Unicef - Double the Donation
Elk is proud to be a Platinum Champion for Children since 2011. Thanks to your generosity in contributing to our Elk online donation matching initiative, we have been able to donate over $160,000 to support UNICEF's work for children around the world.
This Christmas we are excited to announce that we will double your donation! For every $2 you donate we will donate $4! To donate, simply purchase from our Elk online store and at checkout select the ‘Donate $2 to UNICEF' option.
UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund, the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised. Working in 190 countries and territories with a focus on improving the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children, UNICEF has worked tirelessly for over 70 years to improve the lives of children and their families.
Your donation can help transform the lives of children around the world. Every day 16,000 children die from preventable diseases. Yet clean water to drink and bathe in, improved sanitation, routine childhood immunisation and good, nutritious food are all simple solutions to combat this.
Your donation contributes to UNICEF programs such as:
• Improve access to healthcare, safe water and sanitation and are the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries.
• Ensure quality education for girls and boys.
• Protect children from violence and exploitation.
• Guarantee that the world’s children are not malnourished.
• Give all children everywhere access to the rights they deserve.
Marnie Goding & Adam Koniaras xxRead More
Movember at Elk
At Elk, family is at the heart of everything we do. Everyone has a father, partner, brother, son or friend who at some time in their life is affected by a men’s health issue. At Mr Elk, we are on a mission this #Movember to create some seriously impressive Mo's to help support Men's Health. Our Mr Elk Crew is rising to the challenge to support the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round.
Eddie is the ringleader of Mr Elk’s Mo team and as is fitting of a leader, his moustache goal is inspired by the one and only Australian Mo King, Merv Hughes. Eddie has joined #Movember because he would like to help raise funds and awareness for men's health. Eddie hopes that as this event becomes more popular and well known so that more men can become comfortable talking about their issues (mental and physical), rather than keeping them to themselves. Also, this is Eddie's first attempt at growing a moustache and he and his friends are looking forward to having a laugh at his progress.
Heroic Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer and academic, Sir Douglas Mawson, is the moustache hero of Elk Co-founder and Director, Adam. Already ahead of the game with his facial hair growth, Adam is on a mo-mission to achieve a refined yet bushy 'Chevron' style Mo by the end of #Movember. Adam has joined our Mr Elk Mo Crew with the ambition to encourage his employees and fellow gents to talk more. Like many of us, Adam has experienced the challenge of expressing his thoughts and emotions from time and believes #Movember provides a great environment to talk about men's health issues with family and employees to raise awareness of common challenges.
Family man Linn from our warehouse team is looking forward to growing his Johnny Depp inspired moustache, a neat and lean version of the Chevron style. Linn has joined #Movember because he believes it is a great way to spread the word on the importance of having open conversations with friends and family and always listening and giving time to everyone.
We are excited to watch Elk old timer Jordan’s Mo progress as he endeavours to grow an ambitious moustache, known as the "Walrus" style, just like his Mo Hero, Ned Flanders. Jordan supports #Movember because he believes it is important to make man time with his mates and to check in on a regular basis.
Hailing all the way from Canada, Owen from our warehouse team has taken on the mo-mentous challenge of growing a Mo just like his hero, Tom Selleck. We are hoping when we photograph his Mo achievement at the end of #Movember he will style his Mo in homage to 80's retro fashion with a Canadian Suit otherwise known as the top to toe denim look. Owen has joined the Mr Elk Mo team to do his part in raising awareness of the importance of having honest conversations with friends and family on a regular basis.
Introducing Mikey Andersson
Mr Elk recently teamed up with local photographer Mikey Andersson and a curation of ethical Australian brands including Seljak, Will and Bear and Mr Simple on an adventure photo shoot to some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking locations. We sat down with Mikey to find out more about his creative life and a recent trip to Tasmania.
Tell us a bit about yourself; what made you choose the path of being a photographer?
I was born in Sweden, though I have spent many years travelling. Traveling the world has had a huge impact on me and has shaped me in many ways. It also led me to Australia back in 2005 where I instantly fell in love with the sun, surf and relaxed lifestyle of a small NSW coastal town. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to become a citizen of this amazing country.
From a young age, I have always had a vivid imagination and I loved creating images based on the characters and stories I came up with in my head. I would draw these characters always conscious of creating depth using light and shadows. At the age of 11, my grandfather gave me my first lesson and introduced me to my first camera. It was an original Polaroid and I remember thinking how the concept of freezing a moment in time by introducing light to a little black box was the coolest thing ever.
Since then I have always loved taking photos. However, it wasn’t until I discovered digital photography and photoshop that my passion for creating images through photography went from being a passion to also being a career.
I am now a commercial photographer specialising in fashion and advertising. Creating images still remains about telling a story. The story is often about a brands identity and creating images that convey the mood, values and voice of that brand. However, I am still inspired by fictional characters and stories that I create in my mind and this gives birth to creative shoots and collaborations. I try and do as many personal assignments as I can to fuel my creativity and keep things interesting.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually start my day with some kind of physical activity. Just getting my body moving and getting my head right. It used to be surfing, but since moving to Melbourne my surfing has sadly taken some hits. The days when
I’m shooting, it’s all about the shoot. I don’t see or pay attention to much else. If I don’t have a shoot on, I will probably spend the day planning for one or editing.
What is one of the best work assignments you have been on?
I have been fortunate to work on some pretty amazing projects with great brands. However, I think this recent trip to Tasmania was definitely one of my favourite assignments so far.
