News

VALE LOVES MADELEINE

INTERVIEW WITH MADELEINE HUNT 

IMAGES BY DAPHNE NGUYEN

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE VALE ITEM? 

The quartz classic jeans are hands down my favourite. You can’t go wrong with a pair of straight cut jeans and these are the comfiest ones I have ever worn!

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT PASSION? 

My current passion is modelling. Since I started at the end of last year, not only have I met some of the most amazing people, I have also discovered so much about myself as a person and have unearthed a creative desire I didn’t know I had. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR? 

This year I am striving to work on as many different photoshoots and projects as I can, and to push myself creatively in each one.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR ULTIMATE CAREER PLANS?

My ultimate career plans are to become a marine biologist and be involved in research and conservation of marine species and habitats, as well as help to spread awareness to people of power so that we can change the fate of the oceans.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TRAVEL PLANS THIS YEAR? 

I actually just got home from visiting my boyfriends family and friends in Bali which is always a lovely trip, but in terms of future travel, I am dying to visit Japan and hope to get there this year or next! 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TUNE TO LISTEN TO AT THE MOMENT? 

The Heart Is a Muscle- Gang of Youths


FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? 

Good Will Hunting. Robin Williams and Matt Damon are my all time favourites.


WHAT IS YOUR MUST READ BOOK RECOMMENDATION?

Breath by Tim Winton. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve re-read it. 

 

ONDINE DAISY - THE ALCHEMIST

INTERVIEW WITH ONDINE DAISY 

SHOT BY MATISSE RUBY

 

 

What made you start your beautiful website The Alchemists?  

At the time when I first conceptualised it, I was fresh out of school and missing the outlet of writing, it’s very easy to fall out of that routine without deadlines looming. It was also a time when I began to realise a lot of people were coming to me with questions about wellness, my upbringing, my style, recipes – the works. I also knew a lot of really amazing women, who I felt could bestow a bit of wisdom to all of us. So I put The Alchemists together. Pretty quickly there was a lot of people gravitating towards what I was doing, so I kept at it.

 

What inspires you the most?  

Essentially, I’m inspired by the women and men that have been in my life for so long, they’re the ones who encapsulate incredible strength, creative expression, vulnerability, love, passion and fire. That resilience and authenticity inspires me endlessly. I have this uncanny ability to feel authenticity viscerally, so having these souls in my orbit makes me feel so lucky. That’s my mum and my sister in a nutshell too; a powerful woman (and mother), gentle but with an authenticity and strength that is so inspirational, creative genius just oozing out of them. Then there’s the storytellers, orators through history who’ve fearlessly bared their heart and soul for their passion. Nature inspires me; rain and sunrise. Music; classical, rap, poetry, rock, chanting and the power of sound.  Art in all forms. I’m deeply inspired by the unseen world of true spiritual connection, the metaphysical. What doesn’t inspire me?!

When do you feel most yourself? 

I feel myself when I use my body as in dance or when I play music.
I also love the connection I have with food as medicine, and the alchemy of food, so cooking for friends and family makes me feel so grounded. I also feel like myself when I am wet from rain.

On a superficial level, there’s this running family joke, that I used to get changed maybe 6 times a day when I was really little, and instead of putting it away I’d throw it under my bed. I’m better at recycling outfits now, but it definitely kind of solidified that I’ve always adored the creativity of dressing. I feel totally myself when I have that outlet. The punchline of that joke is that after 6 outfits, I’d always end up dancing naked. I feel very myself then!

 

What is your favourite tune at the moment? 

I’ve got a few running at the moment; going for a Stones classic in She’s a Rainbow, there’s always a bit of Kendrick in there, a bit of chamber music, and finally a mantra from Kundalini Yoga called Eka Mai by White Sun.

 

 

 

 

What is the favourite piece of denim you have ever owned? 

Other than my Vale pieces? I’m a bit of a vintage denim fiend – the composition is so sturdy, unique cuts and interesting washes. I have an amazing pair of striped jeans from 1960s/70s France – the real win is when the vintage finds actually fit. So they’re pretty treasured by me.

 

 

How did you find Vale and what drove you to work with us? 

