Designer of the Week - Milk and Masuki

Straight to you from the very stylish folks at Milk and Masuki, today’s review is all about cosy organic cotton, and modern, urban styling. The label is a creative project of designers Rachael and Ishak; and Rachael joins us today to tell us about the inspiration behind the awesomeness. We also review a lovely item from the Milk and Masuki Autumn Winter 2013 collection, inspired by Ziggy Stardust!

Milk and Masuki Organic Baby Blankets, Clothing, Wraps

The Product Review

The Milk and Masuki “Grey Feathers” blanket is made from 100% certified organic cotton and features a hand-printed feather design with a chic watermelon trim.

I was immediately attracted to the hip, playful design, but I also loved the cosiness of the double-layered jersey, which has just enough stretch to swaddle your little one into a peaceful bundle of sweetness. This particular blanket is 100 x 70cm in size, which means it’s also fab in the pram, cot, or car.

Other notable features of the Milk and Masuki collection include their chemical-free ethos (no nasties here folks) and their superb packaging… These guys are my new go-to destination for baby shower gifts.

The verdict… Sustainably stylish and creatively cosy!

The Indie Label

Milk and Masuki came to life in mid-2012 when designers Rachael and Ishak were growing tired of their previous jobs, which were making them feel much older than their 27 years. Determined to use their creativity for their income, and basking in the joy of the birth of their newborn son, they were inspired to create something beautiful…

The name Milk and Masuki was chosen to represent all the members of Rachael and Ishak’s young family. Rachael explains, “Masuki is a play on words combining my son and partner’s last name, Maskor, which is Malaysian. I wanted something of us in the name and I thought the ‘i’ was a cute addition. As for the ‘Milk’ that’s where my part came in as a new mum and learning how much of motherhood was about milk time!”

Milk and Masuki Organic Baby Blankets, Clothing, Wraps

The Creative Mind

Rachael’s adorable little guy Noah is now one and a half years old. She describes his energy as “mind blowing” and says that his little sense of humour often has her in hysterics. As well as drawing inspiration from Noah’s antics, Rachael and Ishak look to a diverse range of influences from visual art, to modernist Swedish design. She says, “I would have to say that our main design motivation is to create something that is both cool and cute. It’s actually harder than you think!” (Note from editor – we reckon they’re doing a mighty fine job!)

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Rachael and Ishak (in their own words):

  1. We are both artists and actually met at art school studying painting.
  2. We love cooking (and eating).
  3. We live right next to a national park and often go bush walking when we have the time.

The Handmade Collection

Milk and Masuki’s Autumn Winter collection is inspired by the theatrical outfits of Ziggy Stardust. The collection is made from 100% certified organic cotton, and is handmade and hand-printed in their Southern-Highlands studio. Expect to see a gender neutral colour-palette in blue, green, orange and purple, with contemporary geometric prints.

Shop the Milk and Masuki collection via their website, or visit them on Facebook for all the latest news!

Milk and Masuki Organic Baby Blankets, Clothing, Wraps

Milk and Masuki Organic Baby Blankets, Clothing, Wraps


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