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#Campaign #Pre-Christmas Post October 30 2017

However time poor, newsletters are very few and far between.  If you would like more regular updates please let me know,  I will do my very best to get more info out to you more often. Apart from the occasional Facebook/mishnmesh and Instagram@mishnmesh posts, I do not advertise.  The MishNMesh focus is to keep the specialness of MishNMesh exclusive to you.  

#Pop-up Events … We Pop-Up all over the country - Tamworth Country Music Festival; Channel Country; the Maranoa; Central Queensland … and coming to you in Bundaberg soon.  Doing my best to get it out there to you.  For more details please go to POP-UP EVENTS on the website, www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com   It seems that that is what you want, the ‘visual & tactile’ experience.   MishNMesh was at the EKKA in Brisbane last August, opposite the Qld Museum and we have been invited back for 2018. This is wonderful news for those who live in Brisbane, wonderful to see you back wanting another MishNMesh exclusive.  

#Slow Clothing Manifesto … ‘slow clothing’ Guru, Jan Milburn,  Sustainability Consultant from Textile Beat dropped in at The Ekka and complimented me on making thoughtful informed choices, offering an ethical natural high-quality product to the customer that is long-lasting and durable, and so, the message is ‘buy well once’ quality remains after price is forgotten.

#MishNMesh sponsors CCLD … We had another great weekend for the Channel Country Ladies held at Jundah this year. Winner for BEST DRESSED at Friday Cocktails is:  Maree Morton, Gowrie Mountain.  Congratulations Maree! Maree wins a FREE CUSTOM FIT GARMENT from MishNMesh of her choice.

#What’s on the Cutting Table … Meet #Mono Gatsby shown here in Mary Style Cut Dress with in-seam pockets and Latino flounce sleeves.  Since it’s Preview at CCLD and Central QLD, it’s a hit! I have also made this in a #combo shirt.  I will be making it up in a Kurta Dress, so if you want to see it as a Kurta, just follow me on Facebook or check out the website.  

#Charming Old-fashioned Pin-Tucks … An old favourite.  Here it is seen in #wildflowers WHITE Pullover Top with a loose fitting at hips. I like the neckline, not too low or too high and I think it will be a firm favourite for most.  This style can be done in any print on your Wish List providing it ‘s still in stock.

#The Pullover Dress … This is rather different, and quite classy if you ask me.  I have had a lot of interest in this cut.  Seen here in #wildflowers Salmon pink.  You may remember it in WHITE mentioned in last Newsletter.

#Date Claimer: 

Emerald Art & Craft  17-18 November

Mumma’s Nest 24-25 November, Bundaberg

Handmade Under the Stars, 30 November, Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba

#Christmas Orders close 30 November 2017.

Thanks for following the MishNMesh journey and I hope to bring you more exciting Liberty prints and designs by MishNMesh in 2018.

Have a Joyous Christmas!

Margherita@MishNMesh

The bespoke dressmaker

 

 


#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

To see snaps from my recent Photoshoot,   FOLLOW on Instagram@MishNMesh or Facebook/MishNMesh or go to website:  www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com 

Contact Me: 0438133753 or Email: margherita.caruana@icloud.com

Kind Regards

Margherita@MishNMesh


#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.

 

Margherita

MishNMesh           


#i made this ... July 05 2016

Think Fashion Revolution, people are getting smarter.
Consumers are increasingly interested to know WHO MADE IT?
I am not a follower of the herd and what's happening in mainstream fashion. MishNMesh is all about authenticity.  'Doing what I want to do'.  The ideas come from risk-taking, testing the market with a new idea, with a different set of goals. These are not modern, but always find a place in society ... like 'old-fashioned customer service' and tailoring styles that don't out-date.  I suppose that that makes it special and different. Not sure about the 'digital disconnect', I guess customers prefer a more 'visual' and 'tactile' experience.  I can live with that.
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.  
Am I ethical in my business?  I feel that the only way to truly connect with the customer is to show that my brand is sustainable and that the values I hold dear are actually embedded in the business.  In essence, I am building the brand around my personality.  How else can I be true to myself and deliver.  
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

Cheers

Margherita

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!

Cheers

Margherita

MishNMesh

 


#be the 'Specialness' in MishNMesh February 08 2015

MishNMesh wants to make YOU feel special. Rather, you don't want something that has been mass produced in a factory in China.  YOU, the customer, I am sure would like to know there's been some kind of personality touching it.  The appeal is, well, 'not everybody has one'.  

With stiff competition, I realise that YOU the customer are cautious when it comes to spending and making rash purchases.  In this environment, the onus is on me to provide something more where you are getting 'value for money'.  

I, the Maker, personally guarantee customer satisfaction, that is, 'if it does not fit I will replace it'.  Check out FIT ME at www.mishnmesh.myshopify.com 

MishNMesh resonates with the customers, therefore, it is important that the Maker, that's ME, has a personal influence.  Most importantly, I try very hard to tailor MishNMesh to my customers needs.  

MishNMesh provides an 'old-fashioned' customer service, and I personally do know how to engage all senses, whether they're Baby Boomers, Gen Y or Gen X.  This is through interactive conversation with YOU the customer at market venues.  I personally ensure that MishNMesh engages in a strong visual presence, and as such, know that it is important to take on board and listen to your requirements in order to help 'value add' to what you actually want.

