#turning the tide from 'fast fashion' March 13 2019
Made-to-Order, Zero Waste and trendless fashion are the touchstones for a new wave of designers hoping to turn the tide away from 'fast fashion' towards a more 'sustainable approach'. Vogue
So how does one define MishNMesh's footprint?
I had thought about this for some time i.e. as long as Customers become more conscious in how they spend their money, and when a local community supports its Artisans and Makers, only then will change happen.
The MishNMesh Ideology is that it supports a sustainable approach to fashion, no matter how small, established and implemented right from its inception, that a direct-to-consumer approach is the only way to achieve this. Therefore, I decided to concentrate on limited edition pieces which customers pre-order. There is Zero Waste. Make on Demand. Making the fabric available go further, but unfortunately, it limits how many pieces can be cut from the bolt. This means that the turn-a-round could be 3-4 weeks in the low Autumn/Winter Season; and 6-8 weeks in the High Summer season. Most customers really don't mind the wait for a custom garment made by me, remember, I am doing this solo.
In order to maintain zero-waste in the MishNMesh Studio, unused fabrics are matched to create a one-off piece. Or, fabric remnants are sold by the kilo to Quilters and Crafters. Perhaps, contact me if you would like some.
On offer from the MishNMesh Handmade Wardrobe are 'trendless pieces' created by me using Liberty Tana Lawn and AGF fabrics. I have built up a collection of Favourites, but always able to use the designs in refreshing new prints. In this way, it allows YOU the customer to simplify YOUR wardrobe.
Working on Demand can be stressful at the best of times, especially when you get a large batch of Orders just from one event and you're wanting to get them out as fast as you can. One can only do what is humanly possible. However, I have come to the conclusion that working-on-demand is better for business and is more sustainable, you see there is no excess Inventory at the end of the day. This means that MishNMesh is reducing resource consumption and its environmental impact.
Having said this, the MishNMesh Handmade Wardrobe Collection, Label or Brand ... whatever you might like to call it, has allowed it to stand out from the likes of run-of-the-mill Boutiques in mainstream fashion. As rare as it may seem in this modern day, it is actually an old-fashioned approach to a more personalised service. Hence combined, MishNMesh has adopted the philosophy and a unique handmade custom product which I make right from the beginning and that's how I have kept it.
Filling a niche, allows me to tailor each design to each individual customers' measurements and specific requirements. However, I fail to see how I can scale up MishNMesh. After some years of research and deliberation, have settled for what is, taking into consideration that it takes me a couple of hours to draft and cut and then 4.5 hrs to sew it up on the machines. Many a time have I been approached by Boutiques wanting to buy Wholesale, but I have always declined offers based on what's ethically fair and reasonable in the production of the garment/s.
The challenges of moving towards a more sustainable model is one the fashion industry is facing as a whole, alongside shoppers who are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their spending habits. Consumers have an exceptional power to shift demand away from fast fashion retail. The tide is slowly but surely starting to turn.
At the moment, with the Global Fashion Revolution, independant brands like MishNMesh adopting a direct-to-consumer, made-to-order strategy are leading the way producing aesthetically beautiful unique pieces whilst being socially conscious about it, creating a better earth planet.
the bespoke dressmaker
#WINNER of FREE CUSTOM GARMENT March 07 2019
PRIZE Winner of FREE CUSTOM GARMENT is DAWN KINGS of St George.
Donated by Margherita@MishNMesh to #StGeorgeInternationalWomensDay
Event held on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at the St George Cultural Centre.
#Happy New Year! January 30 2019
Welcome to MishNMesh 2019! It's a tough gig going 'solo'.
MishNMesh has just launched a NEW Collection for 2019 at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Keep an eye out for more additions to the Collection which will be uploaded soon and ready for Easter in the Country Roma.
Now that I am back from Tamworth after an exhausting 10 days of 41-42 degree heat, taking a few days to have a rest and do some planning before I get stuck into completing Orders. It can be a vicious cycle of work and no play, but that's the name of the game in the fashion industry. Work by Demand.
