In a world that is driven by mass consumption it is so rare to find a company that still has it manufacturing roots firmly planted in Australia. One Sunday is a beautiful store that is designed specifically for older girls and is entirely Australian owned, designed and manufactured. Their preppy, chic styles have the entire Style Net office wishing they made them big enough for us – think on-trend stripes, beautiful prints and block colours all achieving the perfect balance of classic yet edgy design.
We have fallen head over heels for this beautiful label and we were lucky enough to sit down for a quick chat with Henrietta, the designer and owner of One Sunday.
What inspired you to create One Sunday?
One Sunday was a natural step. I had always designed clothes for myself and my children and was very interested in fabrics and their capabilities. So when my eight year old started to grow out of the young girl brands she had been wearing, I decided it was time to launch my own brand for the older girl market.
Why was it important to you for One Sunday to be made in Australia?
For me it is all about transparency. I need to know who is making my garments, I need to know what conditions they work under and that they are properly paid. The quality of the work produced here is amazing and consistent. One Sunday clothes last and last for parents that is so important – there is nothing more frustrating than clothes that fall apart or don’t survive the first wash, especially if it has taken some time to agree on an item for a 12 year old!
What have been the greatest challenges in creating an Australian made clothing line?
Definitely the cost. It is expensive to manufacture in Australia. However the pluses far outweigh the minuses.
What three One Sunday pieces are essential for every young girl’s wardrobe?
That would have to be the Swing top – such a great top. It can be a throw over jeans, shorts or leggings it is comfortable and flattering. Our banded linen shorts are also absolutely fabulous. They are easy to pull on but have a lovely tailored look to them. Then I would choose one of our dresses, because every girl needs a fabulous dress. Either go casual with the Capri dress or more formal with the Bilbao dress.
Where do you look for inspiration for the One Sunday collections?
I always keep an eye on what is happening in the northern hemisphere. I love Isabel Marant’s style and, for pure French pared back style you can’t go past Bensimon. Most of my inspiration however comes from looking at what young girls are wearing, particularly my own – I love seeing what they do with their clothes. In order for an item to be successful, you need to know that a child will wear it and love it.
What books are on your bedside table?
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It is such a beautifully written book about a fabulous time in history. However, I have just finished yet another Coco Chanel biography. I love her story and the time she was designing. She liberated the way women dress and for me that is truly inspiring. She was also the first designer to use jersey, which is a staple fabric in my collection.
What can’t you live without?
Music – it feeds my soul and inspires me.
What is your dream holiday destination?
New York, the perfect destination… food, art, shopping, design, drama, atmosphere and the people. What is not to like… apart maybe from the coffee… I am going to NY soon and can’t wait!
‘Everything will be all right in the end… if it is not all right it is not the end’. As an eternal optimist this is my mantra.
Thank you so much Henrietta!
I try and create a meal plan every week – it means that I know what to buy when I go grocery shopping and it saves me loads of time [and money] in not having to run to the supermarket every night after work, and, it also saves a bucket load of frustration as I don’t have to think about what to cook every night.
Each week is different, but I always double at one least recipe so that the following night I can just reheat the leftovers. This week I will be in Sydney for fashion week on Wednesday & Thursday, so I will make a risotto and leave it in the fridge for my husband on these days. Also to note, on Monday night I will make a big batch of mash potato and use it for Tuesday night’s dinner as well.
What’s cooking in my house this week?
Sunday: Moroccan meatball subs
Monday: Chicken Parmesan – these are good[!] & if you use a pre-made sauce or one from your freezer they are really quick too – with mash potato [recipe here]
Tuesday: Pork with mash potato and soy-plum glaze [recipe here]
Wednesday: The Cheat’s Baked Chorizo Risotto [recipe here]
Thursday: Left over risotto
Friday: Easy pasta [recipe here]
Saturday: Night off, hello take out!
Snack: Banana bread [recipe here]
PUREBABY LAUNCHES A MERINO WOOL GROWSUIT
The winter woolies have arrived at Purebaby and we are loving the Merino Wool Zip Growsuit with feet. This is the first time Purebaby have used Merino wool and it is perfectly aligned with the Purebaby brand as it is a highly natural and renewable fibre. The Merino wool is a fine wool blend especially for babies and their delicate skin - fantastic for layering under cardigans and jumpers on newborns during the winter months.
Available in eggshell, pink and blue at purebaby.com.au [priced at AU$54.95].
STORAGE SOLUTIONS AT MINIBOTS
You know we love a good organising idea and these storage cubes available at Minibots are perfect in every possible way! Designed by Varpunen, these unique containers feature bright geographic patterns and are made from printed PVC-laminated polyester which makes them durable in wetter areas like the bathroom and outdoors. This is what we call chic storage!
Available at Minibots [priced AU$45 – $72]
OK – major cool factor! We spotted this colour popping car art on Down That Little Lane’s blog and you have to check out the full feature here - amazing!
The NEON trend isn’t just limited to your closet it is perfect for your home as well. We spotted DOMAYNE’s very cool collection of bright furniture in their recent newsletter – how amazing would this look in your child’s bedroom or playroom? Gosh it would even look good in your lounge room! We particularly love the velvet pink chaise – so chic.