A love affair for life – Kindling marries individuality with longevity
Depending on when you were born (and this may be a very sobering reality check), you may have lived in a glorious time when things were actually made to last. In most instances, this is but a pipe dream of days gone by – nowadays, products are specifically designed to fall apart pretty darn quickly with the aim of frequent replacement. Frankly, this sucks. However, there is a glimmer of hope – Kindling is a Melbourne-based clothing brand kicking it old school, dedicated to making cute clothes that go the distance.
There are a few core concepts that underpin the Kindling ethos – as well as designs that stand out from the crowd, it’s super important that the clothes stand up in regards to quality. This means no sneaky manufacturing shortcuts, no mass production and no factories. Every item is made by hand in Vietnam, using the skills of women that Nina (Kindling’s designer) knows personally. It may not be the fastest way, but it’s these handmade touches and ethical practises that make a product well worth waiting for.
Now, to the designs – Kindling specialises in beautifully crafted basics with thoughtful touches that set them apart. Generous cuts make the items like crossover jumpsuits and dresses perfect for layering, made in fabrics like rayon, velvet and linen for both diversity and longevity. Cute touches make the Kindling range stand out – think scolloped sleeves on a shirt dress, kitschy wooden buttons on a mini skirt and actual working pockets. It just goes to show that you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality and that the two can coexist quite comfortably.
If this has sparked your interest, you can shop for Kindling threads through the online store.