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.
Elk xRead More
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.
Enjoy xRead More
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!
We hope that you are able to unearth your own summer story.Read More
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.
The Elk Team XxRead More
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
It’s time to shake off the last of winter and welcome a fresh new look. We are so very excited this week to be able to bring to you our new chapter of our journey – Unearth.
Every concept has a foundation. It is born from an idea, an inspiration or a feeling. In architecture, literature, art or business there has to be a trigger, a starting point from which a concept flows.
We have taken a different path this season. Clean lines and smooth cool colours contrast wonderfully against crumpled and jagged textures taken directly from nature. Brilliant crystals and agates gave us the palette of bright blues, cadmium yellow, crisp white and rosewater tints with stunning metallic highlights that can be seen throughout the range.
We embrace the metallic trend this season with new classics like our Tresko Clog and Metallisk leather range. Crushed stone inspired a new finish for some of our leather and gave way to the Krolle and Solna pieces.
This season’s apparel focuses on a well balanced range of fabrics in subtle hues all designed to be layering staples. Our oversized Kimono Shirt and Sheer Stepped Top will especially be easy ‘go to’ pieces throughout the season.
With blue tones taking centre stage, we have crafted the perfect denim jeans to take you from winter through to spring. The Oslo Denim Jean and the Sunday Denim Shirt are our take on classic men’s tailoring blended with contemporary casualness.
You will see old favourites back with a fresh new twist like our Panel Top and Dress and our Tank Dress and Top in a new original Elk gemstone print. Must haves for this in-between weather that spring often brings.
This collection is a bold new direction for us. We hope you love our latest offering as much as we have loved crafting it for you. The collection is now available in independent Elk stockists across the United States and Canada, as well as online.
Be inspired to unearth your own summer story.
The Elk team xRead More
An Elk favourite has been re-imagined in a gorgeous new shade. Meet the new Stone Fine Leather Jacket. Perfect for those cool fall nights, this classic will last you a lifetime of winters. Available in stores and online now: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/shop/products/514-stone-fine-leather-jacketView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
19 February 2016
Wander behind the scenes to see our latest winter shoot. The full clip is online at Elk (behind the scenes section) or you can see it on our YouTube account "Elk Melbourne". Captured in a Californian redwood forest in Warburton Victoria. #elkaccessories #wanderer #australiandesigner #melbournedesignView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
19 February 2016
Melbourne textile designer Zoe Howard of @cushionopoly has a lovely little offer exclusively for Elk fans! Use the promotional code ELKCUSH to receive 20% off any online orders placed with them from the 7th to 10th February! #madeinaustralia #handmadewithlove #whatsnottoloveView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
6 February 2016
Needing some gift inspiration? We have put together a selection of gift ideas for him and her – lots of great options all designed locally and carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans around the globe. Check out our online gift guide here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/us/shop/64-valentines-for-himView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
3 February 2016
A perfect snapshot of our Helg Sneakers out & about from the clever Instagramer @micaelalouw! We love seeing how you rock your Elk everyday. Remember to tag us in your photos using the hashtag #elkaccessories and you may even be lucky enough to score a $250 Elk voucher just for sharing!View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
31 January 2016
Long weekends are made for lazy mornings around the house and we have just the thing to help you lounge in style! The Säng Night Dress is on sale and comes down to just $43.40 when your use the promo code 'AUS30' at the checkout. Sale ends Wednesday and stocks are limited. Shop the sale here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/928-sang-night-dress-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
25 January 2016
Our Australia Day sale isn't only for the girls. We've also got a great range of Mr Elk on sale too! Like our Croc Document Case & Wallet. Two super stylish and functional pieces for just $112 for the whole set. Just be sure to enter the code AUS30 at the checkout for the discount to be applied. https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/924-croc-document-case-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
22 January 2016
The Great Backpack Comeback!
There are certain things in life that you never outgrow. A penchant for sneakers, a soft spot for 80s movies and an understanding that backpacks are by far the most convenient way to transport your belongings from point A to point B. And while we've mastered the balancing act of carrying our phones, bags, morning coffee, etc; it can get a little old at times (not to mention requires some serious skills), to juggle these work essentials while running to catch the tram. There is an easy way to give yourself a hand — simply swap your work tote for a work-appropriate backpack.
We know your tastes have matured since school and we're here to help out by bringing you a totally grown-up, super cool backpack. Soft and super functional, the Metallisk Back Pack has been made using beautiful tactile leather. Etched and punched like a vintage tin ceiling, this structural back pack is more like a work of art. With a classic silhouette, the unique front panels feature either patent or metal foil leather and the backpack can be worn on your back, or simply pull the strap through to use it as a shoulder bag.
Available here in Black/Black or Copper/Tan. Made from 100% cow leather and finished with love by hand.Read More
Thanks to you all for an amazing year. We hope you're on the couch with full bellies and tired heads. We're off on a break and will be back on deck 4th January 2016. Online orders can still be placed however nothing will be shipped until the week of the 4th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Elk crew xxxView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
25 December 2015
We have a fantastic opportunity for a Digital Marketing Coordinator to join the Elk team. Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, this is a dynamic role where the successful candidate will be working on social media, digital strategy implementation and traditional marketing initiatives.
Elk is a well respected Australian fashion label with both domestic and international operations. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a fast paced, friendly and creative team where real results can be achieved. Previous experience is essential and a solid understanding of digital communications, social media and copy writing is incredibly important. Please send your application including cover letter to email@example.com by Monday 4th January 2016 and visit our site for more details here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/find-us/work-for-elk
19 December 2015
NEW ONLINE: We're all about accessorising at Elk and now you can style your Elk PJ's with a beautiful selection of bed linen from Brisbane brand Sheets on the Line. Pure linen and printed cotton bedding available from us online here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/55-sleep-homewares#categories%5B%5D=289&sort=View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
14 December 2015
New online: We're all about accessorising at Elk and now you can style your Elk PJ's with a beautiful selection of bed linen from Brisbane brand Sheets on the Line. Pure linen and printed cotton bedding NOW ONLINE and in store at Elk. #somn #elkaccessories #sheetsontheline #australiandesignView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
11 December 2015
There is still plenty of time to cross of that Christmas list and we have just the thing to help you do it! We’ve narrowed down our top Christmas picks for under $30.00 as part of our online gift guide.
