Canberra, Zilpah Tart features  fabric prints designed exclusively by Yumi that add a unique and exciting element to her designs.

@zilpahtart  | zilpahtart.com.au

Rockstars and Royalty

From costumes to couture gowns and wedding dresses, Vicky from Rockstars and Royalty has been designing for over 20 years.

Known for her elaborate designs, each item is made uniquely for the customer or she can revamp, re-style, embellish, and alter, to make something old look new! You can also watch her YouTube videos to create something for yourself. 

@rockstarsandroyalty  | rockstarsroyalty.com   

Dissonance

 

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This Canberra based fashion label takes inspo from music, turning sound into sight. Dissonance is designed, pattern made and made by Annette Clarke, designing innovative garments for confident women.

Taking a theatrical approach to design, Dissonance takes custom orders or you can purchase items from Trove Canberra.

@dissonance_fashion  | trovecanberra.com 

Upstyled Threads

Colourful, eco-conscious clothing is always in style! Lovingly handmade, Upstyled Threads is also available from Trove Canberra and each item is made from recycled garments and re-claimed fabric which offer unique designs.

@upstyledthreads |trovecanberra.com

Wombat & Poss

Perfect for parents to be, Wombat & Poss handmake clothing and accessories for babies and children, out of natural, sustainable fabrics and fibers that help them move and play.

You can purchase Wombat & Poss from Trove Canberra or from the Etsy store.

@wombatandposs  |trovecanberra.com

Do you know a Canberra designer that we’ve missed? Send us an email at erin@hercanberra.com.au so we can share the love!

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