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This year Assemblage Project is excited to announce it has two shows at FASHFEST on two different nights.

Friday night show Assemblage Project is featuring three New Zealand designers. Kowtow is for independent women who don’t compromise on style and ethics. This is comfortable, well cut, sustainable and ethical clothing. Senorita AweSUMO empowers ethical and conscious consumers with unique, environmental fashion. The AUNTY garments are individually cut and sewn, many one-off designs. All labels will be available at an exhibition Assemblage Project will host in-store after FASHFEST.

For the Saturday night show Assemblage Project is showcasing local, Australian designers. Edition explores sustainable design and zero waste pattern making. Edition is a Canberra based label. High Tea with Mrs Woo is Newcastle based. The three sisters behind the label create beautiful clothing inspired by memory, stories and the landscape.

To view the FASHFEST programmes and to buy tickets visit the FASHFEST website.

The Coat filled with recycled bottles

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With winter here we'd like to share an interesting fact about the Kowtow Anchor Quilted Coat we currently have in store.

As with all Kowtow clothing it is made from premium 100% fair trade organic cotton however it is filled with a recycled polyester inner certified by Global Recycle Standard (GRS). This standard applies to the supply chain and traceability. A first for Kowtow.

Available in black and natural, each Anchor Quilted coat uses up to 10 recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, extending the life of the resource. 

Kowtow Anchor Quilted Jacket

Exhibition by Textile artist Marilou Chagnaud

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We are excited to be having our first textile artist exhibition.  The exhibition opens at 5:30pm 1 December and closes on 15 December 2016.

Come along and meet Marilou Chagnaud a French artist and textile designer based in Canberra.

She explores the relationship between paper and fabric and the diverse possibilities offered by their transformation. Inspired by the shapes of garment and traditional costumes, SLICK! is an installation of abstract and soft sculptures made of the combination of two fabrics, felt and silk.

Hand dyed silk, screen-printing and felt.

Christmas at Ori

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Enjoy a glass of champagne and listen to live music as you wander around the Ori building. View exhibitions by photographer Daniel Spellman (hosted by Moxom and Whitney) and textile artist Marilou Chagnaud (hosted by Assemblage Project).

Shop and have the chance to win a Christmas hamper filled with presents from the Ori Traders. 

When: 5:30-8 pm Thursday, 1 December 2016

Where:  Ori Building, 30 Lonsdale St Braddon

Ori Celebrates Fashion

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Following on from FASHFEST we are having an VIP Designer Event to celebrate our Spring/Summer Collections and many of the Ori building shops joining in. Love to see you there.

Designer Series - SZN

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This is the first blog in our designer series where we are going to tell you a little more about the designers we have at Assemblage Project.

New to Assemblage Project is the label SZN. Now based in Melbourne, SZN is an independent label run by Suzan Dloughy.  Suzan established her SZN in Canberra in 2012. 

The appeal of the Susan's label is its focus on simplicity and beautiful craftsmanship used to produce soulful and intelligent garments. Her garments are refined through time, contemplation and work; design that hopes to provoke and highlight the wearers non-conforming spirit.

Using this process-based design approach Susan's current collection (available in store now) considers minimal waste through reductive pattern-making. Like origami for the body each garment is made from a 150cm square piece of fabric. The garments feature sustainable textiles such as hemp and organic cotton, which are hard-wearing and develop character with use. 

Employing a neutral palette of ivory, black and chambray, these unisex pieces are layerable,  easy wearing and cater to sizes 8 - 20.

Designer: Suzan Dlouhy Photographer:  Eryca Green

Designer: Suzan Dlouhy
Photographer: Eryca Green


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We are again excited to announce that Assemblage Project is participating in FASHFEST for a second time. This year Assemblage Project will feature some of our designers on the catwalk: Eva Cassis, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Wendy Voon and Kowtow.  It will be the first time any of these labels have been at FASHFEST and the first time they have collaborated.  We are looking forward to seeing a dynamic show on the night.

