Ethical Melbourne label Kalaurie drops new collection of handcrafted apparel
Every tiny detail of this Melbourne-based brand is carefully considered – from the layered concept behind each collection to the made-to-order manufacturing model and the Australian-made swing tags.
To purchase a piece from Kalaurie is to advocate for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry. The small business holds craftsmanship and environmental consciousness at the core of its ethos, with items meticulously handcrafted to order to prevent oversupply and wastage. Once an order is placed, it is typically cut from a roll of premium deadstock/surplus fabric salvaged from other factories, before being assembled and packed in the Melbourne studio and shipped to your door. All labels, swing tags and promotion materials are manufactured within Australia, while fabric and trims are sourced through local merchants. The pieces – crafted from natural fibres, where possible – are made to last a lifetime and even come with the offer of garment repairs.
Kalaurie added a stunning new collection to its existing range of dresses, jackets, pants, shirts and skirts last month, with Sick Sad World telling a poignant story about life as we know it – consuming, working and sharing too much, while resting, thinking and caring too little. The new compendium is the perfect addition to the Kalaurie range, which boasts a dark and romantic aesthetic sure to turn heads. The emotive new collection was dreamt up by label founder Kalaurie Karl-Crooks, a 2018 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Finalist and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles graduate. Head online to view the new collection.
Images: Vlad Savin