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Vintage Last Tuesday

Leather bags & accessories and lighting & furniture pieces

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Launched: 11 November 2013

Closed: 12 April 2014

about Vintage Last Tuesday

Who are you?
Last Tuesday is me, Sophie Smyth. I’m a product designer and maker. I am an industrial designer and artist and received my Bachelor in Fine Arts/Sculpture from Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. I then went onto further study in design at TAFE and finally, Enmore Design Centre to study product design.

What do you do?
Last Tuesday creates unique designer bags and accessories as well as lighting and furniture pieces.

Each one of Last Tuesday’s bags are hand cut and stitched using high quality thread. We are not imported. We are not mass produced. We use real, leather ALWAYS and remnant fabric. Where possible, remnant or sample leather is used.

Last Tuesday is also not interested in making products that look like others seen in the shops everyday. We strive for interesting and unique designs that stand out from the crowd.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Renew is such a great oportunity for creative people in this city and for the city itself! It creates such a sense of community and I wanted to be a part of that.

What are you doing in your new space?
My space will be used as part retail space, part studio. People can watch me actually making my products and can see (and purchase) the item straght away! Brilliant I say! I can listen and see peoples reactions to my work in real time and respond to that. I think both I and the customer can benefit from this relationship.

Tell us about the space.
The Emporium uses the old David Jones building in Hunter St Mall. I remember the old David Jones building as a kid. For the space, even a small part of it to be used again is a great thing. The mall is alive again and it’s only going to get better.