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      Help stop the fast fashion mountain

      We love this image of a 16ft, 7.5 ton mountain of discarded clothes, which represents just one day of textile waste in Hong Kong. It reminds us of our commitment to be more mindful of the way we make our own collections. Here at Tluxe it’s important that we use quality fabrics, local makers and modern yet classic designs that will last you more than just one season.

      At the moment we, as a society, are buying more clothes than ever and the numbers just keep rising every year. Why? Largely because of cheap, fast fashion which we mostly buy on impulse. These are the purchases, which end up in the second hand clothing bin in no time at all when they fall apart, get out of shape, or just don’t work with anything else in our wardrobes.

      We love author Elizabeth L. Cline’s suggestions on how to get a handle on your impulse buys, which you can read more about in her book, Over-dressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion. She suggests:

       

       -Be more strategic about your clothes shopping like setting a clothing budget for the year and working out what you really need.

       -Look at fabrication labels, and opt for natural fibres that not only wear better but feel good against your skin, like silk, Tencel and Modal – the type of fabrics we use here at Tluxe.

      -And why not learn to sew? Mending and altering your clothes is a great way to not only make them last, but create more of a meaningful relationship with what you wear, so you’re less likely to thoughtlessly throw them away.

       

      Buy quality: Tluxe 100% fine merino wool and silk Casbah poncho

      And if you’ve no time to sew, invest in quality designs that will last, such as our range of cosy 100% fine merino wool jumpers, cardigans and ponchos, which will keep you feeling warm and looking effortlessly chic as the nights draw in.

      New Year, new ideas...

       

      Happy New Year you lovely people! Hope you're all enjoying one of our best summers ever - and are finding plenty of sartorial inspiration in our January sale. For those of you who may feel the need to escape the heat (41 degrees expected in Sydney tomorrow!), skip the crowds at the beach for a little cultural inspiration in the air-conditioned coolness of Sydney's MCA and the fantastic Anish Kapoor exhibition, which is on now until April 1st. Kapoor is one of our personal all-time favourite artists and this is a chance to immerse yourself in the perception-changing colour of his work up close. So do don't miss it!

      Here comes the sun...

       

      This week, with spring now definitely in the air, we will be mostly listening to the latest album from Quantic and Alice Russell. Particularly loving the title single to the album, Around the Corner. You can almost feel the sun's rays warming your skin as the intro sweeps in. Delicious.

      Inspire me... for the new season!

       

       

      We're super excited this week to announce the arrival of our spring/summer 2012 collection, By the Ocean, now available to buy online. To get you in the mood for the coming summer we've included a detail shot of our new digital palm print (along with our inspirational mood board for the season), which we've featured on some rather lovely signature drapey tops, dresses and a pair of the season's must-have printed trousers (available soon!). In the spirit of the Tluxe brand of easy Australian style, we suggest wearing your hot-new-now palm print with nothing more than a pair of classic Persol Rattis, and some fabulous flats, like these very on-trend silver mirror wedges. You can almost feel the sand between your toes...