Building the B Corp Movement

Building the B Corp Movement

When a company becomes a Certified B Corp, it joins a global community that is using business as a force for good. Providing an opportunity to meet, engage with, and collaborate with like-minded changemakers in the community to share ideas and learn from each other.

Corban & Blair and Emma and Dan from i2C Architects hosted an event in Sydney. It was wonderful to catch up with like-minded B Corp companies, and those interested in becoming part of the movement. We had a presentation by B Corp consultant Kathy Joyce, about how B Corp works and the changes coming to the certification process. There was lots of time to meet everyone and hear about their plans to make a positive impact. i2C was very generous in providing their workspace for us to meet together. For more information visit the BCorproation page.

NEW Walnut Shadow Box Frame

New Shadow Box frames in Walnut

Corban & Blair has been manufacturing frames for decades together with our partner manufacturer in New Zealand. All frames are handmade from plantation-grown timber. Shadow Box Frames has a subtle angled profile that cleverly brings the eye’s attention inwards to the image displayed. The wide thick frame makes it perfect for a shelf or table display.

The shadow box frames come in various sizes. Each size fits different needs, and the mat adds a touch of sophistication and emphasis to the displayed piece.

APPA RoadShow at Brisbane and Melbourne

What a whirlwind week for the Corban & Blair team! We hit the road for the APPA 2024 Roadshow, showcasing our products in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Thank you for visiting our stand and hope you enjoyed meeting us at the stand.

APPA is the biggest event in the Australasian promotional products industry. APPA Roadshow is an event designed to connect distributors of promotional products with reputable suppliers from across Australia and New Zealand.

WUBI WUBI by Lucy Simpson

WUBI WUBI - In honour of the sacred mountain

WUBI WUBI is the latest collaboration range with First Nations artist Lucy Simpson. The range features beautiful artwork WUBI WUBI as lining on each product. The collection includes an A5 journal, a travel wallet, a luggage tag, a tech pouch and a laptop sleeve. Each item in the collection is thoughtfully designed, the perfect choice for anyone who values Indigenous art, culture and style. Available in three classic colours – black, navy and red.

Another clever initiative by the Social Outfit

A Sustainable Fashion Story about Chatcha

Chatcha is one of The Social Outfit’s talented Sewing technicians and artists. She uses fabric which she machine stitches and paints to create incredible pieces of Art.

When they saw her work, the craftmanship and meaning behind her pieces, they had to explore the opportunity to develop her artwork into a print.  The original ‘Li Phay’ artwork, which depicts a series of refugee faces, is masterfully sewn and embroidered onto a quilt. lt was developed into a digital print by Chatcha and Sonya Price-Kelly in collaboration with The Social Outfit.

The screen printed, fabric was sewn locally by their team of sewers in Marrickville, Sydney into a brand-new collection inspired by Chatcha’s unique style.

For more information visit the Social Outfit.

Unveiling of the new Perfect Match Street Artwork, Yarrin

Last Saturday, the local community gathered together to celebrate the launch of the first Perfect Match of the year at Corban & Blair. We feel privileged to have the talented artist Lucy Simpson’s artwork on our building – a beautiful piece of art for the community to enjoy.

The artwork, titled ‘Yarrin’, was designed by Lucy Simpson (@gmiyay) and painted by Meg Minkley (@adrawingaday). It incorporates local narratives of water, time, memory, and sites of convergence. The artwork draws inspiration from the story of Long Cove Creek in Gadigal, which is known today as Hawthorne Canal. It pays homage to the local ecology and our many forgotten waterways.

Through this work, Lucy has combined the lines and colors of place – both of her own Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay ngurrambaa (homelands) and that which flows underfoot in Gadigal. As a result, she has created a unique story that weaves its way across plains, from deep underground, around mountain ranges, through stone, and across city landscapes. This brings a message of energy, connection, and life to eyes, lives, and minds.

We would like to thank everyone involved, including @innerwestcouncil Arts Team, for implementing the Perfect Match program.



A5 Aus Made Recycled Leather Journal, Yarrin – Lucy Simpson Collaboration

This journal was created in collaboration with Indigenous artist Lucy Simpson. The design was used for a mural outside the Corban & Blair building with the help of mural painter Meg Minkley and the Inner West Council. The YARRIN mural was commissioned through the Perfect Match program by the Inner West Council, recognizing the importance of preserving and celebrating the unique stories embedded in the city’s landscapes. It also aims to honour the many places from which these stories have originated.

This artwork incorporates local narratives of water, time, memory, and sites of convergence, and draws inspiration from the story of Long Cove Creek in Gadigal (known today as Hawthorne Canal) to pay homage to the local ecology and our many forgotten waterways. Through this work Lucy has combined the lines and colours of place – both of her own Yuwaalaraay / Gamilaraay ngurrambaa (homelands) and that which flows underfoot in Gadigal — creating a unique story that weaves its way across plains, from deep underground, around mountain ranges, through stone and across city landscapes, bringing a message of energy, connection and life to eyes, lives and minds.

