Inside the pastel-coloured Perfect Splash, dynamic sisters Alana and Annabelle Kingston design, create and sell ceramics, clothing, bags and more.
The Kingstons ran an online fashion label for a few years before the shop became a reality in 2016. They also had stockists all over the place, from Craft Australia to the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Monk House Design loved their work so much it asked them to do an in-store installation.
The sisters are mostly self-taught, discovering a passion for designing and creating garments almost accidentally. For Annabelle’s graduate photography exhibition in 2011, they collaborated on a small collection of outfits for themselves and their friends that spurred the idea of creating the label.
Since then they’ve sharpened their environmental focus, using organic cotton or natural fibres where possible. The synthetic materials are second hand, which is why most of the garments don’t have zips or fastenings. The designs themselves are brightly coloured and heavily patterned, featuring left-of-centre combinations such as basketballs and toilet paper.
The sisters are passionate about keeping things small and championing other small-scale artists. Within their sunset-coloured store, they stock locally made jewellery, music and candles. There are also tapes from local musicians, some of whom the multi-talented Kingstons have played with.
The shop also functions as a music venue and art gallery from time to time.