Lots of exciting things happening this month! Here's a wrap up...
National Gallery of Australia
We are privileged to have our work chosen to be featured in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the largest and most prestigious gallery in the country. Our Wonder Tents and newly released Cushions will be accompanying the Tom Roberts exhibition (gallery store) over the summer. So amazing! The late Tom Roberts was a prominent Australian painter, renowned for depicting classic landscapes & outback scenes, with the most famous artwork being 'Shearing the Rams'. Like many fellow Aussies, Jo grew up with this print on her family room wall. It is an image that is closely intertwined with her happy childhood memories, so this opportunity for our brand is really a wonderful honour. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Facebook page.
We wish to celebrate some new & amazing stockists - you can now find Such Great Heights in Arcade (Nashville TE), Tip You're It (Canberra ACT), Young Folk Store (Sydney NSW), Willow and the Bowerbird (East Fremantle WA), Oompa and Bella Luna Toys (Rockland ME), Mapamundi (San Francisco CA), and online stores Adorn the Fawn (Australia) and Le Petite Organic (USA). We are also due to add a handful of Scandinavian and European stockists in the next month. Image by Such Great Heights
The Adventure Cape returns!
And they're baaaaack…. Our much adored Adventure Capes are making their way back into our online store with plenty of time for Christmas! These lush cotton velveteen heirloom pieces make the perfect prop for rich, imaginary play. Taking pre-orders NOW for a Christmas delivery. Accompanying the Red capes with the Wildflowers print lining this year, is a Royal Blue cape with Cosmos print lining, in collaboration with Melbourne artist, Gemma Patford Legge! Lots of pics coming soon…Top image by Jamie Hopper Photography for @mintkarla, bottom image by Such Great Heights
And we're getting to that time of year again folks, the beautiful Christmas season is just around the corner! Exactly 6 weeks to go. We hope all our wonderful followers are starting to make plans to spend some quality time with your families. If you're anything like us, Christmas seems to sneak up on us and the last fortnight before Dec 25th is a panicked flurry of online shopping and chaos! This year in our family, we've made a conscious decision to approach Christmas shopping differently - to give ourselves time. Time to make every gift purchase a carefully considered one, that reflects our values - quality, originality, ethical, practical, meaningful & always, beautiful. Buying less, but buying better, gifts for our family and friends that will bring value and joy to their lives. Certainly, this takes more thought and preparation than the last minute rush to the closest giant department store! If this rings true for you too, then allow yourself a quiet moment this weekend to get thinking and researching where you will be spending your hard earned Christmas budget this year.
Image from the Instagram account @kateygale featuring the Such Great Heights Clothes Rack
The story behind this beautiful garment dates back to when we launched Such Great Heights in 2012. Jo drafted up a pattern for a simple, reversible play cape, made with style and children's safety in mind (light press studs for the neck closure will pop open easily in the event of the cape being pulled backwards). She lovingly sewed them at the kitchen table in the wee hours when the children were tucked into bed. Made from lush red cotton velveteen, they draped so beautifully and had the most amazing sheen in the light. The printed cotton fabrics that line the cape were sourced from Jo's favourite local fabric shops. As time went on, the demand for them crept higher and higher, and keeping up became a challenge, especially as we had no control over when a particular fabric would be discontinued.
We received so much feedback from dear customers telling us how much they adored them, and asking when they could buy more. It gave us the impetus to create our own unique fabric design to line this beautiful piece. This would then truly make it 100% our own, and would also allow us to have control over the printing of the fabric - on selecting the perfect base cloth, creating the perfect palette, how much fabric we needed, and when we wanted to print more.
We turned to our friend, Brooklyn based illustrator, Rawaan Alkhatib, and commissioned the artwork that we now call 'Wildflowers'. This incredibly detailed illustration featuring Australian flora, was printed on the softest of cottons, and sewn into these beautiful capes by our team of amazing sewers in the USA. We are thrilled to have them back on the market, and to offer them as a wholesale product to retail stores.
Next, it was time to dream up a photo shoot (Jo on styling & Ryan on the camera). Easily one of our favourite parts of the whole process!! We envisaged a long haired beauty to showcase the cape in all it's glory, with long hair cascading over her shoulders and into the folds of the velveteen. And miraculously, via the power of social media, we found the girl of our dreams!! Introducing the heavenly daughters of fellow Australian business owner, Jo of Little Village Handmade (www.littlevillagehandmade.com.au). We can't even explain how divine these girls are, their gentle temperament and amazing appearance gave them an almost ethereal quality, as though they walked amongst us as angels. We'll be eternally grateful for the lengths that this gorgeous family went to to be part of this project, flying halfway across the country to spend the day with us. Truly blessed!!
To purchase one of our gorgeous Adventure Capes, please head to our online store HERE...
We do hope you love these images, just as we do xPhotography by Ryan O'Connor and styling by Jo Fahy, owners of Such Great Heights.
Floral crowns by the remarkably talented Sally of Poppies Flowers.