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The Individuals – Brenda Briand

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Brenda Briand

BRENDA BRIAND,
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER

Sydney based accessories designer, Brenda Briand is a talented and renowned creative hitting just the right note of understated luxury in her designs marked by clean lines, sleek hardware and superior materials.

Partnering with Veronika Maine for Autumn/Winter 2015, Brenda has worked with our team to develop 3 exclusive designs for the new season collection. Not showy or over the top, these pieces will quietly infiltrate the right wardrobes.

What is the inspiration behind the latest collection of accessories designed for Veronika Maine a/w fifteen?

The VeroniKa Maine customer is confident and she knows what she likes. She is drawn to fashion but not swayed by trends. Quality and the ability to have something function across her wardrobe in multiple ways is really important.

With this in mind I wanted to create pieces that were elegant and classic. Not necessarily statement pieces but minimal shapes and silhouettes to make it feel fresh. Using colours of black and pewter grey the pieces are about about classic shapes reinvented in a new way with just enough hardware with a glint of gold. They will feel like they have always been a part of our wardrobe and will also continue to be relevant in the future.

 

How did you get into the fashion industry, and why did you choose accessories?

Originally from NZ, I moved to Sydney in 2003. From a very early age I always knew I would do something in a creative field, and as time went on – starting my own brand was just a natural progression. So when the time was right, I started my own accessories label in in 2009.

Coming from a garment background, accessories were not the first obvious choice, but I love the freedom they allow you to have and I wanted to create quality leather goods that appealed to like minded people.

Through my experience I have been lucky enough to work with some special projects with amazing people and brands over the past few years. Working with Veronica Maine to design and develop their new leather goods category has been a pleasure. It what makes my job so inspiring and fulfilling. Its what drew me to fashion in the first place!

What is your favourite piece from the A/W 2015 collection? 

I love the pinstriped pieces, in particular the boyfriend Jacket. It’s such a great cut and will be a timeless classic across seasons.

What is your favourite handbag in the collection?

The drawstring bucket bag is my favourite. I love the simplicity of the shape with the internal drawstring. I am always drawn to a bit of bling, but it has to be just the right amount. It’s also a great size and the pewter grey colour looks great with black and denim and white, my wardrobe staples.

How would you describe your personal style?

My go to fabric is denim and I tend to wear a lot of vintage dresses and denim and am drawn to colour blocking. I always have quite a relaxed silhouette going on, and I’ve never really stuck to one type of ‘uniform’. So one day it could be a vintage cotton indian dress and the next all black denim. I wear what I want regardless of the event or time of day.

I’m currently loving the all white vibe and wearing simple gold jewellery. For an accessories designer I tend to not wear too many accessories. It’s more quality over quantity these days.

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S.14 – Into The New

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INTO THE NEW

Embrace asymmetric hems, tech knits and graphic prints; cool, modern and wearable.

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S.14 – New This Week

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NEW THIS WEEK

Lift your look with tailored separates and clever layering to take you into the new season.

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Finalist | 2015 Prix de marie claire Awards

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Prix de Marie Claire 2015

It is with great pleasure we share some exciting news! Veronika Maine has been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Best Australian Fashion Brand’ category of the 2015 Prix de marie claire Awards.

Awarded every two years, Veronika Maine is honoured to be among other top Australian designers in one of the country’s most prestigious fashion awards.

To show your support and vote for Veronika Maine, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Prix de marie claire website; click here.
  2. Enter your personal details.
  3. Explain in 25 words or less why Veronika Maine is your favourite brand.
  4. Select Veronika Maine (number 16) in the ‘Best Australia Fashion Brand’ category.
  5. Select your favourite fashion brands in the other categories.
  6. Accept the Terms & Conditions and then click ‘submit’.

Don’t forget you can vote as many times as you like!

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Voting closes 28 February 2015.

S.14 – Cool Summer

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Cool Summer

Luxe layers in soft silhouettes are perfect for the summer heat. Muted shades of mint and powder blue give pastels a fresh feel remixed with bright whites and climbing florals.

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S.14 – Florals Four Ways

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Florals Four Ways

A staple for summer, floral prints make a colourful statement in four on-trend looks.

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 THE BOMBER JACKET
Team it with a white tee and a cropped trouser for off duty cool.

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THE DRESS
From day to night, workwear to weekend – a wardrobe essential.

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An instant classic, a standout pencil skirt paired with crisp white polishes your work wear style.

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Tailored shorts and a printed top are the perfect way to look pared back and polish your look.

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