Mood: Fashion

She Sold Her Soul to Rock n Roll

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 ‘She Sold Her Soul to Rock n Roll’, features:

  • Antique pectoral crucifix with wooden inlay, circa 1930s.
  • Old Indian silver alloy coin pendants from Nepal, undated.
  • Skull beads intricately hand carved from buffalo horn, using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers.
  • Old cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India (see history below).
  • Antique barrel key from India.
  • Knotted kangaroo hide leather.
  • AUD $549
 

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 56cm
Width of crucifix: 5cm

PLEASE NOTE:
Length is measured from 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 Banjara Tribe:
The Banjara People are a collective of nomadic gypsy tribes from Northern India. They are said to be the descendants of the Roma gypsies of Europe who migrated to India through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and finally settled in Rajasthan.
Originally the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. For centuries they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through the vast roadless tracks of India guaranteeing safe conduct for grain, salt and messages.
Due to the nomadic nature of their culture, they traditionally ‘wore’ their wealth creating a unique aesthetic, colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe. Continue Reading →

Humble Beginnings

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.

We encourage individuality whilst at the same time celebrating history, art, fashion and creativity. 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 Humble Beginnings, features:

  • Old brass cylinder box from Tibet, with fabric mantras enclosed.
  • Antique mala yak bone prayer beads with copper and metal inlays from Tibet (see history).
  • Handmade ‘lost wax’ beads, from the Ashanti People of the Ivory Coast, West Africa (see history).
  • Antique hand-cast brass tubular trade beads from the Baule Tribe of Africa (see history).
  • Bone disc beads from Nepal.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Brass beading, knotted cotton and an adjustable brass chain.
  • AUD $449

 

The Baule Tribe:

The Baule also known as Baoulé, are one of the largest ethnic groups of the Côte 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.

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Seek and You Shall Find

This exclusive one-off piece titled ‘Seek and You Shall Find’, features:

  • Antique glass Apothecary medicine bottle with small map of Paris enclosed, circa 1920s.
  • Pastel blue religious icon, and vintage enamel pectoral crucifix from Rome.
  • Antique hand-cast ‘bug’ beads from the Igbo Tribe of Africa (see history below).
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Brass and miniature glass beading with knotted hemp detail on an adjustable brass chain.
  • AUD $439

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Take Me to the Sea

This piece titled Take Me to the Sea, features:

  • Old silver alloy tribal coin pendant, and ghungroo bell beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Old ostrich eggshell disk beads from Kenya.
  • Knotted and an adjustable brass chain.
  • AUD $389
We encourage individuality whilst at the same time celebrating history, art, fashion and creativity.  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. Continue Reading →

Latest Works

There is nothing more satisfying than sitting in the studio with a bunch of antique pieces collected from different corners of the globe, and allowing creativity to run through me.

I never really know how they will turn out… I don’t plan or sketch pieces before I make them, I just sit down and create. Here is the latest collection which has already been snapped up by Island Luxe… If any of these pieces interest you, you can contact those funky folk at Island Luxe direct:

Island Luxe Tribe
1/11 Marvell Street
Byron Bay, NSW, Australia 2481
phone +61 02 6680 9600
tribe@islandluxe.com.au
Island Luxe
62 Byron Street
Bangalow, NSW, Australia 2479
phone +61 02 6687 1605
email info@islandluxe.com.au

Gypsy Spells & Wishing Wells

Do you remember drying out the wishbone from your Sunday roast, holding one end with your pinky finger and yanking it with all your might, hoping to reign supreme over your sibling? We do, so we created this gorgeous little unisex brass wishbone necklace as an ode to one of our favourite childhood memories.

Gypsy Spells & Wishing Wells
AUD $79

The French Connection

The French Connection is an exclusive one-off designer piece featuring:

  • Vintage equestrian buckle circa 1930.
  • Antique newspaper.
  • Antique ornate brass crucifix from Rome, circa 1950’s.
  • Old furniture cabinet key from France.
  • Cowry Shell from East Timor.
  • Vintage lace cutting from England.
  • Knotted, plaited and waxed cotton with brass beading.

For the Lovers of Rock

Our latest Rock n Roll inspired pieces feature wrapped and knotted leather, skull beads intricately hand carved from buffalo horn, antique pectoral crucifixes from 1930′s France,  layers of chain and old Indian coin pendants from Nepal.

Each necklace is an exclusive one-off piece guaranteed never to be repeated.

Gypsy Spirit

Introducing our gorgeous new 'Gypsy Spirit' boho cowry shell bracelet featuring old coins and bell pendants from India - AUD $89.

‘The Human Condition’

The Human Condition is a grungy piece with a classic urban edge for those of us who like to do ‘skulls’ with a little style.  Each skull is meticulously carved by hand from naturally shed deer antler, using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers.

Paired with a miniature solid brass key and the Republic of You makers mark, this is a stylish conversational piece designed for everyday wear.

AUD $99
sales@republicofyou.com.au

‘Adore & Adorn’

Adore & Adorn are a gorgeous duo of brass bangles inspired by the beautiful quote from the ancient Greek born philosopher Epictetus, “Know first who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly”.

