BEHIND THE SCENES: Festive frocks and ladies who rock!

Our store staff work extra hard this time of year bringing the cheer to your Obus visit. We spent a few minutes with these lovely ladies to find out what they are rockin' and loving this Christmas!

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Alter ego: I take photos, sew, craft and experiment baking vegan treats!
Fave festive tune: It’s gotta be something Michael Buble right?
Fave Xmas tradition: Probably Christmas crackers.. I think sitting around the dinner table, awkwardly sat next to a relative you perhaps don’t know that well, a Christmas cracker always helps to break the ice and everyone has a laugh!
Secret skill: Embroidery! I haven’t done much, but I seem to have a knack for it.
Shop Tori's outfit >>
Alter ego: Painter... Well, thinking about painting. Next year will be the year of exhibiting!!
Favourite festive tune: Little Drummer Boy by Boney M. (My mum would play their Christmas album every Christmas, it would drive my brothers and I crazy... Now I play it every year and I totally love it!! So does my daughter.)
Favourite xmas tradition: Having to come up with meaningful gifts that have a cash limit. I love it because it forces you to be creative and thoughtful...
Secret skill: I asked my daughter and she said "You're amazing and cool... ;). And I make a mean green curry !
Shop Dom's outfit >>

Alter ego: When I'm not at Obus I'm a full time student chipping away at a Bachelors degree in Youth Work, striving to do better at keeping my house plants alive and being a cat mum to my baby Rosco.
Favourite festive tune: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (of course)
Favourite xmas tradition: Watching Christmas movies such as Scrooged and Love Actually with my partner and/or housemates, eating pink zooper doopers and taking my niece, Isabella to see the Christmas lights up around my house in Princes Hill.
Secret skill: People always underestimate me in a game of Scrabble
Shop Nikki's outfit >>
Alter ego: When I'm not at Obus. I'm spending a little too much on going out for lunch and dinner and discovering new places to shop and have a wine! Still a newbie to Melbourne :)
Fave festive tune: I'm gonna have to be twins with Nikki and say All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey - it is such a good tune and also reminds me of that scene from Love Actually!
Fave christmas tradition: I always have brunch with my parents and open presents together in pajamas! Also, always having an Xmas arvo nap.
Secret skill: I can do a very clumsy back flip!
Shop Holly's outfit >>
December 15, 2018 by Obus Clothing

COMMUNITY: You give, we give to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre!

Gift-giving shouldn’t be stressful. So we have curated some stellar gift packs inspired by our Summer prints, ready to surprise the ace women in your life (or your Secret Santa pick!).

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Priced for every budget, they're ideal for teachers, carers, sisters, aunties, and anyone else who deserves a thanks, love ya, or special treat! And for every GIFT BOX purchased between 11-16 December, we’ll donate a gift box to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The FAIR WINDS Gift Pack ~ $29
We have a friendly history with the ASRC, and we hope that the the women and teenage girls who use the ASRC's services will appreciate something a little special to brighten their day, thanks to you!
The LOW TIDE Gift Pack ~ $29
You can find out more about the ASRC here, and purchase our gift boxes throughout December here.
December 12, 2018 by Obus Clothing

PLAYLIST: The Merry Obus Playlist 2018

It's that heady time of year where there's a party each weekend and everyone is catching up with the folks they love. We've put together the definitive festive season soundtrack with the ultimate aim of over-populating your dance floor. If it doesn't make you wanna cut up a rug, then your heart ain't beating. 

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December 07, 2018 by Obus Clothing

STORE NEWS: Late night Christmas trading at Obus

As the days count down to Christmas, we're gearing up for some special events instore!

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By choosing to shop with a small business this Christmas, you're helping to support the local economy. So join us on one of our late night shopping events throughout December, and pair good tunes and a glass of bubbles with some gift shopping for yourself or someone special. There might even be a little something extra instore on the night to put a smile on your face!

Late night shopping nights at Obus:
Thursday 20th of December
Obus Northcote - High St Kris Kringle
285 High St, Northcote
Open 10am - 8pm 
Obus Market Brunswick East - Brunswick Shopping Night
136 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Open 12pm - 8pm
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 10am - 8pm
Obus Fitzroy
226 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Open 10am - 7pm
Friday 21st of December
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 10am - 8pm
Christmas Day 
Boxing Day 
Obus City
Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street
Open 11am - 6pm
Northcote, Fitzroy and Obus Market Brunswick East CLOSED
Dec 27th-31st 
Northcote, City & Fitzroy open standard trading hours
Lygon Street CLOSED
New Year's Day 
Wednesday 2 January 2019
All stores resume standard trading hours on Wednesday 2 January.




December 03, 2018 by Obus Clothing

GIVEAWAY: Win daily prizes during our Festival of Giving on Instagram & Facebook

We’re sending out the good vibes this festive season with a daily giveaway bonanza we're calling the FESTIVAL OF GIVING! 

