“A treasure trove of hip, chic items and an equally trendy stall owner who turned out to be Friend of Mine designer Teale Talbot”

For anyone who knows me, they’ll already be aware of how OBSESSED I am with market/op-shopping…my specific version of paradise being the Camberwell (Rotary) Market held in Melbourne nearly every Sunday of the month. As today was a Sunday, as expected, I found myself at the market and eager to snatch up a bargain. Accompanied by my equally fashion savvy blogger friend, writer of Fashion Spot (bellasfashionspot.wordpress.com), we scanned the racks, picking up a little Maurie & Eve turquoise number here or cream cable knit jumper there….until we stumbled upon a gold mine! A treasure trove of hip, chic items and an equally trendy stall owner who, after a little investigation turned out to be none other than Friend of Mine designer Teale Talbot. So we held a bit of an impromptu interview to see what got her started, how she broke into the industry and what the future looked like for this young designer.

Friend of Mine is an Australian label with a feminine yet equally tomboy tough aesthetic. The pieces are relaxed with a laid back, beachy feel for the girl who’s subtly sexy and a bit of a rocker. The stall was filled with the labels pieces at heavily discounted prices, Talbot eager to minimise excess baggage in wake of a coming overseas move. We’re talking cropped floral denim jackets, tight leather mini skirts contrasting smooth and patent leathers together as well as statement green python. There was an array of trademark loose silk dresses to be paired with edgy accessories. For lovers of the Friend of Mine aesthetic, it seemed a bit of a one stop shop with leather studded ankle boots, statement snake-skin wedges and chunky heels….all there to complete the look, juxtaposing feminine florals and flirty skirts with tough biker attitude.

Head designer Teale Talbot started the brand back in mid 2009 after studying product development and merchandising at RMIT. In 3 short years, the brand has flourished, taking residence on the Australian fashion scene as effortlessly fashionable for the laid back Aussie girl, showcasing at parades around the country. My friend and I actually saw the show at the recent Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival for 2012 held at the Melbourne Town Hall in September. Funnily enough, when broaching the subject with Talbot, she replied that she’d actually been too busy to go! The future looks bright for this young designer, having just returned from living in Bali and now moving to expand the brand on an international scale in LA. Talbot, dressed in chic Melbourne black and Ellery sunglasses, looks set to take her spin on Australian style to a new global market. If the last 3 years are anything to go by, Friend of Mine looks ready to settle in and feel right at home in LA in no time. To the US and beyond!

Here’s a bit of back story!