Address: Shop 1, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 4 November 2015
Hannah L. Moriarty
m: 0432 416 350
v: Hannah Louise by Moz Waters
Who are you?
I am Hannah Moriarty, of .HANNAH LOUISE. the fashion label. Studying fashion and styling through my late schooling, my passion grew for the design industry. I later portfolioed for Sydney’s White House School of Design and showcased various pieces at Vaucluse House, North Shore Sydney. Recently living in Europe, I worked as head designer and stylist for French artist Rita Grosse-Ruyken, in Germany, which saw my work presented in Switzerland at the Zurich Arts Conference, 2014.
I have a great passion for travel and draw creative inspiration from the traditional textile techniques entwined throughout cultural heritage. This has only been fuelled by my extensive European and South Eastern travels, where I have formed close links with communities in need, and hope to establish tailoring homes for women to grow in self sustainability. My label is involved in supporting such existing projects and I am excited to see our involvement grow.
What do you do?
I create exotic, bohemian inspired garments for high-end fashion. Every piece is made using richly ornate fabrics and embellishments sourced from abroad. The current range consists of Turkish Kimonos, Summery Peasant dresses and Gypsy Skirts all created using 100% Indian cotton, silks and chiffon Saree fabric. I believe fashion should enhance the beauty of every wearer and enrich one’s life experience.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
I love Newcastle and am a strong advocate for the renewal of the city centre. It is exciting to see such projects injecting new life into historic areas and classic buildings, whilst redefining the culture of our city. The Emporium is a beautiful environment for creatives and patrons to be inspired whilst supporting local.
As .HANNAH LOUISE. is a newly launched label, the prospect of introducing it to you under the roof of the iconic David Jones building is an enticing one. Using such a space as both work studio and retail boutique is brilliant, so I am delighted to bring my collection to downtown Newcastle.
What are you doing in your space?
Dreaming. Designing. Meeting gorgeous faces. Creating avant-garde delights. Drinking One Penny Black chai. Selling. Enjoying the scents of hand crafted perfumes & beautiful products from my fellow artisans. Planning fashion shows and events of the like. Styling. Humming while I work. Waiting to meet you!
Tell us about the space?
I have the delightful pleasure of spreading out in the gorgeous double bay window space at the Crown & Anchor end of the Emporium, resting on the corner of Hunter and Perkins street. The space boasts beautiful natural lighting and a light sea breeze sneaking through our Perkins street entrance.
The store is colourful and bright as materials for creating are piled on shelves and garments hang on gold rails. There has also been an introduction of delicious hand-poured soy candles by .HANNAHLOUISE., Persian throw cushions and antique gold jewellery. There are mirror panels on some of the pillars for clients to admire their reflections draped in bohemian finery. And of course a fitting room for all practical purposes.
One of my secret joys is the spacious workshop space hidden out the back of the store front, which allows me to cut and prepare fabrics followed by garment finishing at my machine in the shop. How beautiful for people to visit The Emporium and witness treasures being created by local artisans.
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