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Meet Anastasia Tanuputri – Artist behind Design by Was.

Artist, modern calligrapher and content creator, Anastasia Tanuputri is the talent behind Design By Was.

 Through creating stunning personalised gift tags, prints and stationery, Anastasia’s signature style has made a mark in the creative industry and her work is definitely something to keep an eye out for!  

 As modern calligraphy is such a beautiful form of artistic expression, here at Sambag we just had to share Anastasia’s talent with you and find out more about the woman behind the work.  

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do? 

 I create lettering & modern calligraphy for marketing campaigns, small businesses and personal projects.

What is the inspiration behind your work? 

 Minimal art, people on the street & fashion.

What memorable responses have you had from your work? 

 The latest one was from a customer who postponed her camping trip, just so she could get some gift tags personalised by me.

What has been your favourite projects to work on? 

 The wall art on the sides of the escalator in Westfield Penrith. This is definitely at the top of the list, as I am afraid of height! Creating art whilst conquering my fears was very challenging.

Which pens, paper & tools are your favourite? 

 Brushes (synthetic & sable, depending on the look I want to achieve) and black indian ink. I also like canson paper for creating original artwork.

How has your style developed over the years? 

 When I first started, I didn’t have many different variations or styles. Now though, that I have been doing this for awhile, I have found my own style. I work each day on strengthening this unique style.

 When did your passion for letter writing, calligraphy begin? 

 After my second daughter started going to day-care, I found that I had more time to myself. I saw modern calligraphy on Instagram accounts I followed, and I fell in love straightaway. 

Come visit Anastasia at Sambag Woollahra, between 10-12pm, Friday the 15th of December personalising Christmas gift tags for that someone special as part of the Edgecliff rd, Christmas party.

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WOOLLAHRA
181c Edgecliff Road
Woollahra NSW 2025
T: 02 9389 0302

To see more of Anastasia’s work visit: @designbywas or http://www.designbywas.com/

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A chat with Wendy Small, founder of Napolitains Sydney.

Perfect for the upcoming festive season, Napolitian’s short bread are a delicious, “moreish” treat that’s sure to be a major hit at your next social engagement.

 Here at Sambag, we can’t help but indulge in the scrumptiously buttery Napolitians biscuits, so much so that we just had to meet the founder of these delicious treats. 

 Meet Wendy Small, founder of Napolitains Sydney.

Can you tell us the story behind Napolitains Sydney? How did you get started? 

 Napolitains is a popular traditional sweet from Mauritius. I was born in Mauritius and have loved Napolitains since I was a child. For over 10 years, I have made Napolitains for my family. For every celebrated occasion I made a batch of Napolitains as my contribution to the family feast! With the help of social media and a modest website, I decided to launch the product into the Sydney market. It was not available commercially at the time, I saw an opportunity and officially launched it on Valentine’s day 2015. 

 What inspired you to make such yummy treats? 

 Napolitains have been a popular sweet in Mauritius for centuries. Australians love a biscuit or two with a nice cup of tea, so I thought it was time to share Napolitains with Australia!

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 How do your Napolitains taste so amazing? Any secret ingredients, you can reveal? 

 The secret ingredient is love, as any home cook will tell you that our emotions are expressed through cooking. If I’m in a bad mood, I will never bake! I am also very lucky to have the best ingredients from local farmers. The flour, sugar, butter, almond meal and quince jelly are all made here in Australia. A great recipe is only as good as the quality of the ingredients. Fresh is best and I am very grateful to the farmers of Australia. 

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 Why choose short bread biscuits? 

 The recipe is mainly butter and flour. So by default, it’s part of the shortbread family of biscuits. 

 Any tips for us at home-bakers out there? 

 Bake when you are happy or wanting to please someone else. Don’t worry too much about the presentation. Less is more.  It’s the taste that counts! 

 How can we get our hands on your yummy Napolitains shortbread biscuits? 

 You can visit my website www.napolitains.com.au or for 1:1 service private message me via Instagram @napolitains_sydney, on Facebook @napolitains.sydney or email wendysmall@napolitains.com.au

 Come celebrate with us! Pop into Sambag Woollahra store, Thursday the 14th to try Wendy’s Napolitians biscuits as part of the Edgecliff Rd Christmas party celebrations. 

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WOOLLAHRA
181c Edgecliff Road
Woollahra NSW 2025
T: 02 9389 0302

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Meet our newest arrivals.

Every woman needs that shoe. You know the one. That entrance-making, jaw-dropping, stand-up-and-notice-me shoe. 

 This summer is the season of statement pieces. If you’re on the hunt for that “wow” shoe that’ll be sure to stop people in their tracks, look no further than our brand new studded sandals; Quinn and Naomi.

 New designs to the Sambag range, both shoes feature edgy stud detailing, navy leather throughout & dazzling gold hardware.

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Thinking of revamping your summer look? Here’s the best styles that’ll cover all your warm-weather pieces:

Make a statement with Brooke;

A classic wedge is a must-have for the summer season and especially for festive outdoor events during the Christmas period. 

