Lay­er­ing it down

De­signer’s win­ter col­lec­tion re­flects a love of colour

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

FOR a typ­i­cal win­ter Down Un­der, lay­er­ing is es­sen­tial for the morn­ings that aren’t rep­re­sen­ta­tive of how hot the day may be­come. There’s no style bet­ter suited to ad­ding a sec­ond or third skin than bo­hemian, and the Cur­rumbin-based la­bel Mahiya, cre­ated by hus­band and wife Alex and Ryan Hutchin­son, em­bod­ies the time­less trend.

“The bo­hemian life­style is truly what in­spires the Mahiya brand and line of prod­ucts, all hand­made with love,” Alex says.

“Af­ter grow­ing up in Aus­tralia, we were both for­tu­nate enough to travel to ex­otic lo­ca­tions around the world and ex­pe­ri­ence the charm of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and places.

“In ad­di­tion to our in­grained love of the ocean, in 2013 we set out to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of bo­hemian leather bags, wal­lets, shoes and ac­ces­sories that rep­re­sented the beauty we en­coun­tered on both our bo­hemian ad­ven­tures and at home.”

They not only took in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture but pledged to re­spect it, us­ing only eth­i­cally sourced and sus­tain­able leather and work­ing closely with Ba­li­nese ar­ti­sans to craft the prod­ucts.

Their flair for fash­ion de­sign soon de­vel­oped into cloth­ing.

“I have al­ways loved bright colours but they are def­i­nitely harder to find in win­ter so that’s why we al­ways like to add some colour to our win­ter col­lec­tions,” Alex says.

“As I am 21 weeks preg­nant I would have to say our Demelza Baby Doll dress is one of my favourites at the mo­ment, which is nice and flowy over my grow­ing belly and it’s great that I can layer it with skinny jeans, boots and vests.

“An­other favourite is our Moloko Pon­cho as it is so soft and cosy for win­ter.”

A melt­ing pot of care­fully se­lected and im­ple­mented colours, tex­tures and de­signs, Mahiya’s Hid­den Val­ley win­ter col­lec­tion runs no risk of be­ing bor­ing.

“Mix­ing frilled hem­lines, mod­ern boho mini dresses, baby doll dresses, dropped hem maxi dresses and off-the-shoul­der tops, the Hid­den Val­ley line fully em­bod­ies Mahiya’s sig­na­ture style,” Alex says.

“The col­lec­tion is in­spired by our love of trav­el­ling and those spon­ta­neous morn­ings and evenings spent out­doors with friends and loved ones, watch­ing the sun­rise or sun­set dra­mat­i­cally change the colour of the sky.”

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