Tell us about your recent Tasmania trip, how did it come about and who was the brands/team involved?
The idea of the trip was born around a fire pit in the backyard of a Melbourne coastal town. The conversation quickly gathered momentum once the suggestion of an adventure trip was put on the table. The shared passion for exploration and braving the elements in search of surf and solitude connected everyone who sat around the fire pit that night. Obviously, my mind went wild with the possibilities of photographically documenting an adventure trip to Tasmania.
I decided to involve brands including Seljak, Will and Bear, Mr Elk and Mr Simple, as they all shared our passion for exploration, as well as strong ethical values about their footprint on the earth. Seljak, for example, creates amazing recycled wool blankets using offcuts from the factory floor of Australia’s oldest mill and Will & Bear plants 10 trees for every hat sold. Mr Elk ensures the quality of their products is made sustainably and ethically, they endeavour to be aware of the impact they have on the environment and also the communities who create their products.
We left Melbourne on a cool August evening; our convoy of 3 land rovers filled with excited adventurers crossed the Bass Strait with a rough plan of our week ahead.
I had obviously scouted some spots that I thought would be ideal for photos, but we wanted to just let the trip evolve naturally. Firstly, we headed North-east, where we found beautiful beaches, blue skies and 20 degree days, definitely not what any of us were expecting from a winter Tassie trip.
The colourful scenery of Freycinet National Park (Wine Glass Bay) at sunrise was a great hiking adventure creating the perfect backdrop for some stunning photos. As we headed south, so did the temperature, and the Tasmanian winter showed its true colours.
We explored Mt Wellington’s snowcapped mountains where Will and Bear’s beanies and Seljak’s wool blankets kept us all warm. My favourite part of the trip was crossing over to the west coast. The landscape is absolutely amazing and there is literally a photo opportunity waiting behind every turn. We set up camp one night in the middle of nowhere after getting a little lost and having crossed a number of vast open fields. It was one of those places where you truly felt a great absence of civilisation. Nothing but ancient wilderness surrounding you in every direction. For me, I think that moment was what made the trip. That was what I had hoped to find when first starting to plan this trip, absolute solitude.
Any new exciting projects coming up?
I have a few projects in the pipeline at the moment. I feel like my photography has really evolved in the last year and I am really excited about the direction it is going.
Elk on The Grace Tales
We are excited to share a recent ELK feature on The Grace Tales – the globally renowned blog created for the stylish mother with inspiring style and inspiring stories. See an excerpt below from the feature and click the link below to see the full article - http://thegracetales.com.au/tale-marnie-goding/
"For Melbourne-based accessories label Elk, running a business is a case of combining family, passion and a social conscience. Founder Marnie Goding works alongside husband Adam to create a quintessentially Australian brand that is inspired by Scandinavian design, creating everything from jewellery to clothing and handbags, including the recent addition of swimwear to their hefty stable of products...
The busy mother of two credits her marketing background and childhood as the driving factors to creating a business that has grown steadily since its inception in 2004, most recently winning the Telstra Medium Business of the Year award, which celebrates the brand’s commitment to Australian design, independent fashion and ethically sourced materials. So how does the business creative make marriage, children and business all co-exist? “It’s about playing to each other’s strengths and supporting each other when it’s most needed. Good communication and time away from the business to talk is also important. Having an external and impartial advisor to help us navigate some of the tougher times has also been great. I have great respect for Adam and each of us have learnt when to let the other person take the lead.”
Read on to hear more from Marnie on her business highs and lows, how she uses enthusiasm to tackle motherhood challenges and why building a brand is all about being slow, steady and well-prepared…
Read more on the Grace Tales Blog
Stockist Feature - Perican Bing
We are excited to welcome a new independent boutique to the Elk family, Perican Bing in Portland, USA. This light filled store is stocked with a beautiful curation of homewares and apparel. Owners Dominga and Lynne both come from well-established marketing and buying careers and have teamed their talents with a passion to create the unique shopping experience of Perican Bing. We spoke with co-owner Dominga Ramirez to find out more about her life and Perican Bing.
2. What does a day at work at Perican Bing consist of?
The day starts with a strong coffee, then perusing news, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. I force myself to balance the creative part I love—merchandising, creating content, styling, etc. with the operational needs, like inventory management, marketing and tackling my epic To Do list!
3. Favourite travel item?
It is a tie between my Tempurpedic eye mask and my poncho. Both are always with me when I travel.
4. Describe in five words or less your ideal day
Sunday NYT, Coffee, Quiet, Sun
5. What is on your bucket list of travel destinations?
Now that Cuba is open to travel from the US, it’s definitely on my list. I’ll make my Mom give me dancing lessons first, though!
6. If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?
Trivial Pursuit game. May as well use my time wisely.
7. If you could have any 5 people over for dinner who would they be?
If choosing from who’s currently alive, then I’d say the author Meg Wolitzer, Dolly Parton, Issa Rae, Pamela Adlon and Elizabeth Warren. Guess it’s a ladies night!
8. What is your spirit animal?
My mom, daughter and I have kind of a fascination with moths. We’ve had a few come into the store that we’re pretty sure are someone we once knew.
9. Favourite Elk item this season?
The wool cape. It instantly pulls any outfit together and is versatile enough to work with jeans, dresses and even joggers.Read More
We are so excited to announce that ELK has won the 2017 Telstra National Medium Business of the Year Award.
