EVENT: Golden Hour collection launch wrap-up!

Last Saturday we welcomed friends and fans from near and far to our Northcote store for our GOLDEN HOUR collection launch and meet the maker event!

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With craft queen Kitiya Palaskas instore selling her beautiful handmade 'forever foliage', (plus custom-making a special gift for customers to take away!), Kylie and the team spent the day meeting customers and talking about the inspiration behind our the 50th collection.

A big thanks to our friends at Remedy for their perfect Passionfruit Kombucha and Northcote cafe Little Local for sweet and tasty morsels. Scroll on to see some pics for the day!

Kitiya Palaskas (left) and Obus' founder/creative director (right) with Kit's handmade 'Forever Foliage' at the Obus Northcote store

What's the collective noun for a group of Obus fans? A hug? ;)

Kylie and fellow colour-lover, artist Olana Janfa

Angelina and Jess looking resplendent in YELLOW BELLS and PROSPERITY

Once the champers came out, the party really started ;)

November 11, 2019 by Obus Clothing

INTERVIEW: Kitiya Palaskas and her felt faux foliage

This month, as we celebrate the arrival of Spring, our store windows have been filled with lush greenery. But there's a twist. The potted plants are all handmade by Melbourne's craft queen and our friend Kitiya Palaskas! Today we ask Kit about her life as one of Australia's premier craft-based designers.

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Tell us about a typical day as a craft-based designer.

Every day is different! That's what makes my job so interesting. I work from home at the moment so my day usually begins with a walk to my local cafe for a coffee, then it's into my studio to go through emails, do some admin, and then get stuck into my projects for the day. On any given day I could be working on design or construction, delivering or installing a project on site, teaching a creative workshop, or shooting content. I thrive off a busy productive day but full disclosure, sometimes I can also spend hours procrastinating while watching Royal Family Dance Crew videos on YouTube... it's all about balance!

(Top) Kitiya in her studio // (Bottom) Kit has become known for her bright and bold felt illustration and typography creations

What has been one of your favourite personal craft or design projects to date?

Publishing my craft book Piñata Party. Writing a book has been a bucket list goal of mine since I was 12 so this was a huge personal achievement for me. At the same time, it was also one of the most challenging projects I've ever undertaken and I learned so much as a result.

(Top) Kitiya can make a Piñata like nobody's business // (Bottom) Some of the felt foliage that is currently gracing our Northcote, Fitzroy and City store windows!

What was the most fun thing about creating your felt Forever Foliage?

Watching my cats try to eat the leaves because they thought they were real plants! 😂

Your Real Talk Project is all about encouraging dialogue about wellbeing issues experienced by creative people. Tell us about how it began and what you hope it can achieve.

After struggling with various creative wellbeing issues for years (but never admitting it out loud) I realised it wasn't doing me any good to suffer in silence so I took a leap and started sharing my experiences online and in keynote talks at conferences I was invited to speak at. I received so much encouraging feedback and discovered that so many of my creative peers were also experiencing similar things, many of whom were also hesitant to talk about it. Real Talk grew out of a desire to contribute to opening up the conversation about mental health in the creative industry and forming a space where people could seek solidarity through shared experiences.

What's the best advice — personal or professional — you've ever received?

Everyone is on their own creative path, you'll get where you need to be at your own pace, and there's room for all of us to succeed in our own ways.  

What are some of your favourite travel destinations for art & craft inspiration?

Mexico – hands down! The colour and vibrancy, richness and diversity in culture, playfulness, and pure joy for all things handmade are the ultimate inspiration for me. I could visit a thousand times over!

See more of Kitiya's work at her website or on Instagram @kitiyapalaskas, don't forget to stop by and see her Forever Foliage installation in the flesh at all Obus stores throughout October.

October 17, 2019 by Obus Clothing

OBUS LADIES: International Women's Day

Obus is a tight-knit team of inspiring, passionate women. We're proud to be a female owned and run business, offering support and flexibility to our team so they can pursue their studies and passions.

This International Women's Day, we want to introduce to you some of the women who work part-time in our four stores. When they're not helping you, these Obus ladies are changing the world in small but meaningful ways!

