The Coronavirus has certainly taken a hit to all economies, especially independent fashion businesses. Scenic Rim clothing stores are urging customers to take a break from the city and spend a day in the country towns and spend some time shopping for smaller businesses.

Home to some of Australia’s greatest ethical brands lies Outland Denim headquartered at Tambourine Mountain, these effortless and sustainable denim jeans are worn by some of Hollywood’s most well-known names including Meghan Markle. Also located in the heart of Mt Tambourine is Mountain House Co., located at the entrance of a cellar door where award-winning wine and hearty food can be found. This homeware store is decked out with carefully selected pieces from global and local designers including those of Guabana-based bag and jewellery buyer, Fin and Ivy.

Heading south of Mt Tambourine you will find Holli Dolli, owned by horse and fashion-loving Holli Souvannavong. Her products are a mix of western, country, boho and gypsy. Also located in Canungra is My Country Escape, which stocks ethical and sustainable products such as the well-known brand Ecoya. Just a few doors down from this is The Shoe Vault curated by shopkeeper Nora Jones which features the latest colours and styles from Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Italy. 

Nearing Boonah Mad Natter Hats designed by Natalee Schelbach is another option for those wanting to shop ethically. These beautiful quality pieces are hand stitched and locally produced at Natalie’s farm by stunning Australian wool and felt.

Sewing with Wendy, although it’s not a store to purchase products from this sewing class in Boonah teaches the skills needed to make or re-patch some pre-loved garments. This is a great start to becoming ethical as it closes the loop in the fashion industry.

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