We are proud to have been the only Victorian business to win a national award and we were so honoured to share the night with some of the most inspiring, creative independent businesses in Australia. Together we are contributing to our community and economy and the chance to celebrate the entrepreneurial, hard working Australian spirit was truly wonderful.
We all should be proud of the more than two million small and medium businesses who are Australia's major employers and the spirit of our country. For us it is time to celebrate and reflect on the past 13 years and thank you for your support, for championing Australian business and for joining us on our journey.
Here's to the future!
Marnie and Adam xxRead More
Telstra Business Awards 2017
We are so pleased to share all the wonderful messages of support we received from the Elk community in the lead up to winning the 2017 Telstra Victorian Medium Business Award! We would like to personally thank each of you for your continued support and express our gratitude to all of our amazing customers!
Marnie and Adam xx
"ELK, you're a business inspiration! We love watching you evolve and grow, it inspires us to try harder and to dream bigger. Congratulations & good luck! - PAYA boutique"
"ELK has been the most delightful and innovative company we have dealt with over the last decade. Their commitment to service and animal causes is commendable! - Jenny ODonnell"
"Congratulations Marnie Goding and Adam! We have worked together for many years now and it is always a pleasure. The very best of luck to you and the team! - Sharon Kyriacou. Elevated Boutique"
"Congratulations Marnie Goding and Adam! Love everything you represent about ELK.Gorgeous, creative product, a modern business with a great culture. You deserve a win - Sally Kailas"
"Well done ELK Team! Your brand, ethos and mission are so admired. Best wishes - Elle"
"Marnie Goding and Adam have a business in the lifestyle industry that needs to be applauded. They have grown, innovated and stayed true to their brand. Outstanding! - Louise King - Arlington"
"Congratulations to Marnie Goding and Adam and the ELK team. Your business model always puts your customers first and your success is a testament to that!! - Adam Worling"
"Congratulations to ELK for building a global business that supports independent retailers and their often forgotten loyal consumers. Well done Marnie Goding and Adam - Leigh McKeown"
"Congratulations Marnie Goding and Adam on this amazing achievement and for creating a business and workplace we can all be proud of. Good luck! - Mali"
"Congratulations on being selected as a finalist for the 2017 Telstra Business Awards. We couldn't think of a more deserving business for this award. - The Ivy"
"Congratulations and well deserved. The ELK team amaze me every season, Style Fabric and price! One very happy customer....Keep up the great work! - Michelle Anable - Your Home Matters"
"It's been an amazing journey seeing Elk grow over the years. Through it all their mission has always been to support, create and inspire - from maker to buyer. - Alice Robertson. We love ELK - POD EMPORIUM"
"We have been buying fabulous ELK accessories & clothing to sell in our shop for 6 years. They are high in integrity & generous in business. - Rosey Neilson"
"We absolutely love the Elk product at our Boutique in Echuca and we get very excited when the new range comes in! The quality fantastic, Staff great - Shirley (Prato Echuca)"
"Thanks to the Telstra Business Awards for recognising what we already knew- that Adam and Marnie have built an awesome Aussie business! - Jane Gosde
What a fantastic team. You are already a winner. - Art Gallery of Ballarat, Gallery Gift Shop, Manager Sue Jackson"
"I have been associated with Marnie and Adam of Elk for the past 8 years and feel honoured that I have seen the product grow so successfully over that time. - Jane Wilson"
"Congratulations on your nomination Marnie & Adam! We are so very proud to be stockists of such an amazing label! You are truly deserving winners!! - Anita Halsall - The Black & Dane Trading Co"
"Canada LOVES Elk. Marnie, Adam and the whole team are always a pleasure to work with. They are smart, kind, thoughtful and generous. Elk is a national treasure! - Karena MacAllister"
"Congratulations ELK! You have such a wonderful business and are most deserving of this nomination. Fingers crossed for a win! From the Papaya Team - Mary Peiffer @ Papaya"
"It's amazing to see ELK kicking goals worldwide all while designing and innovating right here in Melbourne, Australia. Keep it up! - John Rosato"
"Dear Adam and Marnie, Congratulations on becoming a TBA finalist! We're all so proud of the fantastic brand/company you've worked so hard to create! - Bec Fitzgibbon"
"CONGRATULATIONS!!! So well deserved! Good luck...x - Hayley Bromley"
"Absolute awesomeness! Great brand, fabulous team and truly amazing owners! - Sally Bianco"
"Wonderful Team ELK, Could not have wished for a more deserving company. Good Luck x - Nikki"
"GO TEAM GO! All the best for the hard working, family run Melbourne business. - Gemma Watson"
" Wishing Elk all the best success on their nomination for the Telstra Business Award. The nomination in itself is an Award for the Company and all its staff. - Anastasia Karaman"
"I can't think of a more deserving business to receive this award. It's obvious to everyone they love what they do and they do it so well.- Wendy Keast (Tempted)"
"Good luck guys..... We love our Elk products and are proud to be part of the extended Elk family. Keep up the good work!! - Concepts of Armidale"
"Congratulations on this amazing endorsement of the incredible business you have built Marnie, Adam and all of the Elk team! - Katrina Kruze"
"Congratulations ELK. Great Company. - Country Affair. DUNGOG NSW"
"Good Luck Elk! You have done such an amazing job and I love working with you xoxo - Paula Madafferi"
"Toffish is proud to be a major stockist of Elk. We are proud to sell a quality product in our store. Have an amazing night Marnie and Adam. - Fiona Cairney"
"I have been apart of Elk since the beginning of their dream. Marnie and Adam are true professionals Continually Innovative and a Business of Integrity. - Homeleigh House"
