Sunshine Symbol is the labour of love of Melbourne based designer Melissa Mikletic. The prevalent sources of inspiration behind the brand are Melissa's Grandmother and Mother. Three starkly different women bonded by a shared love of craftsmanship. Each piece you see is produced in Melbourne by one to two principal machinists.
Sunshine Symbol does not subscribe to traditional seasonal releases. It is our belief that the less we can put out & the longer we hold off until the pieces feel perfected the better for the industry & planet at large. There are big pregnant pauses between Sunshine Symbol releases.
We work predominantly with deadstock fabrics, chosen for their quality and beauty rather than their abundance. This means we are able to minimise our waste and our contribution to industry waste, by working with surplus fabrics and not producing our own.
We are personally attached to the notion of local production as we like to keep a close eye on things, meet our makers and have close working relationships with them. We are also conscious as to not over-produce, so we intentionally create small runs of each piece and top up based on demand. If we can't top up it means we have chosen a limited run fabric. We'd rather pieces sell out and are special to those who scored them, rather than keep a warehouse of extra stock.
Our intention is to work as thoughtfully and sustainably as we can. By slowing down the production process, we feel we can offer pieces that have been well considered so that they may be kept and enjoyed for years to come.