Tickled Pink Cards (Xmas Birdie swing tag) at YDM

Tickle me Chrissy

The first day of Summer also heralds the last YDM of the year. As the jingle of Christmas bells fill the air, so do the designs displayed at our festive fashionable fair. Whether you are seeking out some surprises for your secret Santa, treasures for under the tree or wonderful wrapping to present the perfect pressie – originality is the optimal option at the origin of merriment.
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This is the time of year where connecting with loved ones is essential and a priority is sending cards of cheer-whether far or near.
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Tickled Pink Cards offer a beautiful range of meticulously designed and handcrafted papergoods. They have expanded to accessories, vintage fabric bags and baby bloomers and applique singlets. We talk turkey with owner/creator, Natalie Green and get jolly ahead of the YDM on Sunday December 1.

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Meredith McMaster Millinery (at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival)

A Mad Hatter!

Attention: All show ponies!

With the Melbourne Cup approaching, the Spring Carnival often draw more focus to fashions on the field than the thoroughbreds in full throttle!
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To get glamorous, gallop down to the November Young Designers Market for all COLTure – cocktail dresses, shoes, bags, hats and fascinators for every fancy filly!
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To lead the race in the sport of kings – princesses perch their crowns with stunning numbers from YDM Milliner, Meredith McMaster. We chomp at the bit with the trader about the race that stops a nation and the designs leading ladies day at the market which kick-starts South Bank on Sunday November 3.

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koji at Young Designers Market

The Koji code

We are now well into the freshest season of the year and looking for the best kind of Spring Break – The fashionable form! As we trade in our sweaters for sundresses, you may be weary of your well-worn wardrobe and seeking some sweetening to shake up your style.
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Kylie Corser from Koji clothing is able to bring your body to life with colours and patterns that will keep you feeling fine all the time…these babies have cocktail o’clock written all over them!
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Stop by the stall at the next YDM on Sunday October 6. We asked the Koji creator why this is the open season of patterns and prints…

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Fly Peacock (Fresh line-Beach)

Mr Tee

In the style stakes, men also deserve their time to shine! So your SuperSir can step up to the spotlight as we sidle into the new season. Spring starts with the Young Designers Market on Sunday September 1 – which is also Fathers Day! After a hearty breakfast in bed, bring the master of the house to South Bank and get him some threads!
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One stall that will see him strutting his stuff is Fly Peacock with their striking designs including rich photographic imagery dripping off the fabric. Kit out the captain on his special day with a makeover of the coolest kind!
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As they get ready to take to flight for the second time at the September YDM, we primp and peek into the mind of Gopal from Fly Peacock, to find out more…

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Hark Home (Dad Customised)

Prints Charming

Ahh! The power of words. They really do say so much. Whatever the reason, motivational messages, quirky quotes and collection of customized compliments can sum up a situation or special celebration.
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Hark Home have been heralding the happiness by harnessing the typography trend. Their faze of phrasing has kept the YDM crowds crazed for the past year with something for every individual or any occasion. An example is the arrival of a new addition to the family (whether royal or regular) with a bespoke birth notice.
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They also make a perfect personalised present for the upcoming Father’s Day – A fantastic frame, filled with fonts for your favourite fella. We exchange some sentences with creator Karla, to see why her artworks are a sign of the times…

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Yumcha Child (Prescious Little Dumpling Red Bamboo Steamer)

Orient: Expressed

“There’s just something special about seeing a little baby all wrapped up in something adorable that puts smiles on people’s faces. Yumcha Child is created in colours and cute sayings that evoke happiness and laughter, something we should experience every day.  Adding a touch of cute to the little one’s organic fashion world is fun. Yumcha Child aims to do that with baby clothes made from sustainable and eco-friendly bamboo and organic cotton.” .
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One of the longer trading stallholders at YDM, you can seek out Yumcha Child serving up the sushi-sized sets for the itty bitty at the market in July. We take a seat at the counter and chat to designer Suzie to get a taste of what is on offer…

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