Alex Riggs featured on Kochie's Business Builders

Posted on June 01, 2016 by Audrey Turner | 0 comments

We are so thrilled to see our designer, Alex Riggs featured on Kochie's Business Builders. Read on to see how winning the City of Sydney Excellence in Small Business, and the Business of the Year awards in 2011 helped establish Oobi as a powerhouse small business!

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The Magic of Childhood

Posted on April 07, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 3 comments

Childhood is a time where everything is possible. Where every day something is there to be discovered or learned. And it's something magical, because even the simplest things are special because they're new and exciting.

 

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Hello Sprinkles!

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 0 comments

In a world where you can be anything, be a unicorn…
I read that quote last year when I was designing and I thought, how amazing it must be to be a child in a world where you CAN be anything! And that’s when the seed to design a range of unicorn print dresses and other clothing came to my mind.

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It all started with an Apple... Winter 2016 Blog

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 1 comment

It all started with an apple…
Rebecca Dress in Candy Apple
Many years ago (about 15 to be exact) I printed a little apple fabric (Candy Apple, above, is the new version of this, recoloured and resized for a bit of fun!) which was redesigned from an old children's book, some pretty tulips, some tiny roses and I mixed-and-matched those with brightly coloured polkadots, creating my first children's fashion line. "Children's fashion line" might be overstating it a little as it was about 4 pieces that I designed and took to the markets, but, hey, it was a start!
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Designing and printing your own fabric in Australia is quite difficult in short runs and I did a lot of begging and pleading and favour pulling (plus making my mum sew all night with me to get the range finished in time to take it to the markets at 5am the next day). But we made it happen! It was exciting times and a strange venture into the unknown. A business! Doing something fun!
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It's weird how some memories are so strong and so vivid. When I launched my label, it already had a name (I knew I'd call my line Oobi - you can read other stories about the history behind the name) and I knew it would be bright, bright, BRIGHT! Baby clothing and even kid's clothing 15 years ago was pretty basic (or very fancy/formal) and it was a lot of "beige for babies" or pink or blue.
Of course, it wasn't a hit with everyone… But then… Some people just "got it". And they really loved it. And my future path was set. I was going to be a fashion designer and printmaker. Wow.
Hand-Embroidered baby tutu (Fluttery Tutu).
I wanted to do brights. Reds and pinks and big strange fruit, drawn by hand and flowers in a naive style that suited my skills. I'm all about colour, I just love it. And I love mix-and-match.
So 15 years later and this apple has become something of my signature, and mix-and-match is my passion (you can also read about how I create quilts for Oobi, the ULTIMATE mix-and-match - it's important that they're never 'expected' you have to throw something quirky in there - always).
Quilts, pillow cases and pram quilts in "Foxy" print
And here's "Into the Woods" a range that I've made with my classic apple prints and new "Foxy" print (side note, what do you do when you have a vest called "Lamby" and the print called "Foxy"? The birth of Lamby Foxy...!). Some recoloured, some resized… I've finally given them names "Candy Apple" and "Toffee Apple" because, well, they're a little explosion of sugar too. This range is all about putting some fun, sugar and sweetness into winter. The garments have all been designed with the idea that you can mix them with previous seasons of Oobi or, you can create a whole new look.
'Pikelet' Quilted and Reversible Vest with Hood
We're launching next week, the 18th of March. But here's the entire lookbook! Check it out, we've added loads of treats to the pages...
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I'm also proud to say that we've collaborated with some young illustrators on some new prints too. I've always enjoyed reworking and "Oobi-fying" vintage prints or retro prints and working together with other designers, making their prints take on another life, has been loads of fun and exciting for them too I hope.
This range is fun, it's bright, it's very mix-and-match and I really hope that you love it. There's a "fabulous" little fox, some little loves, some wild apples and loads of fun accessories to play with.
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As always, we pledge to donate a brand new garment to an Aussie child in need for every single piece sold as part of our Oobi-fy the World program. We're fashion with a bit of heart.
Hope you love the range! Reach out and say "Hi" any time. I love to chat and share.
Al xox

Posted in design, fabric, handmade, oobify, prints, quilts, sneak peek, winter

Welcome to our New Site!

