Saturday, June 28, 2014

Winter Must-Haves

Do you follow us on Tumblr? This past week we've been posting up a collection of ten wintery goodies we have been ogling online to stave off the winter blues.

Here's a taste...

Rainstorm in Finland, 1968 / Umbrella from Wet & Wendy

Raincoat from Viema Store / Artwork by Brooks Shane Salzwedel

Knits from Good Day Night / morning light from Kirstin McKee

Rainy day patterns / handwoven blanket from the Nordt Family Farm

Afternoon wine / Lace-ups from Tamar Shalem

Fortifying brew from Artful Tea / Spiced cookies

View the full list on our Tumblr...

Stay warm everyone!


Friday, June 6, 2014

TONIGHT! Finders Keepers AW Markets in Sydney

This long weekend just got that little bit more marvellous - not only do you have an extra day to snuggle in under the doona long after the alarm; you also have the incredible shopping thrill of visiting the Finders Keepers Markets!

Australian Technology Park
Henderson St, Eveleigh
Friday 6th June
6pm - 10pm
Saturday 7th June
10am - 5pm

There are many MANY fantastic designers to browse, homewares to lust after, food stalls to drool over, free live music to entertain you and for the first time there’s even a selection of Vintage stalls!

Image: Bec Taylor

It can really be overwhelming when you walk in, but finding us is easy using the map below.
As you can see, we are on the far left wall under the windows near the change-rooms.

We will be selling our glorious AW2014 collection ‘Oh, Vasilisa!’. 
This capsule collection was made in an especially small run and as such we have already almost SOLD OUT in a number of sizes and styles. 

To save disappointment, if there is something you are ABSOLUTELY set on purchasing, 
do so online NOW and use the code FKPICKUP to cancel out shipping charges* 
- I’ll have it packed up ready for pick-up at the markets!
*Valid until 3pm Saturday 7th June

Monday, April 14, 2014

Introducing 'Oh, Vasilisa!' - Winter 2014

Inspired by the ancient Russian fairytale Vasilisa The Beautiful,
we present our Winter capsule collection for 2014.

Proudly designed and made in Sydney, Australia.

Oh, Vasilisa! is now available to purchase from Ginny & Jude Designs Boutique 
for delivery at the end of April.

Model: Pandora Crauford-Gormly
Campaign Photography: Lyndal Irons
Hair & Makeup: Tania Bowers
Styling and assisting: Rabia Lockwood

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vasilisa The Beautiful

I thought I should share with you the inspiration behind our 2014 Winter Capsule collection 'Oh, Vasilisa!'. More than anything else I found myself inspired by the colour palette and thinking out to this moral tale of how innate goodness always wins out over evil; that these evils come in may guises and that all is never as it appears...

There are a few fairytale picture books that really made an impression on me when I was a small child, and one of them was the Russian Fairytale 'Vasilisa The Beautiful'.

What stuck with me about this particular picture book was how downright frightening it was! I was at an age where I was pretty freaked out about the possibility of witches hiding behind doors at night let alone the possible terrors that existed in our overgrown backyard after dark! I imagined a Baba Yaga with her hook nose and leathered skin riding out to smite me when I ventured to our outside toilet in the dead of the night...

There are many far less frightening versions of this picture book, but we had the original complete with the stunningly detailed illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

Vasilisa sent out to find commanded by her evil stepmother, naturally.

Baba Yaga on her strange mortar and pestle contraption. Somewhat more absurd than a broomstick!

Vasilisa observes the white rider that symbolises Dawn...

...and the black rider that symbolises Night. I found him more frightening than Baba Yaga!
The illustrations are truly what makes the book really. They are evocative, dark, symbolic and utterly captivating. The way the trees are drawn, the use of light and shade, the incredible use of colour and the complete immersion in the landscape.
I highly recommend finding yourself a copy and becoming caught up in the dark, desolate and yet ultimately hopeful tale of Vasilisa.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscar's Best Dressed

WELL! This would have to be the most banal Oscar's red carpet in living memory. So many shades of nude, metallic, black, navy and boring. Yawn.

Thumbs up to Lupita Nyong'o who looked pretty marvelous in a plunging palest blue shimmering Prada number with a simple diamond headband. AND she won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave! Winning on every count tonight.

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 Oscars. Photo by Jordan Strauss

And if you absolutely have to wear a black dress then Karen O got it right with just the right amount of wow power in this slinky black number with some pretty splendid sleeves...

Karen O at the 2014 Oscars. Photo Frazer Harrison


Friday, February 28, 2014

Discovering the art of Belinda Marshall

I first came across Belinda Marshall's art whilst working at Follow Store, back when they had a bricks and mortar store on Sydney's Cleveland Street. There was nothing more exciting than unwrapping an order from Belinda's Melbourne studio and positioning her happy prints around the store.

A selection of Belinda Marshall's Prints l-r: 'hopeful', 'chance' and 'greenish light'. From $40

Not content with a print? How about these beautifully printed linen cushions?! $120

I am constantly bewitched by her astounding use of abstract forms. There is something so evocative in her use of shape and colour that I really find it hard to pick a favourite. Having previously worked for an aromatherapy company for many years, I found them akin to scents - some days you're drawn to one over the other in a way that is quite inexplicable.

Imagine my delight when I discovered she also has a Society6 store and I could pretty up my devices as well. Hurrah!

all the prettiness! iphone cases, laptop skins and covers for all manner of devices!

Eventually I settled on the Greenish Light print, with a view for more to come in the future. One day I hope to treat my house to an original!

Check out all of Belinda's stunning pieces at one of these various place...and good luck choosing!


all images copyright Belinda Marshall

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All things must pass...

All things must pass...and this brilliant, bright Summer has quietly slipped into Autumn.

And so to clear the decks for the next season of G&J sartorial wonders, we must have an end of season sale...!!

What is left of the stunning La Luna collection is now on sale with juicy mark-downs storewide.

La Luna was our first collection using exclusively natural fabrics - silks, linens and cottons - and we know it is our highest quality collection to date. As always our clothing is designed to take you through the seasons and years; the designs will still seem as classic and timless as when you first laid eyes on them!

And who said 'summer' was only for Summer! The collared shirts work wonderfully under a jumper, with the contrast collars adding that little pop of colour to your winter outfit...the the La Luna wiggle skirts are perfect Fall work-wear paired with stockings...

Click through and treat yourself to something beautiful...