19 August 2012

From the designers of Preston Zly comes a rare insight into their creative process. 

The following quotes are from designers Johanna Preston and Petr Zly in a recent interview for Textiles and Fashion Industries Australia.The images were taken in their light filled studio above Smith Street in Collingwood. 

 ‘Our inspiration comes from many aspects of the world around us – it might be a graphic on a piece of porcelain, an image of a vintage shoe, or something as strange as a distorted image seen through a mirror – it’s about shapes, redefining femininity and creating something that while being timeless is in no way conservative. The inspiration is the easy part!’

‘I love seeing ideas come to fruition. All aspects of running our business require a high level of creativity and while sometimes exhausting, it’s very exciting. I also love to see sample shoes transformed by use of different colours and textiles. Above all, I love to catch a glimpse of an amazing pair of shoes on someone stylish while driving in my car and to have the realisation dawn on me that they are Preston Zly’s,’ 

 ‘I see bespoke, handmade and artisan practices coming to the forefront of the truly dynamic design movement of the Australian Fashion Industry – mass production has led to more and more of the same and people are seeking difference and product with integrity. In an era of mass production, the only way to create difference and celebrate individuality is via a ‘slow’ approach to fashion that is heavily reliant on bespoke, handmade and artisan practices.’

Original article on the TFIA blog

13 August 2012

The Signet Bureau invites you to Artisan Open Day: this Saturday August 18th.

In collaboration with Craft Victoria Cubed Festival, the Textile and Fashion Hub has selected some of Melbourne's most talented Artisans and Designers to open their studio spaces to the public. Our very own Preston Zly Design and Robyn Black are opening their doors wide and inviting you to bare witness to their creative spaces and process. Experience the magic of creation!

Textile & Fashion Hub presents: Artisan Open Day

    Textile & Fashion Hub presents: Artisan Open DayIllustration by Leo Greenfield
    Open Studio
    Various locations
    18 Aug 2012
    Melbourne Artisans in Fashion are opening up their studios to show their craft and skills to the public on Saturday 18 August.

    Come and visit any time between 11am-4pm (unless otherwise mentioned).

    Participating studios are:

    Knitwear and yarns by Teresa Dair
    321 Lennox Street, Richmond
    Knit Melbourne at A&B
    Knitwear manufacturing
    11 Thomas Street, Brunswick 
    Please arrive on the hour between 11am-4pm on Sat 18 Aug due to the factory environment.

    Fashion design
    37-39 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick

    Pop Craft & La Belle Miette
    Yarns, knitwear & macarons
    432 Church Street, Richmond

    Preston Zly
    Rear 219 Smith Street, Fitzroy

    Material By ProductFashion design, bespoke
    148 Holden Street, North Fitzroy

    Robyn Black
    Fashion design
    1A Council Street, Clifton Hill

    Sarti Tailors
    Bespoke tailoring
    337 La Trobe Street, Melboune

    Anna Timou
    62 Wales Street, Thornbury
    Gwendolynne Burkin
    Fashion design, bespoke
    Level 1, 71 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
    Open Studio hours: 2-4pm, Tue 21 Aug only

    Richard Nylon
    Level 1, 71 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
    Open Studio hours: 11am-4pm, Tue 21 Aug only
    Leo The Barber at Henry Bucks
    Gentlemen's grooming in-store from Monday to Friday - call Leo on 8102 4706 for an appointment.
    320 Collins Street, Melbourne

    Captains Of Industry 
    Gentlemen's shoemaker, barber, bespoke tailor and café daily from 9am to 5pm.
    Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne

    PRESENTED BY the Textile & Fashion Hub
    WHEN 11-4pm, Sat 18 Aug 2012
    WHERE Various locations
    COST Free

    MORE INFO www.tfia.com.au

    Illustration by artist/illustrator 
    Leo Greenfield, commissioned for the Textile & Fashion Hub. Leo was recently featured on The Design Files. To contact Leo and to see more of his work, visit his blog.


    09 August 2012

    Studio Sale!

    The Signet Bureau will be having a great big studio sale of the labels MM Söhn, Preston Zly Design and Robyn Black this weekend on Saturday 11 August 10-6pm and Sunday 12 August 11-5pm.
    In store there will be an entirely different range of beautiful rarities and special bargains, from what has been in our winter sale so far. We are looking forward to seeing many of your lovely selves there.