Shop the guide here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/62-christmas-gift-guide#categories%5B%5D=285&sort=
9 December 2015
Meet the maker behind Hacienda Austin
We’re so proud that our little Melbourne label can now be found in over 1500 stores worldwide. Being stocked by unique, independently owned tastemakers allows us to meet some of the most interesting and talented people within the retail industry. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of those clever cookies. Our very own girl crush - Jessica Beattie.
Jessica is the brainchild behind the luxury range boutique HACIENDA in downtown Austin, Texas America. Originally a young icon on Wall Street, Jessica chose to leave New York behind after the birth of her twins to live a brighter and quieter life in Austin. ”I wanted to do something more creative than my finance career and to take on the challenge of seeing through with my vision” Jessica says on her decision to start her own business and label.
Since opening its doors in 2014, Beattie has created a local destination for locals to find products that fit her three criterion. HACIENDA’s collection are niche, luxury and organically sourced from small artisans locally and abroad. “HACIENDA encapsulates the modern ranch lifestyle concept into a home, fashion and gift store. [It’s] an ever-evolving mix of local artisan collaborations”.
We caught up with the enchanting Jessica recently to learn a little more about the woman behind this distinctive store behind this distinctive store.
Can you tell us what is the one word that describes you the best?
Essential travel item?
My Louis Vuitton duffel bag has always carried everything I need, from a weekend getaway to months on safari in Africa and looks no worse the wear for being flung all around.
Sweet or Salty?
Sweet, if chocolate is involved.
Favourite TV Show or Movie?
James Bond movies.
Cowboys and surfers.
Describe in five words or less your ideal day.
Nature, sunshine and solitude.
When nobody's watching I...
Carry on with whatever I’m doing – I don’t care who’s looking.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A sports agent or lawyer.
Beach holiday or mountain holiday?
My Norwegian-American husband has converted me from a beach girl into a lover of the mountains and our family so enjoys spending time at our place in Colorado.
Where is on the very top of your travel bucket list?
Oh, wow, what’s not on the list? Especially now that my kids love to travel I want to revisit some of my favorites with them. I recently checked off my number one by taking my daughter to Paris and my son has been asking to go to San Francisco, which will be so much fun. Someday I will get to see a tiger in India, which is the only safari experience I’ve missed. But of all the places I’ve never seen and most wanted to visit, I would have to say Vancouver tops the list.
If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?
Easy – one of HACIENDA’s lightweight Turkish towels! That would be my bedding and wardrobe right there! I’m sure I could always find some coconuts on the island…
If you could have any 5 people over for dinner, who would they be?
My mom, dad, husband and two children. And luckily for me, we get to do this fairly often.
What animal are you?
A snow leopard
If I were a Disney character, I’d be....
Elsa (From the film Frozen)
Favourite Elk item this season?
The Chunky wooden necklaces – so fresh and bold.
We are so very thrilled that a huge range of Elk’s leather bags, wallets, jewellery and Mr Elk can now be found in HACIENDA Austin. Located at shop 204 Colorado Street, if this store isn’t on your shopping destination bucket list – it should be!
Now…. if we go missing for a few weeks, you can probably find us camping inside HACIENDA’s very own in-store custom built Nomadic tipi, or braiding Jessica’s adorable pony Woody’s hair.Read More
The lovely Adore Magazine has named our Mies Wallet as one of its top Christmas gift picks for Men. Made from buttery soft natural leather and priced at just $90 - we can see why it's a clear Christmas winner! Shop the Mies here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/1016-mies-walletView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
2 December 2015
For those of your lucky enough to find yourself in the leafy town of Hahndorf this weekend, we know just where you should go. We have a new Elk stockist opening their doors for the very first time today! Nestled within the Adelaide Hills South Australia, 'Agave' store promises to be destination for unique and quality women’s clothing, accessories and giftware. Pop by and join in the opening weekend festivities.View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
28 November 2015
Elk now in Carmel-by-the-Bay California
Nestled within the heart of the City of Carmel, California, lies an Elk stockist like no other. Steeped in rich history much like the town it belongs to, the Carmel Bay Company was founded in 1972 by the clever husband and wife duo Barney and Patty Scollan.
Located within the very quaint and historic Seven Arts Building on the intersection of Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, it was actually Patty’s grandfather Herbert Heron who designed and built this unique centre for the arts. Man of many talents, Herbert was an enormous arts enthusiast, avid Shakespearian, as well as the acting mayor of the town previously dubbed Carmel-by-the-Sea. During his time as mayor, he saw the city bloom into the cultural hub that it continues to be today.
Now, this fairytale cottage is the home to a range of carefully curated homewares, recycled furniture, books, fashion and accessories that have been sourced from independent makers all around the globe.
For over 40 years, Barney and Patty have maintained a keen sense of style. The collection amassed at the Bay Company has evolved from Danish antiques and poster art, through to a trend-setting luxury women’s boutique. You will find yourself spending a few hours gazing over their treasure trove.
A huge range of Elk leather goods, jewellery and apparel can now be found at Carmel Bay including key pieces from our Fall 15 range ‘Equinox’. To see the range in person or to place orders, pop downtown to the southwest corner of Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, or contact the team at Carmel’s on 831.624.3868
We are so thrilled to have become a chapter within the Carmel Bay Company’s story. For those lucky enough to be locals, or for those of you passing through this dreamy bayside city, we recommended that you pop by and say hello to the Scollan’s and have a peek at their ever-evolving store.Read More
Sneaky peak - possibly THE most organized warehouse sale on earth! Starts tomorrow in Preston (Melbourne)!! See previous post for details. (A little hint - the afternoons are often quieter for easier browsing) #warehousesale #melbournedesign #designersaleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
25 November 2015
Sort your Kris Kringle list out now with our handy online gift guide. We’ve done all of the tedious searching for you and have narrowed down our top Christmas picks with gifts starting from under $30. You’re welcome!