I will be posting a Newsletter soon, so if you wish to subscribe please go to the Home Page, we would love to have you on board as another loyal customer.
So, we shall talk soon.
FREESHIPPING#18 September 08 2018
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for Australia and New Zealand, this includes Worldwide up to $25.00AUD Postage/Shipping for Purchases of $200.00 or more.
NZ#18@FREESHIPPING August 09 2018
To Celebrate the MISHNMESH LAUNCH in New Zealand recently.
For Follow-Up Orders Online, use Code: NZ#18@FREESHIPPING
for a limited time only.
Any questions, shoot Margherita an email or us the CONTACT US FORM.
MUMSDAY18 April 03 2018
Just want to THANK YOU for your ongoing support and encouragement.
JUST FOR YOU....
HERE IS YOUR DISCOUNT at check out....MUMSDAY18
Happy Mother's Day!
#easter 2018 campaign April 03 2018
As some of you are aware, MishNMesh is a 'slow fashion' model that promotes high quality bespoke garments in unique designs that are suitable for the Australian climate. To give you peace of mind, you are investing in a sustainable future taking eco-conscious decisions about what you buy and wear. It is so relevant today as the fashion industry is one of the main culprits for the state of the environment. I won't take up too much of your time, but just want to let you know that I am trying out NEW fabric in 100% Cotton which is of heavier grade and would be suitable for tailoring JACKETS and SHIRTS at this stage. For those that are going to Roma, Easter in the Country, you will be able to preview some as not all the material arrived in time, so can show you swatches of what is in stock. As I have been time poor, I managed to knock up a few Shirts in same #combo style in the last few days and I am quite impressed with the outcome. After Easter, I will endeavour to make some jackets and I will do my best to send you an update here. Focus is on an Autumn/Winter Collection, something that I have had in mind to do.
The format is still MADE TO MEASURE, as that is my speciality. For those of you who have ordered in the past, your Measurements are on Database, if you think they should be updated, please let me know.
#G'day 2018 January 02 2018
#and a Merry Christmas to you .... December 21 2017
Just a special message to thank you for your support this year. I appreciate your patience as the WAIT LIST grows. Thank you for remembering that there is only one of me, it's a tough gig with Travel/attending Events/design and making each piece of MishNMesh just for you. I stand by what I say: I offer 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee and that means if the garment is not to your satisfaction, I will replace it with a new one.
I make approximately 200 pieces per year and only had one returned for a swap which is pretty good going.
Check out Testimonials: www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com/pages/testimonials
From me to you, enjoy your Christmas break, stay safe and I will see you in the New Year.
The bespoke dressmaker, Margherita@MishNMesh
#Campaign #Pre-Christmas Post October 30 2017
#Campaign ... 'La Boheme' June 29 2017
Inspiration from Malta ...
What a great location to test out LIBERTY fabrics, and certainly made sure that I packed well to stay 'cool & comfortable' in searing temperatures, unusual for this time of year. I rolled, tied and packed 12 pieces and paired them up, experimenting with layering to get everything in (1) Carry-On, in addition to Lingerie and Toiletries and taking (1) pair of comfortable walking shoes with supporting arch.
#want to be noticed #feel alive! ...
This 'silver-haired' Lady, got a surprise when an Italian standing at his Carvery with stuffed pig, burst into song with 'o sole mio' as he saw me approach wearing my famous La Boheme Pantaloni/Pantaloons, not to mention a wink from a Customs Officer in Brussells.
My Tip for the Mammas and Nunnas who want to stay cool and on-trend, MishNMesh is certainly AUTHENTIC! ... Hence my Campaign for this 'Chat', some very 'loose-fitting' Pullover Dresses, but fitted through bust with draping pockets complimented with Pantaloons.
Find MishNMesh at these Creative Hubs ...