"The one Australian fashion business that upholds all the best qualities of our culture: creativity, production values, pricing ethics and humanity. Thank you. - Urban Oasis, Pyrmont"
"We all thank you for your exemplary creativity, production values, and ethics together with a rare humanity that makes our relationship a pleasure. - The Urban Oasis team"
"So proud to be a retail partner of ELK and to have shared your journey over many years. Good luck and congratulations from Francis and Francis. - Francis and Francis"
"ELK is honestly one of the best well run small businesses I have ever been apart of! Everyone works as a team and the love and support cannot go unnoticed. - Katelyne Tobias"
"Congratulations Marnie Goding and the ELK team for your nomination. We love being a stockist of ELK and for your continued support of small businesses. - Essential Homebody"
"Best Wishes Marnie Goding, Adam and the ELK team, we are proud to be sharing this journey with you. Di Billiet - Di Billiet"
"A well deserved honour to ELK for their thoughtful brand and product evolution, and all they give back to the communities they work with and care about. - Paper Plane (store)"
"Go Marnie Goding and Adam, it is such an amazing workplace to be part of- Helen
Congratulations ELK- an amazing Australian brand! Their design, integrity, authenticity and focus on their retail partners and customer service is incredible! - Liz Shrimski"
"Extremely high quality, affordable fashion that we love! Good luck guys!!! - Kate McLaren"
"Congratulations on the amazing company you have worked hard to create. The team at shop girl flower girl are proud to represent your excellent product - Kerist Klekner"
"Such a wonderful brand and the products are just divine and made to the highest quality! - Danielle Goldstone"
"In over thirty five years retail experience I have never dealt with a more supportive, honest and ethical company as ELK. The whole team are amazing. Good luck. - Alison Noseda"
"ELK is hands down the best suppliers ever! With the dog eat dog attitude in retail, ELK is a shining light on how to do business with love and professionalism. - Bridget Laucke, Alabaster"
"A wonderful company which stands for great design and quality, value for money, integrity and community and family values. Congratulations on your achievements. - Sue Silverblue"
"Congratulations to Marnie Goding and Adam on their well deserved nomination. We are so proud to be a stockist of their innovative and inspired field. - Soup on Sundays"
"I have been a stockist of ELK since 2008. Marnie Goding, Adam and their team have been absolutely amazing to work with. They take pride in their product and service. - Valerie Burgess"
"Wishing you good luck and success in the Telstra Business Awards. I have only been dealing with you for two and half years but every encounter has been a pleasure !! - Leigh Bartholomaeus"
" ELK is our fastest growing fashion concept label - always exciting, always innovative. Congratulations Marnie Goding and Adam and your amazing team at ELK Accessories. - Wendys Boutique Ltd"
"Good luck to Marnie, Adam and the team from ELK, Preston from the Business Development Unit at Darebin City Council. - Miss Danielle Phyland"
Muse - Summer 2017
We are excited to share our new season collection, Muse.
“A person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist”
The world today is a technically driven, sensory overload where the creative line is blurred between origin and originality. So for Summer 17/18, we have gone back in time. We have found influence in the past and in genuine artistic pursuit, by looking to just a few of the women who in their time have challenged art to move in new directions. Through pioneering new ideas, in breaking rules regarding subject, scale and technique they can be perceived as creative inventors.
Their intention, like ours is today, was to move forward, to progress and develop not only their craft but not to settle for the norm. We have let a little of this combined talent influence our most recent collection and in doing so have taken cues from their individual aesthetic.
Each print in the range was designed in house and every piece has been created with great care and consideration. We talked at lengths about how what we create today is relevant in providing a sense of the genuine and we challenged ourselves not to settle for the ordinary.
Like the women in our focus, at Elk we have a commitment to our craft. These women are role models from whom we can attribute a sense of independence and a confidence in our own ability and creativity.
Collectively they are our MUSE.
Discover your summer style here.
Samee Lapham #elkloveslocal
At Elk, we love all things local so when we discovered the work of Melbourne based photographer Samee Lapham we knew we had found a kindred spirit! Samee is taking over our Instagram account this week featuring special places and spaces that make our hometown of Victoria in Australia so unique.
Before Samee took over @elkaccessories for the week, we took some time out to find out a little more about Samee.
View our Instagram @elkaccessories to see Samee’s favourite local spots.
What is your favourite local spot in Melbourne?
There are too many to list! Since moving to Melbourne at the start of 2016, my map app has become so clustered with stars the whole of Melbourne is now engulfed by yellow! As I’m based in Fitzroy North, I'm quite biased to the area I live in—my absolute favourites within a 10 minute radius of my house include Carolina or Breakfast Thieves for brunch, Billy Van Creamy for the best ice-cream in Melbourne (hands down!), Gler Thai for a mean green curry, and Longplay or Joe’s Shoe Store for a drink with friends. Yes, it’s all about the food!
What’s a normal day in the life of Samee?
Perhaps the only normalities in my day-to-day are coffee and vegemite toast. Everything else at the moment is pretty sporadic and changes daily—from shooting & editing photos, to writing & curating content, to website design, social media management, preparing EDMs, designing print collateral, and replying to emails somewhere in there too! It’s organised chaos, as I like to call it.
Favourite travel destination?
