As summer edges closer and closer you have all been asking when we are launching our new collection. With the transition between workshops, things have taken a little longer than hoped. We are in the throws of sampling with our new workshop at the moment and hope to have a few pieces to release before christmas.
However we do need your help!
We are changing up our business model. We believe the old fashion system based on countless collection releases is tired and is not keeping up with the need for a slower, more sustainable and meaningful fashion system and planet. I bet you have been into a shop or opened up your laptop to shop online and become so overwhelmed with choice that you don't choose anything! We are so over stimulated with choice it has become debilitating. The statistics of fashion going into landfill are well documented, but Australia ranks 2nd in the world for textile disposal. We consume on average 27kg per year and dispose of 23kg either to landfill or second hand stores.
Basically we need to buy pieces we value, pieces we have created a connection with. I know I don't need to explain this to you guys, you've got it covered. Those of you who have a Carlie Ballard piece in your wardrobe know the narrative of empowerment, pride and artistic heritage that goes into creating that one very special piece. Now we want to take that a step further. We are changing our business model to made to order. Or as we like to call it, BESPOKE. This means we create the samples and you buy from those samples, in your size and choice of fabric. They will be small collections, based on our existing styles with some modifications and a few new pieces as we see needed. We want to make fashion as you need it. Made with intent, purpose and always integrity.
Our new workshop has been carefully chosen to ensure they meet these high standards and I am so excited to share more about them in the coming months with you.
For now, please click the link below to help me understand which styles you want to see developed. What pieces do you live in, dance in, relax in and would love to see included in our BESPOKE collection?