We are taking a break from the 18th of August until 11th of September. Orders will be fulfilled and sent out after this date. Thank you x

The Story behind Garconne

I created my womenswear label Garçonne in my search for quality clothing that I would love to wear and also to make a move towards ‘Slow Fashion’. I want to make pieces of clothing that customers will love for years, not just a season. My collection is created from my love of beautiful textiles: linens, organic cottons, soft wools and silks; my love for the softness of Cashmere and Alpaca; my love for winter and the countryside…

My inspiration for Garconne?

I am inspired by the countryside where I live. I am inspired by all things old and beautiful. I am inspired by French workwear from the 30’s to the high-waisted pants and gorgeous dresses of the 40’s; Harris Tweed waistcoats from the 70’s to the denim overalls I wore as a child in the 80’s. A collection of timeless pieces; cherished pieces; pieces that make me want to wear them year after year.

Why Garconne?

The word Garçonne has a few different meanings to it and they all seem to bring forth the feeling and aesthetic I aim to create with my clothing. The french used it in the 20’s to describe flappers – the style that deemphasized the female form and gave freedom from the constraints of previous womens’ fashions by ditching corsets: I love to create shapes and forms that are comfortable to wear whilst still looking lovely…
Garçonne also means ‘tomboy’ and garçonne fashion traditionally embodies a boy-like silhouette. Pants with braces with a slightly ’30s air. Vests and jackets over collared shirts. I have a love for this unconventional look as well as a love for more feminine shapes.
Garçonne is used today to describe the modern gentlewoman: think Tilda Swinton and Dianne Keaton.

The story behind Garconne…

In the late 80’s I bought my first Linen shirt from Country Road. I loved it and so began my love affair with Linen. Since then I have owned so many pieces of linen clothing; linen bedding; linen curtains; linen anything really. My affair with cashmere has been almost as long, with my first purchase being a vintage cardigan found in an op-shop. Over the years I have owned many more cashmere sweaters, both new and vintage and I love them all so much.

I had been a website designer for over 10 years. Last year I decided that it no longer held the appeal that it once did and I had lost the love for it. I had thought that I would love to work with linen and cashmere somehow but didn’t really know where to start. At the same time I took 6 months off work to recover from Chronic Fatigue. So I took this time to try and work out what I wanted to do with my life and where my passions were leading me.

I went to a friend who was a knitwear consultant and asked her to help me create a scarf and then some armwarmers to start a small knitwear accessories brand. I loved the process so much and I loved looking at all the colour cards from yarn suppliers. My creative juices were starting to flow again and with so many new ideas now running through my head I decided that I just had to design a range of women’s knitwear, rather than just a couple of accessories. So the idea expanded. After designing all the pieces for the knitwear range, I knew this was what I was meant to be doing. I loved it so much. I was designing again and working with the most amazing cashmere yarns. I was in heaven. There was only one thing missing… Linen. My head starting running again with ideas of linen clothing that could go back with my beautiful knitwear. I could work with both linen and cashmere! What a thought. So my knitwear range expanded to become a full woman’s wear range. From the humble beginnings of a scarf to the label that you see today in just over 8 months – which is now going for over 5 years. It has been a little crazy to say the least. But I have loved every minute of it.

Maison de Garconne…

Over the Covid pandemic and the the resulting supply chain issues it became harder and harder to source fabrics and yarns and shipping had become almost out of reach for small businesses like Garçonne. My manufacturers in Melbourne were facing challenges with staff shortages and shutdowns. Over this time I decided to take a break from manufacturing and look at ways to take the business in another direction. From this break evolved Maison de Garçonne – a home for not only my label Garçonne, but for a foray into everything beautiful for the home.

A curated collection of hand-made, artisan-made and special pieces from Australia and around the world.

I hope you enjoy the new home for Garçonne as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

Kate x

Size Guide - claudette pant

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
Medium Large
A. Waist 80cm circumference 86cm circumference
B. Leg Width 80cm circumference 80cm circumference
C. Leg Opening 80cm circumference 80cm circumference
D. Length 89cm 90cm
How to measure

A. Waist

Measure around the waist at about belly button.

B. Leg Opening

Measure around your leg at the fullest part.

 

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.

Size Guide - miette top

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
One Size
A. Bust 102 cm circumference
B. Arm Opening 36 cm circumference
C. Center front length 65 cm
How to measure

A. Bust

Measure the circumference of your bust just below the arm pit

B. Arm opening

Measure the circumference of your bicep.

C. Height

The measurement from the high shoulder point to the bottom front of the garment.

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.

Size Guide - penelope dress

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
One Size
A. Bust 102 cm circumference
B. Arm Opening 36 cm circumference
C. Center front length 115 cm
How to measure

A. Bust

Measure the circumference of your bust just below the arm pit

B. Arm opening

Measure the circumference of your bicep.

C. Height

The measurement from the high shoulder point to the bottom front of the garment.

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.

Size Guide - abby vest

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
Medium
A. Bust 94 cm circumference
B. Waist 88 cm circumference
C. Center front length 48 cm
How to measure

A. Bust

Measure the circumference of your bust just below the arm pit

B. Waist

Measure the circumference of your waist just above your hips (approx)

C. Height

The measurement from the high shoulder point to the bottom front of the garment.

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.

Size Guide - aspen cardigan

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
One Size
A. Centre Front 51 cm
B. Bust 68 cm
C. Bicep 26 cm circumference
How to measure

A. Centre Front

Measure from your collar bone to get the approximate length on you.

B. Bust

Measure around the fullest part of your chest with your arms down.

C. Bicep

Measure around your bicep at the fullest part.

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.

Size Guide - celeste Dress

Please use the following as a guide to help you know about where and how to measure to decide the best fit for you. Please contact us via email if you have any other questions at studio@garconne.com.au.

Measurement Chart
S/M M/L
A. Bust Row 1, Content 1 Row 1, Content 2
B. Arm Opening Row 2, Content 1 Row 2, Content 2
C. Centre Front Length Row 3, Content 1 Row 3, Content 2
How to measure

A. Bust

Measure around the fullest part of your chest with your arms down.

B. Arm Opening

Measure around your bicep at the fullest part.

C. Centre Front

Measure from your collar bone to get the approximate length on you.

Measurements shown are approximate and given in cm.