Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lady Phillips will be at Becky Sharp’s Melbourne Vanity Fair Market this Saturday!

It's a been a busy week already at Lady Phillips HQ, I've been putting the final touches on the showroom, photographing all of the samples ( which look fantastic ) and selecting my favourite cushions for;

this Saturday 3rd of September, 10am - 3pm 
at the German Club Tivoli
291 Dandenong Road, Windsor.

Hope to see you there!

So far I think I will take the Silks ( 4 cushions on the right ), Food Print and Horses!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's such a beautiful day, perfect for drying Lady Phillips samples!

Audrey my pug puppy being cheeky and eyeing off a loose thread!

Hmmm what else can I attack?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Another Order for Thread Den.

 The floral ones are a re-order and the numbers & bicycles are for their new childrens section.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cushions selected by Helen at Room 296

Limited Silks; Only two made in the Orange and Purple print 50cm x 50cm, two made in the Navy and Red 35cm x 55cm and two in the Navy and Purple Paisley 50cm x 50cm.

What do you think of the larger size, 60cm x 60cm?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Check out our article in todays Herald Sun

Modern trend is sew clever

Emma Clarke
Diverse measures: Emma Clarke is hoping her cushion creations will turn into a boon for boss Andrew Peterfreund’s shirt-making business. Picture: Erinna Giblin
VINTAGE fabric once earmarked for men's shirts is getting new life as trendy cushions.
The treasure trove of fabrics being put into service at city shirtmaker, Phillips Shirts, is part of a move to keep the 60-year-old business evolving.
Founded in 1952, the Little Lonsdale St manufacturer has continued trading while most local manufacturing has closed its doors.
Looking at ways to use its workforce, inspiration came from the rolls of fabric lining the workroom.
Bookkeeper Emma Clarke came up with the idea of turning the fabric into cushions.
Most of the fabrics are European and no longer available as the mills they were produced in have closed.
Many date back to the 1970s, some are sought-after Liberty prints, while others are so old they are fashionable again.
Ms Clarke has had the machinists experimenting with a line of cushions, in various sizes, under the new Lady Phillips label.
Phillips Shirts managing director Andrew Peterfreund said in addition to private label manufacturing, Phillips made aprons for the hospitality industry and imported shirts.
"It is tough to keep any manufacturing going with high costs and we are looking to diversify," Mr Peterfreund said.
Shirts are still handmade on the premises, but the call for more formal shirts had declined.
Mr Peterfreund, who joined the family business in 1988, said they were looking at ways to keep the business evolving.
Phillips Shirts was founded in 1952 by his father, Alex, and a friend, Philip Phillips.
The pair emigrated from Czechoslovakia after the war, in 1949.
Mr Phillips was a boarder in the Peterfreund's Windsor home and had been trained in made-to-measure shirtmaking in Paris.
By day the men held down jobs and at night they cut out shirts on the floor of the house.
Its unique place in Melbourne manufacturing has seen Phillips Shirts called on to produce costumes for productions such as Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys and 1970s-themed commercials.
The new business is taking small steps and so far Ms Clarke has been able to place the cushions in trendy homewares outlets including Moss, Thread Den and Bob Boutique in Bendigo.
A blog has been launched and they are looking at opening the doors of the Little Lonsdale St building to shoppers on a regular basis.
Mr Peterfreund said they were still working out where to take the new homewares side of the business. Scarves, employing rolls of beautiful silk fabric, were another idea on the drawing board.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Second Order for Moss Melbourne, thanks Kerryn!

New Lady Phillips cushions from vintage cloth. Just in and exclusive to Moss. Want this one? Be quick!

New cushion from vintage cloth for a green fiend. By Lady Phillips & you ain't gonna see it anywhere else!

Lady Phillips in foreground lookin' fab with this hand print cushion from Bonnie & Neil in rear.

Vibrant red paisley cushion by Lady Phillips, featured today in bus section of Herald Sun.