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Meet | Tamara Leacock, REMUSE

We’re catching up with a handful of members from across our industry community to see how they’re navigating these unprecedented times. Meet, Tamara Leacock, Designer and Director of REMUSE.

by The AFC

27 August 2020

AFC | Covid-19 Industry Profile Series

We’re catching up with a handful of members from across our industry community to see how they’re navigating these unprecedented times. Meet Tamara Leacock, Designer and Director of REMUSE.

One of our AFC Curated alumni labels, you may already be familiar with the Melbourne based designer’s work, known for her use of natural and recycled materials, artisan techniques, Afro-futurist aesthetics and a fluid exploration of colour and mood...



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Tamara Leacock

, REMUSE

Designer & Director

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What are some of the key challenges that you in your business, AND others in your industry community are facing around COVID-19? How are you navigating these?

We as independent fashion businesses have to be adaptable more than ever, as fashion is transitioning from desire to necessity, so will our designs and offerings. Particularly as we find ourselves in Stage 4, where all clothing manufacturing that is beyond PPE and cloth mask production is put on hold, I find it is now the time to delve deeper into how we can serve our community.

Fashion businesses now I believe must transition from externalised creative visions to responsive community care. I am still exploring and testing out my capacity to help as a brand in this way. Currently that is a focus on ethical mask designs that evolve with customer feedback .


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“An opportunity that I see is a focus on community, and in that, a widespread effort to dismantle structural inequality and contemporary colonial mechanisms.”

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What are some of the opportunities for our industry that you see coming out of this crisis?

An opportunity that I see is a focus on community, and in that, a widespread effort to dismantle structural inequality and contemporary colonial mechanisms.

A push for all businesses to use their capabilities and resources to authentically build a better world.

We all started businesses to solve a problem, how can we solve it in a sustainable way supportive of people, the planet and profits and mindful redistribution of our privileges.


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We've had the privilege of collaborating with the most talented artists and find that while we remain physically distanced, our social pages can serve as active collections of an incredibly gifted artist community we have here.”

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How will you be passing the time during social distancing?

We've been sharing pre-ISO collaborations with some inspiring and community uplifting musicians who are now releasing the work to the public. Such collaborations keep us focused and connected in a better world we hope to contribute towards. Be sure to follow the photography and curatorial vision of Atong Atem and music vision of @thereal_pookie (with whom I had the honour of collaborating with on this shoot at the wonderful space AfterDark3065) alongside all of the incredible artists we've had the privilege of collaborating with over the years in imagery, shows and all forms of collaboration.

We find that while we remain physically distanced, our social pages can serve as active collections of an incredibly gifted artist community we have here. So many artists to name but many are featured on our page. Please explore their work and support.

We have been listening to podcasts and interviews from our favourites in ethical fashion - Dominique Drakeford (@melaninass @sustainablebk), Clare Press (@mrspress), Kestrel Jenkins (@consciouschatter), alongside must see documentary, What Happened Ms. Nina Simone? 


WANT more?

Now is a great time to support our emerging labels. Follow Tamara’s story on Instagram at @REMUSEdesigns and shop the Remuse collection below.

Image of Tamara Leacock by Photographer Jess Brohier

Solstice Eucalypto Collection Images of by Photographer: Atong Atem @atongatem, Model /HMUA: Pookie @thereal_pookie


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