Luckily none of our gorgeous girls were allergic to bees as the hives were at peak activity during our Mila-East shoot at 8 Bales, our beautiful property just outside of Tyalgum in Northern NSW. 8 Bales is a certified honey producing property and we hope to be producing Australian jelly bush medicinal grade honey ( same properties as New Zealands Manuka honey) by the end of the year. Nestled in the Caldera ( the mouth of an extinct volcano) with Mount Warning standing guard the property is incredibly beautiful at any time of year. Trent Mitchell, who we were blessed to have as our photographer for the day, captured some amazing images with his drone when his camera wasn't focused on Jaz and Annabel. Trent has an impeccable portfolio as a photographer having won some of the biggest art prizes around for his images, including the Doug Moran prize for portraiture. He is an amazing talent and it was a delight to share 8 Bales with him and see it afresh through his eyes.
Our jackets are all hand finished in Australia - more often then not as we sit on the verandah of the cottage and enjoy the view while we work. We have brought aspects of this into the design with our bees incorporated into our logo and the bee charm with each unique jacket. Jaz and Annabel were like kids in a candy store as they poured over the patches. Even without the patches we think each jacket is a work of art, but the extra personalisation can really make it your own expression of style.
It was a hot day as we waited for the rainy season to start so a quick play down by our creek was a welcome break. Even our cows wondered over to have a look at the action. We think the finished product looks amazing and we are so happy to bring you this insight into 8 Bales where your Mila-East shacket was first thought of.