For the month of March we shine a light on our 18 deserving winners at the recent GALA Awards, kicking things off today with edgy homewares brand Pony Rider, luscious L’ASCARI candles and the cute as a button girl’s collection from Megan Park.
GALA Winner | Australian Made
A perennial favourite at Life Instyle, Sydney-based design label Pony Rider is about celebrating the beauty in the ordinary everyday things. Designer/co-founder, Kelly Searl, wholeheartedly challenges the typical stereotype of ‘boutique homewares’ with Pony Rider filling the gap in the ‘Gen Y’ market. Locally designed and manufactured, Pony Rider’s collections include cushions, throws and wallwares.
Judges Product Pick: Dark Forest King Throw
GALA Winner | Body, Bath & Fragrance
Born in 2010, L’ASCARI products mix a fresh look with an old past steeped in tradition; clean, crisp designs with a slight touch of quirkiness. With inspiration from founder Luca Chiaravalle’s family home, located in a tiny village in central Italy (a photo of which appears on the packaging), L’ASCARI’s range includes handmade soy candles, room diffusers and bath salts.
Judges Product Pick: MANCANDLE
GALA Winner | Children
With a design ethos similar to that of the Megan Park mainline brand, Megan Park Girl was born off the back of a personal request from friend of designer Megan Park to make something for her little girl back in 2001, and truly flourishing with the arrival of Megan’s own little girl a few years later. Megan’s collections are reflective of the colourful, innocent and often cheeky nature of her young clientele.
Judges Product Pick: Mayur Beaded Dress