22 November 2015
Check your diaries Melbournians: We are having a clear out! For three days only we are raising our warehouse roller door to clear out a range of discontinued apparel, footwear, leather bags, jewellery and more. All items are seconds, samples or closed lines and up to 80% OFF recommended retail. At an old factory, 296 Plenty Rd Preston in Melbourne this Thursday 26th, Friday 27th & Saturday 28th of November, 10am to 5pm daily. Stock is replenished throughout each day and additional registers will be in place. Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard accepted. *Please note that the garage sale is not available online, through Elk stockists or in the Preston store. All sales are final. There are no exchanges or returns. Gift vouchers not accepted. Please bring your own shopping bag. Prams are welcome, however space can be tight. Please note that the warehouse is an old building and does not have air conditioning, so it can be a little warm on hot days.View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
22 November 2015
UNICEF Care Package
Our directors and owners of Elk Marnie Goding and Adam Koniaras, have just been featured in this month Australian House and Garden! Magazine! Read the full article on how Elk has paved the way for Australian labels to support their manufactures and workers here:
Melbourne firm Elk has blazed a trail on the retail scene since it launched 11 years ago, selling wooden jewellery in its distinctive lozenge and disc shapes. It’s now leading the way as an ethical small business, having donated $135,000 to some of the worlds’ poorest children during the last four years.
Led by husband-and-wife team Marnie Goding and Adam Koniaras – a marketer and jeweller respectively – Elk quickly expanded into apparel, leathergoods and homewares. At each step of the way the couple has aimed to “provide support for the human side of the business”. That has meant aligning themselves with ethically operated businesses as well as providing financial support to communities in the Philippines and India.
All of Elk’s jewellery is made in the Philippines by two family-run-businesses. “The people we work with are very honourable. They look after their workers and support their employee’s kids to go to school,” says Marnie.
After a few visits to the Philippines, Marnie and Adam noticed many children were not at school. After investigating charities in the Philippines and India – where Elk’s leathergoods and footwear are made – the couple gave their support to UNICEF.
Elk became a UNICEF platinum sponsor in 2009, but Marnie and Adam wanted to do more. “We came up with the idea of a matched-donation program,” says Marnie. “Our online customers are asked to make a gold-coin donation when they make a purchase and we match that donation.”
The project was launched in 2011 and has raised $135,000 making Elk the largest small-business contributor to UNICEF Australia. UNICEF Australia’s partnership manager Eammon Bryant says Elk’s initiative is amazing. “By thinking outside the box in its e-commerce and giving customers the chance to top-up at the checkout with a UNICEF donation, Elk can have a profound long-term impact on the lives of children.”
From luxe linen Pyjama’s to carefully crafted leather wallets and accessories, check off your Christmas shopping list for him with our carefully curated gift guide. https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/62-christmas-gift-guide#categories%5B%5D=284&sort=View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
15 November 2015
We have a new member joining the Elk family!
The clever people at Stitch Piece Loop began as an online fabric store with the aim to bring modern, on trend, designer fabrics and yarn to crafty people all around the nation. Well, over time their little online business boomed and they now have a gorgeous bricks and mortar store of their own located in sunny Noosa Heads.
Not only do they continue to boast a range of quality fabrics and haberdashery, they have expanded to offer up a curated selection of distinctive designer accessories, toys, fashion and homewares carefully crafted by Australian artisans.
We are thrilled that they have chosen Elk to be a part of their journey and encourage you to pop in whenever you are in Noosa and support this independently owned gem.
Stitch Piece Loop is located at Shop 6/4-6 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads, Queensland. You can reach them by phone on 07 5447 2760 and visit the online craft store here.Read More
Will the real @josephinewillcox please stand up? You are the winner of our monthly 'Share and Win' competition! Please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your $250 elk voucher! For those who didn't win this time, remember the competition runs every month so keep your entries coming through.View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
10 November 2015
The end of the year is fast approaching which means the party season is now in full swing! Our gorgeous Quarry Print is just the thing to see you through the long nights out dancing, and the sunny afternoons spent on the barefoot bowling green! Learn more about our top picks from the quarry range here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/news/2015/10/138-introducing-the-elk-quarry-printView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
8 November 2015
Looking for a crafternoon project that will help add a touch of glamour to your bathroom? The clever folks at Mr Printables have just the thing - Glycerine Soap Gemstones!
Learn how to make your own glitzy range of sparkling fun here: http://blog.mrprintables.com/diy-glycerine-soap-gem-stones/
7 November 2015
Our classic Washed Chambray Dress is now on sale! Made from a super soft cotton, this dress can be worn with some sandals in summer and layered over tights in the cooler months. Was $125, the dress in now just $84 as part of our online sale! Browse the sale here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/727-chambray-dress-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
4 November 2015
It's time to get your toes out for summer and we have just the sandal to help show off your pedicure! Our Prague leather sandal has been handcrafted in Italy and features a unique metallic silver sole. Best of all they are on sale! Pick up a pair for just $110 here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/865-prague-sandal-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
3 November 2015
The Husby Men's Wallet is on sale and has almost sold out. Made from thick vegi tanned leather, the Husby is slim enough to fit into the skinniest jeans and still has room for cash and up to seven credit cards. A perfect gift and priced at just $45. Shop the sale here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/1104-husby-wallet-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
3 November 2015
Have you checked out our sale yet?
We have discounted a huge range of key leather accessories and bags like the Inlagg collection. Made from soft buffalo leather with an adjustable strap, our small Inlagg Bag is the perfect size for the party season ahead. Was $165 now $112. Shop the sale online here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/876-inlagg-small-bag-sale
31 October 2015
It's a long weekend here in Victoria, but that doesn’t mean your weekend has to be full of jockeys, fascinators and thoroughbreds. We have just added a whole bunch of new items into our online sale to help you bump up your summer wardrobe!