Again, too many to list! Whilst I lived in London over 2013-2015 I managed to fit in quite a bit of travel to Europe and is in part what inspired me to pursue photography more seriously. Top of the list includes Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and ALL of Italy.
I also travelled to a fair amount of ski fields with my parents and two brothers growing up, and our most memorable trip was to the Monashee Mountains, BC, to ski backcountry. Of the thirty odd people on the trip, my mum and I were the only two women, which made it even more daunting (why were we the only women!?)—we had avalanche training and spent five days in waist deep powder in the middle of what felt like nowhere. It was incredible.
What’s on your bucket list for travel destinations?
Santorini, New York, Joshua Tree, Reykjavík, Uluru and Tassie!
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I’ve had a camera in my hand since early high school, but it was actually when I first got a digital camera and then an iPhone that really sparked my day to day photo-taking the most. The friends I made whilst living in London played a huge part—we would meet up on weekends and wander around taking photos together, it was seriously the best fun. I was taking more photos than ever, but I was also looking for the better shots and learning from others who were equally as passionate.
I’ve worked as a graphic and digital designer since 2006, which I love, but it’s whenever I pick up my camera that I feel my happiest—and so I chase that feeling. It’s nice to have a balance between design and photography in my work nowadays.
What is your spirit animal?!
I’ve always loved polar bears, so let’s go with that!
An Elk Easter with Oxfam
This Easter, with your help, we are excited to support Oxfam Australia with the gift of a chicken for every online order at Elk.
For every order placed throughout Easter, we will purchase a chicken through Oxfam which will be gifted to a family in Mozambique on your behalf.
Oxfam Australia works to increase access to food in Mozambique by providing families with the initial training, support and livestock to raise chickens. Households can then eat the eggs as well as sell chickens and eggs at the market to earn money. It's a small gift that will change a lot for these communities.
Visit unwrapped.oxfam.org.au for more on the difference this donation makes.
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Welcome to our New Flagship Store!
We are exited to share with you the opening of the first Elk Flagship store! After nearly 14 years this exciting new store marks a landmark occasion and an exciting step in the Elk journey.
Our new space is located at 182 Little Collins St within a heritage building with a rich retail history. Our Co-Founder and Creative Director Marnie Goding, says of the space “Once we saw the incredible original features, like the curved glass, we knew it was the space for us.”
When planning the design of the space, Marnie and Adam collaborated with renowned interior designer Fiona Lynch to create a very unique and welcoming retail environment that reflects the ELK aesthetic while still pushing the boundaries of innovative interior design.
“We really wanted to create a space that was progressive in a design sense but remained warm and respectful to the Elk brand heritage. The brief to Fiona was to create this design evolution through the use of considered finishes, warm lighting, soft flooring and functionality as a priority.” Marnie explains. Fiona’s design response to this brief was to use a natural colour palette while creating depth and interest through the choice of finishes and materials. “Despite it being a small space, there was a lot of detail to consider” Fiona adds.
The resulting design creates an environment that is both warm and inviting. Supple leather adorns the pull-out accessories wall to encourage touch while aluminium details, luxurious corian stone and brass all play a role in creating a comfortable experience.
“Functionality was a key consideration in the design of this space. The conceptual architectural ceiling grid offers essential flexibility and versatility in the space for product display, while materiality was pushed in creative ways to add texture and warmth to the space” says Fiona.
A truly bespoke collaboration in every sense, Marnie, Adam and Fiona Lynch were able to engage with local makers and craftspeople to add warmth and personality to the modern design, “Within our business, collaborating with artisans is central to what we do so to have the opportunity to work with such talented creatives made the process very enjoyable. From hand polished plaster, bespoke stonemasonary, leather makers and sculptors all bringing their craft to the space made the process a true collaboration of artists" Marnie explains.
To launch this exciting milestone we celebrated with some of our family and friends, click on this link to take a look through the Facebook album of our opening event: Elk Flagship Store Opening Event Photos
ELK is now open at 182 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, contact us on: 03 8609 1247. Drop by and visit our friendly team during open hours:
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Introducing Sally Bernard
Sally’s Instagram takes you to an aesthetically stylish place providing inspiration to women through styling ideas in children's fashion, women's fashion, interior design and decor. Among her talented flatlay shots are snippets of the Bernard lifestyle with her boys being regular guests.
Sally's impressive work has been featured in Home Beautiful magazine and we are now delighted to share the photos she recently took featuring some of her favourite Elk pieces. Check out her artfully styled imagery below.
The Elk Three-Piece Linen Jacket
We would like to introduce you to the Elk 3 Way Linen Black Jacket. An Elk team favourite, this unique Elk design has the flexibility to style in three ways.
Easy to adjust thanks to simple buttons, zip and drawstring details this classic Elk piece defines stylish simplicity and is an instant wardrobe staple.
We checked in with the Elk team to learn how they like to style their 3 Way Linen Black Jacket:
As a Cropped Jacket
As a Long Jacket
· Simply attach the bottom panel by the concealed buttons to create a long jacket. Layer over the Elk Block Striped Tank matched back with Elk Tied Straight Leg Pants or the all round favourite Elk Oslo denim jeans in black, blue or indigo.
As a Dress
Make it your own by adding texture, colour and layers with a selection of Elk jewellery.
We’d love to see how you style your 3 Way Linen Black Jacket – post of photo of your Elk style on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #elkaccessories
Discover our Elk Monument New Arrivals
Our new arrivals for the Monument Collection pay homage to the season’s inspiration. On the East coast of Spain sits a monumental piece of architecture called La Muralla Roja. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill this incredible building inspired the season’s feature print and design lines. The resulting graphic demands attention through colour and application and is a tribute to the inspiring world of architecture.
