The world is in quite the state of flux at the moment, we’re being encouraged to stay home so as not to spread the risk of infection which of course means, local businesses may start to struggle. Where possible though, we should still be supporting them wherever possible and a good way to do that is by using online layby service Afterpay.
If you’re not familiar, Afterpay allows you to pay off your purchases over several weeks but get your goods straight away and we’re a little bit obsessed to be honest. In the interest of supporting the many clever, local makers around these parts and because of the world we currently find ourselves in, here are 10 Gold Coast brands offering Afterpay and may the self-control be with you. Happy shopping.
Duke The Label
Activewear for women of all shapes and sizes is our kind of activewear! With a mantra of ‘accept yourself, love yourself, keep moving forward’ the business is all about empowering and encouraging women and in beautiful, comfortable clothing no less. Best of all you can stock up because, Afterpay. Plus we could all use some time out in nature at the moment.
Living local and proud of it. The Undercurrent are in the business of tee shirts representing 10 local suburbs from Surfers to Cooly. Each tee is printed with a sweet graphic representing historical aspects of the area and designed by a local artist. It’s the perfect gift for anyone passionate about being a Coastie and visitors who might need a little nudge #palmyforlife.
If we have to stay home, we may as well be surrounded by beautiful, comfortable things right? Moss Living offers exactly that in the form of luxuriously, cosy clothing, beautiful linen sheets and quilt covers and pillow slips and all the things and it’s all absolutely stunning. If you’re in the market for some goodies, look no further than this stunning brand.
Drift Candle. Co
Okay so again if we’re staying home, home can at least smell good right? Drift Candle Co. has us covered for that with their collection of absolutely DIVINE candles including flavours like The Hinterland (pure magic and perfect for stay at home days) and Coconut and Tahitian Lime for a bit of uplifting goodness. We’re in love with all of them.
Husband and wife team Ash and Dean Butt know what’s up when it comes to silver jewels. They hand make chunky rings of the signet and gemstone variety and pendants with cute little designs like cactuses, palm trees and peace signs. Some of us around these parts may have hands stacked with their pieces. Get some for the coolest cat in your life.
Well haven’t Valley developed a cult following over the last few years. Another husband and wife team absolutely killing it, Michael and Tenielle Crawley have created an iconic brand with the coolest of eyewear. Their shades can be seen covering the eyeballs of your boy Chris Hemsworth and many other noteworthy celebs. Buy these fellas for someone who ain’t afraid to be noticed.
Bohemian luxe fashion has taken over the world, fact. There are a couple of Aussie brands leading the charge and one such brand is our very own Mahiya Leather. Either online or instore you can nab yourself leather handbags and wallets as well as an array of floaty floral frocks and the like. Because you deserve pretty things now more than ever.
Cedar & Stone Botanical
Plant based skincare has become quite the thing amongst the growing number of people passionate about both the planet and the products they put into their bodies. The Cedar & Stone gals are firm believers in ditching the chemicals and their range of skincare, teas and mists both smell delightful and work wonders. Choose these if you care about healthy living.
Olas Supply Co.
Born from a love of travel and adventure, Olas Supply Co. offer mens, womens and kids shirts, tees and overalls in casual, comfortable and cool-as-a-cucumber styles. Established in the last couple of years, Olas quickly became a fave amongst locals in search of the good life. Grab some threads for when you’re stuck at home but still want to look fab.
Words by Kirra Smith.
A new week means a new excuse to treat yo’self and there’s no better way to do that than with some sweet local brands. From threads to swimwear and accessories, we’ve rounded up a collection of Gold Coast goodies that we know will knock your socks off.
Olas Supply Co.
Established in 2016, Olas Supply Co is the product of two people with a shared loved for travel and adventure, wanted to branch away from their regular Monday to Friday jobs and try something different. Inspired by the founders adventures and grown from the soul of traditional villages along the coast of Central and South America, Olas Supply Co. offer a unique style Gold Coasters love.
