Meet lau­ren crago of solomon street

Frankie - - FRANK BITS -

How and why did Solomon Street come to be? It came from re­al­is­ing that, as just me, I had lim­ited ways to help oth­ers.

If I could cre­ate some­thing big­ger than me, my reach would be­come lim­it­less, and the im­pact world­wide. What types of things do you pro­duce? Cloth­ing made from nat­u­ral fi­bres and re­cy­cled syn­thetic fi­bres. The sum­mer range will fo­cus on us­ing a linen fab­ric to cre­ate clean lines and ’70s sil­hou­ettes. In sup­port of our slow liv­ing val­ues, all pieces are transsea­sonal, in­clud­ing a new or­ganic cot­ton yoga top and match­ing leg­gings. What makes your de­signs unique? I love food and, hav­ing a back­ground in graphic de­sign, have al­ways found fruit to be mes­meris­ing in its colours and pat­terns. Each of my de­signs is hand-drawn in pen­cil – rep­re­sent­ing the way I see the beauty of the nat­u­ral world. Where do you do most of your mak­ing? In my Ade­laide home stu­dio, look­ing out onto the veg­gie gar­den where chick­ens and rab­bits roam around the cit­rus trees. I’m also a bit of a cof­fee fiend, so luck­ily there are some amaz­ing (and wel­com­ing!) cafés in my area that I love to go and spend time in. Talk us through your swimwear range. It’s de­signed to be the most com­fort­able set of togs you’ve ever slid into. The fab­ric is made from re­cy­cled fish­ing nets, cut and sewn by an Eth­i­cal Cloth­ing Aus­tralia-ac­cred­ited man­u­fac­turer in Ade­laide. Where can we find your good­ies? Online at solomon­street.com.au, or at Fin­ders Keep­ers in Mel­bourne from Oc­to­ber 19 to 21. We have stalls at lo­cal mar­kets in Ade­laide, too, such as Gilles at the Grounds and Bower­bird De­sign Mar­ket. Any tips for run­ning a suc­cess­ful mar­ket stall? Get to know your mar­ket neigh­bours! I’ve made the most amaz­ing friends and sup­port crew by hav­ing a good ol’ yarn with the tal­ented mak­ers around me.

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