Bao Bao

baobaoIssey Miyake Bao Bao Planet Handbag

I don’t remember how long ago it was that I first had the Bao Bao line brought to my attention, but when I spied the pieces in the Issey Miyake boutiques in Tokyo in 2012 it was a given that I’d purchase a piece. I wanted a bag but the only ones available were the flat totes and in my mind, the geometric construction called for something more three dimensional, so I settled for the zipper pouch which I use as a clutch.

Totokaelo has just received a new delivery of Bao Bao and amongst the usual fare of pouches and totes is this incredible Planet Handbag. As my Alexander Wang Kirsten Bag slowly reaches the point of complete disintegration (I’ve had it for three years this month) I’ve been reluctantly keeping out an eye for a replacement. Thus far I’ve not seen anything that’s tugged at my heart-strings; but the Planet Handbag is definitely eliciting some butterflies. I worry about how it would hold up with continued daily use – for the price point I’d expect another three years out of my next bag. A beauty to behold, none-the-less.

Calf Hair Boots

Rick Owens Calf Hair Wedge Ankle Boots

I stare at these ankle boots every time I walk past Zambesi on Flinders Lane where they have them merchandised in view of the street-facing window. I make Edit Evening stop and stare with me, and as much of a dedicated Rick lover as he is I think he doesn’t care enough to swoon on the street with me through a window.

My breath caught in my throat when I saw them reduced by 60% at Barney’s Warehouse, but I let my common sense prevail and will continue my admiration through a window of a different kind, because I know deep down that wet Melbourne winters aren’t conducive to calf hair boots.



Since launching my graduate collection in November last year I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from the across the internet. In particular, the online communities who believe in my work and have welcomed it into their boutique retail divisions.

Occulter is a group of like-minded, multidisciplinary artists whose works I had been a long-time admirer of. Started by Derrick Cruz, it’s membership is constantly evolving and those attached to the collective often work together on collaborative works and shows. The Occulter online store offers a selection of works by the artists attached to the collective as well as a selection of beautiful hand-chosen lifestyle products.



Other Fashion is an e-commerce project curated by the editors of dark style bible Style Zeitgeist Magazine. Other Fashion features a very careful selection of products from emerging designers whose talent and hard work they believe deserves recognition outside of the conventional fashion system. Most products presented in the store are of artisanal nature and are custom made for each client specifically.



Not Just A Label showcases and nurtures emerging artists in the contemporary fashion sector. It is a digital platform where artists can showcase their collections and also boasts a beautiful online retail division. Any emerging artist is free to register an account on NJAL making it a truly inclusive community, and designers who have the potential to ‘fashion the future’ are invited to become a ‘Black Sheep’ where their collections may be considered for inclusion within the highly selective online boutique.

It has been an honour to have been recognised by these communities and I encourage you all to check them out if you’re not already familiar with them.