one off handknits



Susie Sedgwick - founder of Soleilo began her retail career 1980 designing and knitting 'one off' hand knits for those that appreciated them...later approached by Rob Paynter Knitwear to do a Commercial Range as the basis of his Collection...from there she opened Soleilo Boutique at 430 Hampton St Hampton which incorporated Rob Paynter Knitwear along with her coordinated range of limited edition screen printed fabrics and handpainted t-shirts, dresses, tops and paper panama hats...





close up original one off-  t-shirt
This continued on until the mid-nineties when Susie changed direction again supporting local Australian Knitwear Designers - Anne Lewis, Showroom, Loose Threads and the like....this led to another change and complete makeover of the store. The bright colours synonymous with handpainting were replaced with the black and white of 'Galerie Soleilo'...items from the Gallery were sourced from Indonesia and made to Susie's specifications along with ceramics and paintings created by Susie and other off garments and jewellery.
Indonesian Artefacts
Galerie Soleilo - the Store

New Store New Location

Galerie Soleilo continued on until 2006 when no more options were available on the property so another was found at 500 Hampton St...a good opportunity to do a new shopfront and redesign the store....with the help of my son, the Sparky, alias chippy,painter, decorator!!!
The biggest chang oif ll - Soleilo ventured into the worldof the Internet
The Soleilo Store - LOGO
thesoleilohouse_logo -' the adventure before dementia'

On Saturday the 31st May 2014 we closed the doors of the Retail store, packed our bags and went home.

Sad in one way but a new beginning... after 26 years.

Took my new dog - Min (above) - for a walk and stopped off at a local cafe for a leisurely coffee...I am quite enjoying not being restricted to retail hours and actually having the time to stop and talk without watching the clock...his is my first Saturday I haven't worked in years. I never minded getting up and going to work - each day was a new challenge and I always looked forward to whatever the day would bring.

Min was a great help with the move as was Peter - big day!
The new showroom has been set up at home for the next Pre Order - reused the shelving, desk etc - looks great.
Well it is a month now that I closed the shop...settling in quite well and making plans to sew a little collection to tempt you all...a limited edition range of 6-12 t shirts with that oriental feel.....sneak peek


THERE'S STILL TIME to receive your spectacular 80 page Paula Ryan summer catalogue packed with hot tips and Summer 2014/2015 trends from Paula.  – and remember we need your postal address to send your personal copy at no charge.

It is now 2 months since we closed the store in Hampton St...the Paula Ryan Summer 14 is arriving for the customers who Pre Ordered it in May this is looking really really gorgeous, ....can't show you any pics yet as the launch is on 8th's to a lovely warm and sunny summer!

Also I tidied up the 'fashion jewellery' page and created some fab discounts...have a peek by clicking on the photo above...