Treat yourself to one-of-a-kind handmade threads, sewn right here in Melbourne
Jude Ng spends his days behind a sewing machine. Hour after hour, he lovingly crafts clothing from locally sourced natural fabrics, pausing only to chat to the gentle stream of customers that browse the rails of his Johnston Street boutique, Jude.
According to Ng, handmade fashion is making a resurgence in Melbourne. “We’re part of a new group of designers working to bring back locally focused ethical fashion and manufacturing techniques,” he says. “We’re trying to put some soul back into fashion.”
“People are getting sick and tired of the mainstream. They want something that no one else has, items that are unique,” Ng continues. “We’re very personal in the way that we treat our customers – we know everyone by their first name, something which I think makes us very special.”
As customers browse in the bright retail space, they can also watch Ng working on his creations in the open plan studio in the back. “My designs are inspired by my background in fine art but I’m also influenced by Japanese cutting and asymmetry,” he says. It’s easy to notice this in his work: his clothes are typically gender neutral and are designed to be layered in interesting ways. “We use artisan techniques – old school tailoring and dressmaking – in combination with contemporary shapes.”
Ng combines natural fabrics such as Italian wool, viscose, silk and linen in his designs. These textiles are hand dyed, painted, frayed, embroidered or appliquéd, ensuring every piece tells its own story.
252 Johnston St
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am-6pm|