Brookie's officially launch their Cumquat Gin - Shirl the Pearl

Following a highly successful small taster run of 650 bottles in May 2020, Brookie’s Gin has launched their first official batch of Shirl The Pearl, after the first offering sold-out within just one week.

This new release of cumquat gin, inspired by a generational Brook family recipe, will now mark the start of an ongoing, annual seasonal release.

Created by Co-Founder and Distiller of the highly-awarded Cape Byron Distillery, Eddie Brook, this zesty little number is sure to be on high rotation in bars and restaurants, as well as being shaken up in the homes of gin enthusiasts.

Bright and citrusy, ‘Shirl the Pearl’ pairs the natural acidity and mild bitterness of Australian cumquats with the unique flavour profile of Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin. With lively notes of orange blossom, mandarin and marmalade, this highly anticipated spirit makes for an uplifting tipple whether you’re shaking up a citrus-driven sour or leveraging the sweet acidity for a modern twist on a classic cocktail.

Eddie Brook says, “This Gin is an ode to my Grandma who was known to her friends and family as ‘Shirl the Pearl’. My Mum (Pam) would tell me stories of Shirl’s notorious Cumquat Gin that was generously cracked open for her friends, or at various cocktail and dinner parties. This spirit is truly special and I’m sure Shirl would approve.”

‘Shirl the Pearl’, was a pocket rocket! Standing at 4ft 11” with a mop of curly hair which turned completely white by age twenty-five. Shirl was an adventurer, skier and one of Australia’s first female Tiger Moth pilots – she also knew her way around a bottle of gin.

Pam Brook says, “Growing up, we had a cumquat tree in our front yard and my job as a 3-year-old was to pick each cumquat, prick each one and pop them in a jar. This sometimes took me days! Upon reflection, I realise it was a genius way to keep a child occupied, but it remains a very fond memory of mine. I remember a large volume of gin would then appear in the house to make Shirl’s bootleg gin… don’t ask me where she got it from! She would then patiently steep these cumquats in gin, waiting until the clear liquid turned golden. She was a true creative and innovator, and her ‘concoction’ has been perfectly recreated by my son, Eddie. I couldn’t be prouder!”

The elevated flavour profile of Shirl the Pearl allows for a break from the traditional gin mould – try it in a Breakfast Martini, Spritz or stirred down in a Negroni. For those looking to keep it simple, it can enhance a traditional G&T, or be served as a replacement of limoncello at the end of a family dinner.

To ignite your inner ‘Shirl’, try your hand at these delicious cocktail recipes at your next rendezvous:

Shirl’s White Lady


  • 60ml Shirl The Pearl
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  • 15ml Aquafaba or Egg White


  • Shake with ice and strain into a Nick & Nora glass.
  • Garnish with Cumquat & Dash of Bitters

Shirl in the City


  • 45ml Shirl the Pearl
  • 45ml Cranberry Juice
  • 20ml Yuzu Juice or Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 2 x dashes of Grapefruit Bitters


  • Blend all with ice and strain into a Tall glass.
  • Garnish with a Grapefruit Zest & Eucalyptus Sprig.

Shirl’s Spicy Margarita


  • 30ml Shirl the Pearl
  • 30ml Arette Reposado Tequila
  • 30ml Lime Juice


  • Shake with ice and strain into a Coupette glass.
  • Garnish with Paprika & Chilli Salt Rim.

‘Shirl the Pearl’ is now available to purchase from RRP is $80. Keen travellers can also visit Cape Byron Distillery’s Cellar Door for a taste. Bookings are essential.

Source: Cape Byron Distillery

Matt Moran: leading chef unveils Kitchen Tales

Matt Moran has launched his new series, Kitchen Tales, dishing up surprise menus and great conversation with some of Australia’s most interesting personalities, from his home kitchen.

 Across seven episodes broadcast on YouTube and IGTV, Moran invites friends and guests who inspire him into his home, and recreates some of their favourite food memories. The dishes revealed take guests back, and sometimes catch them by surprise.
Moran has done his research, delving into the meals that have stayed with each guest – from what they ate for dinner growing up, to their desert island meal, their worst baking fails, food they’ve travelled the world for and meals they’ve fought over. In each episode, Matt reveals more about each guest, sharing some personal stories along the way, and then revisits their food memories while he takes guests through how to prepare the dishes he’s cooking for them.

