My inactivity on my blog is nowhere near indicative of inactivity in my personal life, just so you know! Only recently was I invited to the grand opening of Sambag in Wintergarten, and it was quite a fun little affair.
This store is semi-new to the market, with owner Sam Wagner waltzing onto the fashion scene with her first store in 2005, located in Sydney. From what started as a modest little collection of bags sold at the local Paddington markets, her brand has now expanded exponentially, with stores across Australia (NSW, VIC, and QLD) and now one in Hong Kong. She currently sells a variety of high-quality goods, from handbags to shoes to clothing, swimwear, and children’s wear.
Of course I have to admit my main interests lie amid the shoes. I simply adore these high-cut structured leather ballet flats (so sick of toe cleavage and side spillage from cheap flats)! However, I’ll spare you the million photos I took of those and instead lead you through the rest of the store, starting with a photo of the lovely owner, Sam Wagner:
A quick rundown of my outfit:
- Cobalt Scalloped Hem Dress – Boohoo, $19
- Gold Bow Patent Belt – Forever New, $10
- Black Patent D’Orsay Heels – AliExpress, $25 (I love these shoes! These are my official dancing shoes, but they go so well with everything I might buy another pair..)
I feel a little naked without my accessories! I was going to dress up better but I was in a huge hurry to get there after work.. next time, I will make sure I plan my outfit in advance. I felt a touch under-dressed in comparison to the other guests and standing next to the beautiful garments that littered the walls at Sambag. Such stunning pieces they were, too.
During this event, I also got to rub elbows with some other Brisbane fashion bloggers, including Melati from WonderMika.com and Birdette from BoughtByBirdette.com. Everyone looked pretty fabulous on the night.
Another fabulous person who was seen there was my guest, Daniel, who specially dressed up for this occasion and took some photos with me. Apparently our photo is displayed in the Brisbane Times somewhere..
During the night, Sam took us through the history of her brand and her ring-to-riches story (she sold her engagement ring to start up her first store–now that’s what I call an investment!) and where Sambag is headed next. If you want to find out more, you should stop by her store at Wintergarten or visit her website. The sky is the limit for this Aussie-made designer, and she’ll soon be expanding to other stores around Australia as well.
A little perk of the night that I just had to mention was the take-home gift that was offered to us by Sam–a pair of clear-framed sunglasses that were hand-made in Croatia for Sambag! How’s that for a coincidence (for those who know about my family’s heritage, anyways)? These will definitely be getting some wear over the Summer.