Welcome to our blog, a hub of inspiration and beauty, a meeting place for history, fashion, art and inspiration… imagery and words that make us think, feel, and ultimately inspires our souls to create beautiful, meaningful and exclusive one-off pieces of wearable art. The ancient philosopher Epictetus once wrote:
“Know first who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly”
It’s hard to not be inspired living in Byron Bay, the beauty that exists in this little town is overwhelming. Its beaches, the landscape, creative and talented people, it’s no wonder thousands of people flock to this area year after year… Magical things just seem to happen here.
Here at Republic of You headquarters, ideas have been flowing in abundance. Feeling inspired, we dreamed up a luxurious washed-up beach shoot to showcase some of our favourite designs. With the help of some very talented people, our dreams quickly became reality.
We called upon Byron Bay’s ‘it girl’ when it comes to fashion shoots, self-confessed ocean dwelling, free spirited gypsy photographer Carly Brown. We also struck some serious gold in selecting our model for the shoot. Bulgarian born, first-time model and super babe Niki Gelagotis, blew us away with the ease at which she graciously rolled around in the sand looking glamorous.
On a near perfect Autumn afternoon, we trekked to a secret location where long stretches of white sandy beaches abounded. That afternoon we dined out on a delicious sunset, shadows and sea-mist.
This is the magic we created… We just couldn’t wait to share it with you! x
Our shoot featured the following items you can purchase from on our website:
We have a serious 70s crush….
Inspired by the 1970s New York poet, punk rocker and style icon herself, The Patti Smith Effect is a super hot cowhide leather cuff designed for both men and women, that offers an urban rock n’ roll edge with a seamless finish.
What’s not to love about beautiful Autumn days?Pictured are our wooden ‘Remember…’ bangles that inspire you to be your wonderful self with the words ‘Be Grateful. Be You. Be True’ engraved in each. Model also wears hand-carved buffalo skull necklace, ‘Wild & Free’ , and one of our exclusive signature pieces titled ‘… And from the Darkness a Light Shone Bright’. All pieces are available for purchase on our website. (Vintage high waisted denim jeans and linen tank are models own.)
The superstitious ritual of breaking a wishbone has been around for centuries with an interesting history rooted in Medieval Europe. As far as historians and archaeologists can tell, in 15th Century Europe the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization, believed geese had supernatural visionary powers as oracle birds with these prophetic powers residing within its bones. The Etruscans observed the migratory behavior of geese and believed their reappearance each year signaled the return of the sun, the arrival of spring, and with it, fertility and prosperity.
The day to celebrate the magical and prophetic powers of the goose was November 11, Saint Martin’s day. After feasting on a fattened goose its bones would be dried in the sun, and the next day the breastbone in particular would be examined to predict the severity of the approaching winter. A dark wishbone predicted a severe winter, whereas a lighter color forecast a mild winter.
In 1455 German physician, Dr. Hartleib witnessed and described this practice, and also noted that the Teutonic knights of the time would use a goose’s wishbone to determine the most advantageous time to wage war. Continue Reading →
With the end of Summer rapidly approaching, we tend to grasp it with our two hands for as long as we possibly can.
‘She Stole Sea Shells’ is one of our favourite ocean inspired pieces handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.
Available online and packaged beautifully in a hard covered black box… this is a truly gorgeous piece for self or a loved one.
‘Adorned by Buddha & the Baule’ is one of our stunning exclusive one-off necklaces.
This piece features:
Handcrafted clay Buddha amulet pendant from Thailand set in brass. Antique hand-cast trade beads from the Baule Tribe of the Ivory Coast, Africa (see history below). Cowry shell clusters from East Timor, with wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
The Baule Tribe:
The Baule also known as Baoule, are one of the largest ethnic groups of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in Africa. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of their country having waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, whilst also managing to maintain their traditional beliefs and objects for longer than many other ethnic groups. Continue Reading →
With Valentines Day just a hop skip and a fluttering heartbeat away, this last week has had me thinking a lot about that loaded four letter word – love.
Being a single woman rapidly approaching 40, I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of dishing out dating advice or sharing my somewhat limited ponderings on love, so instead I’ve decided to share with you what I have found to be one of the most fundamental lessons when it comes to love…
In the past when I found myself crying into a cup of organic cocoa over the guy I swore was going to be the one… I would scrutinize at which exact point I lost myself in the relationship. Generally, the answer would be “in the first 0.3256 seconds”… and in that moment I would remind myself the next relationship I was to embark on, would be one with self. Continue Reading →
Inspired by Greek Mythology and the story of Icarus, this one-off collectors pieces titled ‘Icarus Rising’ features ethically sourced Golden Tip Pheasant feathers from the United Kingdom, cowry shells from East Timor, brass beading and chain with knotted cotton and hand-cut kangaroo hide leather tassel detail. – AUD $519
‘The High Priestess’
AUD $639 | SOLD
Old handmade coptic cross pendant from Ethiopia.
Old decorative cylinder beads and silver alloy Ghungaroo bell beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India.
Miniature skull beads intricately hand carved from buffalo horn, using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers.
Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
Wooden beading with knotted cotton and a kangaroo hide leather tie.
‘Siren of the Sea’
Old decorative Indian coin pendant dated 1984.
Old ghungroo bell beads and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India.
Old ostrich eggshell disk beads from Kenya, Africa.
Fish vertebrae trade beads from Gambia, Africa.
Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
Knotted hemp string with kangaroo hide leather tie.
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We create unique, meaningful and exclusive one-off pieces of wearable art by collecting a vast array of vintage, antique and collectible items from across the globe. Individually handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, we breathe new life into these forgotten relics by giving each piece its own unique title and an accompanying story listing the features incorporated within each piece.
Yep, its that time of year again where I gather all the old books once belonging to my Grandparents and Great Grandparents and create a cool little vintage style tree for our studio… So simple, so easy and such a nice way to bring family together who are gone but never forgotten.
Tomorrow, November 22nd will be the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. A moment in history which has stamped itself on the hearts and minds of millions around the world.
This rare photograph depicts the moment when Jackie was trying to recover pieces of skull and brain tissue that got splattered over the boot. It was an instant reaction and when she realised what she was doing she quickly backed off and sat back down.
We have been busy bee’s in the Republic studio, creating a stunning new range of exclusive one-off designer pieces for the festive season… This collection we have focused on neutral tones and striking black and cream pieces adorned with antique silver-alloy tribal features.
Our latest one-off neckpieces are inspired by a dark and and moody mystical realm. With key features from Ethiopia and the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India, we have used masses of kangaroo hide leather that has been knotted and wrapped to give a truly unique aesthetic.
These pieces are available exclusively at Island Luxe and Island Luxe Tribe in the beautiful Byron Bay region.Island Luxe Tribe
We collect a vast array of vintage, antique and collectible items from across the globe. We breathe new life into forgotten relics from history creating unique and meaningful exclusive one-off pieces of wearable art.
This piece titled ‘The Sailor, the Pirate and the Deep Blue Sea’, features:
Our buffalo skull neckpiece has been intricately carved by hand from naturally shed deer antler. It was designed to honor and respect the majestic and fearless beast that once roamed plentiful, wild and free on the vast plains of North America.
Considered a life-force for Native American people and a gift from the Great Spirit, this sacred and symbolic animal represents: wisdom, patience, prosperity, gratitude, abundance, strength, stability, consistency and blessing.
The buffalo teaches us to remain well grounded, find strength to carry on our path, to be in harmony with Mother Earth and to connect with the sacredness of life.
HISTORICAL IMAGE REFERENCE: No. 1 - Two hunters inspect their kill circa 1903. No. 2 - Native American tribesmen, circa 1907. No. 3 - Men pose with a mountain of buffalo skulls, circa mid-1870s. No. 4 - Wright's buffalo hide yard, Dodge City, Kansas, circa 1878. No. 5 - Moose Jaw, circa 1870s, a pile of bison bones waiting to be loaded onto a train for distribution.
Buffalo, also referred to as bison, once ruled the North American plains from Canada down to Mexico and reigned supreme over their territory. They were believed to have been the biggest population of large wild mammals anywhere on Earth numbering a staggering estimated 50 million before European settlers arrived. Awestruck witnesses reported seeing ‘seas of black’, and feeling the ground trembling beneath their feet with the beat of literally millions of pounding hooves.
Where they once roamed wild and free, the landscape of the West dramatically changed when they were tragically hunted to near extinction during the 19th century. By the mid 1880s these majestic beasts were reduced to only few hundred, and it is estimated an astonishing 7.5 million buffalo were killed in a two year period from 1872 to 1874 alone, thus bringing an end to an important era in American history. Continue Reading →
Our latest little collection 'Feeling Blue' is available exclusively at Elements I Love in Surry Hills, Sydney.
‘Cry Me A Blue River’ AUD $399 – Features: Old silver alloy pendant with coloured glass inlay, ghungroo bell beads and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. Miniature glass beading detail on knotted hemp string and a kangaroo hide leather tie.
‘Moody Blues’ AUD $399 – Features: Old silver alloy coin pendants dated from 1984 to 1985, ghungroo bell beads and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. Miniature glass beading detail on knotted hemp string and a kangaroo hide leather tie.Continue Reading →
One of the things I constantly work on in my life, is the level of acceptance I have of my own ever changing body. Nothing frustrates me more than listening to my girlfriends whinge and complain about their bodies. I suppose its because after years of knowing them, I don’t even notice the ever-so-slight drooping of the bottom, or the sagging of stomachs, or even those bits of skin we have aptly named the ‘ta-ta’s which they claim they can feel flapping in the breeze when they wave goodbye.
Sadly, I feel an unhealthy emphasis is placed on the shapes of our bodies, rather than a much more realistic focus which needs to shift from body beautiful to simply being happy, healthy and most importantly accepting of our shape at any given moment. Our bodies constantly change throughout our lives depending on our age, the time of month, if we have been lucky enough to be blessed with the gift of child bearing, or if we’ve just eaten a massive delicious and sustaining meal.