Whether you are looking for jewellery, clothing, leather handbags, wallets or shoes everything is designed in Melbourne. Our products are handmade all around the world using specialised materials by experienced artisans and family owned businesses. We create everything to be wearable, unique and instantly recognisable.
Discover our new arrivals here.Read More
Marnie Hawson for Elk
We are excited to introduce you to one of our favourite photographers, Marnie Hawson.
After discovering Marnie via her instagram we knew we'd discovered a new creative partnership. Marnie has worked on some beauitfully curated projects for Elk this year and we know there will be many more to come.
We decided to hand over the Elk blog to Marnie so you can learn more about this incredibley talented creative...
My previous career as an environmental scientist has a big influence on my work as a photographer, in the sense that I connect most with businesses with an ethical and sustainable mindset. Conscious consumerism and fair trade are really important to me, as my values haven't changed - just my career.
One of these such businesses is Elk, who are based in Melbourne but work with small organisations around the world to produce their collections. All their manufacturers are visited numerous times each year and working conditions, company ethics, workers rights and workplace safety are assessed prior to any work taking place. In Elk's words "transparency and honesty are fundamental values upheld across the entire supply chain". Their timber is sourced from sustainable plantations and they support UNICEF programs for vulnerable children. AND they make gorgeous and functional clothes, bags, shoes and accessories!
I've been using a Huide leather backpack for a while now, and it's a great accessory to take to shoots - it fits my laptop, huge copper water bottle, and the million other bits and pieces that don't fit into my Pelican hard case (full of camera gear). I'm just waiting for it to get enough use to age and get nice and worn - I love imperfect and aged pieces the most, and therefore love owning pieces that will last for decades and show their history in their form. [Marnie Hawson].
Elk Monument - Monochromatic Story
Introducing the Monochromatic Story from the Monument Summer 16 Collection
Confident silhouettes that strike a balance between the conceptual and functional. Creative shapes, innovative fabrics and bold designs made in classic black, white and natural tones.
Introducing the MONOCHROMATIC story. Featuring block shapes such as the Grid Burnout Top and Dress this story brings an edge to this summer’s collection, with strong statement pieces a key design feature.
Alongside Elk’s signature use of original prints is the attention to fabrication and technique. A distinctive burn out texture creates a unique grid pattern in simple black and white. Our classic shirt is reworked in the Long Patch Pocket Shirt through clever tailoring featuring a unique inverted pleat with triangle detail - a tribute to our commitment to the intersection of considered design and aesthetics.
Sophistication and comfort come together in our Drapey Wide Leg Pant, creating a stunning angular shape of billowy folds.
Dresses are defined in a variety of shapes connected through our commitment to flatter the female form. The Four Way Linen Jacket offers ease and comfort with adjustable options to be worn as a cropped jacket, a long jacket, a skirt and as a dress.
Block shapes continue our commitment to timeless design with clever construction and our considered use of bold geometric shapes. Striking colours such as viola, marigold and sea green work in harmony alongside a more contemporary, monochromatic palette.
Our Elk S16 leather collection epitomises the design inspiration with structural forms crafted into beautiful and unique shapes. Hand crafted construction maintains Elk’s commitment to quality, authenticity and to using tactile materials. Footwear sees the introduction of the Reim Flat, handmade with a distinctive black and white print grounding the design in the origins of our inspiration.
Within the Monochromatic story, we showcase a mix of statement jewellery. The Enamel and Rope U Shape Pendant has been finished with complimenting materials, showcasing Elk’s commitment to considered design.
MONUMENT will be available at www.elkaccessories.com and in selected boutiques from August 2016.
Designed in Melbourne, handmade globally.
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Elk Designed Denim
Our Elk Designed Denim Oslo Jeans put the complexity into the detail and the simplicity into the fit to give you perfect mix of comfort, function and style.
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Remembering our troops
In commemoration of ANZAC day this Monday, we sat down with Ellie from our Elk Shop to hear a moving story of her great grandfather Robert Grey.
In 1939, at age 21 Robert Grey from Sydney Australia, enlisted in the Royal Australian Army. In 1941 Robert was sent to Libya, North Africa and was soon named one of the ‘Rats of Tobruk’. Robert and his best mate John, for eight months withstood tank attacks, artillery barrages and daily bombings.
Together they endured the searing heat of the desert, bitterly cold nights and hellish dust storms. They lived in dug-outs, caves and crevices earning the name, ‘tunnel rats’. Though created by the German’s, this name became popular with the Australians, who soon adopted the name with pride.
Sadly Robert was shot and hospitalised, suffering severe blood loss. Through this hardship, it was his mate John who played a huge part in keeping him alive by donating his own blood.
It is this moving example of mateship and compassion that makes us proud to be Australian. Our team at Elk, along with many others, hold touching memories similar to Ellie's story. This Monday, we proudly stand together to remember the hardships our troops and their families have experienced.
Lest We Forget.
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Earth Day at Elk
In the Elk office we are constantly amazed by the delicious produce our wonderful Customer Service extraordinaire, Bec Fitzgibbon kindly brings in to share with the Elk Crew. Digging a little deeper into where all this nutritious bounty comes from we discovered the incredible garden that Bec’s Dad, Michael Fitzgibbon - with the help of his family - has created at their home in Woodend, a beautiful area in regional Victoria, Australia.