Limited colours and sizes available so be quick: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/5-sale-items
30 October 2015
Wake up to sunny mornings in style with our gorgeous Mr Elk Somn range. With a soft cotton jersey tee and stone washed linen shorts in on trend colours, these PJ's look so good, you'll want to wear them out! Online now at: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/shop/products/927-enkel-pyjama-setView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
28 October 2015
We have some grand Monday morning news! The Elk family is growing again and this time we are looking for a retail super star to manage our Preston store. Attached to Elk HQ it's a unique opportunity to join an independent Australian fashion label. Email email@example.com by November 1st. Find out more about the job here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/find-us/work-for-elkView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
26 October 2015
Don't forget to enter our monthly 'Share and Win' Competition. Simply share a selfie or a photo of your favourite Elk looks and tag us in using the hashtag #elkaccessories for your chance to go into the draw to win a $250.00 Elk voucher. Good luck!View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
23 October 2015
The Elk family is growing again and this time we are looking for a retail super star to manage our Preston store. Attached to Elk HQ it's a unique opportunity to join an independent Australian fashion label. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1st.View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
23 October 2015
Weekend dressing calls for a trusty pair of jeans and we have just the thing for you! After many months of careful planning, cutting and crafting the perfect fit - the Oslo are finally here. Learn more about our new denim range over on our blog today @elkaccessories.com.au #unearth #melbournedesignView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
11 October 2015
We are on the lookout for a clever cookie who loves people, fashion and holds a passion for Australian design to join our team at Elk HQ. If you think you fit the bill, then we want to hear from you. Applications close October 14th. For more details, visit: https://www.elkaccessories.com/find-us/work-for-elk
5 October 2015
Cue the drum roll.....
Our new monthly Share and Win comp #elkdesign has seen our very first winner. @middlesismorton is taking away a $250 Elk gift voucher just for sharing her Elk look. We think she looks mighty fine with her new Elk Metallisk backpack!
1 October 2015
Tomorrow is the last day to receive 20% OFF all sale items as part of our Flash Sale. You can still stock up on some classic pieces for spring like this Silk Side Tuck Dress. Originally $215, now $71.20. Shop the sale online now: https://www.elkaccessories.com/shop/products/1076-side-tuck-dress-saleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
28 September 2015
Sundays with Elk and MasterChef’s Anna Webster!
Today we have a special treat for you.
The very talented Anna Webster from this years MasterChef, has joined us today to share with you one of her all time favourite seasonal dishes. Just to help sweeten up your Sunday! We'll let her take it from here...
I always find it kind of weird that citrus fruits are at their best during winter. In my mind, a fresh, zingy, citrusy dessert goes better with sun and sand than it does with doonas and open fires. Yet, the profusion of yellow, green and orange fruits spilling from greengrocers and market stalls make this truth undeniable. And as the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade; or in this case, when life gives you beautiful peak-season mandarins, turn them into syrup and drizzle it over this delicious chocolate panna cotta.
The combination of mandarin, chocolate and hazelnut is a harmonious one, and there are several textures at play here too which makes this dish really nice to eat. It’s important to nail the balance of sweetness between the chocolate panna cotta and the syrup – ideally, the panna cotta will be slightly on the bitter side, which will help to balance the sweetness of the mandarin. Garnishing with mint or basil leaves will help to lighten this dessert, as will fresh mandarin segments and grated zest.
CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA WITH MANDARIN SYRUP AND HAZELNUT TUILE
FOR THE PANNA COTTA:
- 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped (70% cocoa solids)
- 2.5 leaves of gold-strength gelatine
- 190ml full cream milk
- 250ml thickened cream
- 80g caster sugar
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
- Soak gelatine leaves in cold water until soft
- Lightly grease dariole moulds with neutral tasting oil (such as grapeseed) – you should be able to fill between 4 - 6 moulds, depending on size. Don’t skip this step; these can be hard to demould otherwise.
- Place cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar
- Remove from heat and add chocolate, whisking to combine
- Squeeze excess water from gelatine and add to the warm mixture, whisking to dissolve
- Pass mixture through a sieve before pouring into moulds
- Refrigerate until set (at least 2 hours)
- To demould, dip moulds into warm water before running a knife around the inside of the panna cotta and turning onto a plate
FOR THE MANDARIN SYRUP:
- 180ml mandarin juice
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- Grated zest of 1 mandarin
- 2 mandarins, segmented
- Combine juice, zest and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat
- Stir to dissolve sugar and then cook until mix starts to become syrupy (about 5 mins)
- Add mandarin segments and cook until tender (about 3 minutes)
- Refrigerate until cool. You can brighten the syrup with a squeeze of fresh mandarin or lemon juice if required.
FOR THE TUILE BISCUITS:
- 50g hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
- 25g plain flour
- 50g butter, melted
- 55g caster sugar
- 2 egg whites
- Blitz 25g hazelnuts with the flour in a food processor to a fine powder
- Finely chop the remaining 25g nuts and set aside
- Mix nut powder with melted butter, sugar and egg whites
- Spread mix as thin as possible on a silicon baking mat or a baking paper lined tray. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake at 170 degrees until the edges have started to colour.
- Cut rounds from biscuits then return to the oven until golden all over. If you’d prefer tuile shards, bake until golden then allow to cool before snapping into desired shapes. You can also drape the biscuits over a rolling pin or similar while warm – they will harden into this shape once cool.
Bon appétit ! Xx
*Photo's of Anna care of Emily Bartlett Photography.Read More
We are having a huge spring clean out and need to make some room in our warehouse. So from now until midnight Tuesday, receive an additional 20% off all sale items purchased online or in our Preston store. Just simply use the promotional code FLASH20 at the checkout and hit ‘Apply’. Happy Shopping!View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
24 September 2015
This month Elk officially launched in Canada with a new showroom in Vancouver and many new stores set to show our wares. This incredible photo of Lake Louise was taken by our agent on a sales trip - what a hard job she has! #designedinmelbourne #canadaView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
24 September 2015
Meet Marcy Landolfo of Communion
One of the biggest accomplishments that we are most proud of here at Elk is that our little Australian brand is now found all over the globe in unique and beautiful independent retailers. One of our favourite international stores is the lovely ‘Communion’.
Based in Portland Oregon since 2012, owner Marcy Landolfo has created a local destination for men and women to find distinctive, quality crafted fashion labels sourced from all around the world. You can learn a little more about the Communion ethos here.
We sat down with Marcy recently and asked her to take part in our Mad Minute interview so that you can get to know a little more about this marvellous dog loving woman from Portland!
Hi Marcy. Tell us, what is one word that describes you the best? Honest
Favourite travel item? Arcona Triad Pads. Google it. They’re amazing!
(We did and you can find them here.)
Sweet or Salty? Sweet to combat my natural tendency to be ‘salty’! Hahaha!
Favourite TV Show or Movie? Currently True Detective.
Historically, Law and Order!
Biggest crush? My best friend’s little Pitbull, Vera! She’s unreal!
Describe in five words or less your ideal day. Dogs, Boyfriend, Mountain Biking and Margaritas!
When nobody's watching I... sleep. I love to nap with my dogs!
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up? Honestly, I thought I would be a college professor of History. But, I can’t seem to grow up so I am settling for a business owner.
Beach holiday or Mountain holiday? Mountain
Where is on the very top of your travel bucket list? Well I worked for an airline for 15 years, so I kind of took care of that. But I will always go back to Italy!
If you could have any 5 people over for dinner, who would they be? One Chef plus four ladies from ‘Advanced Style’! LOVE them!
What animal are you? Well the Chinese calendar says I’m a ‘Pig’ which is also my first dogs name! So I will go with Pig despite the implications…
If I were a Disney character, I’d be.... NONE thank you very much!
Favourite Elk item this season? Definitely the Splice Dress! So simple and easy, dressed up or down! The PERFECT wardrobe piece for anyone!
One thing we have learnt about Marcy is that she is very passionate about her dedicated team at Communion. Not only does she have an amazing collection of boutique labels like Elk, she also has mustered together the friendliest and most experienced staff within the retail industry! So if you’re a local to Portland, pop down to 3556 SE Hawthorne Boulevard and say ‘hello’. X
Smith Journal Giveaway
Some weekends are made for getaways and we know just where the ultimate men’s getaway pack is at!
For a relaxing mini break we highly recommend our SOMN range. Crafted from lightweight stone washed linens and soft cotton blends, our stylish sleepwear range for men and women are designed for relaxation with a touch of luxury. The men’s short Enkel Pyjama Set in particular has proven to be this year’s hot ticket gift item! Pair them with some Dutten slippers and you have the perfect gift for someone special.
But if you're thinking of taking yourself away this weekend, you’ll need a sturdy overnight bag to pack all of your essentials in. Meet our rugged Larvik Overnight Bag. Made with durable waterproof nylon featuring thick leather trims; this carryall is the perfect pack and go accessory. It even has enough room to pack the Scrabble!
Wouldn't it be great if you get all of these for free? Well.... it just so happens that our friends at Smith Journal currently have these weekender treasures up for grabs and we'd love for you to win it! Visit here for more details.
Good Luck!Read More
Applications are still open for our Retail Manager position at our Preston showroom. If you think you have what it takes to join the Elk team, then we'd love to hear from you. Find out more here: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/find-us/work-for-elkView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
17 September 2015
It might be spring here in sunny Melbourne today, but it is still a winter wonderland for our brave New Zealand sales representative Katrina!
She drove down to Queenstown this week to visit some of our marvellous stockists. Wherever in the world you find yourself today, you can find a local Elk store by visiting: https://www.elkaccessories.com/au/find-us/stockists
11 September 2015
The very clever crew at Business Mamas sat down with us recently to profile Elk's very own Marnie Goding. Read the beautiful journey of Marnie's career and find out what advice she has for emerging business mothers: http://www.fiftytwoweeksblog.com/blog/14170430View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
23 August 2015
Tonight we share a little article from the amazing team @business_mamas who have created a beautiful blog www.fiftytwoweeksblog.com. For any woman in business or looking to jump into a new adventure this blog is insightful, inspiring and encouraging. Tonight they have taken a little look into our life running a business and a family at the same time. We don't often share our personal life but are so thrilled to be featured amongst other strong, creative people - what a wonderful opportunity.View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
17 August 2015
We have had the whole family chipping in to set up for our garage sale. Kicking off at 10am tomorrow for three days there are lots of new styles on the floor. We have extra registers ready and will be topping up stock throughout the day. See you there! Old factory at 296 plenty Rd Preston Victoria. Up to 80% off discontinued, seconds and samples. #ElkAccessories #elkwarehousesaleView Post Posted by Elk Accessories
22 July 2015
Elk and Iris Apfel
“Transformation, punch, individuality: One or all of the above are why you should wear jewellery.”
These are the wise words of New York’s sharp-witted 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel captured by the late great documentarian Albert Maysles for his last film – IRIS.
For over 75 years she has been an influence within the fashion and interior design industry and has the largest collection to date, of couture accessories in the western world. She has made herself known with her flamboyant style, sharp wit, vibrant personality and exceptional creativity. But Maysles newest feature film portrays Iris Apfel as more than just this fashion symbol, but rather an ordinary woman whose free spirit has helped her lead an extraordinary life.
Thanks to a partnership with the Melbourne International Film Festival, we are pleased to bring IRIS to local cinema screens. As proud Melbournians, we are huge fans of the MIFF festival and love seeing every year our city’s cinemas packed to the brim with film lovers and aficionados alike.
IRIS will be screening for two nights only and we invite you to come and join us and watch one of our own personal style icons on the big screen! Tickets are now available online here. Hurry, as seats are limited and as the only fashion piece of the festival, this film is sure to sell out.
We hope to see you there!
The Elk Team xRead More
Elk's Essential Wooden Jewellery Care
Today we are so excited to be able to present to you our newest colour range of essentials! Beautiful basics available in key colours to take you from winter to summer for many years to come. You can view the newest range of Elk Essentials here (hyperlink when page is ready).
