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Design Notes: Tattoo Artist Emma Commander on her art, adventures and the new Bandana range.

You know that feeling, on a very rare occasion, when you meet someone and are instantly enamoured with their oh so cool, effortless vibe?  Yeah, that's what it's like to meet Emma Commander.  She's a badass tattoo artist based in Perth, Western Australia where she creates unique, original designs.  She's also a serious escape artist with some epic adventures under her belt.  Given that combo, we were stoked to team up with her on our first bandana range.  Interested in what inspires this legend and what led to our bandana range?  Read on.... What drew you into becoming a tattoo artist and who trusted your first attempts?Ever since I was a kid all I wanted to do was draw. I’ve always loved drawing and...

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'Introducing Ghost Outdoors' by Homecamp

The following interview was featured on Australian outdoor lifestyle site, and Ghost Outdoors stockist: Homecamp. Beautifully designed, durably built and effortlessly cool, we bring you Ghost Outdoors. Ghost create modern, minimalist products that look good, feel good and encourage a life outdoors. We chat to the Ghost team about the inspiration for the brand, their philosophy and their dream places to hang their hammocks!   Who is Ghost Outdoors? Tell us about your brand and the Ghost philosophy. We’re an Australian-designed outdoor apparel company making rugged, design-focussed camping and outdoor gear. We believe in escaping the entrapment of modern life at regular intervals, whether it be jumping in a car and taking off, or hiring an epic cabin with some mates somewhere, where your...

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Merino: the Beyonce of Wools

Wool. It’s a sheep's fur.  And Merino Wool is the Beyonce of all wools.  We made our Army Blankets with 100% Merino Wool because we wanted to make something that had a smooth, luxury feel with the durability of a hardcore army blanket. The Merino is a breed of sheep originally from Spain but perfected in the Australian Outback since 1797. The animal survives in extreme conditions, making it’s fur breathable in summer and insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight. At this stage, Australia exports about 88% of the world's merino wool.  That’s a lot of sheep!  Approximately 70 million, in fact, or about 3 of this guy: Merino’s secret is in its exceptionally fine fibres which make it the softest wool on earth. Unlike...

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Design Notes // Snooze everywhere with The Carry-On Hammock

TL/DR: We wanted a nicer-looking tiny hammock that you could bring in your carry-on luggage.  Why we designed it  Can you think of anything more serene than hanging from the trees and watching the world go by? Some of our favourite outdoor memories were made, strung up to a tree, with a tinny in hand, bantering with mates.  Our top 5 hammock moments:  Strung up on the beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico with wild horses trotting past. Fish fries at Granny's house in Pensacola, Florida. Reading "Atlas Shrugged” under the palm trees in Barbados. Watching whales breech at Red Bluff, Western Australia. Scoping the surf break at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. BUT… Great hammocks are too heavy, and light hammocks are poor quality or ugly or...

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