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 0 comments

Hi Everyone, 

We have an exciting new site! Yay!

We want make it a fantastic experience for you, and we've also updated our blogs and Oobi World (our community page) so that you can find out what we're up to on a more regular basis. 

Thanks for visiting my own personal blog too. I'm Alex, and I started Oobi almost 15 years ago at Glebe Markets. I'm a screen-printer, illustrator and designer and I'm a passionate writer and blogger too. And anyone who knows me knows that I love to chat. So, here I am bending your ear. 

Check out my "Paris Story" - the inspiration for the designs and photos behind our new Autumn 2016 range. The pretty colours should ease you into the colder months. 

Thank you everyone for your feedback and support, it's amazing to feel so part of a wider Oobi community of mums, writers, bloggers and designers too. We really value your comments so feel free to say "Hi" any time!

Love,

Alex (and Toast my dog) xox

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Lilac & Lemonade - Autumn-Winter 2016

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 0 comments

I woke up in Paris to this... 

(My Oobi 'Toffee Apple' quilt in my Parisian bedroom. Ooh la la!)

Ok, Ok, don't hate me. It's not like that just rolled off the tongue...

It's pretty nice to open your eyes in a new city (and in a room as beautiful as this one) and have a little bit of home comfort. I don't always travel with an Oobi quilt but this was a special occasion.

I was invited to showcase Oobi's range to some retailers in Paris so I took this opportunity to take some beautiful Oobi pieces with me and do a mini shoot in Paris. 

It seemed right to shoot the "Lilac & Lemonade" range in Paris. I used to do a lot of sourcing in that beautiful city, traipsing the markets for antique buttons and trims, laces and fabrics for my vintage collections. I love it.

My French is, well, it's merde, frankly. Good thing I know how to talk with my eyes...

(shame I can't just eat with my eyes too... #cheesecoma)

Anyway, I'll share the inspiration behind "Lilac and Lemonade" and some of our pretty Paris photos too over the next few days. 

Hope you love it.

 Belle Dress and Lilac & Lemonade Quilt... Livin' Large in Paris!

Pretty & delicate Smocking... You can see why this range needed to be shot in Paris (needed... yeah).

Zoe Dress in the Baby Size (with nappy cover) - and marshmallows. Yes, the French do do it better. Theirs are lilac coloured - and square!

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Lilac & Lemonade...

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Alexandra Riggs | 0 comments

When I was a little girl my favourite uncle came to visit us. He was born in Russia but lived in Paris and he always brought bonbons and perfume and all kinds of exotic things that Bondi girls like me didn't see much of.

That was back in the days where travel wasn't quite so simple... You didn't just Google Search, pick a flight and go. Travel was something you planned for - for at least a year.

That kind of travel, and men like uncle Jules don't exist anymore. The kind of man that polished his shoes every morning and wore white trousers for a walk on the beach.

Jules would always find a coin behind my ear (wizard!) and was never too busy talking to the grown-ups that he wouldn't make time for us kids. He'd say "thank you for rescuing me from the adults, I've been wanting to play My Little Pony all night".

Life was fun when Jules was around. Everyone behaved a little better, the household chaos seemed a little less chaotic and nobody ate dinner in front of the telly.

When it was time for him to go back to Paris, Jules gave my mother a bunch of pink roses and he gave me a bunch of lilacs.

I'd never seen lilacs before and I will never forget how they smelled... To this day they bring back the most vivid memories of an elegant, gentle and kind man giving me my first bunch of flowers.

Your first gift of flowers is a heartbreaking lesson because they are ephemeral - and after a few days they wilt and die. You want them to last forever but the physical presence is lost and all that remains are your memories.

But my memories are forever and that bunch of flowers lives forever too, along with Jules and my collection of French coins.

Posted in alex, autumn, Inspiration, inspo, lemonade, lilac, musing

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