The journal can be purchased through this link.

Reflecting on 2023

The year that was

As we approach the end of the year, we find ourselves reflecting on a year full of uncertainty, disappointments and challenges to our imagination and values. A year where we all had to focus and work together – as a team to share the load. 

Embracing Change and Innovation

In the dynamic landscape of business, adaptability is key. This year, as usual we embraced change, while navigating challenges and turning them into opportunities. Our team’s commitment to innovation has been inspiring, leading to the development of exciting new products and enhancing of our existing offerings.

Celebrating Milestones

2023 has been filled with significant milestones for Corban & Blair. From launching new eco-friendly product lines, to expanding our presence in new markets. Each achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our incredible team. Together, we work on new exciting product solutions.

Caring for Our Community

Corban & Blair is part of the creative community. We want to express our thanks to our customers, partners, collaborators and supporters who have been an integral part of our journey. Such trust and loyalty drive us to continually raise the bar and deliver products that resonate with your values.

Sustainable Practices and Social Responsibility

In a world that demands corporate responsibility, we remain committed to sustainable practices. Our initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to social causes reflect our dedication to creating a positive impact. A future where business and sustainability go hand in hand.

Thank you from all of us at Corban & Blair, your support fuels our passion, and we look forward to creating more memories and accomplishments in the new year.

New Thomas Avery Range: WOOLOGANGII

Woologangii : River in Gamilaroi Country

The Woologangii River is represented with curved lines to show the flow of the river through the landscape. The circles on either side of the river symbolise different aspects of the country with varying colours.

Made in collaboration with First Nations artist Thomas Avery, the Woologangii range includes an A5 journal and a travel wallet. The A5  journal features a curved inner pocket with two slits for business cards, refillable A5 notepad, a pen loop and elastic closure. The travel wallet features multiple pockets for holding a passport, boarding pass and other cards. All products are made from recycled leather.

Thomas ‘Bagaay’ Avery is a descendant of the Gamilaroi tribe in northern NSW. His personal totem is the blue tongue lizard. Thomas’s ancestors were born at Bohena Creek Aboriginal Reserve, Narrabri. Thomas is a painter, designer and filmmaker using his unique insights to communicate his culture.

Corban & Blair Hunt Leather Product Launch at The Rocks

Collaborations are creatively Inspiring and Good for Business

Collaboration is the key to innovation and success in today’s competitive business landscape. When two like-minded companies come together, magic happens. It’s not just about combining resources and expertise; it’s about creating something new and exciting that resonates with customers.

Recently, Corban & Blair and Hunt Leather joined forces to hold an event at 140 George Street, the location of Hunt Leather’s new Sydney CBD store. This collaboration was born out of the challenges posed by COVID-19, as both companies saw an opportunity to create Australian-made, sustainable products using recycled leathers and offcuts.

The event was a celebration of craftsmanship, style, and the power of collaboration.

Moreover, collaborations can also be a powerful marketing tool. By partnering with another brand, companies can create buzz and generate excitement around their products or services.

The event at 140 George Street was a prime example of this. By bringing together customers, colleagues, family, and friends, Corban & Blair and Hunt Leather created a memorable experience that not only showcased their collaborative products but also generated positive word-of-mouth and media coverage.

This kind of organic marketing can be invaluable in today’s crowded marketplace.

Our latest collection includes a genuine leather envelope, a recycled leather travel wallet, and coasters which you can purchase through our online store.

Window Gallery this week: Cupco!? 

Step into the whimsical and thought-provoking world of Cupco!?

Cupco!? is the animation, illustration and doll-making brainchild of Luke Temby (from Summer Hill!!). Born on the streets of Tokyo on skateboards and mass sticker pasting, and subsequently transplanted to Sydney, Australia. Cupco!? both appreciates and satirises the ludicrous and ridiculous nature of modern society!

Cupco!? has made a name for himself over the last decade for his prolific output of multi- disciplinary pop art. He became infamous for his machine like output, blurring the lines between traditional art and mass culture items. Looking through his body of work can often seem like stepping into a bizarro version of Japanese knick knack shop Daiso. Instead of $2.80 (¥200) back scratchers and umbrellas you’ll find plush toys of suicide bombers, demon heads, hyper sexual cartoons and even sponges and rugs with Bart Simpson hand sewn into them (not to mention his prints, key chains, apparel etc).

Cupco animated cartoons have appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba, and handmade original pieces have been sold at Christie’s Pop Culture auctions in New York.
Other clients include Converse, Uniqlo, Nickelodeon and Mambo.

All artworks on display are for sale. Contact us or the artist, Luke Temby, for a pricelist and to make a purchase.

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