1 July ... Outback Fringe Festival, Quilpie
14/15/16 July ... Rocky Riverfest
22 July ... Jazz at the Gallery, Warwick
30 August ... Weengallon Pink Ladies Day
Contact Me: 0438133753 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
#Mother's Day Treat April 27 2017
Here's your Mother's Day Treat. Use CODE: MUMSDAY17 with your online purchases.
Happy Mother's Day!
#Autumn Leaves ... Edition 4 April 08 2017
SPRUCE IT UP!
Ignoring 'fast fashion' and instead prefer 'slow fashion', trying to be authentic and keeping in mind the focus is on the underlying influence to fill a niche market, regardless of what fashion dictates. Practicality in style design whether it be worn 'on the street', 'travel abroad' or 'in the bush' ... jeans, trousers, tights or leggings seem to be a universal trend. Having said that and with my obsession with the 'combo shirt' combined with layers or layering seems to be the 'go-to garment' just when you never know when the weather is going to shift and catch you by surprise. If you haven't tried one, TRY ONE! and if you don't like it send it back within 14 days for a swap. Remember my CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE 'if it's not to your satisfaction, I will replace it'.
Here are some gorgeous bits of inspiration in the WILDFLOWERS Series to put a smile on your face in pretty pastels to illuminate your skin, or if you prefer, more depth perhaps the Greens/Blues. All beautiful, no matter the style.
MishNMesh is truely a luxury ecobrand where each piece is custom-made by Yours Truly to each individual's specifications. Here's your MOTHER'S DAY TREAT use Code: MUMSDAY17 with your online purchase after you have saved your pennies.
Let's get to the CREATIVE HUB of the 'magic of markets' especially if you prefer a more visual and tactile experience. So here's where you can find MishNMesh ...
*EASTER IN THE COUNTRY 15/16 April (Saturday, top end of middle row in Arthur Street, off McDowall Street. Sunday, top end of middle row again only this time in Bassett Park). Hope you find me. Otherwise ring me on 0438133753 on the day and I can direct you.
*ART@KOGAN 29/30 April
*QUILPIE OUTBACK FRINGE FESTIVAL 1 July
*ROCKHAMPTON RIVER FESTIVAL 14/15/16 July
DESTINATION MALTA ... a family trip to my parent's homeland from the 6-16 June 2017, so very happy to be sharing the specialness of this trip with my Daughter and Granddaughter to meet the family, 3 Generations.
CUSTOM ORDERS ... if you would like anything made please have your orders in asap so I can see to having them completed before 6 June.
Thanks for stopping by and will chat again soon.
MishNMesh BLOG 17 ... Edition 3 February 19 2017
hello my Ladies! This is the first Newsletter for 2017.
Welcome! to those who have recently signed up for the Blog News @MishNMesh.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE has now been revised and added to the NEW Business Card now available. One thing I have overlooked is stating a TIMELINE for any RETURNS/ADJUSTMENTS. My preference is within 14 days. This will be noted in the next round of printing more cards.
LIBERTY DESTASH is in abundance here in my Studio. Plans are afoot to get more bundles cut for purchase by Crafters & Quilters. I have found that the Bundles x 24 pieces x .75/3” square @ $6 per pack seem to be most popular, however, larger bundles are also available.
NEW MISHNMESH COLLECTION for High Summer2017 … had its first launch at TCMF2017 in January. The emphasis on ‘country’ and ‘urban’ styles are very much liked and followed on Instagram@MishNMesh by Music Artists, Nat Pearson and Demi Louise and the like. Selling ‘off-the-rack’ fast, however, I am reproducing more of it at my own pace and taking custom-orders. As the demand for ‘made-to-measure’ garments increases, I have now altered the turn-around to 4 weeks.
ARTISAN DEMONSTRATION … I was asked to perform as an Artisan at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017 over (9) days, where I became ‘the busking dressmaker’, competing with Musicians on Peel Street for a spot of attention. What I had discovered was that it’s a very attracting activity and it appeals to me that I should do more of it. What an opportunity to showcase *handmade quality garment-making, *to support local businesses and at the same time *reduce your carbon footprint for a more sustainable approach to the ‘slow fashion’ industry. ARTISAN MADE, not mass made.