 “COVID threw us all a curveball, but there have been some big learnings in the past few months. For me, it reminded me that there is nothing like getting in the kitchen and catching up with friends while cooking.” says Moran.

 “It’s no secret that the kitchen’s where all the best stories get told. So, with Kitchen Tales, I’ve invited a few friends into my home to have a chat about their lives, and I’ve done some digging into their favourite food memories to decide what to cook for them, and hopefully cook something that takes them back to that place. I’ve thrown in a few surprises too.”

Great Australian produce is at the heart of everything Moran does and Kitchen Tales showcases some of Australia’s best produce from Western Australian scampi, Section 28 cheese and Westholme wagyu.

Guests for the first series span many walks of life, with one of Moran’s oldest friends model and media personality Deb Hutton making the first appearance followed by actor and 2020 Archibald Packing Room winner Meyne Wyatt, Entertainment reporter Brooke Boney, regenerative farmer Charlie Arnott, cheese experts Sam and Ellie Studd, model, reporter and fellow motorbike enthusiast Kate Peck and fashion designer turned seaweed farmer Sam Elsom.

The first episode of Kitchen Tales will be live on November 18 via Moran’s YouTube channel and IGTV, with episodes released every few days until December 2. To watch Kitchen Tales, subscribe to Moran’s YouTube channel at
Source: Matt Moran

Burberry launches campaign as part of initiative to support the voices of tomorrow

Continuing to celebrate community, creativity and the voices of the future, Burberry has unveiled its latest campaign. The campaign itself fosters a community – bringing together different creative spheres and juxtaposing figures from fashion, dance and sport. Dynamic, diverse and free, it is a unified world – a Burberry universe.

The campaign film, created in collaboration with Megaforce, unlocks this idea, transporting the viewer from the everyday to the extraordinary, allowing them to explore a new fantasy.

The stills imagery, photographed by Rafael Pavarotti and styled by Ibrahim Kamara, reflects the film’s fusion of different worlds: instead of land and sea, it is the combined creative realms of sport, high fashion and dance.

The dynamic images feature a frieze of models and dancers alongside Marcus Rashford MBE – his debut in a fashion campaign. The imagery celebrates the community around Burberry: blurring boundaries, crossing divides, bringing people together. Signature house codes feature in the campaign including iconic outerwear as well as trench coats, diamond-quilted barn jackets and hooded puffer jackets made from recycled nylon. Accessories include the Pocket Bag, an archive-inspired tote in canvas and topstitched leather.

As part of this multifaceted campaign, Burberry has joined forces with charities supporting young people across the world, providing protection, encouragement and empowering them to shape our tomorrow.

A campaign of particular importance in such unprecedented times. Burberry’s history of supporting its communities is rooted in the altruism of its founder Thomas Burberry – a former apprentice who established his company aged just 21 and whose fundamental values of contributing back to society continued throughout his life.

This campaign represents the longstanding importance of supporting communities to Burberry – as the luxury fashion house pledges to support the voices of tomorrow to build a better future.

Source: Burberry

ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE: frank green x Clothing The Gap range launches

Leader in sustainability and innovation frank green has partnered with Victorian Aboriginal owned and led social enterprise Clothing The Gap.

Uniting non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people through fashion, Clothing The Gap is renowned for its impactful streetwear and ground-breaking campaigns – striving to make powerful change within the community. The progressive agents have been at the helm of the inspiring #FreeTheFlag movement, which aims to free the Aboriginal flag from its current licensing agreements.

Frank green and Clothing The Gap have launched their powerful partnership by releasing a bespoke range in th celebration of NAIDOC Week. The specially curated, reusable offering features designs developed by Clothing The Gap’s Managing Director/Co-founder Gunditjmara woman, Laura Thompson. A contribution of the collaboration product sales will go directly to the social enterprise in support of its impact initiatives.

