From the bush to your wardrobe
I’m Heidi Castleden - Maker, Mama, Wife and founder of Castleden Co.
Creating and making has long been an integral part of my life. As a child I’d so often fall asleep to the sound of the sewing machine, only to wake up and see the dress I’d envisaged when Mum had let me choose the fabric and pattern just days before—pure magic to a little girl.
It’s this same magic Castleden Co works to recreate for all women, feel good, quality clothing & accessories you will love and wear.
Since 2014 Castleden Co has grown into a small collective of craftswomen that relies on an extended team of supporters. Along with our all important customers and stockists, we have a wonderful community of family and friends who make it all possible.
I am so thankful to each and every one of these individuals and we welcome you to join the fun as Castleden Co continues to create moments of magic.
•Gentle on the planet • Gentle on ourselves • Gentle on each other •
2020/21 has been one heck of a time for so many on so many levels, and many of us have endured more than our share in the years leading up to this unprecedented time.
We have all felt the effects of drought, fires, isolation, economic uncertainty and the generalised anxiety associated with wider world events.
We are becoming more and more aware of our impact on the earth, our excessive creation of waste and just how disposable society has become.
We all need a break, whether physical, mental, emotional or all three, and our planet needs us to give it a break too.
Go Gently entreats us to consider our choices and how we can all be a little more gentle on our fragile environment and kinder to ourselves and those around us.
$10 from every sale goes directly to The Wired Lab
•100% combed cotton 150GSM
•Preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Every single Castleden Co piece is 100% designed, cut, stitched and finished in country NSW. Our clothes are not just made to look great, but to be wearable, comfortable, make you feel good, and most importantly: to last. Care for your beautiful handmade clothing and it will serve you well.
Because we only ever make a handful of each design, and with a slightly different part of the print revealed in each garment, you’ll know that whatever you wear from us is entirely unique.
There’s no giant factory, no labour outsourcing or mass-produced-fast-fashion about any of our handmade pieces. When we do need to turn to third parties we do our utmost to use local and small suppliers—because without small business, things get really boring.
The vast majority of our fabrics are exclusively designed in Australia for Castleden Co. Where pre-produced fabric is used, we will source it as locally as possible or ideally use ‘deadstock’ - that’s fabrics left over from large producers, saving it being sent to landfill. This also means that high quality fabrics like silk, wool and cashmere are more affordable—if we get it cheaper, so do you.
There are often little surprises in Castleden Co clothes, such as a piece of vintage silk for pocket lining, or buttons from our cache of vintage deadstock gems. Not only are they beautiful, they reduce waste and help us tread just a little lighter on this fragile earth.