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Ali Rogerson

How do you spend your time when you’re not at Obus?
I'm currently studying full time at RMIT, finishing up my Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology. I am passionate about local manufacture & sustainable fashion, which is why I love working at Obus! I love sewing and also used to run Charlie Bird Clothing, which was so fun.
Outside of work I am a board member for Big Little Brush which is an environmental and social enterprise who work with sustainable bamboo products and support heath projects in disadvantaged communities.
How do you spend your down time?
I enjoy and eating and cooking (especially the eating), drinking gin with friends and dancing the night away.
What do you sing along loudly to?
My current favourite, which you may catch me pumping and singing along to in store, is 'Dancing on my Own' by Robyn.

Caz Butler

What do you do when you're not at Obus?
This year I am finishing my Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese medicine which includes both acupuncture and herbal medicine. I also assist practitioners in two different clinics and throw surprise parties... I don't really do things by halves.
Tell us a bit about other things you're interested in...
Gee, at the moment I'm pretty single-minded! Chinese medicine is such a HUGE topic so most of my down-time I'm studying. Right now, I'm studying the classical texts a lot which were written a couple of thousand years ago. In my past life I studied theatre and had a real partiality for Shakespeare, so the beauty of the old texts speaks to my literature-liking brain. Oh! And I'm getting right into studying acupuncture and herbal medicine for women's health too! If I can help people have a good period, I'll be a happy lady. All that, or watching Queer Eye.
What do you sing along loudly to?
Whatever it is, it's in the shower or in the car. That Gaga doco got me choosing Bad Romance for a karaoke song, which was a good moment after a few margaritas.


Jess Harris

What do you do when you're not at Obus?
I am an actress, screen writer and director. I work in TV, mainly comedy. I currently have a web series called WINE, but my main experience was gained though a series I made a while ago for ABC2 called Twentysomething which can now be found on Netflix.
Outside of acting, what else are you interested in?
I am passionate about being as healthy as I can be, both inside and out. I run, cycle, do gym classes, yoga and follow a vegan diet. I like to cook for friends and family and show them how great healthy food can taste. I love going to music festivals in my orange 1972 Kombi - Meredith, Golden Plains and Boogie are my favourites. Oh and I am a Bloody Mary enthusiast - pickle juice is a great secret ingredient.
What do you sing along loudly to?
No judgement, this is a safe space... I love to belt it to Michael Bolton's ‘How can we be lovers if we can't be friends?’.


Harriet Hunt

What do you do when you're not at Obus?
I’m studying for my final year of a midwifery degree. I spend most of my time hanging out with mums, talking about cervixes, or cuddling babies. I am lucky enough to meet so many beautiful families through my study, and just love being present at such a wonderful and life-altering moment, when consciousness enters the world. I’m the student board member on the Victorian Branch Australian College of Midwives, where I get to work with lots of inspiring midwives and learn from their passion, experience, and drive! We offer scholarships and provide education opportunities for undergraduate and registered midwives around Victoria, and more generally work to shine light on the value of midwifery practice. I’m also a knitter who has approximately one million projects at any one time, so that’s an ongoing thing.
What is your favourite place you’ve ever travelled to?
Venice - I spent a month there studying and grew deeply invested in its history and architecture. Byzantine art rules!
What do you sing along loudly to?
‘Both Sides, Now’, Joni Mitchell. My sister and I are hardcore Joni fans who insist on hitting ALL the notes.  


Ella Wilkinson

What do you do when you're not at obus?
I'm into my second year of the Master of Environment in Climate Change and Development. Even more specific I focus a lot on disasters and how women are disproportionately affected.
I also volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in their Foodbank. The Foodbank provides groceries for over 600 people seeking asylum each week. I get to meet some pretty incredible, strong, resilient people. I've also started to help out sometimes at the Foodbank's Harvest of Hope veggie garden!
I have also volunteered with the not-for-profit Climates an organisation that aims to empower communities across the Australia-Pacific region to take accountability and address our climate challenges together. We have projects over in the Pacific but also host some great panel discussion and conversation events here in Melbourne.
What is your favourite place you’ve ever travelled to?
Paris is my favourite city in the world, I will forever go back and keep visiting Paris. Although, I have been very lucky when it comes to places I've travelled; South-East Asia, Europe, China, Morocco, South Africa, Japan. The next place on my wish list is India!
What do you sing along loudly to?
The poppiest of pop music, I can't help it.


Tori Day

What are you doing when you’re not at obus?
Taking photographs! I finished studying Fine Art last year, so this year I've been growing my artistic photography business. Most of my content revolves around the female experience and exploring that through both nude photography and self portraiture.
What is your favourite place you’ve ever travelled to?
Granada in Spain.. such beautiful food, architecture and a real bohemian vibe.
I sing loudly along to…
Any 90's classics, Michael Jackson and Rihanna!


