Islands in the stream. That is what we are.
Let’s be honest – there’s never a bad time to invoke a little Dolly Parton (give or take a Kenny Rodgers): today’s Ruby Assembly is going a little bit country. There’s good country and less-good country. Good country is the Dixie Chicks’ version of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, it’s denim shirts nipped in at the waist and artfully battered cowboy boots, it’s Jolene, the slow-burn noir of True Detective, anything Tex-Mex and Once Upon A Time in the West. Bad country is Keith Urban (he reminds me of a kind of tricolor-foil Pinocchio), dagwood dogs, rural backwaters full of rednecks and Lee-Ann Rimes. Also, assless chaps in any circumstances (unless we’re talking Mardi Gras) certainly belong in the bad country category.
Today’s Ruby Assembly blog features good country in the shape of my wonderful tunic from Denimsmith Brunswick East. Styled as a shirt in this photoshoot, the Talia Tunic from Denimsmith features elegant horn-look buttons along its fine, feminine sleeves and a proper collar ideal for buttoning against the winds of the north. You can look forward to another Ruby Assembly collaboration with Denimsmith soon: not only are they new clients of ours, they’re based in Brunswick East AND you’ll be pleased to know their jeans are entirely made there, too! Talk about locavore fashion. In an increasingly generic market where you’re never entirely sure about the provenance of your product, it’s good to wear clothes that represent the best of a suburb you’re proud to call your own. Find out more about Denimsmith here.

Wearing: Denimsmith Talia tunic, H&M skirt, Wittner suede shoes, Florabotanica by Balenciaga perfume.

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I’ve always had an affinity to country music: it’s folk music at its best. It’s not necessarily Americana either – as each culture has its keening songs of loves lost, the wisdom of maidens, mothers and crones and recollections of daily life that only grow sweeter with age. To hear some country and folk in our own backyard, check out the Melbourne Folk Club.