A global field guide to design, (life)style and secret finds
est. 2007
  1. Wee find: Castle and Gorman summer collaboration

    You know that giddiness you get when two beloved creatives (designers/musicians/artists/brands) get together and make something new and beautiful together? I’m thinking Liberty and Hello Kitty (genius AND unexpected). Tatty Devine and Rob Ryan (East London quirky AND romantic). Marni and H&M (dear GOD I’m going to have to camp overnight, aren’t I?).

    A littler closer to home, Sydney designer Rachel Castle has collaborated with Melbourne-based fashion label Gorman for a limited-edition summer collection of fashion and homewares. I first admired Castle from afar when I was living in London and coveted the sunny range of polka-dot bed linen. As soon as I was back in Sydney I bought four yellow polka-dot pillowslips for our new home.

    But I go a little further back with Gorman, and first started wearing the fledgling label around 12 years ago when I was living in Melbourne. I admired the subtle retro sensibility, quality fabrics and new seasonal prints. Since then, the brand has grown and now has boutiques dotted around Australia.

    Their collaborative summer collection is fresh, frisky and very Australian (there is a touch of ’80s Ken Done in the colour palette), with a kind of shouty simplicity. Castle’s distinctive hand-drawn lettering, punctuated with pops of neon, features throughout the mostly organic cotton range of simple skirts, shirts, t-shirts, bags, towels and pillowcases. I love the ‘Put the love in the coconut’ beach towel, AU$79, which would make a rather brilliant Christmas present.

    The homewares and limited edition embroidered artworks are currently available from Castle’s online shop, and the fashion collection is available from Gorman stores Australia wide.

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    • http://agirlastyle.com/ A Girl, A Style

      Oh well this is just *adorable*! What a fantastic collaboration! And you’ve just reminded me how much I miss Gorman (they’re impossible to find in the UK!)

      Hope you’re having a lovely week xx

      • Anonymous

        When I moved back to Sydney I was really surprised by how much Gorman had grown while I had been away. Suddenly Gorman is everywhere! xx

    • http://conversationpieces.co.uk/ Zoe, Conversation Pieces

      Is that a beach towel… the one second right from the bottom?! If so, I suddenly need a beach towel… even though it’s unlikely I’ll be at a beach any time soon!!