DATE CLAIMER …
15/16 April 2017 … Easter in the Country, Roma
17/18/19 … Craft Alive, Rockhampton (to be confirmed)
MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION … how about sending in PICS of YOU wearing MISHNMESH? Kind of like the idea? What’s the PRIZE?
BEST DRESSED WINS a FREE CUSTOM-MADE GARMENT from MIshNMesh.
(Note: Terms … agree to share on Social Media)
Get your FRIENDS involved, because LIKES and SHARES could make you the WINNER for MOST POPULAR.
Until next ‘Chit Chat’ … Margherita @ MishNMesh on Instagram;
/MishNMesh onFacebook and Website: www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com
#merry xmas & happy new year! December 20 2016
Phewww! all the promised Xmas Orders are completed and now I need to finish a few more not so urgent orders. Once that is done, I then have to prepare a Collection of MishNMesh for the Tamworth Country Music Festival 19-30 January 2017. Yes, I am pushing the boat out, but I am going to do this. Wish me luck.
Just sending you Xmas Cheer from the MishNMesh team. We have had an AWESOME year. I personally would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement. It truly never ceases to amaze me.
Thank you for loving MishNMesh. And don't forget to subscribe to the Newsletter. You can do this on the Home Page at the bottom right hand corner. You can get updates as to where you can find me, new fabrics & designs, and also promotions.
#mishnmesh newsletter October 01 2016
So wonderful that you’re here!
Thank you for joining the MishNMesh community.
Now that you are a ‘groupie’ so to speak, you now will have first hand information on Classic and Seasonal Prints from LIBERTY ART FABRICS. You should know that MishNMesh is recognised as ‘bespoke garment-making’ by LIBERTY OF LONDON.
THE PRODUCT BRAND … MISHNMESH … WHO MAKES IT? …
I am Margherita, the Designer and Maker of the MishNMesh Collection.
MishNMesh saw a niche in the market that had to be filled. Everyone is different. I have spoken to customers of all ages to find out what they are looking for. .
I wanted to introduce a business model that catered for:
*a customer’s need; *what customers care about; *what customers want; *and solve customer problems, in that, I would create a product that is *bespoke *custom-made and decided to build the brand on an ‘old-fashioned’ service *specialising in ‘made-to-measure’.
For ME, the most important factor was to be true to myself, stay *ME as a brand; stay *small as a local business; stay *passionate about what I do and how I do it.
I feel that the only way to truly connect with the customer is to show that the values I hold dear are actually embedded in the business and that my brand is sustainable i.e. it’s made by me only ( I do not source my work out); the garment is designed for our Qld Lifestyle, so it has to be durable and very comfortable, so ‘wear it to death’.
The FABRIC … LIBERTY ART FABRICS … TANA LAWN
I only use ‘high quality’ Cotton that is fine and durable. I choose to buy Liberty Art Fabrics because I have trust in its quality. It has been manufactured in Lancaster, England, but in the last 2 yrs, prints that I have chosen for the MishNMesh Collection are actually being printed in Milan, Italy. I have since noticed that the fabric is silky and softer and just a tad finer. I can certainly vouch for its quality. There is NO SHRINKAGE and NO COLOUR LOSS. I am also told that it is CHEMICAL FREE and ALLERGY FREE.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE … Ask me to make one JUST FOR YOU!
So there are some good perks that come with being BESPOKE. I get to custom-make a garment JUST FOR YOU. I just need your Measurements and a brief CHAT with you always helps. So you can ring me or email me, whatever suits. Check out FIT ME POLICY on my website: www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com for your ‘Customer Satisfaction Guarantee’.
EXCLUSIVE TO YOU only AS A SUBSCRIBER … PROMOTIONS to receive a DISCOUNT at CHECK OUT with your online purchases.
Spring is in the air and Summer is just around the corner. Some lovely temptations on the horizon, so stay tuned for some Sampling in Edition 2 .
