Amid the glut of cheap, poor quality, mass-produced products, local girl Kym Tarpey decided to create a new online retail space founded on ethical ideas. The store features a range of homewares, jewellery, accessories, limited edition prints and stationary from artists such as Ben Ashton-Bell (whose prints of very human pets are cute if a little ominous), colourful duo Peaches + Keen (designer Lily Daley and gold and silversmith Lucy Hearn), who create a range of one-off items including earrings, prints and planters, and Sydney jewellers Serpent & The Swan, who make interesting pieces inspired by the animal world and doll parts.
The store also features the prints of illustrator/artist Sam Octigan and designer/illustrator Lwnski (whose illustrations for Grolsch beer have been pasted over the backs of buses recently). Their work sits alongside ethically produced brand Treehorn, who use recycled, reclaimed and sustainably grown timber to create kitchen boards in a variety of colours and donate 10 per cent of profits to the Wilderness Society while they’re at it.
In the lead up to Christmas, this smart bringing together of objects and homewares will bring joy to the most uninspired of shoppers, burgeoning local designers and Australian trees in one transaction.