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Published June 4th 2019
Reduce the price of mix n' match travel clothes
Source Fella Hamilton Facebook
I bought Fella Hamilton garments years ago before travelling to England. That trip was a breeze. Here were coordinated clothes that packed well, never needed ironing and looked quite classy
I found you could wear them on the plane and when you stepped off you never looked dishevelled meaning you felt less stressed going through customs.
They were also good for travelling around and meeting the relatives. And it was nice to be able to tell them my clothes were designed and made in Australia.
As staples I kept those garments in my wardrobe for years. I only ended up getting rid of them because I changed sizes not because they wore out.
I remember the lady who bought them off me at my garage sale saying, 'nice clothes!'
I have popped into Fella Hamilton stores a few times in the years since but unless there was a sale on, I found them quite expensive so it was a brand that went off my radar.
But I guess the fashion label stuck in the back of my mind for as I was driving down Boundary Road today, I did a screeching halt at a sign yelling Fella Hamilton up to 70% off.
I soon realised that I had stumbled on their Clearance Outlet and how fortuitous as it is the only one they have in Australia.
Give it was an outlet it wasn't one of their flash carpeted shops with carefully dressed mannequins in the window and everything nicely spaced out.
While the racks were neat and well organised, they were also quite full and sporting unheard of prices for Fella Hamilton clothes. Mostly in the $19 -$59 range. Although there were a few items such as coats for higher amounts.
Okay, this might not be Target sale cheap but you need to remember that these clothes are really good quality and wash and wear.
And if you were to walk into one of their regular stores, you would pay around $400 for a coat, $190 for a quilted jacket, $139 for pants and even a scarf could be $70 (unless there was an end of season sale on).
Like most clearance outlets, they were selling last season's wear. While I was there in winter most of the items had short sleeves. But if like me you happen to be planning an escape up north during winter or perhaps even an overseas trip, then you are likely to find items you can take with you and as mentioned, this brand tends not to crease so it's great for travelling.
Like all clearance outlets, they had a rack marked down as seconds. These had a manufacturing fault on them. They also had a large rack of samples. These are one-offs, which means you won't see other women walking around in these fashions.
The also had a bulging rack of end of line garments. Of course, that means that the common sizes such as 14-16 have sold out in the shops and then those sent here are either the small sizes or extra large sizes that did not sell so easily.
The brand is marketed as being for women aged roughly from 45 to 100.
Having not been to a Fella Hamilton store for some time, I did find the brand 'older' than I had remembered or maybe my taste in clothes has gotten younger with age.
But there were still plenty of 'ageless' items such as plain t-shirts and plain coloured skirts that would suit anybody.
As I have a friend's significant birthday to attend in Brisbane, I found a lovely dress with a machine-embroidered overlay. It was $39. I then discovered the same dress with a small fault on it on another rack for $29. As the fault was not where nobody could see it, I decided it was worth saving the extra $10. And paying $29 for a dress to wear to a party was a godsend.
I was quite tempted by a pure wool jumper for $19 but the sleeves were slightly too long for me, so I decided not to get it. Nice jumper for the right person though.
Sizes here I found on the generous size, so you might find a smaller size may fit. It is always worth a try.
Fella Hamilton is famous for creating a range of clothes that mix and match. Scarves, for example, might pick up the colours in their pants and tops.
Even though this is an outlet store it is still possible to go through and once you have a colour in mind you will find other items that you go with it. And you can always ask for assistance with this in store if you are piecing together a travel wardrobe. Or simply use a colour wheel or a colour coordinating app click here for details.
The Fella Hamilton Clearance Outlet is at 239 E Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East and there is plenty of parking outside. The hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM