"I go on an inspiration trip once a year and try and find unique things," Lucy Folk explains from her (already) bustling Bondi beach boutique in Sydney. The interiors read like a mashup of a Santorini stone cave and the Western Australian Pink Salt lake with curving, blush-coloured walls, linen-lined ceilings and a deep aqua marine floor, replete with subtle layers of sand from the iconic beach across the road.
Inviting and warm with whimsical touches (her signature gold taco motif has been re-imagined into drawer handles) and luxe, raw-edged marble shelving, it's little wonder why the designer is stopped throughout our chat by curious customers wanting to know more.
With an aesthetic taste that has found favour with the world's most discerning - Beyonce wore her earrings every night she was on stage in Australia in 2014 and Suki Waterhouse commissioned a special piece for the Oscar's, for example - the curation of labels that she has carefully chosen to sit alongside her own collections are some of the world's best kept secrets. Here, she reveals the story behind her favourites.
What: Fashion label Isa Arfen.
Why: "She's super chic. And everything is finished to high end standards."
What: HNDWVN, a collection constructed out of artisanal, hand-loomed fabrics.
Where: Made in Marrakech, designed in Melbourne.
Why: "This is my resort-inspired clothing label. I wanted to bring in something that was of a superior quality that you couldn't find in Sydney."
What: Lucy Folk eyewear
Where: Designed in Australia, handmade in Italy.
Why: I work on these with a friend who also does the sunnies for "Chloe, Kenzo and Victoria Beckham."
What: Benoit Missolin
Where: Provence, France.
How: "We shared a showroom in Paris one season. He does all his manufacturing in France."
What: Santa Maria Novello body products.
Where: Florence, Italy.
Why: "This beauty product was started in the 13th century by monks - they used to make all the different products! It's one of those brands that have a huge cult following."
What: Lucy Folk 'Desert Hues' ear jacket.
Where: Vintage component sourced in Hong Kong.
Why: "That specific piece, I found in Hong Kong and they are composite stones - malachite, onyx, lapis, carnelian, agate and more. They were actually made for the King of Jordan as party favours for guests and I turned them into ear jackets."