That will do for our first ‘Chit-Chat’ in Edition No. 1. Just an INTRO really.
Look out for Edition 2 via MAIL CHIMP. Possibly 2 monthly. Just in the process of getting permissions and setting up.
#getting on the band wagon August 31 2016
'I am sick of being forced to dress like an old woman'. One loved dressing up and wearing bold and bright and outrageous clothes, it was the 70's. It is hard to find something half way decent.
Not having the problem when younger. Turning 50 is a real turning point in our lives. Everything on the racks is targeted for the younger lot with slim, sleek bodies.
I found this Excerpt above on Facebook this morning. And so, I had to write this, right now, this minute, as I sit in my PJs and wool slippers at my desk.
Talk about being INNOVATIVE. Da Dahhhhhh! hence MishNMesh!
Most styles don't suit 60+. Unlike your Rockmans, Katies, Big W and Myer ... MishNMesh gives you options, even send Print Samples out to you if you like.
Check out Fit Me Policy ... 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.
Q. Who gives you that these days?
A. I have patience. I make the time. Just call me.
Well get this, MishNMesh is paying attention. And Yes, I have the energy as I sit in my studio everyday Designing & Drafting & Cutting Orders to Sew.
Why? because I just love it. And, it shows in the work that I produce. As one of my most loved customers recently said 'You're our local design Guru'.
Check out my Bio ... And ... Check out Testimonials.
See you later, Alligator!
Your Local Design Guru, MishNMesh
#cut-to-order August 12 2016
MishNMesh is about clothes you love plus honest pricing equals no waste.
This is not NEW as some would say, 'cut-to-order' has been around forever. MishNMesh is 85% custom made, and place a lot of emphasis on 'made-to-measure' for a number of reasons. Most importantly, ensuring that the customer gets what they want to suit their requirements. This means, tailored to your specifications which minimizes production waste and surplus stock. You may have noticed, MishNMesh sampling is minimal, and this is why.
Plus, well it is just me at the cutting and sewing table, all day, every day. I do not source my work out and take pride in what I do. This is how clients get 'quality assurance'.
I can vouch and say, I make high-quality ladies wear that are sold at a very reasonable price, considering it's Liberty fabric. Have you done your sums yet? So few have. Just saying, not only are you getting a garment that is tailor-made and custom fit, but getting also top of the range fabrics which speak for themselves.
MishNMesh is 'slow fashion' that offers beautiful feminine styles that won't out date. Great no matter your Size or Shape. Ageless and Timeless.
MishNMesh offers a Customer Satisfaction Guarantee on each piece. In that if you don't like it, 'I will replace it'.
MishNMesh is slow and sustainable and challenges the norm. Therefore, create long-lasting pieces for our clientele that are loved and worn to death.
#want to host-a-party July 27 2016
#bespoke MishNMesh is introducing a *PARTY PLAN HOSTING PACKAGE What are the benefits? … The HOST will receive a *FREE CUSTOM MADE GARMENT of OWN CHOICE to the VALUE of $170.00. For more information on HOSTING a MISHNMESH PARTY PLAN please use the CONTACT US FORM available on this website.
MishNMesh travels anywhere around Queensland with no fuss.
INVITE MISHNMESH to your place, be it rural and remote, distance is no option, even if you are out there in the middle of no where. Get some friends together and we'll have a party!
#reduce carbon footprint on the planet
#discount code July 05 2016
Don't forget to add your DISCOUNT CODE ... MISHNMESH at checkout!
#i made this ... July 05 2016
Why do I need to go public? I am proud to boast ... I MADE THIS!
That is MishNMesh ... that's ME! It's about my ability as the Creator and longevity. This is what sustainability is about, isn't it? It's time the fashion industry admires and respects that some of us want to stay small. It's about sticking with something that works, and the customer is going to go with it. Having said that, I am going to take the time in explaining my product because nowadays I think it is relevant.
