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Renew Adelaide presents: REVOQUE

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published April 10th 2017
REVOQUE - a collaborative movement


It has been less than 3 months since Renew Adelaide launched their newest project - Revoque - where 3 local fashion designers came together to bring their talents a space for further growth and we are already seeing the businesses flourish in their new CBD office space.

A joint collaboration between Revoque label designer Danica Ryan, Russian accessories extraordinaire Katya Komarova and luxury goods and accessories creator Clarence Frank, this creative and innovative dream team are working on their projects individually, whilst simultaneously driving the force within each other to succeed on a collective level.

I was honoured to have attended the launch of REVOQUE on Pirie Street and was able to conduct interviews with each designer:

Interview with Clarence Frank

Tell me a bit about your brand - what do you specialise in making?
Clarence Frank was launched in 2015 in Adelaide. We specialise in making classic leather goods that do not date, [are timeless], and can be used season after season.

What kind of material do you use in making your products?
Leather is our main material used when making the bags.

Did you start off with your label in Adelaide or elsewhere?
After living in Melbourne for a few years, I moved back to Adelaide to launch Clarence Frank [as a fashion label].

Is your brand the breakthrough brand with which you got into the fashion industry or have you worked with other brands?
Clarence Frank is the first brand [that] I have headed as creative director.

Handbags by Clarence Frank


What inspires you to come up with the designs of your products - any role models or lifelong ambitions that gave you the drive to pursue a career in fashion?
I really love minimal and classic fashion. I am so lucky to have so many influential women around me in my life. When I design a bag, I always have them and their personal style in mind - in terms of shapes and sizes they would use.

How did you get involved with Danica?
Danica and I first met when we were both stocked in the same store in Adelaide. When this opportunity came up, she contacted me and it was a no-brainer to get involved.

What are you hoping to achieve from the space - Revoque?
The space will work as a showroom and office space to run Clarence Frank from. Being in the city this is a central location for customers and potential stockiest to come and view the full collection.

Interview with Katya Komarova

Tell me a bit about your brand - what do you specialise in making?
I [primarily] produce handbags and leather accessories such as belts, corsets and harnesses.

What kind of material do you use in making your products?
I mostly work with vegetable-tanned cowhide. Sometimes, I decorate the items with some suede gathering. This season, I [have] introduced cotton belts.

The collection


Did you start off with your label in Adelaide or elsewhere?
The label - Katya Komarova - started in Adelaide, but its direction started much earlier... back in Russia with my first label.

Is your brand the breakthrough brand with which you got into the fashion industry or have you worked with other brands?
I have only designed for my brands and Katya Komarova is the second one. I do sometimes collaborate with other designers when the opportunity rises, but I still trade under my name.

What inspires you to come up with the designs of your products - any role models or lifelong ambitions that gave you the drive to pursue a career in fashion?
I always get inspiration from the industry itself. Fashion has evolved so much and it never stops to amaze me. I do have some designers that I adore, such as Muichia Prada.

Attention to detail


How did you get involved with Danica?
Well, Adelaide is pretty compact and all designers pretty much know each other. I guess it was just one of the moments when Danica wanted to have somebody with a non-competing product to step in and grow the showroom together and of course I said yes! It's a truly great opportunity.

What are you hoping from the space?
I am just lucky to finally have a physical address where my potential and existing customers and partners can come, see the range and have a try. This space works in addition to my operations in retail sales via my website.

Interview with Danica Ryan

Tell me a bit about your brand - what do you specialise in making?
My brand is Revoque - it is an Australian-designed fashion label for the Modern Mama. My designs are catered for the Modern Mama that has a strong fashion influence, but also has a new life, a new body and the struggles to intertwine the two worlds. Revoque allows her to create her own rules whilst still looking luxe and glamorous.

What kind of material do you use in making your products?
My dresses are made of 50% Cotton, 47% Brocade and 3% Spandex. It is similar to cotton sateen in feel and durability. My fabrics are thick yet have a soft luxurious feel. The spandex allows the designs to mould to the body without being constricting.

Dresses by Danica


Did you start off with your label in Adelaide or elsewhere?
My label started in Adelaide - right after I had my first daughter - as I struggled to find clothing that met my needs.

Is your brand the breakthrough brand with which you got into the fashion industry or have you worked with other brands?
Revoque is a brand on its own. However bringing elements from my personal background, I have worked in previous fashion roles from retail, styling and buying, so I have a well-rounded understanding of the industry.

What inspires you to come up with the designs of your products - any role models or lifelong ambitions that gave you the drive to pursue a career in fashion?
My inspirations come from a mixture of the current trends from the runways and the designs that flatter the Modern Mama shape. I alter the designs against the standard Australian sizing to ensure they fit a more curvy body shape. My role models over the years have changed - my very first inspiration was Stella McCartney, however, now I feel I take more of direction from Victoria Beckham for my aspirational role model.

How did you get involved with Clarence & Katya? What made you choose these two fashion designers in particular?
I met Clarence briefly through mutual stockists in the past and felt our brands were similar; in terms of target clientele and styling. Clarence was a perfect addition to the revoque brand, his quality is impeccable and his pieces are a must-have in any woman's wardrobe!

Katya is well known in Adelaide and I felt her collection has a very artistic, modern European edge that would bring something excting to the space. Katya likes to take risks in fashion and create new boundaries - something I really admire.

What are you hoping to achieve from the space - Revoque?
I am hoping to create a long-term head office / showroom space where I can run the brand from. I would also love to use the space for other designers to showcase their collections as Adelaide has yet to offer something of this nature.

The fashion designers are available for contact and a show-through of their collection via appointment - follow their website links in order to book in an appointment or order online now and spoil yourself with luxurious and unique products!

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