What you may not have realised about these pieces is that they have all been constructed using sustainable plantation timber in the Philippines.
All Elk products are designed right here in Melbourne, Australia and our wooden jewellery is then made by hand by a small family run manufacturer using traditional techniques.. The wood is first cut to our designs and sanded, then dyed in large baths of natural dye before being tumbled in a special wax sealant to lock in the rich colours. The wax is non-toxic and gives the piece a lovely finish.
All of our wood is sourced from farms associated with the GoGreen Foundation. GoGreen is a sustainable environmental program aimed at ensuring that all wood harvested and manufactured for the fashion industry is done under strict forest management guidelines. It ensures that all materials used are recyclable, replenished and ensure that no reefs are affected by the harvest of farmed forest. Because of the traditional techniques used in construction, our wooden jewellery will require some care to extend its life and keeping it looking as good as possible.
Our wooden articles will maintain their colour and appearance as long as they are sealed properly and kept dry. Should you accidentally wet the jewellery, milky spots may appear which is due to the waxy outer layer lifting from the bead. To help remove these spots, simply apply a very small amount of natural bees wax or a waxed based furniture polish. Using a clean cloth, gently remove any wax deposits and restore your pieces lovely shine and colour, then gently buff the surface to remove any excess with a dry cloth and leave to set for a few minutes. This process will not only help remove any marks, it will help restore colour and re-seal the beads to protect them for future wear.
Not sure what wax to use? Never fear. We have made some for you!
We now have available natural bees wax in convenient little pots to help you care for your jewellery at home. You can purchase the wax here or simply contact your local Elk stockist to see if they have some in store for you to use.
Perhaps it's time to restore some of your old classics?Read More
Caring for your winter knits
Customers often ask us how to care for their Elk woollen items. Woollen knits, can be quite tricky to care for, but if you treat your knitwear right, they will last you for many winters to come. Here are some of our frequently asked questions and some of our top tips on how to care for your knitwear.
How should I wash my woollen and wool blended items?
For best results, woollen items should not be machine-washed. We recommend to always hand wash your knitwear. Ideally, you should rinse your garment first in cool to lukewarm water. Then simply add some detergent and allow to soak for 10 minutes. It’s always important to use a mild wool detergent and if you wish, an approved wool fabric softener. Once you have soaked your garment in the detergent, thoroughly rinse with cold water.
Can I dry my knitwear in a tumble dryer?
There are some treatments that can applied to wool to enable it to withstand heat, however these treatments can lose their effectiveness over time. Woollen fibres can constrict drastically with heat, so we strongly recommend to keep your woollies away from the dryer.
Can I line dry my knitwear?
Ideally, your woollen items should be dried flat. Wet wool can stretch and lose its shape very easily, so it’s best to avoid the washing line. We recommend drying your knitwear flat over a towel. A handy hint is to gently roll your knit inside a dry towel to help expel excess water. Then gently re-shape your knit and let dry on a new towel away from heaters or the sun. It may take up to 8 hours to dry this way, but we find it delivers the best results and helps prolong your garment’s lifespan.
Why should I re-shape the garment after washing?
Because of the natural texture and stretch of many yarns, it can easily lose its shape after wash and wear. To help keep your knits looking as new, it’s important to gently re-shape them after washing. We recommend to first turn your garment inside out, and then gently tug the fabric back into shape, and lay flat to dry. Once dry, the knit will maintain its integrity and shape until your next wash - provided it’s stored correctly.
Can I hang my Elk knitwear?
Wool is a naturally heavy fibre and when hung, it can stretch the shape out a little and increase your garments length. Woollens should be kept neatly folded or rolled, and stored in a shelf or draw. When it’s time to pop your knits away during the warmer months, keep them in an airtight container to deter those pesky garment moths! Popping a touch of natural eucalyptus oil on your woollen garments before storing will also help deter moths.
My knitted jumper is pilling. What can I do to prevent this?
Well there isn’t anything that will stop knitwear from pilling completely. Pilling is just a natural result of the fibres coming together at a rapid rate to form your garment’s thread. Some of the fibres can be shorter than others so they can lift to the surface and gather into the little balls you see. But don’t despair! There are some things you can do to try and prevent the severity of the pilling.
When washing your knit, always turn the garment inside out and avoid using harsh detergents that can dry out the natural fibres. When pilling occurs, you can gently remove them by hand with a de-pilling comb or you can choose to use an electric de-piller that will gently shear off any fluff balls.
We hope this answers some of your questions. Remember to always read the care label of your garment before washing. If you are still unsure or would like further information, contact our team at email@example.com.Read More
Choosing the right gift for dad
Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. They never tell you what they really want and rarely admit to needing anything. Don’t despair just yet. There is still plenty of time to find him the perfect gift to say ‘thank you’ so pop those macaroni frames away for good and be inspired by our top picks!
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than joining in on one of dad’s hobbies. Whether it be a small fishing trip, going out to watch a game, or even getting your green thumb on in the garden - he is sure to appreciate the time that you will spend together. Take it one step further this year and investigate what’s going on in your local community. If dad’s into bike riding, see if there is a local bike riding club that you can join together. Has no hobbies? Introduce him to one that you can do together. Perhaps have a look at some rock climbing or cooking courses nearby.
Is you dad quite the tech head? Perhaps you can help fuel his love of gadgets with music? A membership to an online music streamer is sure way to make his day. For a guide on what streaming service is right for your dad, jump on over to the informative team at CNet for their app breakdown. Read the article here.
Has your dad had the same wallet for so long that the seams are bursting? Or perhaps he is still using that Velcro wallet from the early 90s? You know? The one that you can hear being opened from a mile away! Invest in updating dad’s style with a quality canvas or natural leather wallet that will last him for years to come. Elk is stocked in over 500 stores throughout the Unites States and Canada. To find your local stockist, contact the stellar team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does dad’s office look like it has seen the aftermath of a tornado? Perhaps the perfect gift for your dad this year will be some tools to help him get organised! A great new desk lamp, a couple of fresh new ring binders, some simple office organisational tools and a smart looking document holder will inspire him to get back to order.
