What’s a Shoezie?

It is a stylish shoe bag for women to carry their good shoes (heels) to work and to store their runners in during the day. Shoezie is elegant and practical, created by Kerry Matheson SHOEZIE has a built-in satin divider to protect shoes and comes in a neat fold up pouch. The Shoezie collection comes in a range of fashionable colours designed for style and practicality. “Let’s be honest, as women we all feel a little more fabulous when we slip on a pair of high heels. But wearing them all the time isn’t always practical, or comfortable. Working a corporate office job, I noticed there was no fashionable and purpose-built solution for carrying my heels to the office. After volunteering at Charity Dress for Success, I noticed that many of the clients who were being styled in donated clothing loved the look of high heels but didn’t choose them because they were catching...

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Window Gallery, Featuring Naomi Simson – Artist & Business Woman

Recently we made our shop window at 4 Victoria Street, Lewisham into a Window Gallery. It is wonderfully large and masses of people pass by on their way into Lewisham station. Our first exhibit features Ocean Study 1 & Ocean Study 2 large works by well known, entrepreneur Naomi Simson. “What most people don’t know is that creativity is very much a part of who I am. I get lost in my paints, in the colour and texture. I am deeply curious. As an entrepreneur and business owner I have a busy and sometimes ‘hectic’ work schedule. One of the places that I take myself to counterbalance my busyness, is my painting studio. During early 2020 I took the time to reflect on my 30year journey in paint. That there are many aspects to what it is to be human. My business life, speaking and writing are my contribution. I choose to...

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The Power of Mentoring Connections

As a mentor for Mentor Walks Australia, I meet many interesting and talented women. Sometimes these are one off encounters, sometimes more. Occasionally it opens the way to a new collaboration. This is the case with Karen Miles an ex journalist and founder of French Consul. French Consol Karen founded French Consul for those who love a weekend trawling the markets, yearning for a piece of the countryside or coast, or dreaming about one day moving to Provence. French Consul linen homewares are inspired by the classic French farmer’s ‘grain sack’ stripe. She is dedicated to ensuring the family tradition of the striped linen grain sack, once utilised by grain farmers throughout Europe to identify their family’s grain at market – and now highly sought-after by homewares and textile lovers – the story lives on. Karen sells into the retail. With disruption of Covid19 access to the market has changed, so she is...

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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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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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Our love of Marimekko goes back a long way #GrowthStories

Our love of Marimekko goes back a long way. Amanda’s parents sold the fabrics in their design shop Profile in the 70’s. They also visited the factory in Helsinki Finland to see how items were designed and printed. Gillian had a gorgeous wall hanging in her home, the family has made baby blankets from the sample swatches. All derived from the 70’s. Today we admire Marimekko’s longevity and are proud to use their latest products. Corban & Blair have even made stunning Marimekko folders, boxes and journals that were designed for Penny Coombes as a birthday present to her husband Warwick. They were a great hit, much loved and in daily use #GrowthStories ...

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Imagination is all that is needed – Studio A collaboration

Studio A New Life Collection - Corban & Blair are proud to feature the artistic talent of the Studio A artists, a supported art studio based in Sydney that nurtures the talents of artists living with intellectual disability. The enterprise paves professional pathways so these artists can achieve artistic and economic success. Individual pieces have been created by the Studio A team from products that Corban & Blair wanted to give a new life, to create authenticity, inspiration and a new narrative to extend a products life or create a completely new cultural artifact.    ...

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