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Yep, in the lead-up to Christmas 2018, we're playing Santa and giving you the gifts early! Clothes, swimwear, shoes, accessories, gift vouchers and some other special surprises are up for grabs each day on Facebook and Instagram. Follow along and check back daily for a new giveaway!

Terms & Conditions

Here's the giveaway fine print you need to know!

  • Check each giveaway post to ensure you follow the entry guidelines, as guidelines may differ per prize offered. 
  • A new prize will be offered each day between 1-12 December with winners drawn daily (combining entries on both social platforms), and notified by direct message and on the original social post. 
  • Some prize styles/sizes may be subject to availability.
  • You can enter once per giveaway on Instagram and Facebook, unless a guideline for entry says otherwise. Increase your chances of winning multiple prizes by entering each daily giveaway on both platforms!
  • Each prize is valued at the RRP of the prize item/s. Prizes cannot be returned or redeemed for cash. Some prizes may not be able to be posted internationally. The Festival of Giving promotion ends on 12/12/18. 
  • The competition is not endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.

Good luck!

November 30, 2018 by Obus Clothing

SCRAPBOOK: Our ocean-inspired LOW TIDE print

The gorgeous LOW TIDE print is a special part of our BETWEEN WIND AND WATER Summer 2018 collection. It features cute sea creatures hand drawn by Kylie's (then) 5-year-old son, Orlo last summer! Read on to share a little of what inspired them both.

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Orlo got his sea legs early in life - he first slept on our boat when he was just three weeks old! Since then he's spent many a weekend and holiday on board with us anchoring at beaches along the east coast and even crossing over Bass Strait to Tasmania. 

For a big part of the year, the ocean is a second home for us: a family pastime that offers respite from the demands of inner-city life and running a small business! To step outside of life in Melbourne and experience new places is always a good way to find inspiration. I see the same creative sparks in Orlo when we are out in nature. The thing I admire the most is that he is not inhibited about anything he creates. For him, it's about telling a story, and getting his ideas out quickly. He's not precious or worried about the outcome - it's just magic.

Last summer the three of us (myself, my partner Simon, and Orlo) were lucky to be able to spend five weeks away together exploring the coastline around Wilsons Promontory and Port Albert. It's a long time to spend living on a boat, and certainly not without some scary moments, but overall it was such an amazing experience to be able to have so much time away from the city and in the wilderness together. Orlo became a prolific drawer over this time and drew many of the critters we saw each day. This journey also inspired the prints I created for BETWEEN WIND AND WATER - So it does feel like a very special collection for me personally!

LOW TIDE features Orlo's drawings of sea critters. He's watched the process of me designing prints so many times, and has enjoyed seeing his own work come to life in this way. I can't wait for him to see someone actually wearing his drawings... his eyes will totally pop!



See the LOW TIDE collection here, or enter our GIVEAWAY on Instagram or Facebook.
November 16, 2018 by Kylie Zerbst

NEW ARRIVALS: Three reasons to swim with us

Our 2018 swim collection is here, and it’s better than ever! Here’s why...

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Top priority for swimwear? Getting a perfect fit. So in addition to adjustable straps and removable cups, you can now mix and match our bikini tops, rashies and briefs to suit your body size. You asked, we delivered! Consult our body size guide and the garment measurements on each product to ensure you’re pairing the perfect pieces.
Sun safety and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In the sleek black FAIR WINDS print, or colour-popping MEMENTO print, these sunsafe swim shirts feature full-length sleeves and a high neckline, for the ultimate in sun coverage.

Like our previous swim collections, the polyester component of our swimwear is created from regenerated post-consumer waste such as carpets, clothing and fishing nets. Plus, the Lycra component - the part that gives your suit its stretch - is manufactured to ensure a long lifetime without getting saggy, so you can enjoy it for summers to come! Our swimwear is all made in Sydney too, part of our commitment to local manufacturing.
What are you waiting for? Dive on in ;)

November 13, 2018 by Obus Clothing

HOW IT'S MADE: Meet the makers behind our summer sandals

We’ve got a new shoe manufacturer in Dongguan, China, and we are pretty stoked with the quality of their workmanship and their workplace practices. Take a trip behind the scenes to meet our makers...

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Transitioning to a new footwear manufacturer - one who would offer a superior product and greater transparency in their production processes - took extensive research. But it is our new maker’s company ethos that drew us to working with them. They are wholly committed to making small run designer footwear that meets high ethical and environmental standards, with leather sourced from farmed animals and tanneries that have strict environmental controls.

(Top) Technician Jiang crafts all patterns by hand // (Middle) Colour sampling for our MEMENTO SLIDE // (Bottom) The view from our shoemaker's workshop over central Dongguan.

After impressive initial samples of our designs, it was time for me to hop on a plane to meet the makers, experience first hand their working conditions and see our shoes being made. Because we produce limited quantity of each shoe style, all shoes are made in this centrally-based workshop (check out that view!). 

While our summer sandals went into production, I was also there to observe Li (middle left) working on sampling our Winter 2019 boot designs.