You really can’t go past a delicious breakfast in bed.
Just wake him up with the scent of freshly cooked bacon, some fresh new slippers, a freshly squeezed juice and you will have made his day. If you’re not the kitchen connoisseur, try taking dad out for a sweet local treat this Sunday in his local neighbourhood and start a new Fathers Day breakfast tradition.
Another winter roadside snap from our clever New Zealand agent! This hidden gem is Mitchell''s Cottage which can be found on the way from Alexandra to Dunedin. It's about 2km up a hidden dirt road but well worth the trek. Check out that beautiful snow!View Post Posted by Elk Accessories
4 June 2015
Meet Dana Rader of 'Stripe'
We are big fans of the amazing Stripe store in Santa Cruz, California.
Owners Suna Lock and Dana Rader founded Stripe together bringing Dana's love of classic minimalist design and Suna's classic French style together. They have created a truly unique and exciting shopping experience with a little touch of vintage flavour. They love to support small design houses like Elk to offer their customers a unique retail experience!
We grabbed a minute with Dana recently and asked her to answer some very serious questions for us.
Favourite travel item? A baseball cap
Favourite chip flavour? Salt & Vinegar Potato chips
Favourite TV Show or Movie? A Beautiful Life
Favourite TV show or Movie (when you’re home alone)? The Bachelorette & 27 Dresses
Biggest childhood crush? Tiger Woods.
Describe in five words or less your ideal day: Long walk and a big salad!
Beach holiday or Mountain holiday? Both. :)
When nobody's watching I... Dance
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist / a trapeze artist.
What's on the very top of your travel bucket list?
Peru and New Zealand.
If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you, what would it be?
A chapstick with SPF
If you could have any 5 people in the world over for dinner, who would they be?
Sally Ride, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Chan, Jeffrey Dahmer, Billy Joel
If I were a Disney character, I’d be.... Look, I've been told I'm Alice in Wonderland. But truthfully I want to be Pocahontas!
Favourite Elk item this season? The loose fit shirt dress in black.
Stripe have recently taken on the Elk summer range of women’s apparel, leather goods and accessories. If you’re around Santa Cruz, drop by their shop at 107 Walnut Avenue, and say ‘hello’ to the lovely Suna and Dana in person.
Perhaps you can even ask Dana what happened on the latest episode of the Bachelorette!Read More
Got the Monday blues?
We have some good news to brighten your day. The gorgeous black Reika Tote has finally come back into stock! Made from thick, raw leather with enough room to easily fit a laptop or tablet, this tote is perfect for work and the weekend.
25 May 2015
Kicking it with Helg
Gone are the days of discomfort. When you get ready for work, the last step in your dressing routine is slipping into a pair of 9-to-5-appropriate kicks, which normally means classic pumps or flats. Good news, rubber-sole devotees: the trainer has officially replaced your teetering footwear selection as the shoe silhouette of spring. With this upcoming resurgence of the non-gym sneaker, there's some untapped comfort potential you could really be making use of. Thanks to our new Helg Sneaker, you won’t have to look too far for a fancy new pair of kicks to update your daily commute and beyond.
Slip on and walk out in our new Helg Sneaker. Made from printed cow hide and metallic leather, these cool, slick bad boys have a rubber sole that has a cushioned inner for added comfort. This fancy slip-on in shiny metallic or cow hide is sophisticated when paired with polished separates, like a midi-skirt and blazer. Sneaks have never looked so good. Available in Silver, Black Hair & White Spots and Gold, Natural Hair & Black Spot.Read More
Only twice a year are the day and night of equal length. For most of us this goes largely unnoticed. Throughout the seasons these subtle shifts in daylight hours are swallowed up in busy schedules and one day moves seamlessly into the next.
We design for a broad audience. With our thoughts scattered between different climates and even different hemispheres, we strive to balance ranges and evolve whilst staying true to the Elk aesthetic. Ultimately, it is our overriding desire to find the perfect balance has inspired this range. We believe this latest collection is our Equinox.
This season we focus on colour, fabrication and shape. We have embraced the cooler months with a rich jewel palette to brighten your wardrobe with rich reds, deep greens and moody blues. Beautiful, tactile materials and easy to wear pieces form one of our strongest collections to date.
We're thrilled to share our new offerings in the form of Equinox. Check out a behind the scenes video here.
The Elk Team xRead More
Elk turns 10
We recently celebrated our tenth birthday with a rather fancy bash in Melbourne. We danced the night away, drank cocktails until dawn and went home with smiles on our faces (and very sore feet).
We celebrate what has been a decade of adventures, success and a whole lot of fun. Our thanks go out to you our very loyal customers who are spread all over the World. Your dedication and support of Australian design has helped Elk grow from a small studio in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to a brand that can be found across the globe.
Our commitment remains true to designing product for you and to using small family owned manufacturers. We are also so very proud to support Unicef and to spread their good word.
We have a little album of the nights festivities here:
Here's to a great year ahead and another decade of Elk!
Marnie, Adam and the Elk Team xxxRead More
S14 Tales To Tell Behind The Scenes
Summer isn't quite here yet, so we're bringing it to you early!
Check out a behind the scenes look at what went into shooting the S14 campaign "Tales to Tell" here.
We are by nature a curious bunch. We like to know the story behind a product. Where it is made, how it is made and what inspired the design. This collection celebrates our curiosity. It binds our passion and inspirations into a strong range of saturated summer colours. Each element of the collection forms a chapter. We take ideas from architecture, art and the world around us and let materials influence outcomes. Each tattoo on our model’s arms has a story, the house we shot the collection in is a bold translation of the architect’s story and the prints on our garments have their own message - in short we see more than just what is on the surface. We see what lies beneath and let the stories complete the picture. Herein lies our next tale. A tale of colour, style and bold statements.
- The Elk team xRead More
The Campfire Sour
Who's ready for a deliciously smoky cocktail?
