Fashion with Function

Vicki HattonArticles

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AFTER only five years in the market, podiatrist-designed fashion and function footwear brand Frankie4 has moved into larger premises in Indooroopilly, Queensland. Founded by podiatrist and physiotherapist Caroline McCulloch, Frankie4 is steadfastly gaining traction around the country, with more than 70 stockists in Australia and a recent launch in New Zealand. “With women leading busier lives, working longer and harder than … Read More

Art of Design

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By Naomi Hatton IN the wake of economic uncertainty and political sanctions being felt around the globe, the leather industry is experiencing a decline in demand and production. Despite these global concerns, Turkey demonstrated its innovation and can-do attitude last month with its presentation of “Art meets Turkish leather” signifying its role as focus country of the 2016 March APLF … Read More

Labelling overhaul due next April

Vicki HattonArticles, Issues

by Vicki Hatton   AUSTRALIA has some of the strictest footwear labelling regulations in the world, but of what use are they if adherence is determined mainly by the possibility of random border checks and little else? If unmarked shoes make it into retail – and many invariably do – is the retailer or importer responsible and what are the … Read More

The wizard of red

Vicki HattonArticles, Issues

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JUDY Garland would be proud! The wearer of perhaps the most famous pair of red shoes ever (thank you Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz) has some serious competition from top Australian property developer Daniel Besen, (pictured) who is a fan of the movie and prone to quoting, “There’s no place like home”. For his 50th birthday recently, friends and … Read More

Stylish Mountfords sale

Vicki HattonArticles

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VICTORIAN-based Mountfords Shoes will become a national comfort footwear chain in the near future, according to Jay Munro of new owner, Styling Services. Hot on the heels of its fast fashion Wanted Shoes acquisition last month, Styling Services has now expanded into the comfort retail market with the purchase of Mountfords’ 11 stores and has plans to open its first … Read More

Brand With Dignity (Feb/Mar 2015 Issue)

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FOOTWEAR retailers and consumers always speak of wanting something “different”, but what that is exactly can be difficult to define. One option could be something that is handmade, hand stitched and handcrafted, just like the footwear and bags made in South Africa under the Tsonga brand. Founded in the late 1990s by Peter Maree and now run by his son … Read More

Australian Tannery In World’s Top 10 (October 2014 Issue)

Vicki HattonArticles

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BEING nominated as a top 10 contender for “International Tannery of the Year” is no mean feat, especially when you are one of the few remaining Australian businesses still working with local product. While the ultimate accolade was presented last month to Wollsdorf Leather from Austria, our very own Queensland based Packer Leather did themselves – and this country – … Read More

Windsor Smith Gives Retail a Boost (November 2014 Issue)

Vicki HattonArticles

RENOWNED for its innovative promotional campaigns, Windsor Smith recently showed it still had the touch when hundreds of shoelovers queued for hours to be the first to buy a pair for $20 as an opening day bonanza at each of the wholesaler’s two new retail stores. “The crowds were crazy at both locations (Queen St, Brisbane and Macquarie Westfield, Sydney) … Read More