As a Designer & Creator, I feel that MishNMesh does have a part to play in fixing the fashion industry. I do my research which lead me to Laura Ashley and Liberty. I loved working with LA Fabrics when I lived in England many years ago, but unfortunately, no longer sell dress fabrics. Nowadays, I choose to buy Liberty Fabrics because I have TRUST in the quality which I can confidently say to the customer that I can vouch for its 'quality assurance'.
Transparency is the key. I do think that it is important to take the time to explain to the customer the entire process including information about the Fibre ... *what it is; *where it is manufactured; *where it is printed. Explaining the price so that the customer understands what they are paying for.
As the Maker, I offer a 'Customer Satisfaction Guarantee' with all products, whether they be ready-to-wear or custom-made-to-measure. This is how I choose to build my brand, 85% Custom Fit. So our way of operating offers customers lots of opportunities e.g. to co-design with the Creator (i.e. myself in this case). Pave a new road, the 'old-fashioned way' with different eyes.
MishNMesh does not want to be a 'best seller'. MishNMesh defines comfort to wearable art, with the layering. It's the only way to go. And I love it! So follow us on Instagram @mishnmesh
#straight from the horse's mouth hey! June 30 2016
Straight from the horse's mouth hey!
I am Margherita and I am the Designer and Creator of the MishNMesh Collection. MishNMesh is not a boutique. It's *bespoke.
As the Designer & Creator, I wanted to introduce a business model that catered for *a customer's need; *what customer's care about; *what customers want, and most importantly of all, *solve customer's problems.
Creating a product that is *bespoke and *specialising in made-to-measure allows MishNMesh to fill a niche market creating 'designs for real women' with real lives and real needs. This is not new territory, *bespoke is back due to customer demand. How do I know this? Because I have talked to customers of all ages to find out what they think and what they want. Yes, all customers are different too.
So how do I stay ME as a brand while talking to different people? I believe that I have my core characteristics nailed. As a passer-by once said 'you look like your stall'. Now that's a compliment.
And so, as the story goes ... I cater for ALL ages: 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+
How fabulous is that, and loving it!.
Ask Me to Make One Just For You!
#a bag on wheels February 26 2016
A bag on wheels to Pop-up Shop, MishNMesh goes out to whop whop and back.
It is just wonderful to see MishNMesh out there and to see people wearing it.
Buying better … Our focus is to build strong relationships with our customers who TRUST us for QUALITY, and of course, made in a sustainable way. MishNMesh offers you durable and ethical alternatives and gives you the opportunity to buy better.
Despite the pitfalls of fast fashion, 'ethically conscious clothing' is proving itself in the market, that there is a demand for fewer better things. More and more, the buying public are rejecting mass production for aesthetic reasons and because of the exploitation in the 'fast fashion' industry.
MishNMesh is only a tiny drop in the ocean, but in the growth of ecological sensibility, the growth in demand for artisanal products and more handmade items is something to watch of the New Age Fashion Revolution.
That's my two cents worth for today.
Margherita Caruana, Creator of MishNMesh
#bespoke #plus size February 15 2016
TIMELESS … no matter your AGE, SHAPE or SIZE.
MishNMesh sources the highest quality fabrics from around the world.
As the Creator, devote attention to detail to your stylistic preferences and body shape. Therefore, MishNMesh is *bespoke i.e. the garment is MADE JUST FOR YOU.
I am a daughter of a Tailor, having grown up in my father's Tailor Workshop/Studio learning the tricks of the trade.
I do have preference to co-designing with YOU the customer/client, providing guidance throughout the process of design. MishNMesh aims to see that YOU ' look your best' in a 'fitted custom made garment'. Our focus is to fit your body and unique body types.
Time for a change, try CUSTOM MADE TO MEASURE. The work is carried out by me, the Creator and not sourced out, ensuring 'good quality workmanship'.
The price is the price, whether you choose CUSTOM MADE over READY-TO-WEAR.
Ask me to make one JUST FOR YOU!
Use the CONTACT US FORM for a FREE *CONSULT.
Margherita, the Creator and Maker of MishNMesh
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