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The Pin Up Parlour

Women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories

Address: Shop 5, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours:Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 27 March 2017
Closed:  17 June 2017

Alice Turnbull
m:0425 276 575
e: [email protected]
f:  bobbytrouble
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The Pinup Parlour are in the middle of planning  a fab, new project, so stay tuned on their social media!

Who are you?
I am Alice Turnbull, owner and designer of Bobby Trouble – a jewellery and accessories brand. I have always had a creative outlet in my life, but have spent my professional career working in sales/marketing, customer service and admin, all of which have given me an excellent background for launching my own business. I understand the importance of honest sales, compelling marketing, and positive customer experiences to the success of a business and utilise this knowledge to the benefit of my customers.

I started to explore my photographic practice recently and it’s quickly becoming an important part of my life and way for me to make sense of the world.  I’ve recently launched a website and have accepted to undertake a Higher Degree by Research in Fine Arts with the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle.

What do you do?
I’m Bobby Trouble, aka Alice Turnbull! I’m a self-taught jewellery and accessories designer with a love of all things rockabilly! My style is best described as punk/pinup mashup. The gorgeously girly style of the 50’s with a whole lotta attitude.

Like many creative businesses, mine started as a hobby when I taught myself to make jewellery 15 years ago. It fast became an all-consuming passion that has evolved over the years to incorporate jewellery, hair accessories and handbags. I work with a vast selection of materials to create a variety of collections. Amongst my designs you will find pieces inspired by Hollywood glamour, classic 50’s, retro rockabilly, post-modern psychobilly, Mexican day of the dead and a little bit of steampunk. I use both new and upcycled components in my designs to create both handmade one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs. My handbags are designed to be feature pieces, so be prepared for bright colours and bold prints!

Lesley Allanson, aka Lesley’s Little Shop, is an accomplished seamstress with over 40 years’ experience and a self-confessed fabric hoarder! She designs and makes 50’s inspired clothing with unique fabrics and detailed embellishments to create handmade, limited edition collections. These dresses are designed to be noticed for all the right reasons! If you fall in love with one of Lesley’s designs be sure to snap it up fast because she rarely rereleases old collections…..she has far too many new ideas to rehash the old ones.

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
I’ve watched the transformation that Renew Newcastle initiated in Hunter Street Mall. It is nothing short of inspiring. The success stories that have come out of Renew Newcastle have motivated me to keep driving my business towards my goal of being completely self-sufficient. To see local Newcastle creatives make their dreams come true is just so exciting and inspiring! The creative energy that Renew exudes, along with the support Renew has clearly shown for its project participants was so appealing to me that when the opportunity to become a part of Renew’s story presented itself I just had to jump at it. I am so excited to now be a part of the story and can’t wait to see where it leads The Pinup Parlour!

What are you doing in your new space?
The Pinup Parlour is a collaboration between Lesley Allanson and Alice Turnbull. Both designers and makers in the Newcastle region.  We came together over our love of 50’s vintage style with a twist. The Pinup Parlour curates collections of retro inspired designs by local designers including clothing, jewellery, accessories, homewares and occasional furniture. If it’s vintage-inspired, made in Newcastle and has loads of sass you’ll most likely find it in The Pinup Parlour!

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The Pinup Parlour is located in The Emporium, formerly the David Jones building in Hunter Street Mall. This historical building is a part of so many Novocastrians stories, so to see it revitalised and humming with the buzz of retail activity again is awesome. My shop space was formerly occupied by the lovely Jodie of Jodie Louise Millinery. Having a retailer as my predecessor meant that it was already in pretty good shape, so our fitout is more focused on styling rather than any serious renovations. Our biggest obstacle so far has been dealing with a couple of water-logged floor boards that had pushed themselves up out of the floor!