This charming duo has been designed in with a solid brass cowry shell pendant, and was created specifically to compliment our hand carved wooden ‘Remember’ bangles, so that you can adore yourself and adorn in the process!

AUD $49
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She Dreamt of Pirates

Exclusive one-off collectible piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio. Continue Reading →

The Pattie Smith Effect

‘The Pattie Smith Effect’

Inspired by the plethora of boho hippy cuffs of a similar genre, we have re-designed the leather cuff with a seamless finish adding a splice of sophistication and style to a previously grungy look. The Pattie Smith Effect has been designed for both men and women, and offers an undeniable edge for those who like to keep it casual, yet step it up a little in the design department.

AU $89
sales@republicofyou.com.au

The Five Golden Tickets

Inspired by the classic film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, The Five Golden Tickets is a stunning piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio. Featuring natural cowry shells from East Timor, and five solid brass golden cowry shells!
 The Five Golden Tickets has been designed for those of us who still want to connect with the awe and wonder of childhood, yet in the most mature and stylish way possible!
 AUD $109 – sales@republicofyou.com.au 

‘… and then Shells Fell Like Raindrops’

One-off handcrafted piece featuring pendants from India, Ethiopia and East Timor.

	            
	            

A Ceremony of Neutral

Exclusive one-off collectible piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, featuring:

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendant in its natural form.
  • Antique hand-cast brass tubular trade beads from the Baule Tribe of Africa.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Natural cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Fish vertebrae trade beads from Gambia, Africa.
  • Antique hand-cast brass beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
sales@republicofyou.com.au

A Shamans Mala

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, Australia featuring:Antique goat horn amulet with brass mounting from Nepal.
Antique hand-cast brass trade beads from the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast, Africa.
Natural cowry shells from East Timor.
Brass, wooden and decorative beading.

sales@republicofyou.com.au

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

KATE MOSS by TIM WALKER
Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss

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Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, Continue Reading →

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.”
- unknown
(Ilary Blasi for Vanity Fair Magazine | Photograph by Signe Vilstrup)

A Notion of Wisdom

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

Featuring:
Antique telsum prayer boxes and miniature spoon pendant from Ethiopia.
Rare antique silver-alloy Ethiopian trade and fertility beads.
Antique barrel key from India.
Wooden, brass, coconut and miniature glass beading, with knotted and waxed hemp detail.

SOLD

Belief of the Banjara

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique silver-alloy coin pendant/rattle from the Banjara people of Rajasthan, India.
  • Old barrel key and coins from India circa 1970′s.
  • Antique silver alloy triangular telsum prayer box pendant from Ethiopia.
  • Silver alloy cylinder pendant from Tibet.
  • Silver alloy ‘bug’ beads from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading with knotted navy blue cotton and brass chain.
sales@republicofyou.com.au

Helen Mirren

Young Helen Mirren (1969).
Photographer Neil Libbert snapped this fabulous shot inside her flat. At the time she was playing Cressida in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Troilus and Cressida.

Together in Time

Exclusive one-off piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique ‘Illinois’ sterling silver etched fob watch from the United States.
  • Old Tibetan coin pendant found in Nepal.
  • Antique hand-cast brass ‘bug’ beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Antique silver alloy fertility bead and ‘telsum’ prayer box bead from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell cluster from East Timor.
  • Brass, coconut and miniature glass beading with knotted and waxed hemp detail.

SOLD
Available exclusively at ‘Elements I Love’
Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
Online: www.elementsilove.com

Bygone Blue

Exclusive one-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Antique royal blue embossed glass perfume bottle from India circa 1890s.
  • Antique keys from France and India.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Solid brass elephant charm from a Buddhist Temple in Thailand.
  • Small snake vertebrae trade beads from Kenya.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp and brass chain.

SOLD
Available exclusively at ‘Elements I Love’
Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
Online: www.elementsilove.com

Marilyn Monroe. Rare Images

John Vachon only had the opportunity to photograph Marilyn Monroe once in his lifetime. It was August 1953 whilst she was off-duty due to a broken left ankle on location during the filming of ‘River of No Return’ in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Nautical Necessities

To accompany this theme we decided to showcase one of our
more nautical inspired one-off collectible pieces.

‘Our Lady of the Vast Ocean’ is a stunning exclusive piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio. Featuring a vintage nautical brass pendant, ostrich egg shell disk beads from Kenya, cowry shell clusters from East Timor, solid brass cowry shell pendants, antique decorative glass beading from Nepal, with wooden and glass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
AUD $369
sales@republicofyou.com.au

‘The Adventures of Skull Island’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendants in their natural form with brass mountings.
  • Skull pendants hand carved from naturally shed deer antler using a 300-year-old design passed down through a family of Indonesian carvers.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
SOLD

‘Our Lady of the Vast Ocean’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Nautical brass pendant.
  • Old Ostrich egg shell disk beads from Kenya, Africa.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendant.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and glass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
sales@republicofyou.com.au

1930′s London

A policeman judges an ankle competition at Hounslow, London, 1930