Violet Gray is the love child of Australian Designer, Alexandra Olsen. Her pieces are simple, delicate and created from high grade metals (soon to be 100% recycled and fair trade) and genuine gemstones. The concept for each piece is deeply rooted in spirituality, connection, romanticism and symbolism, making them sacred and powerful to wear. Alex and Violet Gray started their journey at The Village Markets five years ago and since then has grown to be loved worldwide.
What started as a daydream in 2009 quickly turned into an independent Australian lifestyle brand that has since been featured in the pages of Instyle and OK! Magazines. The Gold Coast based bohemian fashion label specialises in exotic handmade leather bags, wallets and clothing inspired by local designer Brie Shinn’s love of travel and exploration. The colourful and unique pieces resemble every creative women’s wanderlust, bringing a sense of mystery and adventure into the lives of wearers.
Created by Ellie Hopley, Shuturp is a quirky fashion label that has quickly become much-loved the world over. With hand drawn art adorning t-shirts, caps and clothes for the kiddies, the brand is easily recognised and very colourful. Many of the pieces also have uplifting slash hilarious slogans on them too. Everything is part of a limited drop so get in quick.
The Lobster Shanty
Now something for the fashion-savvy men amongst us, introducing The Lobster Shanty. Jarro Dartnell is the brains behind the Australian beach-oriented fashion label and clothing store. Inspired by his Granddad Jims’ love of the sea, Jarro created his own boutique range of signature tee shirts and snapbacks while the store offers a wide array of seasonal essentials for the like-minded adventurers with brands such as Brixton, Obey and Santa Cruz.
Grace Loves Lace
For women of style, substance and originality, Grace Loves Lace specialise in unique, free-spirited and timelessly sophisticated luxe wedding dresses handmade from only the finest French and European lace and silks. When it’s time to slide on that ring and pop the champagne, you can’t be in any ordinary dress, you NEED Grace Loves Lace! Only the best on your big day, Sweetheart!
Tourism on the Gold Coast has reached a whole new level with the recent launch of The Undercurrent, a fashion label dedicated to showcasing the city through the eyes of locals. The brand made its debut with a collection representing five suburbs (Burleigh, Mermaid, Surfers, Currumbin and Coolangatta), each of which is printed with a local artists’ work depicting iconic landmarks and incorporating the things they love about their area.
The Gold Coast is known as the bikini capital of Australia and for good reason with labels like Myra Swim producing the goods. Bianca Elouise launched Myra Swim in 2014 and since then she hasn’t looked back. Inspired by the sun, surf and the sea, Bianca wanted to create a swimwear line for curvier women and as such, has developed an international following including the likes of the one and only Kim Kardashian.
The Weft is a recent addition to the Gold Coast design scene and it’s a goodie. Created by Caitlin Verall, The Weft is all about subtle, beautifully crafted pieces that transcend the seasons in natural colour palettes and fabrics. The latest range Outliers offers everything from the classic Smith ‘90s Dress to the statement Ithica Wrap Dress. It’s a beautiful range of timeless, laid-back silhouettes, with matching separates emerging for the first time.
Born out of a life long love affair with the ocean, boutique Australian swimwear label peony fuses bohemian nostalgia with refined femininity to create swimwear made for chasing the sun. First making an appearance at The Village Markets and now an internationally-renowned brand, peony epitomises summer’s simple joys – diving into the ocean, the smell of coconut oil, the feeling of sand under bare feet and the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer.
Words by Louisa Ingelheim
A born and bred Gold Coaster, Casey Lyons, along with his mate Sam Webb, founded locally based not-for-profit company LIVIN after losing their best friend to suicide. Together the pair have changed the way many Australians understand mental health.
We spoke with Casey on the importance of raising mental health awareness how we locals can look after each other and help LIVIN create change.
How long have lived on the Gold Coast?
29 years, I grew up in Mudgeeraba and Burleigh so I’m pretty lucky.
What’s your favourite thing about calling the Coast home?
