FOR THE LADIES: Documentary filmmaker Sari

Sari Braithwaite is a most accomplished local filmmaker. You might recognise her from her recent ABC documentary Paper Trails, a film about prominent Aussie journalist and social activist Anne Deveson. Sari is one of our biggest fans and Obus is definitely one of hers.

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What neighbourhood in Melbourne do you live in and what do you like about it?
I live in Reservoir. And I love that if you don’t pronounce it right, people know that you aren’t from here.
What is your day job and what do you love about it?
I work part-time in film as a documentary maker, and I work part-time as researcher in Australian history. Both jobs are about trying to find stories that have been forgotten, or overlooked - or finding new ways to understand our world.
Do you have a passion project or hobby? Tell us about that.
I’m a very devoted op-shopper. I can come home with some pretty weird stuff (if it’s the right price).
When did you first discover Obus?
I think it has to be around 2012. I bought a dress that I ended up wear to weddings the first year my friends started getting married. It was important because I think it was that time when I first started thinking of myself as a grown-up.
A lot of mornings, I’ll get up, and I just throw on something on, and start my day. I’m a 5 minutes, out of the house person. I’m someone who loves clothes, and loves shopping, but I’m not that into getting ready. For me, Obus is comfortable, effortless, and I just throw on this beautiful thing, which is beautifully made, and I can live my life in it, and I feel good in it.
At least once a year I will walk in and see a print that I love so deeply and instantly, that I almost want to eat it.
Do you have a funny or nice story to share about a time you were wearing Obus?
I was visiting my grandmother in Ipswich 5 years ago. She was in her 90s, fiercely independent and living alone. I woke up one morning and she was wearing my Obus Folk Print dress, and she looked amazing…she was an incredible looking woman, with these amazing legs. She ended up borrowing it for the summer, and just owning it.
Is wearing locally made clothing important to you, and if so, why?
Clothes can be how we express ourselves, they bring joy and imagination into our lives. They lift the everyday. But if something is beautiful, but created in a ugly way in sweatshops, I think it diminishes it. I always think that how we go about making things is just as important as what we actually make.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your days off?
Have a bath in the backyard, hang with friends and family, and go hunting for hard rubbish.
My favourite podcast/radio show is: S-Town
I’m currently reading: I’m not reading a backlog of The New Yorker - it’s the subscription that shames me
I’ve just finished watching: Difficult People
My favourite place I’ve ever travelled to is: Far-off wonderful places in Australia. I love a road trip.
I love to sing loudly along to: The Rose by Bette Midler
I love the saying: Life be in It.
My super power is: Table Tennis
You can catch Sari's doco Paper Trails here on ABC iView
February 01, 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

Merry Christmas from Obus!

Hey folks - Kylie here! On behalf of the whole Obus team in the studio and in our stores, I’d like to say thanks again to you for supporting us this year.

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As a small team who put their hearts into each new Obus product, we’re always delighted when the response to a new print or style is so positive. 2017 was the year of the Thistle Dress (the only time we’ve ever reprinted due to overwhelming demand!); four stunning collections; three huge Vogue Online Shopping Nights; relaunching our blog; and tallying your votes to decide which prints from the Obus archive will be revived in the new year. 

With your help, this year we also collected hundreds of donations during our Brotherhood of St Laurence Winter Clothing Drive; donated much-needed feminine products to women in need through our collaboration with Tsuno; and helped our friends at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with fabric and sewing machines for their Women’s Empowerment Group

Next year is our 20th year in business - we have lots of special things planned and we will continue to build on our commitment to local manufacturing and supporting our community. But for now, we’re all looking forward to a much-needed break, spending good times with family & friends and soaking up the summer sun!

Thanks for travelling with Obus!

Kylie x 
L-R (Back row) Nat, Tamsin, Megan A, Kit, Sam (Front row) Tess, Kylie, Megan C
December 20, 2017 by Kylie Zerbst

How it's made: Obus Swimwear

Our 2017 swim collection has been flying out the door, and it’s no wonder  - not only does it look great on every body, it’s made ethically in Australia from sustainable, recycled fabric.

Obus swimwear is manufactured in Sydney (and we know Sydneysiders love the beach!). The polyester component of our swimwear, comprising almost 80% of the total garment, is created using a cutting-edge manufacturing process that regenerates post-consumer waste such as carpets, clothing and fishing nets (!) and transforms it back into a sustainable, raw material without any loss of quality.

We want your Obus clothing to last, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Repeated exposure to the sun, chlorine, salt water and sunscreen can shorten the life of cheaper swimwear garments by damaging the stretchy elastic fibres in the fabric. But the Lycra component of our swim range is manufactured specifically to ensure extra longevity in the life of the elastine that makes it stretch, meaning your swimwear will continue to fit and flatter for many summers to come. No baggy bathers - woohoo!

Obus swimwear, in flattering one-piece and high-waisted two-piece bikini styles, is available now from our online and Melbourne-based stores. See you at the beach!
November 13, 2017 by Obus Clothing

VESELKA ISTORIYA // Journey 42 // Behind the Scenes

November 09, 2017 by Kristin Wursthorn

COMMUNITY: Sewing machines for the Women's Empowerment Group


We helped the Women's Empowerment Group at Melbourne's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (and you can to!)

