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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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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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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New Fresh Picks

Our A5 Journal is updated and available in seasonal colours Tan and Sea Green. Made from durable recycled leather, the Basics Plus collection is an essential must have for meetings where you want to make a subtle style statement. We are taking pre orders now - info@corbanblair.com.au ...

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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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New look for a classic

A modern twist on our best selling leather journal, made specifically for the Salesforce Futures Lab. Designed by our industrial designer Ken, his brief was to create elegance, incorporating the texture and quality of leather to make a desirable product. The Salesforce logo is debossed on the front and inner cover. Branding was further reinforced with a printed cover on the inner pad. ...

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