Probably the laidback vibe. We’re lucky to be blessed with beautiful beaches but we’ve also got an amazing hinterland not too far either, it’s the best of both worlds. I start every day with a morning walk along the creek and up to the beach, that’s another thing I love, being able to start my day off on such a positive note.
Tell me how LIVIN came about?
LIVIN started in 2013 in the most tragic of circumstances when my best friend Dwayne Lally took his life. Dwayne lived with depression and bipolar for a number of years and the stigma kept him quiet. He was a tough, loving and very outgoing character but there was a battle that lived inside him that he didn’t know how to articulate. After losing him we were confronted by the shocking statistics that surround mental health and suicide in this country and we wanted to turn that negative into a positive. We didn’t want his death to be in vain.
What does it take to put together a not-for-profit?
We didn’t really know what to do but we were lucky that we had a lot of good people around us who helped us to get to where we are now. We had Minter Ellison Law Firm at Varsity Lakes reach out to us for a community fund raiser and then offer to do pro bono work for us and they helped set us up as a not-for-profit charity. Without them, this journey would have been very hard, expensive and confusing but they made it a hell of a lot easier.
Did you expect it to have such an impact?
When anyone starts anything, I suppose they always have dreams of wanting it to be as big as possible but we never imagined it would get this big this quickly. The fact that it grew so much kind of represents the problem we’re facing in society. One in five people suffer from some form of mental illness and suicide is the leading cause of death between the ages of 15 and 44 so chances are someone you know has been affected by this tragedy.
What are LIVIN’s main ways of raising awareness?
We’ve got our merchandise, which started out as a by-product and a way for us to create an identity. It was also a way to raise money without asking people to donate and give nothing in return. The merchandise started as a fundraiser but so many beautiful things have happened off the back of that. There’s a group of people who understand each other, if someone sees a person wearing a LIVIN shirt, they get that head nod or a wave, it’s just a great conversation starter. We do a lot of community based events from 24-hour runs to bands playing gigs for us, local fundraisers, you name it, we’ve probably done it. Our most important aspect is our education program. It goes to schools, businesses, sporting clubs, anywhere in the wider community, and teaches about warning signs and symptoms, where to go for help, that sort of thing. It also teaches evidence-based research and educating people so they know how to help themselves and others.
Why is it so important for people to speak about mental health?
The more comfortable we can be with having these conversations, the more chance there is that people will open up to each other and get professional help. It’s imperative we all start talking so we can create a culture of understanding and change the way people see mental health.
Father’s Day is this weekend, while it’s a celebration for many families, it can also be a difficult time, what advice do you have for anyone who might be struggling?
Definitely. Take the time out to do something that will make you happy, or at least feel a little bit better. By that I mean give yourself permission to be selfish. On the flip side, if you know someone is struggling, please reach out to them, ask how they’re doing and listen to what they have to say. Listening is vital. If you are suffering please remember you’re not alone, reach out and ask for help, there is someone out there who will listen.
How can we help with LIVIN’s mission?
Jump on our website, all our information is on there. There’s plenty about where to get help, warning signs, etc. There’s a volunteer section and ways to get us out to your school or community group.
What’s in the works in the future for you guys?
We’re always on a mission to make LIVIN the best it can possibly be. At the moment we’ve got a pilot program in a school in Townsville and hopefully once we get the information we need, we’ll look at taking that Australia-wide.
What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
Treat other people how you’d like to be treated.
Being a local, we have to ask your favourites…
Café: Burleigh Social Brew
Restaurant: Easy Street Diner, Julie’s Woodfired Kitchen on Tallebudgera Connection Road – the food is amazing and third, Tom Ugly’s – good pizza.
Weekend hang: Tallebudgera Creek
It goes without saying that we live and breathe all things Gold Coast, and we know you do too.
So, in the spirit of local love and that of the festive season, we’ve decided to purchase all our Christmas presents from some talented and creative Gold Coast brands — and we hope you’ll do the same.
Here are a few of our favourites to get you started.