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The ASRC runs a Women's Empowerment Group (WEG) that meets at least once every week. How cool is this:
'This program supports women seeking asylum to realise their full potential through a range of professional development workshops and activities, including English language classes, education and training and other community-based activities to foster creativity and social engagement. The program also supports our entrepreneurial female members to start up their own businesses as well as running a nine-week ‘Sisterhood Journey’, a self-growth program run in partnership with MIND Australia and the SHINE program in partnership with Hope Inc.'
When Karen from the ASRC got in touch to ask if we could help out with sewing equipment for the WEG, we figured that if anyone could help, we could! We held a drive at the Obus Studio (read: called our mothers and friends), and managed to wrangle quite a collection: five sewing machines, including an overlocker and a leather specialty machine. Obus paid to have these machines checked and serviced, and we recently had the immense pleasure of delivering them to the ASRC.

It was astonishingly wonderful to meet some of the lovely ladies from the group. We were even treated to flowers and the most sensational afternoon-tea, with home-made snacks from India, Ethiopia, the Pacific Islands and more. 
The food was accompanied by some pretty excellent chats in the tea room, and we could tell just how much the group means to these women. They described the ASRC as 'home', and travel from as far as Geelong to get there.
The Women's Empowerment Group is always in need of donations. If you have any excess fabric or sewing equipment, including scissors, thread (sewing and overlocker), pins, snippers and any other sewing paraphernalia that you can spare please contact Karen at The ASRC.
Alternatively, if Footscray is a bit hard to get to, drop your donations at any Obus store and we'll deliver them for you.
We'd like to offer special thanks to Keryn Haberman and Violetta Gordana Mihailovici for their incredibly generous donations, we couldn't have done it without you!

September 25, 2017 by Obus Clothing

Community: Our favourite spots to visit in Northcote

Obus has been a tenant on High St Northcote since 2009, and during that time we've had many wonderful neighbours covering all of our food, coffee, reading, entertainment and gifting needs. 

Let us take you on a trip up the street, and if you visit any of these wonderful establishments, tell them we said hi!

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Grandfather's Axe

Over the years, we've furnished our stores with bits and pieces from Grandfather's Axe - their selection of Danish and other European mid-century furniture is second to none. Get your hands on an investment piece with history or just visit to admire the modern design nous of yesteryear.

Westgarth Theatre

Nothing beats the proper cinema experience and Westgarth Theatre - with its fabulous tiled floor, well-stocked candy bar and all new film releases - is a great place for date night.

The cinema was officially opened on October 20th, 1921. It's name was derived from that of William Westgarth, a successful English merchant who owned 45 acres of land on the Brunswick side of Merri Creek. There has been some speculation around a refurbishment in 1929 being associated with the famous architect Walter Burley Griffin, but the lack of documentation around the changes mean that we'll likely never know whether he was involved, or if the project was undertaken by a protege of his.

All Are Welcome

As the name suggests, all are welcome to enjoy mouth-watering breads, cakes, treats and coffee at this recently-opened Northcote viennoiserie. Serving Everyday Coffee, All Are Welcome might be your new everyday haunt. 

Boris Portnoy, owner and baker, is a man of great culinary prestige -he was head baker at The Restaurant at Meadowood, a three Michelin Star venue in the Napa Valley. Needless to say, we're never disappointed by the baked treats. The simple, unexpectedly institutional architecture of this ex-Christian science reading room is delightful.

Top of the Hill

Top of the Hill will pique your interest for a light lunch with its streamlined sandwich menu, soup specials, and Noisette pastries. The intimate space with its curved plywood ceiling is perfect for a quick bite.

But our favourite feature of this elegantly warm and simple space is definitely the coffee, speedily brought to you by Top of the Hill's expert baristas and Clement Coffee Roasters. And don't forget to check out the incredibly gorgeous vintage cash register, it's such a rare and ornate design feature.

Pasticceria Bisetto

It's not unusual for someone (read: our resident sugar addict Kitty) to leave the Obus studio for lunch and come back with Pasticceria Bisetto treats to share! Enjoy old-school cakes and delicacies and be sure to take away a selection to enjoy later. Kitty thinks the vanilla slice here may just be the best in Melbourne.

Brown & Bunting

A browse in a secondhand bookshop is always good for the soul (and the budget), and Brown & Bunting is our pick. You'll loose track of time perusing the diverse range of titles here and don't forget to say hi to puss, what a sweetheart!

Big Dreams

Big Dreams is your one stop shop for high-quality kids clothing, shoes, toys, games, puzzles and books. With a selection of locally made and ethically made wares, plus kids stuff that actually looks great, your main question will be: do these come in adult sizes?


The main reason to keep coming back to Ours is that the space (and what's inside it) changes on the regular! Operating as a pop-up retail and gallery space, you never know what delights are (literally) instore.

Recent Ours tenants Two Worlds Collide and Woodbeast.
September 11, 2017 by Kristin Wursthorn
Tags: Community

Behind the scenes: Obus' founder and creative director Kylie Zerbst home tour

The home of Obus’ founder and creative director Kylie Zerbst is a colourful collection of art, handmade homewares and curious finds from her travels on land and at sea.

Recently the folks from In My Place visited Kylie at home for a tour. Check out the video and the pics below for a peek inside her North Fitzroy oasis.

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Kylie in her open-plan kitchen/dining area. Table by Nomi. Artwork by Kirra Jamison. Kylie wears HELENE pant and top from our forthcoming Summer '17 collection.

Kylie and her partner Simon renovated the kitchen themselves with help from Simon's dad.

Details from Kylie's loungeroom. 

The master bedroom, with bedspread from the Obus x Kip & Co 2013 collaboration. 

Kylie's son Orlo's bedroom is a playspace and gallery in one. 

More living room details - sideboard by The Family Love Tree. Framed artwork by Orlo.

Orlo and Kylie. Artwork by Elizabeth Barnett.

See more home tours from your favourite creatives here or on Instagram @realestatelifestyle

All photos by Eugene Hyland.

August 23, 2017 by Obus Clothing