Fashion Revolution Week 2020
In many ways, COVID-19 has forced a lot of people to slow down and hit the rest button. Time spent at home is time we have all been given to focus on ourselves, and what we put into our lives, the lives of those around us and the communities we belong to. As Fashion Revolution Week returns for 2020 (20th April – 26th April), there has been no better time to reflect on how we can support Australian businesses now and into the future.
At Façon we are lucky to be surrounded by so many locally-owned businesses in the Hunter region who share Fashion Revolution’s philosophy – valuing people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. Today, we’re sharing some of our favourite Newcastle-based businesses that reflect these values and continue to provide services during these trying times.
With an ethos is rooted in the tradition of old-fashioned tailoring and service, Rundle Tailoring creates bespoke, made to measure suits, sports coats, blazers, trousers and vests and offers the latest in classic and contemporary styles. They have over 100 years of experience in the art of tailoring, with all garments produced in Newcastle by their team of skilled cutters and sewers. Social distancing measures remain in place across Rundle Tailoring as the business remains open, and is open by appointment only on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They are also offering fitting and style advice via FaceTime, with customers able to place orders over the phone as well as pick up and delivery for local customers.
Photographer Paul Dear
Established in 2004, sisters Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong are the creative force behind High Tea With Mrs Woo, designing and manufacturing all clothing and accessories in-house for their flagship store. Natural fibre fabrics are combined with traditional tailoring methods to create unique shapes from conventional dress forms, each piece created from a moment in time. The sisters have also done well to create a community around High Tea With Mrs Woo by creating a marketplace for customers to buy and sell their pre-loved garments from the label and Slow Wearing Well, where they host live wardrobe edit sessions along with events where they share skills, stories and knowledge about clothing and fashion sustainability. Their online store remains open for orders with daily video diaries posted via Facebook and Instagram to constantly provide updates for Mrs Woo customers.
Photographer Alex Mcintyre
Since opening their store in 2000, Abicus have continued to offer their inseperable mix of music and fashion to this day. Beginning with a crate of records and a rail of clothing, Novocastrians Tiff and Tim have built Abicus to be a unique house for men’s and women’s apparel and footwear, along with eyewear, music books and a specialised selection of vinyl. With the inclusion of labels like Bimby + Roy, Hemp Clothing Australia and Hansen & Gretel, as well as denim brands Dr Denim, Levi’s, Nudie Jeans Co. and many more, Abicus continue to provide contemporary and fashionable pieces that are still earth-conscious. Abicus’ online store remains open offering free local deliveries within 10km of their Darby Street store.
We can’t mention Abicus without also talking about its sister store, Scout. Offering a variety of women’s apparel, accessories and homewares, Scout focuses its curation on special, practical, functional and sustainably produced long-lasting items made with intent in safe and fair environments. Scout remains open online for customers to shop with free local deliveries within 10km of Cooks Hill just like their older brother, Abicus.
Owned by locals Geordie and Eartha, Hide + Seeker is the combination of locally and sustainably sourced and made leather goods and one amazing, globe-trotting eye for vintage clothing. All leather goods are made in-house with raw materials sourced from one of Australia’s last remaining wattle bark tanneries. Vintage is sourced by Eartha across op-shops, markets and costume sales across Australia and abroad.Currently running out of the couple’s home, their online store lives on through the Hide + Seeker website and across Instagram.
Photographer Sarah Candlin