Christmas will always be a happy time of giving and sharing, but this Christmas Carrol Boyes are encouraging shoppers to gift thoughtfully. In a society labelled the 'waste generation', Carrol Boyes are flipping the shopping mentality, reminding people to spend money on higher quality gifts. They suggest opting for timeless functionality and purpose instead of feeding the short lived pleasure of inexpensive and low quality purchases that add to the growing wastage in Australia.
Fast fashion in particular has been a topic of hot conversation over the last few years, but perhaps one that will soon be on everyone's radar is "fast homeware". Currently 41% of used and unwanted clothes are thrown away instead of being recycled and of this, significantly more millennials than baby boomers are guilty, according to a 2017 study by YouGov . So how will these shopping habits transfer into the homeware industry as millennials begin to move out of home? With fast homeware goods readily available in department stores such as Kmart and Big W there is cause for concern.
Challenging a society that has become accustomed to purchasing cheap and disposable goods, renowned South African artist and designer Carrol Boyes is minimising her environmental footprint by injecting sustainability, quality and endless functionality into Carrol Boyes product designs. Each item in the range is meticulously designed and hand-crafted in a variety of lead-free pewter, fully recyclable stainless steel and food-safe aluminium designed to deliver decades of enjoyment.
"I try to create items that are accessible to most people, rather than just an elite few," says Carrol. "I've always aimed to combine sculpture with functionality. It's easier for people to justify buying an expensive object that they have fallen in love with if they have a practical use for it."
The Carrol Boyes brand prides itself on the fact its products are not mass-produced in large and crowded warehouses, but remain largely handmade.
"To this day almost all the pieces in my collection are still handmade," says Carrol. "You would be amazed at how many pairs of hands can go in to the making of just one piece. Every person that touches it puts a little bit of their own soul into that piece and no matter how alike they look, no two pieces can ever be exactly the same."
The stand out Christmas gifts that will keep on giving this festive season include the Mandarin Dish - Men at Work -perfect for Christmas centrepiece arrangements, the Recipe Book Stand - What's Cooking - for the celebrated Christmas family favourites and the 'Aura' Coupe Glass Set to serve the finest bubbly or desserts. For something smaller, opt for the stylish Bottle Stopper -At Rest – the perfect gift for a home bar.
Whether you prefer to dodge the Christmas crowds and shop online or love the physical Christmas shopping season hype, Carrol Boyes have made all the Christmas best sellers available both online and in David Jones stores, the flagship outlet for the range in Australia.
From the 7th of December to the 21st of December, Carrol Boyes will also be giving away a $50 David Jones voucher with every Carrol Boyes purchase made from David Jones valued at $200 or more.
The Carrol Boyes range is available in David Jones and online. RRP starts from $35.
For more information, visit www.carrolboyes.com.