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New showroom at the Abbotsford Convent


It was actually *after* Janette and I had made the decision to close Milly Sleeping that I first became aware that tenants were being sought for the Abbotsford Convent's Sacred Heart Building - which was undergoing significant restoration for the first time (according to the Convent site, it's quite possibly not been in use since the 1970s). Although I can't say I really expected it all to fall into place, I suppose I recognised immediately the potential of the proposition to suit me very well: a space - in a beautiful and established arts/cultural/retail precinct - which could accommodate the continuation of some aspects of Milly Sleeping, while also enabling me to pursue more of my own creative work. I applied with the help of Janette and some dear friends, and count myself very lucky to have been granted just such a space. My transition from Elgin Street to Sacred Heart is pretty much complete (although the back and forth is ongoing, and I still keep ending up at one place while my spectacles linger at the other).

The address is:

Studio 4, Ground Floor, Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent
1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford

These are subject to change but my *trial* trading hours are:

Thurs/Fri/Sat - 9am to 3pm

I currently have 'in stock' an array of Millicent Select Secondhand pieces, plus some remaining Milly Sleeping sale items. If you would like to try on something particular that you've seen at this site, please be in touch in advance of your visit to ensure that it's at the Convent.

Down the track, my intention is to add this range with more handmade and/or locally-made pieces, including the couple of garments that Janette and I (mostly Janette) finally put into production last year. I'm also planning (eventually) to create a program of small events and exhibitions ... These will be promoted via my personal Insta account and my new website.

*This* trusty website will remain our primary online store - selling Millicent, Milly Sleeping sale stock and a small selection of in-house wares.

And, as mentioned previously, 157 Elgin Street will be active as pop-up space. I don't think we're far off announcing our first tenant or two, and are still accepting expressions of interest from local designers/makers/artisans.