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Unique new collection on display in Cairns

UNIQUE Far North Queensland womenswear label, Alliance of Kin, will showcase their latest collection featuring a Matisse-inspired outback print complete with emus, wildflowers and even the humble servo.

Alliance of Kin’s new trans-seasonal ‘Dune Edition’ combines the rich tones of the Australian desert with delicately stitched classic Western details, creating luxurious, limited-edition garments that are both feminine and contemporary.

The latest pieces will be on display and available for purchase on Friday 13 October from 5-7pm during a free ‘Style, Sip and Shop’ event at Arte, a bespoke sustainable bar located at Crystalbrook Bailey in the heart of Cairns.

Alliance of Kin (AOK) founders Gabrielle Turner and Caitlin Francis will be joined by leading local stylist Pip Addison, who will demonstrate new and innovative ways to style AOK clothing with a variety of accessories and other wardrobe staples.

Turner and Francis, childhood best friends who grew up together in Atherton, launched Alliance of Kin late in 2022 after recognising a gap in the market for sustainable, feminine streetwear that could be worn by women of all ages, for all occasions.

“Alliance of Kin was built on a foundation of collaboration and we consider it integral to how we operate,” Turner said.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Arte, Pip Addison and talented local performer Anais Campbell to co-host this event for both locals and visitors to Cairns

Alliance of Kin co-founder Gabrielle Turner

Francis said the duo are inspired by their surroundings and that their garments celebrate the raw beauty of Australia.

Alliance of kin's Dune Edition print by graphic artist Ashlea O'Neill features native Australian flora and fauna as well as weathered road signs for the pub and servo.
Alliance of Kins Dune Edition print by graphic artist Ashlea ONeill features native Australian flora and fauna as well as weathered road signs for the pub and servo

“The standout print in our Dune Edition was created by graphic artist Ashlea O’Neill, from Salt Camp Studio in Brisbane, a friend of ours from school days,” she said.

“It is special — every time you look, you see something new.

“There’s native, bold Sturt Desert Peas, snakes and scorpions, plus feminine hearts and sun details, and weathered road signs for the pub and servo.”

“Instead of wearing floral for spring, why not embrace something with a bit more grit?”

Pieces from Alliance of Kin are limited in number and sustainably crafted to last with a focus on conscious manufacturing options and the use of greener materials wherever possible.

T-shirts stocked by Alliance of Kin are crafted from 100 per cent organic cotton, grown with no chemical insecticides, fertilisers or pesticides.

They are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and have also been accredited by the Fair Wear Foundation.

Other garments are designed in Australia and made in Bali at a small, family-owned business.

Fittingly, Arte offers an array of bio-dynamic Australian and international wines with an artisan, deli-style menu celebrating local produce.

Crystalbrook Bailey General Manager Lisa Brown said Arte is very much a neighbourly wine bar.

“It’s a place for people to drop in and feel at home while they explore the latest in-house gallery exhibitions, listen to some great tunes and enjoy an ever-changing array of Australian and international wines by the glass with friends.,” she said.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with talented local creatives in Alliance of Kin, Pip Addison and Anais Campbell to curate the perfect evening of fashion, music and art.” 

The ‘Style, Sip and Shop’ event will be held at Arte from 5pm – 7pm, with exclusive giveaways also up for grabs. Arte is located on the ground floor of Crystalbrook Bailey, 163 Abbott Street, Cairns. 

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: A “Kool” solution in cold chain packaging and Review launched during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

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