LEE MATHEWS

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FASH­ION DE­SIGNER This na­ture-in­spired de­signer di­vides her time be­tween Syd­ney and her prop­erty in Tas­ma­nia. How would you de­scribe your style? Quite min­i­mal­ist — I’m drawn to clean and re­laxed sil­hou­ettes in block colours, which are so easy to throw on. I only wear nat­u­ral tex­tiles. What is your de­sign phi­los­o­phy? I want to cre­ate cloth­ing that is durable, time­less and beau­ti­ful; some­thing that brings joy ev­ery day. What are your wardrobe es­sen­tials? A fine-knit crew-neck sweater in cot­ton or merino wool, a pair of li­nen or cot­ton trousers and a state­ment pair of ear­rings can take you any­where and ev­ery­where in all cli­mates. Your favourite ac­ces­sories? I col­lect Wil­liam Spratling sil­ver jew­ellery, es­pe­cially ear­rings. But I also am in love with jew­ellery by Faris or Ursa Ma­jor, which we sell in our stores. What is in­spir­ing your work right now? We just pur­chased a prop­erty in Ho­bart so I love how unique our land­scapes are, and our weird and won­der­ful plant life. What cos­metic prod­ucts do you love? I don’t wear make-up so I fo­cus on freshly washed hair — I love De Lorenzo — and a good skin­care regime with Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. I wear Gran­di­flora’s San­drine fra­grance. What do you sur­round your­self with at home? We live in a con­verted ware­house and it’s full of col­lected trea­sures, such as Alana Wil­son’s ves­sels and a por­trait of our beloved cor­gis Olive and Teddy, by my old friend Christina Zim­pel. What book are you read­ing at the mo­ment? An Ever­last­ing Meal: Cook­ing with Econ­omy and Grace by Ta­mar Adler. It’s a col­lec­tion of es­says on cook­ing with sim­plic­ity and thought. Do you ever think about liv­ing in the coun­try? Yes! All the time! We love get­ting away to the fresh air and be­ing by the wa­ter, even in win­ter. I feel so lucky I can split my time be­tween Syd­ney and Tas­ma­nia. What’s your best fash­ion ad­vice? Just wear what you love, and never sac­ri­fice com­fort. Visit leemath­ews.com.au

1 Ink on pa­per art­work, POA, from Christina Zim­pel. 2 Celia silk maxi dress, $899, from Lee Mathews. 3 Faris Chapeau ear­rings, $299, from Lee Mathews. 4 Ste­vie bag, $85, from The Dharma Door. 5 Veja sneak­ers, $139, from The Iconic. 6 Ves­sel, POA, from Alana Wil­son. 7 L’ob­scu­rité can­dle, $69, from Mai­son Balzac. 8 Bobby pant, $229, from Lee Mathews. 9 San­drine eau de par­fum, $145 for 50ml, from Gran­di­flora. 10 Rose day cream, $62 for 30ml, from Dr. Hauschka. 11 Ab­so­lute Deep Cleanser sham­poo, $29.90, from De Lorenzo. 12 An Ever­last­ing Meal book by Ta­mar Adler, $32, from Simon and Schus­ter. For stock­ist de­tails, see page 135.

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