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Interview: Gabriella Ferrante | Designer ‘Slow Fashion’ Leather Bags

Today I’d like to introduce you to someone who has infused her Italian family tailoring tradition with 21st century sustainability to create fine leather bags. Australian-born Berlin-based Gabriella Ferrante fell in love with her father’s old Singer sewing machine all over again (having used it many times as a child) and was inspired to create her own line of handbags under the label GcmF. Embracing the ethos of ‘slow fashion’ and the craftsmanship of the handmade, she eschews outsourcing and mass-production is as important to her as is sustainable work practices. Come and meet Gabriella and learn how her nomadic and creative life has brought her to where she is today … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I grew up in Melbourne as a first generation Italo-Australian. We travelled a lot as a family, and I guess that gave me the travel-bug. Therefore as soon as I could, I left Australia on a one-way ticket to Paris. I was 19. It was 1993. I …

Interview: Gemma Anastasiou and her Deconstructed Blooms

Today I’d like to welcome a newly graduated, up-and-coming fashion designer, Sydney-based Gemma Anastasiou. Yes, I know this is not strictly a fashion blog but it is about design innovation and Gemma has managed to use this in spades when designing her graduate collection called Deconstructed Blooms. What’s more it embodies a strong ethical and sustainable ethos that, as she says, is based around the values of the ‘slow fashion’ movement. What Gemma has managed to achieve is a range of clothing made with not only natural low-impact materials such as hemp/organic cotton, silk/ hemp, silk organza and alpaca yarn but the real coup de grace is that she has infused them with flowers. Yes, real flowers. The result is something ephemeral, beautiful, delicate and whimsical but still utterly wearable (although best kept for ‘better wear’ than walking the dog!). Says Gemma: Garments are smashed and heated as a way of melding plant to cloth resulting in, not only the creation of natural colour and texture, but also eventual decay. The garments take on the …