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Canberra’s local fashion scene is sometimes overlooked.

Although we have an abundance of roundabouts, galleries and coffee shops, finding a local designer to support is like finding Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes at Belco Vinnies – something you will not stop talking about in the coming weeks.

Well, pull out these credit cards and get ready to talk – we’ve found 13 Canberra designers you need to know to support locals and keep your fashion cravings sorted, no matter the occasion.

Hi Sparkle

Dangles, studs and hoops, oh my! With endless sparkles and fun designs, Hello Sparkle offers fun and funky earrings handmade by Chloe using acrylic, resin, ink and glitter.

Completely self-taught, her earrings are a passionate project that exploded into a colorful and creative full-time job that brings some sparkle to Canberra.

@ hello.sparkle| shophellosparkle.com

The Bianca Pavlic label

Bianca Pavlic was handmade in her home studio in Wamboin NSW and entered the Canberra fashion scene with a bang.

Bianca shows her work at FASHFEST and Meraki and focuses on the feminine form and enjoys using unique fabrics that connect her customers. You can also create your own custom designs, perfect for standing out from the crowd.

@ biancapavlic.thelabel | biancapavlicthelabel.com

Mila and me handmade

With timeless and elegant design, craftswoman Jessica pearls jewelry from her studio in Canberra.

Named after her daughter, Mila and Me use natural pearls that are sourced locally to minimize the environmental impact and that are designed to be brought down.

@ milaandme_håndlavet | milaandmehandmade.com

Zilpah pie

Zilpah Tart is designed for women who want something a little out of the box, but is still feminine and comfortable, and is a fashion brand by Yumi Morrisey.

Zilpah Tart is made locally in Canberra and has fabric prints exclusively designed by Yumi, which adds a unique and exciting element to her designs.

@zilpahtart | zilpahtart.com.au

Barja The Label

Named after inspiring Middle Eastern women — a tribute to her Lebanese heritage — designer Tania Zeine creates clothing in inclusive sizes from 12-26.

Look for her colorful partings and shiny weekend clothes.

barjathelabel.com | @ barja.thelabel

Rockstars and Royalty

From costumes to couture dresses and wedding dresses, Vicky from Rockstars and Royalty has been designing for over 20 years.

Each element is known for its detailed designs and is made unique to the customer, or she can renew, remodel, decorate and change to make something old look new! You can also watch her YouTube videos to create something for yourself.

@rockstarsandroyalty | rockstarsroyalty.com

Dissonance

This Canberra-based fashion brand takes inspiration from music and makes sound visible. Dissonance is designed, patterned and made by Annette Clarke, who designs innovative garments for confident women.

With a theatrical approach to design, Dissonance takes custom orders, or you can buy items from Trove Canberra.

@dissonance_fashion | trovecanberra.com

Styled threads

Colorful, environmentally conscious clothing is always in style! Lovingly handmade, up-styled threads are also available from Trove Canberra, and each item is made from recycled clothing and recycled fabric that offers unique designs.

@upstyledthreads |trovecanberra.com

Wombat & Poss

Perfect for parents to be, Wombat & Poss handmade clothing and accessories for babies and children, made of natural, sustainable fabrics and fibers that help them move and play.

You can buy Wombat & Poss from Trove Canberra or from the Etsy store.

@wombatandposs |trovecanberra.com

EDITION

Alice Sutton from EDITION explores sustainable design and zero waste patterns for women.

By embracing sustainable practices in every beautiful, multifunctional garment she makes, you can contact Alice to learn more about her upcoming projects or visit Craft ACT to embrace EDITION.

@ edition.label | editionicesutton.with

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Do you want to start acting slowly? Limited edition and slow fashion fans will love Maak, a creative independent fashion brand that does everything locally.

Beginning as a side business working with artists and musicians across Australia, Maak fully supports the slow fashion movement and does so with stunning style.

@maak_clothing | maakthelabel.com.au

Ren pod

One of Canberra’s ethical fashion pioneers, Pure Pod started in 2007 with a vision of a fashion industry that keeps the planet at the center.

Inspired by people and passion, Pure Pod has since its inception grown and evolved with their female customer base, offering clothing and accessories that all have a story to tell.

@purepod_studio |purepod.com

Naomi Peris Brude

Naomi Peris Bridal creates stunning dresses tailored to your style and personality, offering designs online as well as custom designs for brides in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Naomi Peris Bridal calls Canberra home, handmade with French laces, intricate pearls and fine tailoring.

@naomiperisbridal | naomiperis.com

Do you know a Canberra designer that we have been missing? Send us an email at editor@hercanberra.com.au so we can share the love!

Function picture: Model / musician @ayayvesmusic wearing MAAK. Photographer: @wearefoundau MUA: @stephchurchmakeup Hair: @edenhairenergy

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