Brooke will definitely re-vamp an old summer look you wish to bring back to life. Comfortable enough to become your go-to-heel, Brooke appears in two neutral colour-ways (navy & stone).

Brooke will definitely turn heads and be that piece everyone will ask you about. 

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Say hello to Joan;

Timeless & classic, the Joan silk maxi skirt is a one of kind. With it’s lustrous, silk pleats the Joan maxi is a style that can be accessorised with almost any top, from a basic t-shirt to a silk blouse, Joan will be that go-to skirt for all functions. A versatile style piece, which will give your wardrobe the re-vamp it is looking for. 

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A Sambag favourite;

A tried & tested favourite this season, the Heidi fish braid sandal will be sure to give your wardrobe the re-vamp it needs. 

Pair with your favourite denim pieces, light weight summer dresses, flowy maxi skirts – really, the options are endless. The perfect beach to bar accessory.  

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Come behind the scenes with Sambag.

This month, we’re showcasing the best of summer, on-trend shoe-wear. From comfortable heels (who knew that was possible?!) to dazzling, glittering sandals, Sambag has a style which will suit all your warm-weather needs!

With the stunning McKell park as our latest photoshoot’s backdrop, our summer pieces shined just as brightly as the sparkling Sydney sun above! The harbour side park was the perfect setting to emphasise our latest collection’s versatile styles – a picturesque summer setting, indeed!

Check out all Bts shots of our recent shoot: 

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Model wears the Denni heel coming to stores soon. 
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Model wears the Brooke wedge in stone, navy now available.  
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Model wears the Naomi platform coming to stores soon, featured with the Joan silk maxi skirt
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Model wears the Justine heel coming to stores soon, worn with Sam & Lavi Marion top & Emma skirt. 

 

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The perfect festive season dress.

It’s the most wonderful time of year! It’s also the most photographed time of year – which is why it’s important to make sure you’re looking your very best in a festive dress!

 Everyone celebrates the holiday season differently. Whether you’re putting on a mammoth spread to impress the in-laws, visiting an exclusive (as in, booked out months prior) restaurant or spending a quiet, yet intimate, day with loved ones – this special time of year deserves a special outfit. From glamorous to relaxed, Sambag has the perfect dress to fit-in with your holiday plans.  

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 If you’re looking for a show-stopper, then you needn’t look further than Coco Ribbon’s Lucia Silk Bejewelled Dress in Navy and Black. With gorgeous, floating layers of silk pleats and hand-beaded embellishments, Lucia’s an exquisite dress that’ll definitely leave a lasting impression. Take the worry out of finding accompanying jewellery, as the silver detailing on the neckline is eye-catching enough – just slip on with a pair of Tina Ballet’s and your Christmas day outfit is set!

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Sam & Lavi’s Rose Parachutey Dress is a wrap-dress that oozes sophistication. If you’re wanting to look good with minimal effort (and really, isn’t that every modern woman’s goal?), then we seriously recommend investing into this stunning piece. With an edgy Tigress print, you’re just bound to inspire a bout of outfit-envy. Just a simple twist and you’re out the door!

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If you’re all about the understated, elegant look, then the Phillipa Silk Slip Dress in Black is the perfect option for you. With a comfortable fit, this is a dress you can really unwind in. Take it easy and relax in Phillipa – although, depending on where the holiday season takes you, you can always dress this simple piece up with the right shoes and accessories.

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The statement piece.

Clothes are designed to say everything you need them to, before you even open your mouth. Nobody wants to blend into the background; every woman should possess that statement piece that causes a collective gasp or fashion-envy.  This season, Sambag has come to your rescue – as we’ve introduced an array of “jaw dropping” pieces into our stores & online.

Bedazzled tops, outrageous prints and decorative sandals are just a few of our favourites.

Check out our top picks below!

A sparkly dream:

 There’s no doubt about it, the Lucia dress commands attention. It’s the party dress to end all other party dresses – as it’s absolutely perfect for race day or an up & coming Christmas event!

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 Think Print!

 Florals are a timeless warm weather print. Everything is coming back to life and colours are all around us… why not reflect that vibrancy in your wardrobe? The Lady Luck dress by Coco Ribbon is pretty personified. With the garment’s drop-waist style, this dress is also the embodiment of comfort, too!

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If a vibrant dress is your cup of tea, our skirt options will be your flute of champagne! The Agatha Parachutey Skirt in Heirloom simply calls for a cocktail party.

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 Let’s talk shoes!

Wrap me up!

 If you’re on the hunt for something unique, the Nora sandal is a style you’re not likely to see anywhere other than at Sambag! Featuring a dreamy, diamante detailing on the straps, these will give your feet an extra sparkle! Combined with the fun and quirky way the spiral strap wraps up your calf, Nora is best teamed with your favourite mini-dress for the ultimate summer glam look.

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Colour pop! 

Classic, timeless, elegant; the Tina is a tried-and-tested Sambag staple. It’s our favourite go-to shoe – Tina suits every occasion. This summer season, we’ve designed the Tina to appear in a feminine pink colour-way.

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Visit our website or pop into your nearest Sambag store to shop the collection.

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