Collective Conversations... talking to Post Sole Studio designers, Breeze and Myra!
At Collective Closets, we believe in individuality, authenticity, and celebrating the power of a woman. As businesswomen, we share the story of our influences and upbringing through our designs and the beautiful textiles we grew up with. We created Collective Conversations to spotlight the amazing women in our community and find out how they share their own stories. This series spotlights members of our tribe, gaining insight into their values, passions, and the drive behind what they do.
This month, we're talking to Melbourne based friends, business partners and the founder of Post Sole Studio (PSS), Breeze and Myra.
The pair met making shoes (fittingly) here in Naarm. Both were feeling forlorn about the state of the once-booming local industry of beautifully crafted shoes – so they decided to build something themselves.
Post Sole Studios became the duo's "ode to Australian-made shoes and the people who love to wear them." Meticulously crafted using locally-sourced materials and conscious design principles, Breeze and Myra's lovingly-made collection has made its way into our hearts (and wardrobes).
For this edition of Collective Conversations, we stepped into the pair's Abbotsford-based "part-studio, part-design-house". We talked wardrobe essentials, style evolutions and the Melbourne design community.
Describe yourselves in three words?
Breeze: Thoughtful, inventive, resilient.
Myra: Determined, proactive, dreamer.
How do you define your core values?
B: Kindness, reliability, curiosity and being the best friend I can be.
M: Authenticity, decisiveness, determination, kindness and leaving the planet as I found it (or better).
How do you express your creative identity?
B: Through my work and role at PSS – designing shoes, styling, photography and running a business. And most importantly, through dressing myself.
M: Through my role at PSS and surrounding myself at home with beautiful bits and pieces.
What are some things that you're leaving behind, letting go of, or unlearning in order to move forward?
B: As I approach 40, I'm letting go of a lot of things that affected my younger self. I’m excited about this next milestone.
M: I’m still figuring that out after having a baby nine months ago! But mostly a lot of letting go in general, which doesn’t come naturally to me.
What do you look for when choosing a high-quality wardrobe piece?
B: A timeless piece with a certain kind of twist to it.
M: Quality and something that's easy to care for and functional – needs to go from home, to work, to baby play.
Can you tell us some of the staple pieces in your wardrobe?
B: Jeans, PSS shoes, white shirt.
M: Oversized t-shirts, sunglasses, PSS shoes.
What’s a hard lesson you were grateful to learn?
B and M: Staring and running PSS has involved a lot of hard lessons (and there will be many more to come). We're grateful for them all. I think the biggest thing we have learnt is how to work well together and how to nurture and support each other's strengths and weaknesses.
If you could give your younger self some words of advice, what would you say?
B: Be decisive and don’t fret about making the wrong decision – mistakes are not the end of the world.
M: Try and let things go.
What do you love most about your community?
B and M: We have a really strong shoemaking community in Melbourne. It feels supportive and never competitive.
Can you describe the most meaningful piece in your wardrobe? Why is it special to you?
B: A vintage dress and matching bolero that my avid op-shopping Mother found; it's been altered many times to fit my sisters and I to wear to various special occasions.
M: This Vivienne Westwood dress I purchased when I was a teenager in London. It’s nothing fancy, but felt like my first foray into real fashion. I haven’t worn it in years, it has a stain on it that I can’t get out, but I just can’t get rid of it. And also my wedding outfit for obvious reasons!
Myra wears the Jua Shirt Dress in oatmeal.
Do you feel like you’ve gained confidence in your personal style, or is this something you’re still working on?
B: It's an ever-evolving process, but I feel like that's my style – evolving and refining.
M: Yes, for sure! I know what will and won’t suit me, but I'm still working out how to make my wardrobe functional post-baby and what that looks like exactly.