I Love Christmas. It’s the time we tend to stop and take check of the year that was. We say thank you to the special people in our lives and we even reach out to help those we’ve never met and will never meet. It’s a time for giving. Giving of your heart and, well it’s the truth, giving of your wallet. We’re going to spend this month so let’s stop for a minute and have a think about where we’ll be opening our wallets this year.
The shops in the mall aren’t going to miss a few dollars here and there. But to a local small business owner, your Christmas dollars mean the world. I like to think of it this way… when I buy locally I’m giving two presents, a gift to someone I love (of extraordinary value and quality) and a gift to the local designer who made it – investment in their brand and their future.
The beauty of this story is that some of the most stylish gifts this Christmas come from our very own back yard. Given the choice, I would still pick these brands because of their style, quality and price point. It is my absolute greatest pleasure to make it easy for you to buy local this Christmas. Here’s my guide to a Very Stylish Local Christmas…
1. Jessica Bratich Handbags
I’m head over heels for vegan handbag designer Jessica Bratich. From evening clutches to work satchels Jessica’s designs are as stylish as they are functional and I want every one of them! Even Mel B has some! Retailing from $30 – $100, they are an ideal gift for a stylish mum. www.jessicabratich.com
2. Deon Dane Watches
Many of us will choose watches as gifts this Christmas, so this year choose Deon Dane’s modern minimalistic, unisex designs from right here in Perth. These watches are stunning and retail at only $139 with Free Shipping. The watch bands are made from Kangaroo hide, the strongest yet softest leather – who knew? My favourites are the marble face ones. Fab! www.deondane.com
I love Perth designer Storm Wyness and her label PET. Apart from the amazing resort wear on offer, these gorgeous pj’s pictured are perfect for Christmas. Available through www.cliquearcade.com.au the home of all things Australian designer.
4. Wishful Thinking Clothing
My new favourite men’s wear label! This is the Australian version of Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren. It’s more of a culture than a label, a lifestyle not an outfit. This is a label designed for men, by men and you can tell. With cool T’s from $30, stunning polos and business shirts from $60 and $70 the style is right and so is the price. I’ve already ordered mine for my hubby J. www.wishfulthinkingclothing.com
5. Something Special
Did you know that right in our very own Swan Valley we have a designer who has shown in Paris, London, Vancouver and New York and appeared in Vogue? Eco Fashion designer and artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills works from her Alpaca farm in the Valley and travels all over the world with her collections for Green Embassy. Recently Zuhal added men’s silk ties to her current collection Silent Rainforest. If you’re looking for something extra special for that man in your life a one off silk tie may just do it. www.greenembassy.com.au And last but certainly by no means least, Monique Morley is a young and exciting designer pushing the envelope on designer lingerie. I love this lady for her energy, vivacity and style. If there is a special lady in your life and you’re after something unique and divine, choose from Monique’s amazing lingerie label Intimates by Monique. www.intimatesbymonique.com
I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration to buy locally this year. Remember, it’s not just fashion, there are plenty of stores, boutiques and markets selling local fare. As a new mum of gorgeous little twins I truly understand the pull of the big malls and one stop shopping. This year, for my home, my family and these amazing small businesses that I believe in so much, I’ll take some extra and give the gifts that give in more ways than one. I hope you do too!
Merry, merry Christmas from my family to yours. Much love to you for a stylish, safe and heartfelt Christmas xox.