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Changes on Elgin Street


After a busy and unexpectedly special few weeks, Milly Sleeping on Elgin Street is now closed. Whole-hearted thanks to everybody who dropped in just as we hoped - to say goodbye and enjoy a last shop. Sorry to those who missed us ... A few garments and accessories are still available online, and will be housed in our back room for now. These will be available to try on during the trading hours of our next temporary venture ... A Millicent Select Secondhand pop-up. 

Yes ... If you've become a Millicent devotee, you no longer have to make a beeline for the back area... For three to four weeks, an exciting selection of secondhand pieces will be on display in our main showroom. It will be open this weekend:

Sat Feb 17 ... 10 - 5

Sun Feb 18 ... 12 - 4

... And the plan is to trade Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday (maintaining Milly's hours) in subsequent weeks until March 11.

After this time, Millicent will make a transition to a new space - to be announced later this month!


What next for 157 Elgin Street? We are currently exploring the possibility of making our beautiful space available for short-term rentals, ie. maintaining it as a potential pop-up space. If you or somebody you know may be interested in setting up in our well-located and accommodating site, please feel free to be in touch or pass on our details:

leah@millysleeping.com / 03 9347 1333

The space will particularly suit small-scale clothing and accessory labels or other artists/makers - and we are specifically looking to book four-week periods (or thereabouts) in the months to come (from late March through to September/October) - but all expressions of interest are very welcome.



Saying goodbye

*It is with some sense of separation anxiety that I write. The closure of Milly Sleeping at Elgin Street, after 12 years, is a big step. However, I also feel content that it is the right time for both Leah and I. From day one, I have been amazed at the talent, [...]

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Market Day

This Saturday, December 23, Milly will have another dimension - an exterior! We'll be on the street, in market style, with a special arrangement of wares: cards and books by Gracia and Louise, cards and bits by The Souvenir Society, candles and treats from Cottage Industry store, ceramics by Lucinda Kirkby, some market bags AND fresh flowers [...]

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'Unmatched' by Melanie Rice

A couple of weeks after the close of 'Unusual', we have new work bedecking our halls/walls - unique, hand-made earrings and necklaces by Melanie Rice. Melanie is an Australian jeweller who has been travelling for a few years now; she is currently based with her little family in Brussels (and is shortly bound to return). [...]

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An 'Unusual' tour

Banded Bodice by Alexi FreemanOrbs (necklace pair) by Elise SheehanSwish garments by Alexi Freeman'The Singing Rings' series - watercolour on paper by Katherine Bowman'At attention' (paper sculpture) by Jessilla Rogers (with subtle splash of 'It was a familiar pattern' by Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison)'Eye See You' by Vikki Kassioras'Versus' by Ivett Simon'Space Anemone' by [...]

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Group exhibition 'Unusual'.

I'm proud to announce that Milly Sleeping will shortly be hosting its first group exhibit in years ...Contributing artists were invited to make new works that somehow differ from their usual output. This presented much potential for experimentation... perhaps the use of a different material, a different technique, or the chance to work towards a [...]

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Introducing Ivi Made.

August already...This month's in-store treat is a display of new work by Ivett Simon or 'Ivi Made', as her label is called. Ivett makes leather bags and objects, almost entirely by hand (a very little machine stitching here and there). Her unique and lovely pieces are made exclusively from vegetable-tanned kangaroo leather, often hand-painted/treated by [...]

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Palette #2

Another quick snapshot of Milly's evolving colour palette... New pieces have continued to arrive in small but steady drops and the resulting range is very enticing, to say the least. Garments above are by Millicent select secondhand, Birgitta Helmersson, Elizabeth + Birgitta, Penny Sage, Chorus, Limb, Romance Was Born and *three* labels new to the store [...]

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At night : Sarah Watanabe

NIGHT was April's Insta theme - not exactly celebrating the end of daylight savings, but embracing the arrival of beautiful black and other midnight tones, the dark and decadent Queen of the Night collection by Romance Was Born, and lovely textured layers by Penny Sage and Monster Alphabets. I wondered vaguely about the routines of the people [...]

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Autumn palette

Quick snaps of new things to coincide with the previous post about COLOUR. We have Autumnal pieces in store from Birgitta Helmersson, Ella, LIMB, Lois Hazel, Monster Alphabets, Romance Was Born and Soot ... with more on its way.*Enquiries.

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