26 November 2009

krista mcrae

the sweet krista mcrae joined our flock not too long ago, and already she is the talk of the town. carla and i were her first, very satisified arbor customers, but many others have come under her spell. in particular, there is just something about the rock/cloud/flower series (see pic)... i have found it difficult to wear any other earrings since the gold clouds entered my life.
its hard to descibe why these earrings just feel so good to wear... krista clarifies the mystery somewhat by explaining that she enjoys creating work that feels good on, jewellery that makes the wearer aware of the weight, movement, warmth and coolness of the piece. still, words don't quite capture the experience.

25 November 2009

polly van der glas

in addition to having an awesome name, polly brings a hefty amount of quirk to arbor's collection. namely, an obsession with hair and teethe. very obscure indeed. in her words, 'these materials were once part of an intimate, elaborate maintenance ritual. hair and teethe were brushed, treated with colours and bleaches... when attached to the body they are central to social values of beauty yet when they become detached the meanings they hold drastically transform'. some food for thought, and her bits and pieces are pretty pretty too.

sparta place VIP night

10 November 2009

new shoppe hours

its warm! and we are open longer:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 11-4
Please come again.

27 October 2009

don't leave me holding the bag(s)

well well, spring has finally sprung... once again white wine allures me, i have discovered a whole new wardrobe i forgot existed, and on those perfect 25° days, i actually forget that it was ever cold at all.

but as lovely as all that is, at Arbor spring means something else entirely. namely, that all of Melbourne's talented bag designers have at last offered up their warm season treats. this year our specialties are Elk, Only Midge, Smena (mmm, kangaroo leather wallets), Nancybird, Uncle Ned (brother of Nancybird), Woot n Wright and Arbor's brand spanking new House Collection. pop by for a tasting sometime.


30 September 2009


i'm so excited about our new business cards i had to post them. this new card is very exciting because a) it signifies that a change in the shops name from 'arbor redux' to simply 'arbor'. catchy hey? b) it is printed on elemental chlorine free recycled paper using soy inks and c) its gorgeous right? carla fletcher is their creator (my manager, graphic designer, photographer and confidant, glory this girl is busy!). she found the original photograph in an opp shop years ago and and has cleverly re-imagined it. You can check out more of carla's work at:


15 July 2009


hi ya'll,

in order stress out my recently holiday'd body and mind, i have decided to participate in the sure-to-be-fantastic THIS IS NOT A DESIGN MARKET (we'll actually i think it is, but its catchy hey?), to be held this sunday.

arbor redux will be there with a select bunch of our jewellers, alongside some other melbourne gems and the much anticipated second edition of the Melbourne Design Guide (its so awsome, everyone should own one, and i'm pleased to say that we have been featured).

with an amazing lineup of stallholders, along with the fantastic venue The Factory, great beer, coffee, food, music and goodies are sure to make this the warmest winter Sunday this year.
products include everything from fashion to jewellery, products, homewares, graphic design and much more. you can pick up some great bargains, samples and one of a kind pieces.....

would be ace to see ya'll there,

Gretta xxxx

This Is Not A Design Market
Stallholder Images

The Factory
500 Latrobe street, Melbourne
Sunday 19th July
10am - 5pm

06 May 2009

New to Arbor: Electric Mavis Luminare lights

Ok, so lighting isn’t usually our bag, but we couldn’t help ourselves when we came across this little number. The new additions to our treasure chest shed a somewhat Alice in Wonderland light on our collection. Plucked straight from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, these beautiful teacup light-shades (aka Electric Mavis Luminare) transform any space with their porcelain glow… The pre–loved ‘tea with Nan’ quaintness is tastefully married to contemporary fittings by the talented Melbourne based Gregory Bonasera.

Come and see them glow!

Price (includes all fittings and bulbs)
$195 for single
$580 for a triple