High Fashion Couture- From Recycled and Discarded Materials

West Village artist Debra Rapoport, 73, has a knack for turning garbage into fashion. Her signature hats, made from paper towels, sell for as much as $450. “Recycled materials speak to me. It’s like they say, ‘Give me a second life!’ She finds recycled, discarded and unusual materials and gives them a brilliant second life as high fashion couture. No items or material of any origin are out of consideration for her “Gifted and Thrifted” unique creations, A self-described “advanced style star”, Rapoport combs the streets of New York City in search of that which catches her eye. See more of Debra's work here.  ...

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Corban & Blair support companies like this…

Parafina offers designer eyewear in eco-friendly materials at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Their tagline is, “See Beyond Trash". Through constant experimentation with materials, design, and manufacturing techniques, they aim to reinvent the eyewear market and reintroduce consumers to products that are thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted. They created Parafina as a company that would finance education programs with every pair of eyewear sold along with other activities. SOCIAL They donate 5% of every purchase to social project #LlévaleAlCole. ECO-FRIENDLY All shades are made with recycled materials. 100% RADICAL Eyewear as never seen before. ...

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WAGIBAA – New this season

Corban & Blair will launch a new collection in collaboration with Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay Design. The linings of these items feature Lucy’s Wagibaa design. This design tells a story of Yuwaalaraay country. It is inspired by the lines of country and traces the north west plains where the sky touches land. Country is where Lucy comes from. It is freshwater country, the rivers brim with memories, story and life. It is where her heart belongs. It is home. Lucy believes, from the stars in the skies, to the ground beneath we are surrounded by story” Collection includes: A5 refillable journal, Zip coin purse/keyholder, card holder, tech pouch, tech wrap, phone bag, travel wallet, passport holder & luggage tag. These are made from quality PU leather with unique colourful linings telling a story about what Australia and home means to Indigenous designer Lucy Simpson. They can have logos applied as well as...

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What do we do with unwanted clothes?

Make a gorgeous bag!  We are buying more low-cost, low-quality garments and disposing of more clothing than ever. Everywhere around the world, millions of tonnes of clothes go into landfills. In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year. Most of us donated our old clothes to organisations like the Salvation Army, but only a portion of those clothes end up being sold or given to people in need. Is there any way we could help divert some of that waste away from landfills? A new strategy to recycle and upcycle clothes are needed more than ever. We have to find a way to turn those clothes into new products. A new approach to see old clothes as resources, not waste. "Raw Couture" is a project created by Public Personas studio. The project explores the potential use of unwanted clothes, objects and anything that...

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Customer Relationship Case Study

Corban & Blair a female owned business founded in 1988, started as a niche Australian designer stationery business offering handmade journals and albums. We continue to evolve creating new products and styles in an array of materials manufactured in Australia, New Zealand and China. We have established relationships with key clients who take supplier engagement with women seriously. Westpac is an excellent example. Corban & Blair moved its business to Westpac as a result of Helen Lynch being appointed to the Westpac board and Westpac’s focus supporting women owned businesses. Westpac Women’s Markets (The Ruby Connection) organised events for WOBs, including lunches and seminars, which provided women with an opportunity to meet others in business. These events were carefully organised including being seated next to other women who might offer new opportunities. Through this network, Corban & Blair was introduced to the Westpac Supplier Inclusion & Diversity team who continue to facilitate introductions...

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A Very Special Gift

Harry, Amanda Blair’s 16 year old son, created this photo art work, for his father. It is a stunning photograph taken while on a school trip to Nambucca Heads in NSW, where the landscape and the culture inspired him to see life and people with new eyes, especially the Australian landscape and the stories it can tell. The photograph has been printed by DarkStar Digital and framed in one of our Corban & Blair A4 Slim Box Walnut matted frames - Shop the look here. His father was absolutely delighted! Signed Harry. Nambucca Heads 2019. ...

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