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Elaborate and Beautiful


‘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’
AUD $549
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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Latest Works of Wearable Art

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.

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Unique Leather Finger Wear

We are super proud to present to you a unique collaboration between designers Buffalo Girl and Republic of You. We figure two artisans are better than one, so together we designed a gorgeous range of hand-cut, hand-stamped and hand-dyed leather rings handcrafted in the Buffalo Girl studio in Byron Bay, Australia. Using beautiful European leather designed to soften over time, these simple designs are standout pieces with three of the four designs depicting traditional Native American Indian symbols.

Native American Indians are deeply spiritual tribes people whose lives are dominated by rituals and beliefs which are closely connected to their sacred connection with nature. These beliefs are reflected in the various geometric symbols they use, and these symbols communicate their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation. The symbols are generally portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs, with the meaning for each varying greatly from one tribe to another and also across different tribal regions.

Some symbols convey immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members distinguishing particular clans, others are specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another.  Other Native American symbols have more practical purposes such as recording important events, providing directions, acting as warning signs or indicating good hunting areas or areas designated for a specific purpose.

Native American geometric symbols are depicted on numerous objects such as their clothes, tepees, and horses just to name a few. An individual’s belongings are decorated with art and include symbols depicting achievements, acts of heroism, various spirit guides and notable events of his or her life. Continue Reading →

For the Love of Lace

Republic of You collects 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.
Each piece individually handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio is given its own unique title and an accompanying story listing the features incorporated within the piece.

This piece titled For the Love of Lace, features:

  • Antique lace collar from the early 1900s.
  • Antique etched fob watch from London (not in working order).
  • WWII General Service tunic buttons from the United Kingdom.
  • Brass chain and miniature glass beads.
  • Antique silver alloy pendants from the Newari People of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (see history below).
  • Antique hand-cast brass bead from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa (see history below).
  • POA


Length: 35cm
Width: 32cm
Width of fob watch: 5cm
Width of buttons: 2cm
Length is measured from the clasp at the back of neck to the end of the piece.
Width is measured at the widest point of the main feature.
Due to the handcrafted nature of this product sizing may vary slightly from the dimensions listed.


The Igbo Tribe:

The Igbo people, formerly known as ‘Ibo’ are one of the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria. They live mainly in the forested areas of southwest Nigeria, on both sides of the Niger River, and the Igbo number some ten million individuals. They are subdivided into thirty-three subgroups and are spread out among about two hundred villages scattered through thick forest and semi-fertile marshland.

The heads of families form the council of elders which shares its power with numerous secret societies. These societies exercise great political and social influence. They are hierarchical, with their members passing from one level to the next. There is strong social pressure toward individual distinction and men can move upward through successive grades by demonstrating their achievements and their generosity. Continue Reading →

Pondering Patti

"After Robert’s death Patti told me that these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.” - Norman Seeff
1969 Outtake from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe session by Norman Seeff.

Awareness is like toothpaste, once its out you can’t squeeze it back in, so you might as well just use it!

(Image: Claes Oldenburg American sculptor).

Marilyn Monroe & JFK

These arresting photographs initially seem to be images of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy sharing intimate moments from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ on  Saturday, May 19th 1962 at a celebration held for JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

The truth is somewhat different. These photographs, which have been circulating the net for quite some time now, are in fact staged paparazzi shots using look-alikes by English artist and photographer Alison Jackson.


In her work Jackson says,

‘Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.’ Continue Reading →

Peg It

Brilliant installation by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal.

Stephen King Age 14

In 1961 an aspiring young author aged just 14 wrote a submission letter in the hope his short story ‘The Killer’ would be published. It arrived at the offices of Spacemen Magazine. Unfortunately the magazine’s editor didn’t deem the tale worthy of inclusion at that point.

Ironically, 33 years later the editor changed his mind and finally decided to publish it in issue #202 of another of his magazines titled ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland.’ At that point, however, the story’s author, Mr Stephen King, was then aged 47 and already rather successful to say the very least.

Frida Kahlo

Although Frida’s birth certificate states she was born on July 6, 1907, she claimed her birth date as July 7, 1910, as she had allegedly wanted her year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico.

Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art works.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

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Cobain’s Top 50

A a hand scrawled list of Kurt Cobain’s Top 50 albums.

The Andy Warhol Rejection Letter

I just love the postscript at the bottom of the correspondence:

“P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.”

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art”. – Andy Warhol

Sand Art

There is something remarkably unique about artists who choose sand, ocean, and the shifting tides as a canvas for their medium. Perhaps it’s the absence of ego or attachment to their work, or their ability to work with such a huge space, governed by the majestic force of Nature. Whatever it is, their work always renders me speechless, and leaves me wondering what type of evolved human being can produce such dexterous works of art, to only have it washed away from underneath them within hours.

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