Designer of the Week - Possum & Banjo

I had the pleasure of meeting Leanne from Possum & Banjo last year when we shared some of her stylish little threads for boys. Today I have a few more of her goodies to share, in particular, her new release organic denim shorts. Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating Australia Day, and it doesn’t get any more Aussie than Possum & Banjo!

Handmade Boys Clothing, Denim Shorts by Possum & Banjo

Handmade Boys Clothing, Denim Shorts by Possum & Banjo

 The Product Review

Today we’re road testing a pair of 100% organic denim GOTS certified shorts from Possom & Banjo. The denim is lightweight in a dark indigo vintage wash and the length is a comfy and stylish 3/4 leg.

The first thing I thought when I popped them onto a certain stylish little gentleman was, oh my, he looks so grown up! After I managed to choke back a few of those “life goes too fast” tears, we set about testing the shorts out for durability (note: I think it’s just about impossible to put any clothing onto a little boy without getting an instant quality test)… “Look Mum, I can karate kick this orange right off the kitchen bench!”

Our wear, wash, run, jump, roll-around experience of the Possum & Banjo shorts was a great success. They washed up nicely, and the elastic waist and easy-fit styling made them comfortable and practical as well. The dark denim makes them perfect for occasions that require something a little bit more refined, and they match well with all sorts of different shirts.

The Verdict… Stylish, Versatile and Handsome (just look at the photo above)!

The Indie Label

Leanne launched Possum & Banjo one year ago after celebrating her son’s 1st birthday on Australia Day. It all began with creating clothing for her little guy Sam; clothing that was unique and comfortable but also practical for the warm Queensland climate. She also describes feeling the “sheer joy” of seeing her son in clothing that his Mummy made.

In true Australian style, Possum was Leanne’s nickname as a little girl. The name Banjo refers to her little Aussie champ who is the “poet of her heart”. When asked to describe what she loves most about running Possum & Banjo, Leanne said, “Being a designer for my own creative clothing label for kids, I really appreciate the opportunity to manage my business from my home studio so I can still spend quality time with my young child.”

The Creative Mind

Possum and Banjo captures the essence of Australian beach culture for children, inspired by our iconic coastal lifestyle. Leanne produces a range of simple yet stylish designs in vibrant colours of fresh whites, cool ocean blues, hot reds, sun-kissed oranges and tropical greens. You’ll also see an eclectic mix of bright retro prints with hints of vintage vogue. Leanne says “I truly believe that classic retro and vintage inspired clothing will never date and will always be in fashion, so with a modern approach, I design clothing to reflect this.”

Leanne enjoys working with cool and comfortable cotton fabrics, especially eco-natural fabrics such as pure linens, 100% organic cotton and denims. Her focus is primarily on boys clothing, however she has just recently introduced a few girls pieces as well (I love the heart tee with matching linen shorts pictured below).

The Whimsical Spirit

Leanne in her own words…

I love being near the beach, a relaxing yet fun place to escape, getting out of the house, into the fresh air and sunshine so children can play, swim, laugh and learn. We often go boating, especially camping and picnics on the islands that surround Brisbane’s bays.

Life revolves around food and family so I love cooking, anything from tropical salads, fresh seafood dishes to the classic Aussie barbecue. In particular I like to seek out healthy recipes that include fresh herbs, fruit and veggies. I have a lovely little herb garden and there’s nothing more I love than cooking with my own homegrown produce.

I like to continually learn about new things so as well as reading anything from photography to interior design, I’m looking forward to continuing studies in fashion design later this year.

The Handmade Collection

You can find the full Possum & Banjo collection online at Leanne’s store. You’ll also find her on Facebook where you can keep up with all the latest happenings and styles.

Handmade Boys Clothing, Linen Shorts by Possum & Banjo

Handmade Girls Clothing by Possum & Banjo

Handmade Girls Clothing by Possum & Banjo

Handmade Boys Clothing, Board Shorts by Possum & Banjo

Handmade Boys Clothing, Linen Shorts by Possum & Banjo


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