Other designers we have in store have chosen to have their own individual catwalk presentations including Edition, Karen Lee, Pure Pod and SZN.

Assemblage Project appears on the catwalk in the 6:30pm show on Saturday 1 October. Tickets are available from FASHFEST website.

FASHFEST 2015 Designer

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We are excited to announce that this year Assemblage Project is participating in FASHFEST 2015. FASHFEST 2015 is on from 13-16 May at the National Convention Centre,  a fabulously warm venue. Assemblage Project will showcase on the catwalk on finale night. 

Glam up and we'll see you there.

A new location in 2015

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Assemblage Project is now open in the new location at Shop 66, 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon.

It is a very different space with huge windows and great light. Walking into the ORI building arcade you can see our awesome display window showing all our wares. The space is open and brings the studio into the retail space.

As we settle in and learn the new space we look forward to your visits, your comments and feedback.

Melbourne Trip

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A couple of weeks ago the three of us trekked down to Melbourne to go to the jewellery, gift and lifestyle trade shows.

We went to find out what else was happening in the world of making and retail and to (hopefully) find some lovely new products to share with you all. The trade shows are split into two - LifeInstyle, which is mostly Australian designed and made products, and Reed Gift and Giving fair, mostly products imported from China or India.

It is really quite interesting to go to both and see the ideas filtering down from small designer to mass production and also to encounter just how much STUFF gets made in the world, it takes a good 3-4 days to walk through all the stalls and this would be tiny compared to some other trade shows!

It really drove home (for me at least - Gemma) the importance of supporting smaller locally made products and designers. I am happy to let you know that we found three new labels to share with you that are all made in Melbourne by people who are incredibly passionate about what they do.

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos at the actual trade show so am just sharing images of their products from the web. The labels we will be introducing are: Insync jewellery, Temono leather bags and Luna Gallery knitwear. We will go into more depth on them all soon so stay tuned for more blogs.

We have already received the beautiful pieces from Insync and they are selling quickly so pop in soon to check them out. Temono and Luna Gallery will be arriving in about a month or so and we will keep you updated.

We hope you enjoy these products as much as we do. :)


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New Products

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At Assemblage Project we are expanding our product in store and have recently welcomed some new arrivals.

Wendy Voon

Wendy Voon is a knit wear label that we are very excited to stock. Wendy’s pieces are hand made on domestic knitting machines in her studio in Melbourne. We have had the pleasure of seeing Wendy at work and the process of knitting looks similar to playing a musical instrument. Wendy’s chunky woolen knits are satisfying to the senses and are perfect for the cold days that are finally happening.


We are now also stocking a range of Smitten basics as well as some of their dresses and cardigans. Smitten, a Tasmanian label, produces 100% premium super fine merino wool clothing with all manufacturing undertaken in Tasmania.

Authentically Tasmanian, Smitten understands rapidly changing weather conditions and the need for base layers which are perfect for Canberra. The premium merino wool is soft, light, form fitting and easy to care for – giving you a little piece of luxury that looks and feels right.

100% of their wool is sourced from local premier wool growing regions and their passion is to produce Australian made garments that are natural, sustainable and environmentally aware.

Tried and tested by known athletes, outdoor adventurers, thermal lovers and those who want beautiful but classic wardrobe items, Smitten is for everywhere you want to be.

Stuart the Cat

There’s a cat in the house… 

Another addition to the store is local Canberra jewellery designer Stuart the Cat. Lisa makes simple, elegant jewellery that is lovingly crafted. She is an archaeologist and a silver smith and combines these passions to create pieces that are sophisticated yet fun.

We also have beautiful winter designs coming in from 4 Minutes 33 and Karen Lee. New pieces are coming in every couple of weeks and styles are limited so make sure you pop in regularly to play with what’s new.


Gemma, Karen and Francesca