If there is a Christmas present more exciting (and universally loved) than cocktail pre-mix that’s as good as anything you’d sip in a bar, we have not heard of it. Mr Consistent gives you bar-quality Margaritas, Sours, Espresso Martini, Bloody Mary’s – just add alcohol – and you’ll have one very stoked loved one on your hands. Plus, its a great way to crack out those shaker skills on the big day!
Greenfolk Botany Shop
One of the Coast’s most iconic and well-stocked plants and gifts stores that has so many options for greenery it’s not even funny. Located in the bustling Burleigh, you can grab anything from the smallest succulent right up to a full-blown cactus. Plant goals amirite?
Where: 5/2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
Since we all love the Gold Coast, why not wear a little piece of it on your chest. The Undercurrent has a range of suburb-inspired tees designed by local artists, and they are as cool as can be. Nab one of these for anyone who loves their local suburb (or someone you’d like to coerce into moving Coast-side).
Use Inside Gold Coast’s exclusive redeem code: XMASIGC for 15% OFF here (valid till 24th December 2021).
Capricorn Distilling Co.
After relocating from Rockhampton to Burleigh Heads earlier this year, (and creating a great place to drop by and have a drink) these guys have wasted no time in pumping out some incredible spirits. This year they have created a Christmas style Pudding & Spice rum as well as a few special gift packs and their own bons bons full of mini bottles of gin or rum. SIGN.US.UP!
Where: 21 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
The Ceramic Mill
There’s been a resurgence of ceramics lately, and we’re certainly not complaining. Think sleek, modern designs and beautiful reusable coffee cups in the brightest of colours and patterns. You can even get yours customised with your name, so there’s no arguments as to who gets to use it! Stock up for your mum, sister or bestie and sneak an extra little something in for yourself!
When it comes down to some tasty gins and nifty tasting vodkas, Granddad Jacks is a fine option for filling someone’s stocking with something a little stronger this year. Always ones to keep up with special times of the year, if you get in quick, you might be able to snag a bottle of their limited release Pavlova Gin! Tell us something that screams Christmas more! We’ll wait! There’s also several gift packs available, so they’ve done all the hard work for you.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami
If there’s one gift every lady in your life will love, it’s a beautifully scented candle, and ducky.’s soy candles are as good as they get. Infused with absolutely magical scents — like Black Raspberry — and hand-poured in Currumbin, there are SO MANY beautiful options that are a total treat for your nose. There’s even a candle named after local haunt The Henchman, but if you’re into the Christmas spirit already, the Mrs Claus or Nan’s Pudding featuring top notes of orange and clove will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree early.
A Bit Hippy
Skincare in the prettiest packaging is the perfect pressie for the lady in your life. Much more than this, though, is Burleigh-based skincare brand, A Bit Hippy, whose entire ethos is about simplifying things with their entire plant-based range. From sunscreens to balms to shampoos, they’re so proud and sure of what they make and do there’s even an irritation-free guarantee or your money back. You can’t go wrong!
Always wanted to give skateboarding a try but not so keen on getting up close and personal with the pavement? Take a look at the selection of boards available from OBfive: there is literally a skateboard for every ability and taste. And if you’re stuck on which one to choose, get hold of their gift cards instead and let that special person choose their own. Either way they’ll (or you) will be hitting the street soon to take part in a Gold Coast rolling crawl. And if you need the pressie in a hurry, you can pick-up direct from their head office in Burleigh!
Everyone loves comfortable, stylish togs and clothing, and the team at Rhythym have it in spades. Everything is designed right here in Burleigh, and it’s all so beautiful and ethically produced. From tees, shorts, dresses and now lifestyle products such as towels and beach umbrellas, there’s the perfect pressie for summer. What more could you, we mean bestie, boyfriend or sis want? The perfect Christmas gifts if ever we saw one. With two brick and mortar locations in James Street or Pacific Fair too.
Where: 2/12 James Street, Burleigh Heads and R10, L1, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Get shopping! Time’s a-wastin’, folks.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.