To celebrate Earth Day on Friday 22 April, we asked Michael to let us in on his secret tips to creating your very own garden wonderland of fresh organic seasonal produce, and in so doing, make a positive impact on the environment -
What’s growing this season in the Fitzgibbon vegetable garden?
Snow peas, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, PEANUTS! cucumbers, lots of tomatoes, heaps of passionfruit, corn, egg plants, capsicums, beetroot, zucchinis, squash, blueberries, chillies, limes, lemons, oranges, mandarins, lemon grass, heaps of herbs… and more…
Is the selection of vegetables the same every season or do you change it up?
We do like to change it up and try new things – the growing season in Woodend, Victoria, Australia, can be tricky with the cold weather and frosts but that’s not going to stop us experimenting! This season we planted sweet potatoes and peanuts for the first time – the peanuts were a success and now we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the sweet potatoes!
What are your secret tips for growing such an inspiring garden?
You have to love it and be excited by every new development. It’s a passion that rewards you in so many ways... We like to add a bit of art and interest to the garden so it’s not just functional but also fun to be around. The whole family has been involved – Bec even built the entrance arbor!
We have a ‘harvest basket’ that we all use to head down to the patch and round up a crop...
What are the rules of thumb you follow (green thumb if you wish – pardon the
Preparing the soil is a big one – veggies love soil rich in organic stuff. Regularly watering is critical – if it’s too patchy then things will seed quickly or just not develop. So, good rich soils and regular water – other than that a bit of fertilizer every now and again in the growing season and the let nature do the rest – we won’t use any chemicals or pesticides.
What is your daily routine when it comes to maintaining your garden?
Most days I take a walk through the garden and just enjoy seeing the changes.
Despite what many people may think, there is very little effort in maintaining a garden once it’s established, mulched, and has a watering system – pulling out the odd weed is about it!
We probably only water daily in the middle of summer otherwise every 2 -3 days is enough (rain water of course!).
Do you ever run out of vegetables?
We expanded the veggie patch this season and changed our approach so rather than using the garden to supplement our meals we challenge ourselves to make our meals from the garden – there’s nothing more satisfying than counting the different things in the meal that you grew yourself!
So we still rely on the supermarket a bit, but far less than we used to – our plan is to up the bar again this season.
What vegetable do you pride yourself in growing?
Hmm...whilst it’s not a vegetable, it’s hard not be proud of growing peanuts in Woodend!
Earth Day 2016 #trees4earth
To make a difference, all you have to do is plant one tree! Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, they are asking everyone to help achieve one of the most ambitious goals yet — planting 7.8 billion trees starting now! Like to learn more? Go to http://www.earthday.org/ and learn how easy it is to make a difference!
Elk Now Stocked - Frances Jaye
We are delighted to share another of our independently owned stockists, hailing from downtown Holland in Michigan, USA. Jenny Van Veen is the owner of Frances Jaye, a charming and unique shop that gathers together an eclectic range of clothing, accessories and objects that are made to be loved, worn, held and given.
The name of the store is inspired by people who have played an influential role in Jenny’s life and pays homage to the importance of family and community. The location of the store in downtown Holland, was selected by Jenny due to its appealing and unique feel, thriving independent businesses and a proud local community.
We caught up with Jenny to learn a little more about the inspiration behind Frances Jaye -
What is the one word that describes you the best?
Favourite travel item?
Sweet or Salty?
Favourite TV show or movie?
Amazing Race and Project Runway
Describe in five words or less your ideal day
Rearranging my apartment
When no one is watching?
I love to watch Disney Vlogs!
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
CEO of DisneyWorld
Beach holiday or mountain holiday?
Where is on the very top of your travel bucket list?
Always hard to choose, top three are Iceland, Argentina and New Zealand
If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?
If you could have any 5 people over for dinner who would they be?
Walt Disney, Frida Kahlo, Mark Twain and both of my grandmas
What animal are you?
If I’d be a Disney character what would I be?
Favourite Elk item this season?
I love the Carved Rope Collection and just bought the Carved Rope Pendant in Tangerine
We are so very delighted that a selection of Elk jewellery and leather is now showcased within Jenny's store , Frances Jaye, located at 50 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI, 49423.
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In the spirit of buying homegrown (and Easter) we have this week developed a new addiction to @raw_chocolate who are the most delightful raw chocolate producers around. This beautiful pic was snapped by @tohercore! (PS hop in ???? to see us as we have some gorgeous 4 packs available in store in a limited quantity until Easter!) #nomorecadbury #melbournemadeView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
21 March 2016
The SS16 Quarry Print
Piles of crushed stone that had fallen from the great walls of a marble mine in Italy was the founding inspiration behind our gorgeous Quarry Print. Inspired by the jagged textures and lines in each fallen piece, we took pen to paper and started to recreate the shapes that would become his seasons ‘must have’ print.
A lot of thought has gone not just into the graphic, but into the fabrication of each piece within this micro collection. Delicate fabrics like silk are mixed together with strong colours inspired by nature to offer up something beautiful, light and easy to wear. Our Quarry Print V-Tunic Dress sees a timeless shape reimagined with the introduction of a new technique - plastisol printing. The plastisol ink gently tugs at the fabric creating a subtle crushed look that adds texture and interest. The classic tunic shape means that this dress can be worn as a luxe beach coverall, a statement dress for a night out, or simply pair it with some skinny jeans and a pair of heels for a stylish office look.
