Kuwaii: pushing the envelope in Melbourne Footwear

What I most like about the brand Kuwaii are the clean, crisp, bold lines in their designs. “Kuwaii is a Melbourne based brand established in 2008 by designer Kristy Barber, duly esteemed for making beautiful, intelligently designed clothing and footwear for women.  Refined, detailed and romantic, form and function find accord in modern shapes, clean lines and…

The Shoe-porium

The Emporium has a wide variety of footwear available to purchase and is often overwhelming to decide which shoes may suit your current priorities. Below is a table breaking down just a handful of brands available from the Emporium in the Melbourne CBD and some of the features that these brands have to offer. High…

What’s trending this Winter in footwear?

I would like to give you a taste of one of the upcoming trends in footwear this Winter. This seasons inspiration is driven by ‘Infusion’ where styles “explore the growing interdependence between humans and technology, and the resulting convergence between the real and the virtual, the tactile and the technological, and the past and the present. Unusual…

Leather and Sewing Update 

Industrial sewing machines can be tricky to learn but create a fantastic result. Creating smooth and well finished edge is critical in footwear design.  Our practice peices have been cut out of a hide, skived the edges (to half the thickness to allow for a smoother finish), folded and reinforced with string, backed with another…

How has the required function of clothing changed over the centuries?

Clothing has been around for the last 170000 years and I would say that the required function of it has changed very minimally. The required function of clothing is to serve a desired purpose. Clothing has been developed, designed and changed to serve its purpose more effectively throughout history as technology has evolved. The effectiveness of clothing to serve its desired purpose hasn’t always been successful….

Leather Leather Leather

First visit to some leather wholesalers was very overstimulating for the senses. Leffler’s in North Melbourne and NSW leather in Fitzroy were kind enough to let through some RMIT students and here is what they had to offer. Cant wait to get my hands stuck into fabrics, matching and design. The possibilities are endless and a little…

Footwear in the 1930’s

The 1930’s saw drastic changes to the fashion industry. Moved from dull basic and functional heel to a style focus on Hollywood. Breif History of footwear influence in the 1930’s: Early 1930’s was marked by the end of the stock market crash and started to rebuild the economy. 1932 Amelia Earhart first women to fly…

The Budding Instagram Influencer vs The Extravagant Retiree: Consumer profile

Polar consumer profiling can be a great exercise in exploring the influences and context that each individual brings to the table. A sound understanding of the background and values of a particular person bodes well for a pleasant and fluid interaction.  With the boom of social media platforms, ‘one-on-one’ face time between younger individuals is decreasing…

What is the purpose of shoes and how has the purpose changed?

Shoes are a part of us and there is a part of us in shoes. They might have one or more of the following purposes or they might not. From well worn cherished loved shoes well past their use by date to delicate million dollar shoe displays that will never be worn, there is a shoe for everyone. Here…