Four: Ava and Rose Boutique
Hello you gorgeous creatures!
Our next Aussie Design Day designer and maker is Ava and Rose Boutique, who specialise in vintage-style playsuits for girls of all ages.
Let me start by saying, oh my gosh, these playsuits are just so gorgeous, and the delightfully vintage Suzanne is the super-talented woman who designs and makes these wonders! That’s her below, modelling one of her lovely playsuits.
To be honest Melbourne isn’t a great place to find makers of vintage-style clothing – most of us who are into vintage dressing need to get online and go on a virtual flight to the good ol’ US of A to find the majority of dresses and cute bits and bobs, but thankfully, Suzanne is leading the way for Aussie vintage-style design with these beautiful creations which you can purchase via her Etsy store.
Ava and Rose Boutique specialise in playsuits that can be worn for bed or for play and if you’re choosing the latter, you’ll be thrilled with the new wraparound skirts designed to pop over your playsuit for a bit of modesty when you decide it’s time to venture outwards for a lunch date!
Suzanne sent me a beautiful little playsuit that matches the skirt above so that I could photograph it. Here, friends is my disclaimer: I’m awaiting back surgery and my getting out and about options are rather limited – as is my ability to produce a pro photo! and normally I’d NEVER even think of such a thing, but I wanted you to see that there are options to these playsuits!
In the end my model was an 11-year-old girl, the daughter of a friend, who had a fab time and we took a heap of pictures, but I prefer to keep kids safe online, so I kept these to a minimum. But please, don’t let this put you off, because I’ve worked out that not only does a playsuit appeal to pin ups and vintage sirens, it also appeals in a very big way to little girls who want to look pretty, feminine and individual. And as we all know it’s very difficult to find feminine, fun clothing for little girls that doesn’t look waaaay too grown up or, to be honest kinda slutty.
Each Ava and Rose playsuit is functional too because there are snaps in the right area, so you don’t have to take the whole thing off when you need to ‘powder your nose’. And the playsuits are named as tributes to Hollywood style icons, sirens, sweethearts and fictional characters from the 30’s through to 60’s.
All Ava and Rose clothing is proudly Aussie made in beachside Melbourne, no less, from only 100% pure cotton and come in S, M & L and you’ll be happy to know that Suzanne has no intention of letting things get out of hand. Her mission is to ensure all pieces are made-to-order, in small production runs, keeping the brand exclusive for you!
So Suzanne I’ve got to say a huge thank you for providing me with a playsuit to ‘play with’, photograph and see just how easy and fun they are to wear (I literally had to wrestle it off the 11-year-old who wanted to keep it desperately!).
You’ll also be very happy to know that Suzanne has made two very special hair rosettes to pop into our winners Aussie Design Day bounty, so keep your eyes peeled for that competition!
Mrs Jones x