Thank you 2019

A big thank you to all our clients in business, retail, online and our studio store customers for their support and ideas. It has been a year or new concepts, products and inspiring narratives about our Australian lived experience. Our on-going endevour requires us to be in constant reinvention mode, in order to stay relevant for our customers. This is a challenge we are always up for- an opportunity to delight you. We are a small creative team inspired to find original and clever product solutions delivered with excellence. Our focus for 2020 will be about caring for each other in our diverse community and to respect our precious environment. To do this we will need to peer through the clutter and question what we see and believe, and do whatever we can- even if it is only a little. We wish everyone much success in 2020 - even numbered years are...

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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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Sharing an important process

The Connection Statement by Suzi Dafnis has been designed for the HerBusiness network, of women business owners. “If you don’t want to be mediocre this is something you need to consider, learn or improve upon. Have you ever asked someone what they do… and then five minutes later, they're still talking, but they haven’t really engaged your interest, they haven't made a strong connection with you? So, now your eyes are glazed over and you’re looking at how you can MAKE A QUICK EXIT from this conversation. Or, you’ve spent time explaining what YOU do only to find that the other person has totally MISINTERPRETED YOU. When you don’t have a way to communicate what you do in terms of how you help others, you can LOSE the CONNECTION even before you’ve established it… throwing yourself right into isolation. You really want to be able to communicate your value in a way that instantly creates...

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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 Great idea – Green Caffeen

Disposable cups are hurting our environment. Over a billion disposable cups are thrown away each year in Australia. Green Caffeen offers an eco-friendly cup solution giving unlimited access to re-usable green cups for coffee, tea, or other hot drinks. Simply signup and purchase your drink at a participating cafe, consume your drink, then return the used cup when you’re finished. You can return your used cup to the same cafe or any other participating cafe. Then grab a fresh cup the next time you order. Grab their App. See more here. ...

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When you get it right

What Corban & Blair do best was illustrated at the recent Expo we attended in Adelaide. We created three leather products for Zurich Insurance to reflect their merger with One Path. They reflected their corporate colours, quality, were useful, desirable and we monogrammed delegates initials to make them more personal. The aim was to draw conference delegates to the stand so staff could chat with them. The products and experience certainly did this. People were drawn to the quality, and usefulness of them. Products included a Card holder, A5 refillable Journal and luggage tag.  ...

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Our Purpose

Corban & Blair’s PURPOSE is to design and make marketing tools, that earn their keep. Understanding our customers, along with the needs of their customer, is crucial to achieving this. Working closely provides an opportunity to do something new and different, to inspire our customers to embraces a future, that includes younger people, women and the environment, while ticking important diversity boxes. We constantly research and explore new ideas, it is our purpose and passion. Items need to carry company brand messages, be valued and the receiver needs to feel acknowledged. Collaboration with other artists, and designers can create memorable stories, and say something meaningful about a brand while reflecting our Australian culture. Meaning is designed into a product with choices of materials, colour, texture, story, packaging and personalisation. It is a clever combination of these elements that delivers meaningful and authentic product solutions. ...

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