Vale quenched my thirst for a white wide leg pant years ago – the perfect fit, the perfect cut, what more could a girl want! When you asked me to work with you and collaborate as a Vale Girl, there was no question. I’m passionate about amazing women, creating amazing businesses with vision and soul and Vale embodied that.

 

 

 

 

 

What has been your favourite experience with Vale? 

Frolicking in the long dry grass as the golden hour poured in wearing my Red Quartz Classic get-up is the front of my mind when I think about my numerous experiences with Vale. Each one has perfectly enveloped what Vale means to me; effortless, joyous and always good conversation in between camera clicks.

  

 

What does 2018 hold for you and what are your goals? 

So much! I’m the midst of writing a book, developing a few products. This year has started off busy in the right way, and it’s definitely a welcome feeling.

 

Do you have any up and coming travel planned? 

I do! Been a long time coming, but I will be spending June in Europe for lots of European summer-filled bliss. I haven’t done Italy yet, so that will probably satisfy all my food dreams. I’m a London lover, so going back in the “warmer” (I use that term lightly) months, will be divine. Then Paris of course. I’m avoiding winter at all costs!

 

 

Do you have a message for Vale readers? 

Invest in good design always, created by people with heart and fearless creative expression. Wear pieces with integrity, created by people with you in mind, who aren’t afraid of colour and the energy that that brings. Be fearless!

 

 

 

Ondine wears the Cruise Culottes White Denim, Earth Layers Jacket White Denim and Steam Onsie Sailor Stripe. 

 

See her blog http://www.thealchemists.com.au

VALE LOVES EMMA

INTERVIEW WITH EMMA
SHOT BY MATT GODKIN

How did you find Vale and why did you want to work with us?

When I was coming up to Byron, I wanted to work with a whole lot of brands that I knew made their pieces ethically rather than in sweat shops or in poor conditions generally. I found Vale on instagram and really loved the simplicity of the designs. 

 

What is your favourite denim item you have ever owned? 

Other than my Vale obviously hehe... I have a pair of light wash Levi’s that fit me like a glove... perfectly high waisted, perfect cut at the ankle, not too tight not too baggy. 

 

Tell us about it and it’s journey with you?

I actually only got them pretty recently!! I’ve been looking for a pair like them for so long. I finally found them in a little vintage store, my brother bought them for me (because we were shopping together for Christmas presents). They’re absolutely perfect until I eat a whole lot and I have to do a sneaky undo of the fly under my shirt.

Do you believe denim is an everlasting friendship in you’re wardrobe?

I’m trying to become more and more sustainable and a big part of that is having clothing that you’ll want for life. Denim is such a strong material and lasts forever so it only makes sense to make sure you love it. So the answer is yes! 

What was you’re favourite part about working with Vale? 

I love Amber a lot and am very happy and lucky to call her my friend now, so I loved being able to work with you!! The photographer, Matt Godkin was also so lovely and we bonded over veganism - he’s actually coming to Melbourne soon and we’re shooting again, and getting some vegan food (Melbourne has so many good vegan restaurants). Vale seems to work only with kind and fun people. Also the denim is super soft and comfy, love being cosy during a shoot 

What was your favourite Vale item to wear?

A delicious forest green top and jeans from the new season coming out, I’m so looking forward for it to all come out. Such a good, full colour. 

What is you’re favourite tune to listen to when working? 

When I’m modelling what I like to listen to really depends on the vibe or character I’m trying to depict. I love when I get to be a little bit of a boss bitch (sorry for those who don’t love swearing). When I’m channeling that sort of mood, I love Monster by Kanye and Man by Skepta. 

What are you're goals over the next year?

I’ve deferred from my uni studies for the year, but I’ll be doing Global Studies so I can get into foreign aid. Until then I’m hoping to really give modelling a go. I’m going to stay in Sydney for a couple of months because there is lots of work there, and I just signed with Kult. I also want to keep working with Animal Liberation and other animal rights groups, and make some more art. 

What does it mean to you to be a Vale Girl?

I think classic denim cuts combined with rich, fresh colours mirrors girls and how we are more than skin deep, not simply what is expected from what first meets the eye. Being a vale girl is celebrating what makes you unique, as well as what makes us similar - girlhood is not a competition.