The Mason Shaker is launching a cocktail this month called "The Campfire Sour". Made with rye whiskey, smoked rosemary, lemon and maple syrup, this cocktail is the perfect way to bring the campfire to your cocktail glass. See the recipe below:
The Campfire Sour
Makes Two Cocktail
3 Shots Rye Whiskey
1 1/2 Shots Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 Shot Maple Syrup
1 Sprig Rosemary (plus 2 for garnish)
1) Add Rye Whiskey, Lemon Juice and Maple Syrup to the Mason Shaker.
2) Light Sprig of Rosemary on fire, and add to the shaker. Cap and seal shaker, and let stand for 30 seconds so mixture can infuse with smoke.
3) Blow out fire. Add ice, and shake for 15 seconds.
4) Strain over large cubes of ice. Garnish with remaining rosemary.
Get Shining this Season
We love when the sun is beaming overhead, but we prefer to get some shine on down below too— on our feet, that is. This season, metallic shoes have kicked their reputation as holiday-party staples and now feel fresh with a slew of fashionable looks.
We have a pair of shimmering steppers that go surprisingly well with your favorite boyfriend jeans, slip dresses, floral frocks, and more of the styles we’re living in right now. Handmade in India, the Lucido Metallic Derby is the ultimate find for those who refuse to blend in and are looking to add some oomph to their fall shoe collection. These shining beauties are made from soft, vintage look metallic foiled leather and feature a leather upper, inner and sole with an additional non slip rubber surface.
Available online at www.elkaccessories.com in Gunmetal and Vintage Silver.Read More
Hands-Free Bag of your Winter Dreams
Winter has its obvious drags— the gloom, the freezing temps, the unexpected blizzards. On the sartorial front though, it's by far one of the most creative times of year. When it comes to the art of winter layering, the cross body bag is coming back strong for winter.
Crossbody bags are, hands down (and hands-free), your best option during the big chill. Classic and clean, these fuss-free carriers still allow for layering, thanks to those adjustable shoulder straps. We have some cross winter-ready body bags that won’t cramp your cold-weather layering style.
A smaller bag for day to day essentials with an adjustable strap, the Inlaggg Small Bag is made from buffalo and cow saddle leather. Available in three bright statement colors, the Otta Small Bag seamlessly fuses form and function with a delicate shape that zooms between meetings, gym and cocktails. Perfect for everyday wear, the buttery soft cow hide Small Vagen Bag makes keeping hands free to enjoy a hot cup of coffee when the chill hits a cinch.
Shop new handbags for winter at www.elkaccessories.com.Read More
Wrap up in these Cozy Fall Knits
When Mother Nature decides to throw that first curveball with the inaugural too-cold-to-wear-just-a-tee morning, you reach for your trusty knit. And, while you may have a go-to you've worn for seasons, the sweater department is one that could also use a little extra padding. Luckily, we have some snuggle-worthy knits you'll want to live in all fall long.
Put Some Spring in Your Step
Are you ready for spring? More importantly, is your shoe collection? Now that the sun-drenched days we love so dearly are almost back in the picture, it’s time you found the perfect sweet steppers that will keep your feet happy all spring and summer long.
No matter what kind of "shoe girl" you are, chances are this is a subject matter you have strong feelings about. Luckily, whether you are wedge-obsessive or all about flats, our new Tales to Tell S/S collection has a shoe for you. From a menswear-inspired oxford to a classic stripy sandal, this collection is chock-full of footwear that is sure to appeal to anyone's sartorial sensibilities.
A perfect everyday shoe for work or play, the Flekker Peep Toe Ballet Flat comes in three summery shades that will brighten up your warm season wardrobe. Handmade in Italy and featuring a high shine finish, the Prague Mirrored Sandal is a practical and chic option for warm weather beach or city strolls. Designed from handmade leather, the Kile Wedge is comfortable enough to wear from day to night. Add some shine to your shoe collection with the versatile Lucido Metallic Derby made from soft, vintage look metallic foiled leather.
Make your feet happy at www.elkaccessories.com.au.Read More
Fall Jackets We Want Now
No humidity, cool breezes, crisp-smelling air—fall weather is just straight dreamy, especially for those of us who love to layer. No matter how much you plan your look, when the temps dip, chances are the only part of your ensemble everyone sees is your topper. Our number one wardrobe addition every autumn? The perfect lightweight jacket, the kind that you can wear over just about anything, adding enough warmth to fight off the chill.
The folks over at Elk have heard our sartorial wishes and have just the fall jackets we’ve been waiting for to amp up our autumn fashion cred. Made from buttery soft lamb skin, the classic Fine Leather Jacket gets along with everything in your closet, and it can withstand wear and tear like a champ, the perfect lightweight layer, Elk's Tencel Squiggle Jacket is a loose blazer style jacket lined with an original Elk graphic, keep polished and classic with the staple Spot Jacket, a blazer style jacket made with black and fine, white spotted fabric, and the lightly padded, soft cotton 3/4 Length Jacket is the perfect everyday topper to keep you cozy when the fall chill hits hard.
Warm up to fall with Elk's cozy collection of jackets at www.elkaccessories.com.Read More
Printable Freebie: Natural Dyes Chart
If there’s one thing that can strike fear in the hearts of the eco-conscious and health-minded, it’s the thought of chemical textile additives.
While it may indeed be difficult to gain complete freedom from artificial (and potentially toxic) dyes, there are steps one can take to avoid them. Reading fabric and clothing labels is a great first step. And, when all else fails, turn to the age-old, tried-and-true method of hand-dyeing with natural colors!
Vegetables and fruits were used to create unique colors and designs on solid fabrics. Despite the chemical dyes that are available today, plenty of crafters (like us!) still choose to dye their fabrics the natural way. We love the vibrant colour that comes from using natural vegetable dyes to colour our wooden jewelry, and we're also happy to be doing our part to help the envirmonment.
We've got a fun little treat—a free downloadable natural dyes chart. Print this bad boy out, laminate it, and keep it on hand for whenever you hear the siren call of a fabric dyeing project!
Download the free natural dyes chart here.Read More