If you’re not familiar with Afterpay, allow us to introduce you to your new best frenemy. As the name would suggest, it’s an online (sometimes instore) layby service that allows you to pay off your purchases over several weeks. But here’s the kicker, you get your goods straight away.
In the interest of supporting the many clever, local makers around these parts and because it’s almost Christmas (eek), here are 10 Gold Coast brands offering Afterpay and may self-control be with you. Happy shopping.
Ahh beautiful, exotic homewares how you’ve wreaked havoc on our credit cards. Dos Ombré is the best of the best Coasties, prepare for Afterpay annihilation. Think seagrass baskets, linen bedding, blankets, throws, you name it, they’ve got it and it’s good. Collections have been gathered from Central America, Asia and Morocco to name a few far-flung corners of the world and maybe just buy a few presents for yourself too.
Purposefully created jewels are the name of the game at Violet Gray. Alex Olsen and her team offer simple, bespoke pieces designed to be worn with intention and encourage connection. Made with gemstones and high quality metals choose a VG piece for someone super special.
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.
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. Any lady in your life would be more than happy to add a Mahiya piece to their collection.
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 for anyone who cares 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 only a year ago, Olas has already become a fave amongst locals in search of the good life. Grab some threads for the laidback man in your life
Simple leather slides are one of the greatest inventions to come out of the fashion world and the Coast’s own Ms. Mel is all over it. Her designs are cute, comfortable and perfectly on trend with both flat sandals and chunky heels to choose from. They’re the kind of shoe that never goes out of style, so grab a pair for yourself, your mum and your sister in every colour.
weave and willow
For wanderers, dreamers and conscious hearts, weave and willow create beach essentials to keep for a lifetime. Linen towels, beach cushions, totes, clutches, all the prettiest things are yours for the Afterpaying. Owners and mamas Jess and Michelle share a passion for all things natural and we think the ladies in your life might just love their pieces too.
Not long until Santa comes, better get spending.
Words by Kirra Smith.