Also featured in the plastisol print is the essential Quarry Tank. A perfectly tailored shape mixed with the flattering crushed cupro fabric makes this the perfect summer partner. Available in four colour ways, our pick is the subtle Ice with Tobacco Print. A truly unique colour that looks instantly luxurious! The soft colour palettes available in this tank and the fine line detail of the quarry print will ensure that this tank blends seamlessly into your wardrobe where we know it will become a fast favourite.
For a pop of brighter colour, invest in the very versatile silk Quarry Scarf. We think it’s the perfect length to wear loosely draped around the neckline, or tied into your hair for an effortlessly cool summer look. We know we will be wearing the Tanagerine by the poolside all summer long!
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The key to dressing for autumn is layering, and this season we have provided you with the basic tools to help you on your way. Our Light Knit Sweater will be your saviour when the chill starts to kick in. Made from a super fine blend of wool, cashmere, nylon and viscose, this easy to care and wash jumper can be worn over our under almost anything! Available in 5 key seasonal colours here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/shop/products/1481-light-knit-sweaterView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
27 February 2016
Introducing the Strokes Print
The days are getting longer, the mornings brighter and the air is slowly warming up. Summer is coming and it’s going to be a hot one!
The nextvchapter of our Summer 16 story has arrived and is now available in stores throughgout America and Canada and online.. Our summer range sees fresh colours, bold prints, crushed textures and flattering silhouettes come together to create the essential wardrobe for the warmer weather ahead.
Continuing on from the founding Unearth story, natural stone, crystal and earth were the founding inspirations for this high summer collection. We started with a photo of magnified crystal structures and our designers set to work carefully manipulating the images in-house to create something truly unique for our customers. The result was our gorgeous new Strokes Collection.
The Strokes is an explosion of on-trend colours digitally printed onto key summer clothing styles made from easy to care for fabrics. Available in two colour ways, The Green Multi Print inspires thoughts of Sunstone Crystals and Topaz while The Pink Multi Print reminds us of Rose Quartz, Poudretteite’s and Garnet stones in delicious pink tones with hints of blues. There is a colour palette within these prints to suit all wardrobes!
Relax into the spring weather with a Strokes update of our Gathered Back Pant. Featuring a tailored look front with a unique feathered elasticated back for comfort and made from a breathable lightweight fabric, these pants are the ultimate for a relaxed summer look. Pair with a cotton slub tee and some sandals for a great look for work and weekends!
Another old favourite that has been re-vamped by the new print is our classic Summer Tank. A sweet and feminine style with a simple scoop back and side panels for added interest. The Strokes Tank is light, comfortable and made from easy care Viscose so you can just simply wash and go. A great travel companion!
Making their debut into the Elk range is the contemporary, box shaped Strokes Top and Dress. Simple shift shapes for a relaxed look that suits all body shapes. The Strokes shift dress drapes beautifully from the shoulder to flatter the body and features large side pockets – a must have for a great shift dress! Hot Tip - Pair the classic shift style Strokes Dress with the Crystalline Necklace and the metallic Tresko Clog for a polished spring carnival look.
Unfortunately, like all good things, the Strokes collection is a limited edition for SS16 and the range won’t last long. To ensure you don’t miss out on Elk’s most feminine print to date, contact us now to find your local Strokes re-seller or snap up your favourite look online now here. Find your crystal colour palette and Unearth your own summer story.
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There are some people out there in the world that are just too damn clever! Check out this neat little DIY Mirror and Beauty Dock by the crafty duo behind The Merry Thought. We know what we're doing this weekend. http://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-beauty-dock/View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
26 February 2016
Mr Elk Summer 16 has arrived!
Every concept has a foundation. It is born from an idea, an inspiration or a feeling that acts as a trigger. An old photograph of a marble mine in Italy showing vast pieces of stone being carved from great strong quarry walls was our starting point for this season's MR Elk - UNEARTH
This season for MR Elk is all about tone, texture and construction. With rugged materials like cotton canvas, vegetable tanned leathers and crushed buffalo hides, this collection sees a unique blend of concurrent style and classic fabrication.
Here are our top picks from the new collection:
In the lead up to the holiday season, we’ve introduced the MAND collection. Made from thick durable vegetable tanned cow leather, the MAND wallet and overnight bag make the perfect travelling team. The overnight bag has been lined with natural cotton and also features a detachable cotton shoulder strap to take it from an overnight, to an everyday bag. The MAND overnight bag will be due mid May. Pre-order yours today by contacting us here.
The SOLNA is our new interpretation of the classic working man’s briefcase. Using crushed and treated buffalo leather to achieve its texture, the SOLNA briefcase and document holder has been designed with business in mind. Featuring pure cotton lining, with a thick saddle leather strap and trim, this bag is not only an attractive update on a classic style, but its well laid our internal compartments make it functional as well.
For the man who has almost everything, we’ve brought back a forgotten accessory. The pocket sized magnetic DYR money clip. Made from a thick buffalo leather that has been carefully embossed and dyed to look like alligator hide. The DYR clip features super strength magnets to help keep all of your notes together in the one easy-to-reach for place. For a brave new look, check out the DYR’s counter offer, the backpack here.
The MR Elk collection is the epitome of contemporary men's style. Tried and tested designs using thick raw leathers, cotton canvas and tough hardware, the Mr Elk Unearth Summer 2015 range is available online and in selected stores now. To find your local MR Elk stockist, email us here.Read More