We’re always surprised by the creative connections you make when you least expect it. Last year at the Melbourne Cup, our Creative Director, Maree Oaten met the amazing Leina Broughton, when Maree just happened to be wearing Leina Broughton’s Stella Dress in Peony. The connection was instant and it wasn’t long before a collaboration was born.
The collaboration started with Leina pulling together her inspiration and collating design ideas that would work with the upcoming seasons. Leina was inspired to work with splash and marble prints, so from there Maree went through her library of work in progress to see if there was a common starting ground.
The splash (ink and gunmetal) was a perfect starting point and from there Leina began to play with season relevant colour backgrounds and altered the scale for each. Once the prints were selected, these were sent off to the fabric printers and the production process began.
We’re so excited to share with you the final pieces which you can now shop online.
We sat down with Alice, the star donkey of the Little Branch x Emma Blomfield collection over the weekend and asked a few questions.
Born: A lady never reveals her age… alright, alright… I will be celebrating my 17th birthday this year. Which means that I would be 51 years old if I were a human.
Parents: I was adopted at a young age and never got to know my birth parents, however I’m very happy with my adoptive family and don’t plan to track down my birth parents anytime soon.
Owner: Interior stylist and author, Emma Blomfield.
Residence: I live in a beautiful country property in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales.
Dream Vet: Dr Chris Brown (you know the Bondi Vet). Hee Haw!! The girls (Emma & Penny) and I watch him all the time. If he ever needs a nice Ass on the show, I’m all his!
Favourite Flower: Purple Amaranth
Ideal cheeseboard selection for a Saturday afternoon: Washed rind brie, quince paste, freeze dried raspberries and pickles washed down with a Crisp Riesling.
Summer or Winter: My winter coat is much more fetching than my shorter summer coat so I’d have to go with winter. It allows me to do more with my fringe too.
Favourite piece from the Little Branch x Emma Blomfield collection: Seriously?! There’s no question my fabulous ears on the gift card is the best product in the range. I heard my ears will be an art print soon too!
Must have item: An iPhone 7, for taking selfies with my flower crowns. Der…
Last purchase: The Donkey Basket from Olli Ella – to house all the fabulous flowers I pick from the garden.