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.
The Bird Life Story.
In 2019, our fabric designer Katherine took her family on an incredible trip, driving through Australia's stunning Red Centre. It was on this trip that her son Ben, 6 at the time, and a natural artist like his Mum, was inspired by the many birds, particularly parrots, they were seeing.
Ben created the most beautiful watercolordrawings, recreating the color and movement that captured his imagination.
Katherine showed me some of Ben's drawings and immediately I knew they were something special and I was looking at the beginnings of our next print collaboration.
Takingcues from his original picture, and under his watchful eye, Katherine expandedon his drawings, adding interpretations of iconic native flora such as the Sturt Desert Pea, Mondurup Bells, Wax Flower and Wattle along with Kingfishers and Boorowa's revered Superb Parrot to create a visually stunning print.
I have designed the garments in this collection to reflect the essence of color, movement and vivacity of the unique Australian wildlife represented in the print.
As with everything, we have been held up with current events and restrictions and look forward to sharing the full range over the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy the pieces we have created using this very special print, it's wearable art we hope you will treasure as much as we do.
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.