The New Face of Miskonduct Klothing

The New Face of Miskonduct Klothing

I’m sure many of you have already heard the big news. Emma has hung up her petticoats and retired from the “rag trade” and Miskonduct Klothing has a new #girlboss

Introducing me – Alice – the new owner of Miskonduct Klothing. I’m so excited to be taking the reins here at Miskonduct HQ and I can’t wait to share this journey with all you wonderfully loyal Miskonduct supporters. But first, I wanted to share with you a little bit about me and why Miskonduct Klothing is a dream come true!

I’ve always had “a thing” for beautiful, yet unique clothing; I can’t ever remember a time when I wanted to fit in. Ask my Mum, and she’ll tell you plenty of tales of self-styled Alice from the age of 2! (Apparently I had a thing for miss-matched socks. Dad was not a fan!) My journey into vintage inspired fashion happened a little bit by accident, and certainly many years after my miss-matched socks stage. Really, I have my love of jewellery design and making to thank for my discovery of mid-century fashion.

It’s been a rare time in my life when I haven’t had a creative outlet of some sort, be that making clothes for my new baby (back when he was new – he’s 17 now!), various painting projects, learning how to découpage, knit, play the guitar, you name it I’ve probably decided at one stage or another to teach myself how! When I finally decided I was going to learn to make jewellery I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with it!

Over the years I’ve developed my own jewellery style, improving my skills all the time. I seemed to gravitate towards what I now know to be the rockabilly culture so cherries, dice, skulls, anything a little bit off-beat and a whole lot cool caught my attention. People started asking me to make things for them, and then they wanted to pay me for my work – what?! My little hobby slowly evolved into a business! While this was happening I was also immersing myself into the rockabilly and vintage scene, quickly falling in love with the fashion, the music, and the amazing people that make up this vibrant community. Big dresses, big hair, big bling – what’s not to love, right?!

I created my brand, Bobby Trouble, a handmade jewellery and accessories label that I’ve devoted the last 5 years of my life to. Some of you might even know me from events such as Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival, Greazefest or Chromefest. I’ve met some wonderful people through Bobby Trouble, both clients and colleagues. Many of whom I am grateful to call my friends.

(photo credit: Edwina Richards - Renew Newcastle)

About a year ago I embarked on a venture with one such friend, Lesley of Lesley’s Little Shop. We created a collaborative brand called The Pinup Parlour and setup shop in Hunter Street Mall. After about a year of trading out of a friend’s shop we had the opportunity to move into The Emporium and create our very own shop space! Newcastle people will be familiar with what The Emporium is, but for those who aren’t The Emporium is a retail space through Renew Newcastle. A project that works with landlords of empty commercial space and local Creatives to activate empty space in the short-term allowing creative people a work and/or retail space and giving landlords surety that their investment is being looked after while they find the next commercial tenant. It’s a win-win situation in many ways and one we were excited to jump on board with!

(photo credit: Edwina Richards - Renew Newcastle)

The Emporium was a beautiful space for our shop. Located in the historical David Jones building at the entrance to Hunter Street Mall, we had great exposure and were in a great position to share our unique, limited edition creations with the locals. Alas, the building sold and the new landlords were not as understanding of the Renew Newcastle model as our former landlords had been. Within 3 months of moving The Pinup Parlour to The Emporium the whole retail operation was shut down. Needless to say, we were devastated but tried to focus on the positive and find a new location. The old adage “when one door closes, another one opens” was uttered several times! Never in a million years could I have guessed how very true this saying would become!

One night, while trawling the web for a new retail shopfront I allowed myself a short break to check my Facebook (you know, when you’re completely over what you’re doing and pretend you’ll just “quickly check” Facebook, to find yourself an hour later still flicking through your feed? Yeah, that!) Lo and behold, a post from Miskonduct Klothing – the icon of Newcastle vintage fashion – pops up in my feed. Emma is selling her business!! Whaaaaaaat?!!! Why? How? Hang on a minute. I’m looking for a shopfront for my vintage fashion business. This is perfect!!

I quickly contacted Emma and she told me she’d call the next day. Being a woman of her word, she did and we hit it off almost instantly. Emma needed to sell, but wanted her business baby to go to someone who would love it and nurture it as much as she had. I needed a home for my mini-business, and wanted to achieve similar outcomes to that which Emma had hoped for Miskonduct. Could the two possibly go hand in hand? Heck yeah they could!

Boring business bits happened, like things solicitors and accountants do for loads of money so you don’t have to do the boring business bits (money well spent, in my humble opinion!) and here we are, saying farewell to Emma and hello me!

Miskonduct Klothing is a fabulous brand that embraces vintage fashion for all shapes and sizes. Emma has curated a stunning collection of clothing suitable for special events to be worn by special women. I love what Emma has created and can guarantee that the service and selection you have come to expect from Miskonduct Klothing will stay.  


We’re going to take everything you love about Miskonduct and turn it into an empire of awesome. Based on the foundations of vintage inspired fashion for every body that Emma has devoted seven years of her life to creating, Miskonduct Klothing is ready to jump to the next phase with more variety of styles available in store, a host of styling classes from winged eyeliner for beginners to advanced vintage hair styling, an improved online shopping experience and loads more face-to-face time at events around Australia – and that’s just in our first year!