MishNMesh speaks for itself, it is a good quality, carefully hand stitched to ensure that the fabric flows elegantly around the body.   I choose soft fine, high thread count 100% Cotton, thoughtfully selected from around the world.  MishNMesh styles are fashioned to make the very best of every curve, bump and bulge.  Getting value for money, even your imperfections can be made to look nothing less than, well, PERFECT.   

At MishNMesh, not only do I make Bespoke/Custom Made to Measure, but I also do Ready-to-Wear (off the rack), these are also created by ME at my Studio in Leyburn, Queensland, Australia. 

For more information about MishNMesh, contact ME, the Maker: margherita@karuansarai.com.au

Until next time ...

Margherita Caruana,

the Maker of MishNMesh


#australia's unethical rag trade October 21 2014

Australia’s unethical rag trade

April 8, 2013

 

Think twice before buying Australian made, writes Rachel Wagner. That jacket might have been made for $5 in a backyard sweatshop.

 

The phrase “unethically produced clothing” usually conjures images of sweatshops in China, with workers packed shoulder-to-shoulder, labouring long hours for a pittance.

Unfortunately, the reality on our own shores is almost as sordid.

Australia’s rag trade is littered with the underpaid and the overworked. These people are known as ‘outworkers’ and they are among Australia’s lowest paid employees.

According to the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, approximately 50-70% of Australian made clothing is outsourced to migrant women working from home or in backyard sweatshops.

Not every outworker is a victim of this unforgiving fashion regime. For some, it suits their lifestyle, allowing them to work from home, care for their families and receive award wages.

For others, it is a harsh and trying industry.

Many outworkers are highly skilled, yet this is often their only viable source of income.

If they dare to speak out about their mistreatment – and someone deigns to listen – they are cast aside in favour of impressionable women who will work for loose change, oblivious to the injustice.

The high turnover is amplified as companies pit the workers against each other, auctioning off jobs to whoever will accept the lowest rate.

On Boxing Day 2011, the Herald Sun published an expose, divulging the truth about Melbourne’s sweatshops and the brands that use them.

Myer and The Just Group were two of the brands implicated. When contacted by upstart, Myer failed to respond.

The Just Group issued a statement to upstart: “The Just Group holds a long track record of operating in international markets and within international laws. At all times we are committed to following ethical standards in all brands, on all of our products. We regularly and independently audit all manufacturers for compliance.”

Whether or not these companies have reformed their processes, the problem remains prevalent in the industry. Australia continues to turn a blind eye to the conditions under which locally made clothing is manufactured.

Accreditation Advisor for Ethical Clothing Australia, Rebekka Carey-Smith, said it really is a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.

Outworkers generally work in isolation, prevented from conferring with peers about their absent rights. They are inundated with high volumes of clothing to sew on tight or even unattainable deadlines.

Those who don’t speak English are even more vulnerable to exploitation.

“Some people, unfortunately mainly migrant women, work up to 17 hours a day earning as little as $5 an hour,” said Carey-Smith. “They don’t know what rights they are entitled to.”

Legally, in addition to award wages, outworkers are entitled to all the benefits that employees are afforded, such as superannuation, sick leave and insurance, yet most receive none of these basic prerogatives. Instead, they are rewarded with a towering pile of fabric and a back injury for all their hard work.

It may seem like a dire situation, but it’s easy to see how it could happen.

With fashion labels contending for the market share, production costs are routinely cut to be competitive and offer the most affordable clothing. Quality and sustainability fall by the wayside when it comes to fast fashion.

While outsourcing to sweatshops abroad may seem like the most lucrative avenue, locally made clothing can be both affordable and convenient. It means there are no long trips to oversee production, and shipping costs are greatly reduced.

“Manufacturing onshore really is a viable option because it means you are in complete control of production,” said Carey-Smith.

With fashion houses able to produce their stock locally at such a low cost, ‘Australian Made’ is no longer synonymous with ethical clothing.

As you move down the supply chain, it can be hard to point the finger at a culprit. Production work is outsourced to companies who then delegate tasks to outworkers. Many high profile companies aren’t even aware of the transgressions at the other end of the chain.

Until the big brands are held accountable, the ‘Australian Made’ label will continue to lose value. Yes, it is great to support local businesses, but how much pride can we bestow on unethical products?

The kneejerk reaction is to suggest a boycott of all brands that lack a transparent supply chain. Alas, this only leads to redundancy for the very people it aims to protect.

“It’s more important to educate the companies about what they need to do to ensure their employees are getting paid enough and are working in ethical conditions,” said Carey-Smith.

In the wake of the issue, the slow fashion movement is gaining momentum in Australia. The antithesis to the sleazy world of fast fashion, it endeavours to create a resistance to consumerism by encouraging shoppers to be more mindful about their purchases.

If this can generate a surge of support for accredited ethical labels, the Australian fashion industry may be able to salvage its tarnished reputation by promoting a culture of integrity and respect.

And of course, the outworkers might even get a raise.

Rachel Wagner  is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws and Media Studies student at La Trobe University and a staff writer for upstart. Follow her on Twitter  @rachelshae

 Photo:  Flickr

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