Lorna Jane continues to rock

You would be hard pressed to find a woman in Australia who isn’t familiar with Activewear brand Lorna Jane. From yogis to gym junkies, students to mums on the school run, Lorna Jane boasts over 25 years at the very top of the Athleisure category and is the leading wellness and lifestyle brand to watch globally.

 

“I started designing Activewear because I wanted to change the way women live, to transform the way they think and most importantly how they feel about being active – and you know what – I think it’s working” Lorna Jane Clarkson

With the belief that wearing Activewear motivates you to be more active, Lorna Jane not only designs THE BEST Activewear but is also dedicated to empowering and educating women towards health and fitness with their Active Living philosophy and daily practice of Move, Nourish, Believe.

Lorna Jane has been changing women’s lives since 1989 and is recognised as being one of the first companies to design and sell Activewear globally. Based in Brisbane, it has its origins in Australia but is now sold in over 21 countries including China, USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand – and has over 2.5 million social media followers.

The brand’s key markets are Australia, USA and China. And Lorna Jane operates 125 stores in Australia, 32 stores in the USA and has highly successful on-line stores in both countries. The brand continues to grow in key markets such as China, where it has the number one sports bra sales position on Tmall (Chinese online retailer). The Company also has a number of excellent near-term growth opportunities such as continued expansion into China and the USA, entry into New Zealand, Canada and Singapore markets and its continued online store roll out.

CHAMP Ventures acquired a 40% interest in Lorna Jane in 2010 and has partnered with founders Bill and Lorna Clarkson to grow the brand globally and become one of Australia’s most successful and iconic lifestyle and wellness brands.

Given the strong performance of Lorna Jane and the Activewear and wellness categories globally, there has been a high level of in-bound interest in the company. As a result, CHAMP Ventures and the founders feel it is a good time to take a step forward and consider their options for the Companies future. KPMG has been retained to conduct a strategic review of Lorna Jane and will report back to the shareholders over the next few months.

The founders Bill and Lorna Clarkson remain absolutely committed to the Company (Lorna Jane) and see this as part of a broader strategy to further grow the brand to reach its full potential.

“Activewear won’t change the world – but the women who wear it will”

Source: Lorna Jane


Great Dane Furniture launch

Great Dane, Australia’s leading curator of designer Scandinavian furniture, is opening a new three-storey space in Paddington in July. Located at 344 Oxford Street—Sydney’s fast-growing and bustling luxury homewares precinct—the site will feature a showroom that caters to retail clients, alongside an exclusive trade office for Contract partners to collaborate with in-house experts on interior design concepts and explore exclusive collections only available to industry. This will mark the first time that Great Dane has opened a Contract office exclusively for the Sydney market.

“This is a really exciting moment for our business,” says director Anton Assaad, who founded Great Dane in Prahran back in 2002. “We already offer the industry-only hub in Melbourne —but the addition of an Oxford Street space allows us to create a dedicated Sydney space for the Great Dane Contract arm to grow.

That division is really special to us: it’s a place we can work closely with the interior design, architectural and specifier communities, and offer unique pieces from the brands we exclusively represent beyond the showroom offering.” The space will offer something inimitable for interior designers, whether they are fitting out a small residential project or large-scale commercial venture.

Sally Pottharst & James Watts

Kelvin Ho & David Caon

The new showroom was designed by Great Dane in collaboration with Nicky Lobo, previously the editor of Habitus and a longstanding collaborator with the business. Great Dane chose to work with her on the project due to her ability to convey a story through design – specifically, in this case, capturing the emotion of the forest.

Wood, which obviously plays a huge part in the Great Dane product offering, features prominently, and the space also adopts rich green carpets, encapsulating the tactility and feel of the forest floor. The considered use of materials throughout a deliberately and specifically chosen building extends to the use of specially selected leather on the staircase balustrade and handles; proof that complete consideration has been given to this new showroom. The result is an entirely deliberate environment that provides an experiential element to those inside.

Claire Delmar & Juliette Arent

Stephen Todd, Nicky Lobo & Anton Assaad

Never one to do things by halves, Assaad is simultaneously launching a brand-new offering of leathers and fabrics to upholster their range. The leathers—available on sofas, chairs and ottomans—are produced in partnership with TärnsjöGarveri, the world’s only certified organic tannery, with a near-150-year-old history.