The collection pays homage to NAIDOC Week’s 2020 theme; ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. This theme is more important now than ever before, as the world is increasingly aware of the human impact on the environment. The joint union between the brands aims to pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land. By remembering Australia’s past and celebrating Indigenous people’s culture and achievements, we can work towards a better future together, through reconciliation.

“We are proud to partner with Clothing The Gap while on our mission towards a sustainable future for our planet – as a team we understand the importance of supporting other organisations who also exist to effect change at a social level. The key to us achieving our goal lies in creating social change – we support Clothing The Gap in their quest to do the same,” says Benjamin Young, Founder and CEO of frank green.

The two brands, bonded by shared values, will continue to collaborate to raise much needed awareness in the fight for racial equality and social justice. As a company, frank green is committed to the equality and has always stood up for environmental issues. Its core mission is to protect the planet by helping end single-use plastic. Issues of environmentalism go hand-in-hand with social equality issues. The climate crisis affects the most vulnerable people in our society – this is another hidden symptom of racial injustice and an integral reason behind the brands partnership.

“This range of products and this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ provides a unique canvas to share an important message and create a conversation. It recognises that sovereignty was never ceded, and the continuing connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country and culture. We have a shared responsibility to ensure we care, honour and respect Indigenous people and Country for future generations” says Laura Thompson, Clothing The Gap.

The highly anticipated frank green x Clothing The Gap NAIDOC range, packaged in 100% recyclable materials, is available online. Wear your heart on your reusable cup this NAIDOC week and show your respect whilst celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture and join the frank green movement for a more equal, sustainable and plastic-free future.

Source: Clothing the Gap

Australian Hair Fashion Awards celebrates its 28th year in spectacular style

The Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA), presented by Dyson was held at The Big Top at Luna Park Sydney on Sunday, November 8 with a sold-out 300 strong crowd of VIP and industry guests in attendance and hundreds of others from around the globe that enjoyed the celebrations via a live video stream.

In its 28th year, the event is Australia’s largest and most successful independent hair fashion awards ceremony that has been the first live onsite and online hybrid event presented this year.

Celebrating the high level of creative artistry and skill by leading Australian industry talent, the Australian Hair Fashion Awards presented by Dyson was a showstopping experience that was celebrated widely across Australia and around the globe.

“The hair, fashion and beauty industries have faced extreme challenges during the global pandemic, but their sense of community, saw them come together to support each other and counteract their struggles and emerge with an even stronger show of creativity, innovation and skill that we passionately celebrated on the night” said M Division CEO and AHFA Founder, David Mannah

The prestigious event was hosted by the elegant beauty queen and former Miss World Australia, Erin Holland who kept both onsite and online guests celebrating throughout. The hilarious duo SketchShe greeted and entertained the guests as they walked the black carpet and headed in to enjoy an indulgent three course menu of fine food & wine with special guests in attendance including TV personality, Richard Reid.

The Australian Hair Fashion Awards presented by Dyson attracts hundreds of entries from leading salons and individuals across Australia. Entries are judged independently by a panel of international industry professionals that are given the challenge to select both the Finalists and Winners out of the best in the Australian industry.

This year’s winners included some familiar names and renowned industry heavyweights; Joey Scandizzo Dyson Australian Styling Ambassador won AHFA Salon Business of the Year, celebrity hair stylist and Dyson Australian Styling Ambassador, Renya Xydis was named AHFA Digital Influencer of the Year and Sarah Laidlaw was honoured as AHFA Session Stylist of the Year. The major award of the night, the AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year presented by Dyson was awarded to Jamie Furlan from Xiang Hair.

The evening featured an on the pulse Dyson Runway that showcased a high level of creative artistry by their Australian Styling Ambassadors in a high energy 90s theme across music, video and lighting to celebrate Dyson being born in that era.

Other highlight experiences saw live musical performances from rising stars, Sheldon Riley who delivered a mesmerising theatrical performance of his debut single ‘More Than I’ and a high energy performance by Alfie Arcuri making it a night full of surprises and big win Award celebrations.

Source:  Australian Hair Fashion Awards