Milly Sleeping, the hardware store, trusty Lua café and, seemingly, the indefatigable rain clouds, will be OPEN TODAY on Elgin Street, from 12 until 5.
After six and a half years of opening on Sundays, we've decided ... not to (at least for a little whlle). Milly Sleeping's new trading hours are as follows ...
157 Elgin Street, Carlton:
Tuesday ... 11 — 5
Wednesday ... 11 — 5
Thursday ... 11 — 6
Friday ... 11 — 6
Saturday ... 10 — 5
Closed Sunday & Monday
Milly sleeping in the maid's room, upstairs at Von Haus on Crossley Street, City
Friday ... 12 — 6
Saturday ... 12 — 6
We hope to see you soon!
Nine new beauties have just found their way into our online store, a great mix of pieces for inbetween seasons. All of the garments and accessories are available at discounted prices, and will be posted (express) within Australia at no additional charge. Quantities are very limited. If you have any questions or would like to see more imagery, please email email@example.com.
If you'd like anything else you've seen on this blog to be flung into the online shop for quick purchase using paypal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to have your horoscope for May drawn up, please email ...
No. The only prediction I can safely make is that there will be more additions to the online store soon, including beloved merino basics by Strange & Strange.
Milly Sleeping miniature is back at Von Haus, in 'the maid's room', AKA la chambre de bonne or the showroom of S!X. It's a teeny space but a great opportunity to bring to the city's centre a rotating selection of jewellery, accessories and a few easy to throw on garments, by labels including ffiXXed, Mücke, Primoeza and Romance Was Born.
At present, Milly sleeping in the maid's room is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 - 6 (while M. S. Carlton remains open Friday 11 - 6, and Saturday 10 - 5). More information on this space coming soon.
Two colours in the new Livia Arena Townsend trench + two colours in the Fall shirt + two colours in the recently arrived Egyptian cotton Primoeza Sandgrain scarves = mix and match fun! Or decision hell... (It's okay, the trousers only come in black).
Thanks to Livia and Elizabeth for dropping these gorgeous pieces in to Milly...
We've been looking forward to receiving both deliveries... In the case of Livia's garments, you may be aware that we viewed the sample collection some months ago and a lot has happened since then. We recently chatted to Livia about this process for the Nice Work project, and are very grateful to her for being forthcoming and honest ... about the nitty-gritty.
An excerpt from the interview, in Livia's words:
"There are certain things that maybe it’s best not to show people as potential customers because perhaps it looks like you’re running a dinky-di business… but the fact of the matter is, you do work from a home studio, you do take your work home. I don’t have an amazing rented studio where I can… whitewash the walls, have hanging racks drilled in - … I sleep in amongst my work… You’ve seen the racks in my bedroom.
Yes, maybe we all… have to put on a brave face… and speak positively…
Although… I think, lately, people [stockists/buyers] are being a little bit more honest on some levels. Instead of just saying, ‘yeah I really like this’, they’ll say – ‘this performed really well and this didn’t’… and I guess, oh, I don’t know what it’s called, the buffer that you usually have - a certain buffer - goes away a little bit.
I’ve heard a lot more people talking economically [lately]… I’ve noticed a lot of people are talking sales and sales targets, and I feel like you’re not judged as much on what buyers think of your work, it’s more whether you perform. And it feels like you’re being graded almost. And that’s what it should be, I suppose - because at the end of the day you need to have labels that sell in your store - but you feel like you’re being given a report card.
I also think that, from my perspective, I do kind of have to portray that things are under control - and things usually aren’t under control, at all – but they always get there in the end. And you know that they always get there in the end … because you do everything that you can to make sure that it happens.
The path of getting there just isn’t a steady one … you’ve often got to pull everything together and it’s not nice getting there… but then when you do get there, it all looks like it was effortless."
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Pictured above: Livia Arena Townsend trench, black with leather detail at back (RRP $529 or $450 with subscribers' discount), or camel (RRP $485 or $412)
Livia Arena Fall shirt, black and dove (RRP $230 or $196);
Livia Arena leather pocket pant (RRP $329 or $280)
Primoeza Sandgrain scarves, clay and salmon (RRP $139 or $118)