With my handmade background and passion for unique and slightly quirky styling I plan on incorporating a whole new concept into the Miskonduct Klothing brand allowing you to shop for both special occasion and everyday wear, classic vintage styling and quirky post-modern pinup style. Whether it be a look Audrey Hepburn would love, or something Cherry Dollface would be right at home in you’ll find something to suit whatever mood you’re in (because let’s face it, when it comes to expressing your unique self through fashion it’s all about what you feel like wearing, isn’t it?)


                   Vintage-Inspired Style                                   Post Modern Pinup

I hope sharing a bit of my story has given you some insight into what makes me tick. I look forward to getting to know you all either in store in our beautiful boutique on Newcastle’s historic Hunter Street, or as part of our vast online community – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and through our website blog. If you haven’t already, sign up to our email list or join us by clicking on the social media links. I’d love to hear from you, so please drop me a line any time, or just say hi & tell me what you love about Miskonduct in the comments below. Stay tuned for the next blog post in which I’m going to share with you my style icons and how they’ve influenced not only my fashion choices, but my lifestyle choices too.


‘til next time!

Alice X

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Vintage Boutique Experience

Vintage style of the 1940s and 50s is now appearing amongst our fashion of today and becoming more popular, thanks to celebrities and current fashion trends. 


There was something very special about the way women presented themselves during the 1940's and 1950's. Women of those days were elegant, well presented and feminine. They had a very refined, put together look. 

The accompanying style of ladies hair and makeup always matched their outfit. Well groomed perfection was achieved with porcelain skin, bright red lipstick, and strong arched, yet well defined eyebrows.


We can now re-create these looks. There are many books, information on the internet and also an abundance of Youtube tutorials, offering step by step instructions on how to do your own hair and make-up. 


For the past 3 years MisKonduct Klothing has offered a styling service to their wonderful customers. Many hair and makeup workshops have been held to teach you the basics so you can recreate these styles for yourself at home.  

Whether you wish to look the part with victory rolls and pincurls, or waves and hairflowers, we are here to help you. To perfect those perfect wings and of course that sultry red pout. 


Classes are held on a Sunday afternoon and set into 2 parts, of course always with a glass of bubbles in hand (not me of course, thats not until afterwards). I like to take you through some basic hair styles helping you along the way. Showing you how you can easily achieve a basic pinup or vintage style for an everyday look.

After this we break for a bit, have some more bubbles and nibbles and lots of giggles, and the best part shopping! Who doesn't love to shop with their girlfriends. Especially when you have the boutique to yourself. 


For the second part it is makeup. Here I shall take you through the basics of an everyday 40s makeup. Yes we even go through the tips for the dreaded winged eyeliner. Everyone is always worried about this part. But really, every single person always leaves with perfect wings, and that sexy red pout. 


So whether you grab some girlfriends and come along have fun and giggles, leave looking spectacular then go out for dinner. Or come on your own, (we always look after you) you will be sure to leave having a fabulous time and making new friends with other like minded ladies.


For the rest of the year we have a few dates set aside ready for our next series of workshops. 

The next one shall be held on the 23rd August at 2.30pm. More details shall be posted on both Miskonduct Klothing and Style by Divine facebook and Instagram pages in the coming days. 

The other 2 shall be October 18th and December 6th (both to be confirmed). 

If you have been thinking about doing one of our workshops, please get in contact. Places are limited and always fill fast. You can either contact me via this page on any of my contact details or email or ring the shop on 49613909. 


 We hope to see you soon! xxx

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Brooches, a necessary accessory.

Brooches, a necessary accessory. Brooches are not worn as often today, but in the 1940s they were a necessary accessory for any outfit. Worn on a suit lapel, blouse or dress. Generally they were bright and colourful; this was of course to brighten up a dull drab outfit, as coloured fabric wasn’t as readily available then. Popular shapes were flowers or animals, and made of just about anything, such as plastics, Lucite or rhinestones for evening wear.

Literally anything that could be pinned on, was. I am fortunate enough to have been given originals, my mother’s that she wore in the 50s and even luckier to have my Nannas from the 30s. But I do have my fair share of quirky reproduction as well. These I wear on a daily basis, on scarves, blouses and have even pinned onto jumpers or my overalls. Occasionally I have pinned them into my hair.

Today brooches are starting to make a comeback, even in some of the mainstream shops. At MisKonduct we have  a quite a large range to choose from. The vintage reproduction range is made from coloured rhinestones, they are quite popular and authentic looking as well.

Some of these are able to be doubled as hair clips or added to a chain for a necklace. The coloured crystals give them that true vintage feel, some of the brooches are almost an authentic replica of marcasite or aurora borealis There is also the quirky Erstwilder collection. These are very popular for all age groups.

They are fun and colourful and are lovingly designed in Australia. Made from a resin, hand assembled and hand painted. Inspiration is taken from the vintage, retro, rockabilly and pinup scenes. Some of the ranges are limited edition, making them a collector’s piece. At an average price of $30 they are a perfect added accessory or even gift idea.

Find our collection of brooches here ....>




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