“We’re looking forward to sharing this incredible space—alongside a new leather-focused collection—with new and existing clients, friends and industry insiders alike,” he says. “Our mission has always been to bring inspiring design inside Australian architecture, to create spaces that people can connect with others in, where they can feel at home. I feel lucky we’re still doing that every day.”

Sophie Baker & Melissa Penfold

Sibella Court & Ben Harper

To launch the new Great Dane Showroom the event  theme was ‘A Walk through the Forest’.

Menu

On arrival:

Cocktail – Norwegian Forest

Fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, lime, vodka, ginger ale and rosemary spring

 Canapés on Arrival:

Basil panna cotta, whipped goats cheese, verjuice grapes, broccolini on flaxseed
Wagyu bresola with donzella, lemon meyer aioli & fennel pollen
Miso glazed prawn on red rice puff with compressed cucumber & nori

Entrée: Forest Floor

Pan fried scallops with salt baked celeriac, fermented grains, hazelnuts, pickled mushrooms & aonori

Main: Into the Tress…

Smoked maple glazed quail with roasted chestnuts, chestnut cream, roasted cherries, hickory bark charred onions & wood sorrel

Dessert: log/buffet

Black forest cherry & hazelnut profiteroles
Matcha & green tea éclair (with leaf detail)
Chocolate & wattleseed meringue mushroom (mushroom shaped meringue)
Sitting on edible chocolate soil on raised floating slates

Photography by Liam Molloy.

Source: Great Dane


Karolina Kurková Wears The Classic JETS Black One Piece

Iconic Australian label, JETS Swimwear, is bringing back the classic black one piece ~ the sleek silhouette, the ultimate in sophistication, and the staple that every woman needs in her summer wardrobe.

 

But effortless style comes with a ten month creation process of true artisan design. The JETS Sydney based design team carefully construct and craft each and every piece from scratch, starting with sketches, then inhouse prototypes, and most importantly, fittings on real women. Then they fit and refit until it is just right. Flawless on the outside, yet carefully constructed on the inside to ensure every woman feels confident and looks fabulous in swimwear.

Recently at the David Jones SS18 launch in Sydney, Karolína Kurková owned the runway in the epitome of the classic JETS black one piece. Timeless, iconic and sophisticated, JETS is bringing classic back!

Source: Jets Swimwear


Nancy Ganz introduces Golden Lands

Global Lingerie brand Nancy Ganz showcases the ethereal breathtaking beauty of the Australian landscape in their new campaign; Golden Lands.

 

The Campaign featuring local models Cassie Cameron and Kiesha Bovill was captured under the shimmering and sunlit plains of the Lake Bathurst countryside by renowned photographer Steven Chee.

With a nod to the haunting intrigue of the Australian much-loved novel -Picnic at Hanging Rock, the imagery highlights a nostalgic romanticism with a modern twist for the new spring collection. Launching in store in August.

The Lingerie with Benefits collection will be available internationally at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, House of Fraser and John Lewis, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Smith and Caugheys, Farmers and Myer and David Jones in Australia.

Source: Nancy Ganz


David Jones unveils spring/summer fashion collections - Red Carpet Guests

A star-studded line up attended the much anticipated David Jones Spring Summer collection launch including: David Jones Ambassador Adam Goodes with wife Natalie Croker, Isabel Lucas, Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough, Lily Sullivan, Lindy Klim, Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello, Anna Heinrich, Kerri- Anne Kennerley, Rob Oatley, Deborah and Ned O’Neil, Guy and Jules Sebastian, Megan Irwin, Brooke Testoni and Nadia Fairfax.

Upon arrival at the event, guests sipped on Veuve Cliquot and enjoyed spring delights including spanner crab tartlet w herb mayonnaise, aguachile crystal bay prawns on corn totopo and ricotta fresca montadito with broad bean pesto.

Following the show, the room was transformed into a Spring Soiree with DJ Jonny Seymour mixing melodies from across the planet to inspire for the forthcoming warmer nights. Guests were treated to decadent roaming deserts and after party food fare including tingling prawns with green chilli and fragrant herbs, shredded chicken sliders and tempura zucchini flowers with fontina and lemon.

Featuring over 237 exits in the show, David Jones showcased exclusive women’s and men’s Australian and International designers including Camilla and Marc, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Romance Was Born, along with new designers making their Collections Launch debut; David Jones Emerging Designer Lyn-Al Young, 2017 Woolmark Prize Winner Bodice, Vestire and famed milliner Nerida Winter.

Source: David Jones