A new week means a new excuse to treat yo’self and there’s no better way to do that than with some sweet local brands. From threads to swimwear and accessories, we’ve rounded up a collection of Gold Coast goodies that we know will knock your socks off.
Violet Gray is the love child of Australian Designer, Alexandra Olsen. Her pieces are simple, delicate and created from high grade metals (soon to be 100% recycled and fair trade) and genuine gemstones. The concept for each piece is deeply rooted in spirituality, connection, romanticism and symbolism, making them sacred and powerful to wear. Alex and Violet Gray started their journey at The Village Markets five years ago and since then has grown to be loved worldwide.
What started as a daydream in 2009 quickly turned into an independent Australian lifestyle brand that has since been featured in the pages of Instyle and OK! Magazines. The Gold Coast based bohemian fashion label specialises in exotic handmade leather bags, wallets and clothing inspired by local designer Brie Shinn’s love of travel and exploration. The colourful and unique pieces resemble every creative women’s wanderlust, bringing a sense of mystery and adventure into the lives of wearers.
Willow & The Little Gypsies
Founded in 2013, this adorable children’s labels creates pieces for free-spirited little people living the beachy lifestyle we know and love on the Gold Coast. Cassandra Cooper, mother of five, started off as a stay-at-home mom creating clothes for her little ones when she realised the increasing demand for unique and ethically made clothing. Shortly after that she launched her brand and the rest is happy history!
The Lobster Shanty
Now something for the fashion-savvy men amongst us, introducing The Lobster Shanty. Jarro Dartnell is the brains behind the Australian beach-oriented fashion label and clothing store. Inspired by his Granddad Jims’ love of the sea, Jarro created his own boutique range of signature tee shirts and snapbacks while the store offers a wide array of seasonal essentials for the like-minded adventurers with brands such as Brixton, Obey and Santa Cruz.
The Gold Coast is known as the bikini capital of Australia and for good reason with labels like Myra Swim producing the goods. Bianca Elouise launched Myra Swim in 2014 and since then she hasn’t looked back. Inspired by the sun, surf and the sea, Bianca wanted to create a swimwear line for curvier women and as such, has developed an international following including the likes of the one and only Kim Kardashian.
Wild Heart Jewellery
Wild Heart Jewellery was created by a mother/daughter duo who began designing bohemian pieces over six years ago. You can find their love of road trips, travel and freedom in each piece they create. They say they draw a spiritual energy from the natural stones and crystals such as turquoise, amethyst and quartz and identify the power behind each piece. We love locals sharing their passion through beautiful pieces such as these.
Casey Tanswell Designs
Drawing on the premise of clothing as an art form, Casey Tanswell designs was born of a longing to present women as works of art. The female form is celebrated and enhanced with a palette of opulent fabrics and the use of specialty fabrics and faultless fit has become a signature each piece. Launched in 2012, the self-titled label is a melding of both an international business and fashion design background, and an accumulation of European, architectural, and artistic influences.
Mollie Rose Accessories
Mollie Rose create fashionable accessories for mums and bubs with the intention of filling the need for affordable baby shower gifts that are both meaningful and useful. Tackling teething can be a nightmare, but with fashionable, child child safe necklaces, teething and looking good go hand in hand! Hooray for functional wardrobes!
Molly & Polly Swimwear
Molly & Polly is a lifestyle label inspired by the feeling of Summer and laying under the swaying palm trees at your favourite sandy beach spot. All Molly & Polly pieces are made with love in Australia by mermaids for mermaids. Molly & Polly Swim has quickly become a favourite amongst bikini babes nation wide with their collections featured in top international magazines such as Elle and Vogue Espana.
Grace Loves Lace
For women of style, substance and originality, Grace Loves Lace specialise in unique, free-spirited and timelessly sophisticated luxe wedding dresses handmade from only the finest French and European lace and silks. When it’s time to slide on that ring and pop the champagne, you can’t be in any ordinary dress, you NEED Grace Loves Lace! Only the best on your big day, Sweetheart!
When Gold Coast mums Emily and Sammy realised they share a passion for home decor and accessories, Emisa Collections was created! Their Polymer Clay pieces are lovingly hand made with each and every bead hand rolled, baked and ready to be styled into accessories. They can custom design any necklace by colour, length and combination to suit your individual style!
Born out of a life long love affair with the ocean, boutique Australian swimwear label peony fuses bohemian nostalgia with refined femininity to create swimwear made for chasing the sun. First making an appearance at The Village Markets, peony epitomises summer’s simple joys – diving into the ocean, the smell of coconut oil, the feeling of sand under bare feet and the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer.
Olas Supply Co.
Established in 2016, Olas Supply Co is the product of two people with a shared loved for travel and adventure, wanted to branch away from their regular Monday to Friday jobs and try something different. Inspired by the founders adventures and grown from the soul of traditional villages along the coast of Central and South America, Olas Supply Co. offer a unique style Gold Coasters love.
Tourism on the Gold Coast has reached a whole new level with the recent launch of The Undercurrent, a fashion label dedicated to showcasing the city through the eyes of locals. The brand made its debut with a collection representing five suburbs (Burleigh, Mermaid, Surfers, Currumbin and Coolangatta), each of which is printed with a local artists’ work depicting iconic landmarks and incorporating the things they love about their area.
So next time you’re in need of something new, shop local, there’s plenty of sweet brands to choose from!
By Louisa Ingelheim & Marleigh Kelly