Meet 'SHHORN', The Handcrafted Australian Atelier


Sydney-based studio SHHORN presents a craft mostly heard, but rarely seen in the fashion industry. Dreamt up in-house in their Surry Hills studio, each collection requires a labour-intensive process that draws fibre into fabric, and sculpts fabric into beautiful handmade garments.

For their first collection of 2018, SHHORN presents its largest and most ambitious collection yet, titled ‘MUSK’, showcasing the qualities the label has become well known for – handcrafted fabrics, audacious shapes and exquisite detailing. Accompanying the collection is a collaboration with artist and jewellery designer Riley Concannon, where efforts have been placed into precious metal conjunctions to the garments. As designer Sean Tran puts it, “these are not embellishments, but rather designed as inbuilt bones to the garments, serving both function and beauty.”

“We delved into the special alchemy of indigo dyeing,” says Tran. “…procuring a pigment fructose vat to colour felted merino wool and noil silk. Silk yarns sourced from Japan, carefully selected for their rich rust and grey hues, have been drawn into a rigid but softly textured fabric. Alpaca yarn, blended with merino, produced an exquisitely soft and airy weave. A Japanese coated black cotton yarn is woven into a strong sculptural fabric, and displays unexpected paper-like qualities.”

From fibre to finished garment, a single piece can take up to 30 hours to produce. In most cases, each process does not leave their atelier until it arrives in the wearer’s hands. Designer Sean Tran and fabric-maker Grace Wood employ laborious techniques such as manual loom weaving, hand felting and natural dying to ensure that every garment is made accordingly to SHHORN’s standards — made to outlast the wearer, entirely natural and supportive of small-scale specialist fabric harvesters internationally.

‘MUSK’, alongside SHHORN’s permanent collection, can be found on SHHORN’s webstore and in select retailers in the near future.

Written by Max Deleuil.