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A Fashionable Adventure with Beau In The Woods

posted by Teagan West February 12, 2014 0 comments

“You know that feeling when you go on holidays? That you can completely turn off, relax and just chill out?  That happy moment … Beau is about not over thinking anything but just creating wearable pieces that our girls feel good in.”

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 That, our fashionable friends, was one of the many colourful responses I got from Kylie Dadson, who, despite conversing via email, effortlessly translated her lively nature and the equally vibrant travel-luxe aura that is Beau In The Woods, the label she founded and designs.

Since her first collection debuted in 2010 with just three styles, Kylie has climbed the ‘designer to watch’ ladder with ease thanks to the labels unique photographic prints and utterly wearable silhouettes that have a “sunny Queensland girl vibe” radiating from their very foundations.

This week we caught up with Kylie to have a chat about Beau, as she affectionately calls the always colourful label, its reason for being and of course those special prints.

Kylie said Beau In The Woods “was developed out of wanting to offer our customer something different to what we were buying off other (fabulous) designers… and grew from there,” with the label smoothly finding and defining its distinctive aesthetic.

Kylie said the labels quirky name represents a sense of adventure and a love of classic styles and prints inspired by wanderlust. “For me, Beau is the Love and In The Woods is the adventure of life. I think this probably sums up our customer too – they love life, they have a great sense of adventure and they love trying new things too,” she said.

It seems pretty self explanatory doesn’t it – the name, and subsequently the label, represent the epitome of a fashionable adventure, with trans-seasonal silk pieces that are “beautifully fabricated” and embellished with what Kylie describes as “wanderlust prints.”

And wanderlust inspired they are, with each piece purposefully designed to ooze summery vibes and ignite the travel bug within – a refreshing sight in an industry crowded with meaningless fast-fashion. In conquering the perils of the modern fashion industry Kylie has consistently developed exclusive photographic prints that arouse an involuntary swoon at the sight of each coveted piece and the tropical destination they transport you to.

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Each photographic print is the result of a creative collaboration between Kylie and another creative, one being her photographer stepfather Col Ellis who has given her five of his Gallery Twenty Seven studio works to use and develop into wearable art.

“I am pretty lucky, I have a great relationship with him and he is a beautiful person that is amazingly talented when it comes to capturing natural beauty,” she said of Col, who is an AIPP master of photography.

Intrigued, I asked about the collaboration process, wondering whether the photo came first or if it was the product of a thought-out concept and styled shoot. Her response made me laugh, as I soon realised the label was an extension of her happy-go-lucky vibe.

She said it works something like this… “Hey Col, you know (that) photo, I love, love, love it  … can I pretty please use it for one of my prints?” “Sure Kyles!” And presto, a new print is born.

While the working relationship between Kylie and Col is relaxed on the surface, it goes without saying that a great deal of hard work goes into each print collaboration that Kylie works on, perhaps even more so when local artists are involved.

Last year Beau In The Woods worked with Brisbane artist Matt Stewart on a New York City skyline inspired print for the YOU’RE THE CHRYSLER BUILDING collection and more recently Kylie said “a beautiful Byron based artist will be featured for our summer 14/15 collection,” although she stayed tight-lipped about the yet-to-be-named collaborator. Also, in the past and into the future, Kylie said she has enjoyed using photos from her own adventures, and has been inspired by and subsequently developed prints using the photographs of family and friends.

One particular trip to India last year has inspired a number of prints in the upcoming collections Kylie said, with photographs taken on the trip being used throughout 2014. “We have developed and produced 3 new print collections so far which we will be dropping over coming months,” with one potentially hitting the shelves this weekend – we can hardly wait to see what’s in store next!

“We’ll do jackets, pants and capes but our aesthetic is trans-seasonal silk pieces. Throw opaques on under a silk frock, add a knit and that’s our winter. You can then wear the same dress in summer with sandals. For us, we will be forever chasing summer, after all, it’s always summer somewhere in the world!”

After all, as the ‘about us’ tab of the official Beau in the Woods website proclaims – ‘Beau In The Woods is a destination where the lifestyle is tropical, the cocktails are a callin’ and a wanderlust daydream is always applauded.’

Not bad for someone who originally studied journalism and communications with the intention of working for a fashion magazine right?!

Check out Beau In The Woods online boutique here, or for the full experience visit them at their flagship store on James Street, Fortitude Valley, to live the magic of each print in person.
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(All images supplied by Kylie or from www.beauinthewoods.com)

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Brisbane’s Top 16 Independent Fashion Boutiques

posted by Danielle Lewis January 10, 2014 19 Comments

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After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!

1. Jules & Roc – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!

2. Beau in the Woods – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!

3. Shugah Boutique – Cannon Hill – Google Map

Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!

4. Adore Boutique – Tarragindi – Google Map

With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!

5. Alexis Dawn – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.

6. Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece.  The quality of the vintage items is second to none.

7. Blonde Venus – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.

8. Calexico – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!

9. Kylie Ryan – Coorparoo – Google Map

A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!

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10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map

Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!

11. Miss Henry – Paddington – Google Map

A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!

12. Princess Polly – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.

13. Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington – Google Map

Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.

14. The Happy Cabin – West End – Google Map

Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!

15. The Robe – The Barracks – Google Map

A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.

16. Verge Girl – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….

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BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion

1. Beginning Boutique

The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.

2. Chi the Label

Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.

3. Lovefox

Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!

 

Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.