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When the store's selection of new wares starts to arrive this year, we will be anticipating garments and accessories
from several labels new to Milly Sleeping.

Starting locally, we are very pleased to announce to those of you who don't already know, that beloved knitwear label Primoeza is expanding further into the realm of clothing - lovely transeasonal wear that seems a very natural next step for designer, Elizabeth Yong. Although hand-crafted knit pieces will still be part of her label's repertoire, these garments are made from woven natural fibres (ie. linens and pure cottons) by local makers in small quantities - pieces such as a soft floral blouse, which you'll put on every day with everything, until it finally falls apart in 77 years time, prompting you to shed a tear, cut a scrap to save, and remember all the funny, ordinary adventures you had while wearing it.

Milly Sleeping is also excited to be expecting garments from the studio of Kara Liu. Kara is a very talented RMIT graduate, who we originally met when she was an intern for very talented RMIT graduate, 
Lui Hon! Kara has also since interned with Mr Alexander Wang, and is currently in the final stages of producing a collection for Glue Store. Attending a buying appointment with Kara some months ago, in a bright Nicholas Building studio, was a genuine pleasure - we selected a handful of gorgeous, understated, elegant pieces, which we will be very proud to present when they arrive.

Also coming soon... hats! The denim beauty you see above was designed by Georgia Currie of NZ label, Georgia Alice - part of an impressive collection called, Battenberg. The Temple Hat, which will be available in a darker denim, too, should be a wonderful Autumnul companion and - we hope - a precursor to a long friendship between Milly and Georgia.

Finally, we are happy to include today a little peek at unique knit garments produced by Edwina Sinclair of Soot. Edwina is based in QLD, where she has already produced several successful collections and run her own concept store, while still completing her BA in Fashion at QUT! Milly Sleeping will soon house garments from a collection entitled, Pop, which is a showcase of Edwina's final year work. These are funny and sweet pieces - inventive yet easy to wear - machine knitted by Edwina herself, I believe - and what a colour sensation they will seem in Winter...

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Pictured, from left to right, top to bottom:

1. Instagram pic by Elizabeth Yong of images by Jacinta Moore for Primoeza; 2. Primoeza at Instagram;

3. Milly Sleeping at Instagram; 4. AW14 showroom by Vikk Shayen for Kara Liu;

5. image by Gavriel Maynard, styled by Imogen Wilson for Oyster magazine; 6. Georgia Alice at Instagram;

7. Soot at Instagram; 8. image by Sophie Richards.



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Chronicles of Livia

The finalists for the esteemed National Designer Award, to be presented by Tiffany & Co during VAMFF, were announced yesterday, and we are delighted that Livia Arena has been nominated (for the second year running), along with fantastic Australian labels Bul, Haryono Setiadi, Pageant, Strateas.Carlucci and Christina Exie.

We are proud of our association with Livia, whose studio is a stone's throw away (if you've got a pretty good arm, that is). I am almost sure that Milly Sleeping housed items from Livia's debut collection in 2011 and, when A/W 14 pieces drop in store (in a couple of months time), it will be our seventh consecutive season presenting her garments. We love that Livia Arena pieces are relaxed yet always elegant, and feminine without the frills.

Pictured above are just a few pieces of the story so far.

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The Fall shirt (RRP $220 now $99)

Olive Basket weave Tshirt (RRP $280 now $224) worn with satin half-slip (not available separately);

Black Peek a boo dress (RRP $309 now $150);

Mallard green Peek a boo blouse (RRP $220 now $120);

Full-length black Button down skirt (RRP $220 now $100);

see more Livia Arena this way ...



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Today - a quick nose around a few recently relaunched websites, created for three very different labels... (clockwise from top left) Livia Arena, High Tea with Mrs Woo, and Jenny Kee.

Aren't these suitably reflective of each designer's work..? Livia's new interface is concise, sexy and serene... the High Tea site is full of detail, stories and inspiration, while subtle animation aims to capture the vivacity of each Jenny Kee print. 

We've also included a snippet (bottom left) from the homepage of &Attorney - a locally-made shoe label, which was written up in Broadsheet this week. It was exciting to see the faces of Lauren and Mitch, who are the creative partnership behind &Attorney - who live and work in Barwon Heads - and who are currently putting together a small order of beautiful boots for Milly Sleeping. Ooh.

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A little further reading: some notes about the rejuvenated Jenny Kee website at Oyster;

a candid conversation with Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales by Friend;

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Pictured above (clockwise from top left): photographs by Vien Tran for Livia Arena;

images from High Tea with Mrs Woo;

portrait of Anna Plunkett by Lyn and Tony, wearing Jenny Kee white opal scarves; portrait of Jenny Kee by Alexia Sinclair;

lookbook imagery by &Attorney; inspiration image - 'Pergola Pattern' (1931) by Harold Cazneaux



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Closed on Thursday!

Given this week's weather forecast, we are loathe for once to outright encourage visitors to head our way. We will be here - pottering around on Wednesday and Friday (and certainly the weekend) with the door ever so slightly ajar and ceiling fans a-go-go. Milly Sleeping will be shut on Thursday, however, with another >40 top expected. We sincerely hope that this will not mess up anybody's plans - please do email or call 9347 1333, if you'd like to arrange a time to visit.

Indoors with a spray bottle, laptop and a freezer full of very cold things is the way to go though, no? Yesterday was spent in such style, while we made a few updates and rearrangements to our online catalogue. There are now more light and lovely sale items available, perfect for the stifling days ahead.

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Pictured: High Tea with Mrs Woo Forever Halter reversible wrap top (now $150), worn with Raggatt Fold cullottes (now $234) and Sosume Little Boy Tshirt (now $64);

Tettmann.Doust cotton Double Nova crop top (now $128), worn with Kuwaii camisole dress (now $117);

Romance Was Born Crescent crop top (now $245);

Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre top (now $154);

Romance Was Born Hero dress (now $220)



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Happy New Year!

Despite the quiet of Elgin Street, Milly Sleeping is open for 2014, and back to regular trading hours. A great deal of our stock is now marked down for sale, both in store and online: current Spring/Summer garments by 10 - 50%, and previous season items by as much as 80%. Above is just a tiny selection of the eclectic loveliness to be found.

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Livia Arena Broken top (RRP $180 now $144);

Romance Was Born Pleat dress (RRP $450 now $270);

Romance Was Born silk Lanterns tee dress (RRP $350 now $150);

Romance Was Born cotton Cheshire tee (RRP $180 now $90);

Romance Was Born silk Space Float dress (RRP $390 now $290);

Sosume silk modal Asy top (RRP $119 now $75);

Alexi Freeman Chain foil print tee (RRP $99 now $55);

Romance Was Born Pearl tuck top (RRP $430 now $150)



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