Spotted Quoll Studio | Fashion
When I think about the incredible ethos behind the Spotted Quoll Studio's beautiful sustainable clothing I'm reminded of a particular high school project I was once set. It was a project to research popular, international sports brand, clothing and footwear companies. The aim was to find out any information on their factories, and whether the people who worked in those factories were treated well. The project tied into work we were doing about globalisation, and how companies were moving factories off-shore. As a fresh faced fifteen year old this was the first thought I had ever given to human rights and exploitation of workers, and how people in other places, particularly developing countries, are affected by choices we make here at home. Obviously the information I found wasn’t exactly positive.
Fifteen years on and that teacher has unwittingly instilled values in me that have shaped my buying habits and my sense of responsibility as a global citizen. It has made me fascinated with businesses that legitimately strive to do good in this world.
Tasmania’s very own Spotted Quoll Studio is the antithesis of these multinational corporations. They care about what they do, the effect their actions have on this world, and the legacy they're going to leave for generations to come. I’ve written about them before here, but I’m mildly obsessed with them and have now road tested a few of their items to feature. Not only are their clothes, accessories, and homewares made locally, but they’re sustainable, ethical, and beautiful. The Spotted Quoll Studio's founder, Tamika Bannister, has set out to curate items that are not only good for the environment, but that give back to charities like the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
The Spotted Quoll Studio has kindly offered me their Merino Scarf, linen Tumbleweed Dress, and organic cotton Harem Pant to feature on my blog. In the photos I've teamed the harem pants with sandals for the grass and gravel terrain of my beautiful shoot location at Shene Estate. I can't wait to team them with a pair of strappy heels and blush coloured camisole for a dinner date though. These pants can really be dressed up or down. As for the dress... this could be worn ANYWHERE! Team with ballet flats for a casual look, or strappy heels and a bold lip to really spice it up. The day of the shoot was so hot that I didn't layer up my looks with the scarf but I've taken some photos on a particular autumnal morning where I've added it to my outfit with my leather jacket. I'm pretty sure that with the weather cooling down this scarf will be featuring in my Instagram photos a lot! It's so light and comfortable, yet really warm.
I love having statement pieces in my wardrobe and these items really pack a punch. These are clothes that can be worn to the office, out for drinks, or brunch with the girls. They’re even comfortable enough to wear around home. Clothes like these are hard to find, especially those really special pieces that just keep working for you season after season. Trust me, they’re rarer than a natural tan in the depths of a Tasmanian winter! And when you find them you hang onto them. They aren’t going to be thrown out of my closet any time soon - which probably adds another element of sustainability! The natural fibers feel beautiful to wear and the cuts are extremely flattering. The evening I shot these images at the gorgeous Shene Estate it was a staggering 31 degrees, but these gorgeous clothes kept me feeling cool and comfortable.
I can highly recommend the beautiful clothing that Tamika at the Spotted Quoll has created. I can't fault the design - A classic dress with pockets added? It just doesn't get much better! They are so good on so many levels. Don’t judge me too harshly if these clothes are all you’ll be seeing me in from here on in. They’re just too nice not to wear!
PS how amazing is the Shene Estate backdrop for these clothes!! A huge thank you goes out to the Team Shene for letting me run amok amongst their beautiful buildings. Keep your eyes peeled for a special post about Shene and the home of Poltergeist Gin. More information about this extraordinary estate can be found on their website here, or visit their Instagram here.
Find more information about the important work that's happening at Save the Tasmanian Devil here