Lara Stone was created in 2016 on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Our team is made up of a small group of women who are passionate about working together towards a sustainable future in the fashion industry. We recommend that each of our garments be worn, shared, repaired and loved for a long time. We therefore take time to create enduring garments with natural fibres from companies using sustainable practices, employ local seamstresses to manufacture all of our garments and incorporate remnants left at the end of our collections into our one-off art pieces.
Our label is currently inspired by the beautiful, and unique Australian landscape.
FABRICS USED IN THE COLLECTION
- ORGANIC COTTON
- RECYCLED MATERIALS
- NATURALLY DYED FABRICS
- OEKO-TEX 100 CERTIFIED LINENS
NATURALLY DYED FABRICS
All the naturally dyed garments in the collection are coloured in the Lara Stone open-aired studio with 100% natural dyes. While on adventure in the Australian bush, Lara collects native Australian flora from which plant dyes and pigments are coaxed.
Lara has been experimenting with a mixture of ancient and modern natural dyeing techniques over the last decade to extract natural colours sourced from native Australian flora and minerals. All natural dyed garments are unique, each one the result of an enchanting process of alchemical dying techniques that Lara employs.
OEKO-TEX-100 CERTIFIED LINENS
It is not possible for Lara Stone to naturally dye all of the fabrics and it has become necessary to purchase coloured linens that are conventionally dyed. We have sourced linens that are certified Oeko-Tex 100. Please look up the Oeko Tex website for details on this certification here:
MEET THE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAMDesigner and Natural Dyer - Lara Stone: Lara is the founder, manager and designer of the Lara Stone label. Lara started experimenting with elements from her immediate environment when she came across the book, Eco Colourby India Flint. Over the past ten years, Lara has perfected her techniques, creating stunning, one-of-a-kind garments that reflect the beauty of environment in which she lives.
- Pattern and Sample Maker - Pam Condar is a self-taught, accomplished pattern maker with a background in theatre and the arts. Pam set up the first wardrobe department for The Dance Company NSW (now Sydney Dance), creating costumes for the opening of the Sydney Opera House. Pamela set up and supervised the first wardrobe department for The Queensland ballet and created over 1000 costumes in the 20 years that she worked for them.
- Pattern Grader- Anonymous
- Fabric Cutter- Janelle Cruice is a welcome new addition to the team, she has worked for many years in the local clothing industry.
- Seamstress - Lindsay Crisp is a highly skilled seamstress with an amazing eye for detail. Lindsay has a vast experience in the fashion industry. She is dedicated to locally-based clothing production and is an advocate for ethical fashion.