Thank you ladies, we’re so proud to call you our friends and colleagues!
Next time you’re in Northcote, Melbourne City, Fitzroy or Brunswick East, pop in and say hi to these awesome chicks. And thanks for supporting women led and run businesses!
March 08, 2018 by Obus Clothing

FOR THE LADIES: Optometrist and violinist Angelina

Angelina is an impressive lady. She's an optometrist, a talented violinist, a teacher and amongst all that, manages to fit in being a phD candidate. Angelina has a keen eye for fashion and is better known around instagram as @fab_confab, where she documents her gorgeous dress collection. 

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What neighbourhood in Melbourne do you live in and what do you like about it?
I live in a two-storey apartment in Coburg. I like that it is a meeting point of many different cultures, which has resulted in some great places to eat, and created an unusual patchwork of atmospheres.
What is your day job and what do you love about it?
Much to the dismay of my parents and relatives, I currently have a successful career of multiple day jobs, and I have recently realised that variety is what I love most. I work in a small private practice as an optometrist, where I have the privilege of caring for people’s eyes. I love helping people’s eyes to feel or see better, but I especially love helping them choose glasses that make them feel comfortable and confident in themselves. I also teach optometry at the University of Melbourne. My favourite moment has to be when I am successful at breaking down an idea and building it back up for the student, and I feel like I can literally see them understanding a concept.
I also freelance as a musician, mainly on the violin, playing at weddings, in local amateur musical theatre productions and other projects that catch my interest. Music is my main creative outlet, but I find the process can also be my mindfulness exercise, and it helps keep me balanced. In between it all, I am a PhD candidate who should be writing…
Do you have a passion project or hobby?
I love to garden! In my little balcony garden, I mainly try to grow food, and have developed a newfound respect for all farmers. My crop yield in 2017 came to 3 lemons, 2 strawberries, 1 onion (I think, I haven’t tackled harvesting it yet), and briefly, some cos lettuce leaves. I am also curating an indoor jungle made up of plants that can be readily purchased in Melbourne, but have not evolved for the Melbourne climate.
When did you first start shopping at Obus (and can you remember the first piece you purchased?)
Actually yes, because I still have the order confirmation! The Hopi dress, purchased in December 2014, which is still on high rotation.
How does wearing Obus make you feel?
Free-spirited, beautiful and practical. I find many of the prints - especially my favourite, the llama print - great conversation starters!
Is wearing locally made clothing important to you, and if so, why?
Recently, I’ve been learning about feminism, how to minimise my environmental footprint, and how to be more socially responsible… which are overwhelming issues in their own right, but I’ve realised there are many common solutions, like choosing to purchase local produce and products where possible. So now, when I’m shopping, it feels even more special when I find and fall in love with a dress that is locally made.
What do you like most about Obus?
Obus openly shares the many views and values I’ve developed as I learn more about the world.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your days off?
I love to go on little adventures with family and friends, like taking on puzzle rooms, playing board games, exploring neighbourhoods and parks, and trying new places to eat. I’m a foodie!
My favourite podcast/radio show is: This American Life
I’m currently reading: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
I’ve just finished watching: Jane the Virgin and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled to is: San Francisco
I love to sing loudly along to: Hello by Adele
I love the saying: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
My super power is: Being able to sleep whenever, wherever
January 30, 2018 by After Pay

FOR THE LADIES: Teacher, explorer and maker Keryn

Meet Keryn - she’s an adult-education teacher working with new Australians, and lives in regional Victoria. She’s a creative whiz, always travelling (she's skiing in Nevada as we speak) and, sources say, an excellent dancer.

