Clive Street, named after my father Robert Clive Curtis, has always been a personal journey. Once born from a love of sewing, has now turned into a passionate interest in sustainable, ethically produced clothing and accessories. I am completely self-taught, and am proud of the fact that I can now create stylish, beautiful and useful items out of something once discarded and destined for landfill.
Everything that goes into making your Clive Street bag or accessory takes place in my small studio (well, backyard to be exact!) in Brisbane, Queensland. Collecting, cleaning, cutting and sewing are all part of my daily work. Running between roles as small business owner and mum to four fab children is challenging at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
My hope is that Clive Street will teach you how the mundane items that we discard on a daily basis can actually be transformed into having a second life. To get people asking how things are made and by whom is a big win for Clive Street.
Given the nature and textiles of my work, at least 80% of each finished product is made from previously discarded but now salvaged materials. As each textile is unique in wear and markings, each item will differ slightly. I hope you love your Clive Street purchase as much as I have loved making it for you!