A little look, here, at some of Milly Sleeping's first arrivals for A/W 14: lovely, and genuinely 'transeasonal', linen and cotton tops by Primoeza, plus beautiful handmade boots by &Attorney. Not yet pictured but in store are typically amazing Ts, tops and slacks by Romance Was Born. And, even as I write, a box has just arrived very unexpectedly from ffiXXed!
These delights will be followed in the coming weeks/perhaps months by garments and accessories from the studios of (in no particular order): Sosume, Kuwaii, Raggatt, Livia Arena, Anna Varendorff, Soot, OK OK, Kara Liu, Georgia Alice and quite possibly more.
It's going to be a busy time. As well as VAMFF, and the release of sample collections for - wait for it - S/S 14/15!! - we are going to be migrating to a new website. This may be a seamless process or it may be a bit of a bumpy ride, we're yet to find out.
We hope to maintain timely updates re incoming stock, as well as making additions to our online store (if possible). Our most regular and reliable updates, however, are undoubtedly made via Instagram these days, followed by our comparatively neglected Facebook page (sorry to those who prefer the latter medium). If there's something that you're interested in finding, or that you'd like to be made available online, you are also most welcome to call or write to us.
And, if you happen to have any feedback regarding our current website or use of social media, or what you'd like to see more of at our new website, etc. - we would love to hear it. We really like receiving emails from you!
With many thanks,
Milly & co.
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Pictured: Primoeza blue Clay Raglan top (RRP $259) worn with Anna Varendorff Supported Scribble necklace (RRP $310);
Primoeza Evie Button Up top (RRP $229) in oat check - now available in soot check;
&Attorney leather Flinders boot in black and dark brown (RRP $375);
Primoeza Evie Button up top (RRP $229) in rust;
Primoeza floral Clay Raglan top (RRP $259)
Final images by taken by Elizabeth of Primoeza when she dropped in today - thanks E!
This is what the last weeks of a sale look like ... We have an accumulated range of 'lucky last' garments (ie. the last remaining item of a particular style).
As we've done in the past, today we grouped all of these items together and made even greater reductions to their sale prices. There's a lot that's half price or less, and quite a number of pieces now under $100. We marked down items online, as well, and popped additional items into the catalogue there. Of course, when there's only one left, it's often a case of being lucky with size. If you have any qs or wishes, please don't hesitate to be in touch.
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Pictured (a small selection of our current lucky lasts):
ffiXXed Holding bag (was $145, now $40);
Lui Hon Estherian vest (was $528, now $250);
ffiXXed La Nina La Pinta Tshirt (was $185, now $84);
Romance Was Born Pearl Tuck Top (was $430, now $135);
Limedrop sheer 3/4 skirt (was $180, now $85)
Romance Was Born Ruffle skirt (was $350, now $100)
Raggatt shirt vest (was $290, now $150)
High Tea Me & Matinée dress (was $368, now $275)
In just a few hours time, the winner of the International Woolmark Prize will be announced. Among the finalists are Fiona Lau and Kain Picken of ffiXXed! We have our World Clock set to Milan time, and our fingers crossed.
In conjuction with the event, and in anticipation of the forthcoming ffiXXed collection 'simultaneous affinities', we thought we would make ffiXXed pieces the feature element of our current offerings. The only obstacle to the realisation of this fine idea is the fact that the label is one of our best-sellers, and we have a somewhat limited selection of their garments left... a handful of stunning dresses, a couple of scarves, numerous Tshirts and shirts and the two (or four) items pictured above, which are recent additions to the storewide sale...
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Pictured: ffiXXed Y-shirts ($179 now $143);
ffiXXed Carpet skirts ($209 now $167)
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;
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.
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);
Full-length black Button down skirt (RRP $220 now $100);
see more Livia Arena this way ...