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What neighbourhood do you live in and what do you like about it?
I moved to Yackandandah in north-east Victoria in 2010 after living in Hughesdale in Melbourne for 30 years. Yackandandah is a progressive, community minded town of about 1200 people. It has a music festival each March and is working toward providing all its energy needs sustainably. It also has great cafes (2) and pubs (2), and a cooperative that runs the petrol station and funds local activities with the proceeds. It's a great place to live.
What is your day job and what do you love about it?
My day job is teaching English to migrants and refugees at TAFE NSW in Albury. I love helping newly arrived people, many of whom have come from difficult backgrounds, to learn English, get a job and settle into Australia. It's very rewarding.
Do you have a passion project or hobby?
I love making things and I collect handmade pottery, fabric, and art from all over the world. Nothing expensive, just things I like the look of. I have made clothing and soft furnishings all my life. I also love renovating houses and furniture. My most recent project was recovering a 1960s Grant Featherstone dining suite.
When did you first start shopping at Obus (and can you remember the first piece you purchased?)
I only discovered OBUS a couple of years ago. I was immediately blown away by the fabrics and prints. But I believe my first purchase was a pair of shoes which I have worn to death and never fail to be complimented about when I do.
How does wearing Obus make you feel?
Wearing Obus makes me feel happy and inspired. I love it when people ask me about the great clothes and I can tell them about about this great Australian company.
Is wearing locally made clothing important to you, and if so, why?
I think it is important to wear local but I am not obsessed with it. I do like to support local makers though and am pleased to have a local connection to the maker where possible.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your days off?
Mostly I like making, restoring and refurbishing all kinds of things but I also love walking my dog Mickey, going out for coffee with my partner and looking for bargains at Op shops.
My favourite podcast/radio show is: At the moment I am loving The Real Thing podcast which is an ABC radio podcast about ordinary Australians.
I’m currently reading: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I’ve just finished watching: The latest season of Hometown which is a home renovation show
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled to is: India. In Particular Ladakh which is in the north, near the border of China. We have been there a number of times to go trekking in the mountains and I recommend it to anyone who loves to trek. I also recently walked the Kumano Kodo in Japan and spent time in Kyoto which was fantastic.
I love to sing loudly along to: … Wow, trying to pick one song is really hard. I love anything by George Michael though. I think singing and dancing is one of the most fun things you can do and it's free!
I love the saying: It's not what we start that matters - it's what we finish.
My super power is: Finding amazing bargains at Op shops.
January 15, 2018 by Obus Clothing

FOR THE LADIES: Lawyer, entrepreneur and mum Laura

To kick off our twentieth year, our special collection FOR THE LADIES lookbook is styled on some of our favourite customers. Today, we meet Laura, a self-described ‘Northcote mama doing her best’. We agree!

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What neighbourhood in Melbourne do you live in and what do you like about it?
Northcote. Because I love construction work and heavy machinery. Kidding! Because I love riding my bike everywhere, playing with my kids along the Merri Creek and the community.
What is your day job and what do you love about it?
I’m the director of Nest Legal, Australia’s first online law firm for busy parents. I love helping stressed mamas tick the legal stuff off their to-do list. My firm has won several awards for legal innovation and I was one of the 300 women featured in the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project, the first publicly accessible and national history of Australia’s pioneer women lawyers. I also run NewLaw Chambers, an online community of Australian lawyers supporting each other to practice law differently.
Do you have a passion project or hobby?
Hobby? You’re funny. I’m a business owner and mama of a gorgeous 4yo and 2yo. They are my passions. Which is good as they leave no time for hobbies!
When did you first start shopping at Obus (and can you remember the first piece you purchased?)
I had a little black dress from a warehouse sale that saw me through every festival and university party in 2005, then living out of a backpack in a Parisian bookshop and then two pregnancies. And it is still going…
How does wearing Obus make you feel?
Like the best version of me – whether that’s dancing at Meredith in my black bubble tunic, in the High Court in my tuxedo jacket when I was a big city lawyer, or racing down High St on my bike to get to childcare pickup in my Kateryna dress.
Do you have a funny or nice story to share about a time you were wearing Obus?
I was wearing my pink and green and blue Druzhba dress whilst speaking on a panel at a law conference, and I was the only female (and the only under-50) on the panel and the only person wearing colour in the whole room. Square peg in a round hole, much?
What do you like most about Obus?
Reliable, fun, flattering, comfy dresses.
Is wearing locally made clothing important to you, and if so, why?
It is. I wish it wasn’t so remarkable that Obus is Melbourne-made.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your days off?
UberEats/G&T dinners with the other families in our street.
My favourite podcast/radio show is: My friend Clarissa Rayward has a podcast called Happy Lawyer Happy Life (about lawyers who have taken charge of their own happiness)
I’m currently reading: A contract of sale and Hairy Maclary  
I’ve just finished watching: The Letdown. Man, that show cut close to the bone about life as a new mum.
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled to is: Paris
I love to sing loudly along to: Joni Mitchell and Christmas carols.  
I love the saying: You make your own luck
My super power is: Hiding vegetables in my kids’ dinner
January 09, 2018 by Obus Clothing