i’ve been sourcing some cute pretties to complete my outfit (and stick in my hair etc) since leaving adelaide and ikeguchi behind (ikeguchi is an awesome store specialising in japanese homewares, kawaii accessories and independent australian/new zealand designers. if you’re in town, go say hi). i thought i’d share a few of my faves, all of which are available online through their own store or through etsy/ebay.
ikandi from brisbane. favourites in the collection include the teacup kittens brooch, ziggy stardust brooch and red lips studs.
made590 from newtown, sydney. favourites include the caped capybara and donkey cart brooches, and the jackalopes in the homewares (one of which is on my window ledge).
corky st clair from melbourne (hidden under flinders st station) has gorgeous sterling silver and gold plate jewellery. i wear a delicate moveable skeleton every day, but other favourites include the skipping girl, han solo in carbonate and quartz skull necklaces
elizabeth pawle from london has adorable illustrated ceramic brooches; loving the foxes and bears, but really: who can go past marching badgers?!?!?
hungry designs from brisbane has awesome laser cut brooches; the three teeth, shadow puppet and day of the dead themed disney characters are awesome.
erstwilder from melbourne do great resin jewellery in quirky designs; my new fave is the kookaburra! (i’ve included a link to birdsnest who stock erstwilder online).
brainbow from sydney have cubed animals, retro tvs and star wars characters to wear around your neck and on your chest with pride!
but for the original and best in quirky brooches, you can’t go past lea stein. lea is a french designer who started playing with bakelie and resin in the 1950s and created her iconic brooches from layering colours and patterns. i haven’t included a link to her work because you can find it through antique dealers, vintage stores, ebay and specialist online stores; but they don’t have full collections and you’re better off checking prices and legitimacy before blindly purchasing. each piece is slightly different and features at least 3 different patterns. i was given my first piece this year as a birthday gift (a penguin brooch)
, so i’m officially hooked!