A family business, director Carl (pictured below) took over the company from his father. It is clear that he has the highest respect for his team, providing them with fair remuneration and a safe, light-filled workspace that reminded me a lot of our own studio in Melbourne!
We’re sure that their decades of specialist craftmanship and their passion for investigating new ethical materials and processes means it will be a fruitful collaboration for years to come!

Carl with me, my partner Simon and my son Orlo before heading out for lunch!
November 08, 2018 by Kylie Zerbst

OBUS SIZING: Some changes we think you'll like...

Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard in the studio reviewing and perfecting our garment fits and sizing. It’s part of our commitment to ensuring every Obus garment is a beautifully-fitting, consciously tailored treasure that you will love for years to come!

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Refitting and amending our garment styles is a substantial task, especially for our small team. Sadly it’s not as easy as deciding to add another size option to the website! It’s been a truly collaborative effort reviewing customer feedback, making design refinements, grading new patterns, working with our local makers, and documenting sizing information in an accessible way on our website.
But we think you’ll agree the end result is worth it. With so many styles now fitting true to size, you can feel confident when you ‘add to cart’ that the size you’ve chosen will look great first go! Simply align your own body measurements to our Size Guide and review the garment measurements in its product description. This will help you determine the best size to choose for your body shape.
You can now shop size 5!

By popular demand, we’ve added Size 5 to many of our Between Wind and Water collection styles. As we continue to amend and refit our designs, we aim to offer size 5s consistently in all future collections. It will be a gradual process, but we’d love your feedback!



October 09, 2018 by Obus Clothing

INTERVIEW: Fibre artist Beck Jobson

For Craft Victoria’s annual Craft Cubed exhibition, artist Beck Jobson took inspiration from our LOVE OBUS collection colour palette and literally wove her magic to create a beautiful custom piece for our City store.
We asked Beck a bit about the process behind the piece.
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Where do you begin when you receive a commission like this?

All things start with colour for me, so I usually work with the client to develop a palette and then create a suite of hand painted designs, yarn and fibre options and woven samples so they can see how their idea will translate into a hand woven textile.

I've been pretty lucky as most of my commissions have involved clients already familiar with my work coming to me to develop something in my style. Design briefs usually take the form of, "here's a colour palette/interior/collection, can you make us something that will work with this?", which is brilliant because I can take cues from the colours, location, architecture, furniture, surfaces, or scale presented to me and just create.

This project was an absolute dream because I love Obus designs and Kylie's colour palettes are always amazing so I had a million ideas, it was just a matter of refining them into a final design that matched the location.

Initial sketches inspired by Obus' colour palette and LOVE OBUS collection motifs

What garments in the current Obus collection were you drawn to when conceiving of your piece?

The Wild Ones Pullover in Cinnamon/Lilac and Wild Ones Jumpsuit in Midnight/Musk immediately caught my eye - mostly cause I'm a sucker for a horse print, but I also gravitated to the Reawaken Pant and Unison Shirt in Lilac. The colours, proportions, and details all lent themselves to the kind of bold graphic work I like to weave.

How long does it take to create a piece like this, and what tools and materials are involved?

Hand weaving is definitely not a process for people who like instant gratification!
Before you actually start the fabric there's the process of selecting yarns that will hold up to the process of weaving under tension, and sometime the yarn you want won't work. There's a lot of compromise, lateral thinking and maths required to work through how you'll translate a bunch of yarn into a solid fabric and then an equally long process of setting up and threading the loom ready to weave.

This project required four individually woven panels, each with a different warp / weft pattern and a variety of different yarns in cotton, silk, and merino wool. All up it took around three weeks rom start to finish, with all of the pieces woven on a really simple two shaft table top loom. There is quite a bit of specialist equipment required with weaving and the process requires constant attention and is repetitive and physical - it's a great upper body workout - but it can be very meditative once you get into a groove and it is incredibly satisfying watching single strands of thread turn into solid fabric right before your eyes!

The panels come together from single strands to woven fabric

Did you listen to or watch anything while you worked on this piece?

The upside of the labour intensive nature of hand weaving is that it gives you loads of time to listen to music, podcasts or binge-watch netflix while you work!

Its always interesting to see how the aesthetics of what you're inputting affects the output of your work, over the course of this project I chewed through American Horror Coven and the second season of Glow, while Kendrik Lamar, Childish Gambino and Erykah Badu were on heavy rotation. I'll leave it up to you guys to decipher where this playlist came out in the weaving!

What's your next creative project?

Its funny I'd planned on a quite year of making for 2018, but so far it's been hectic! As far as new creative projects I'm currently sampling new ideas for next winters production range, slowly developing a collection of large scale woven paintings for an exhibition in late 2019, and preparing textile dyeing and print workshops for emerging fashion designers in Fiji later this year. I've also been lucky enough to score a dream commission with The Johnson Collection House Museum, which i'm working on now which is super exciting.

Beck’s custom piece for Obus (pictured above) is on display at Shop 5, Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne (just off Flinders Lane) now. See more of Beck's work at Handmadelife and more from the Craft Cubed Festival at Craft Victoria.
September 03, 2018 by Obus Clothing