Aussie girls Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough are the duo behind footwear label Mara & Mine, whose new Autumn/Winter collection for 2013 is now at B_Space. Billabout caught up with the LA-based designers to find out more about their business and their lives in California.
The Presets are one of Australia's best live bands. They fucking rock. I first interviewed the duo in New York for Rolling Stone in 2008 and was lucky enough to film their live show that night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I've still never seen a New York crowd get as rowdy as they did that night. Go have some fun, tour dates and tickets here.
Annabelle Smith is a digital marketeer who, after residing in New York for two years, is setting up the Australian office of US-based agency, the Digital Brand Architects in Sydney. The 28-year-old Melbourne-born tells Billabout how she’s returning home with a new business in tow.
B_SPACE PRESENTS EVO Saving Ordinary Humans (And Nolitans!) From Themselves Come and meet EVO and see EVO'S Mr. Fantastic, Jules Tognini, hairdresser extraordinaire and EVO International Ambassador in Action
Phil Scanlan AM is the Consul General of Australia in New York. An established businessman and founder of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, he took up the position in 2009. Phil and his wife Julie sat down with Billabout’s Pete Maiden to discuss his role in promoting Australia in the U.S., his expatriate life and the unique Aussie spirit.
Writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire have been running their literary salons for three years in Australia, and have now decided to hit New York in the name of reviving the long lost art of correspondence. The Women of Letters tour has already played to packed audiences in Los Angeles and Austin as part of SXSW.
Australian writer, singer, and radio personality, Emma Swift gives Billabout a lesson in the best of Nashville and Americana music.
Wayne Blair, 41, is an Indigenous Australian writer, actor and director of the award winning film The Sapphires. A story about an all-female Aboriginal music group that entertains US troops in Vietnam in 1968. (Check out the trailer below). Billabout catches up with the talented Australian at the B_Space store in New York.
Georgia Hopkins is making her mark on the US via her sustainable "popupdownundercoffee" stall and serving a good old fashioned flat white and a Tim Tam or three.
Like most young writers and editors today, James Aviaz makes his living in the digital realm, but his affection for print has seen him shun Tumblr and Instagram and take the less conventional step of lovingly hand-crafting a paper zine. He is the founder and editor of "Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK," a printed collection of stories, illustrations and photos from contributors based in New York, Sydney and London.
Applications are now open for the fifth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, which provides an emerging Australian actor with the opportunity to further their career and training in the U.S.
Nicole Trunfio is a 26-year-old Australian model based in New York whose passions spread beyond fashion, to her jewelry line, Trunfio Jewels, and to music. Here she talks to Billabout's Pete Maiden.
Perth band Tame Impala kicked off their much-hyped North American tour last night with an incredible performance in New York at Terminal 5.
Elizabeth Corkery is a 26-year-old artist from Sydney who is completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca. Recently awarded the John Hartell Graduate Award for Excellence in Studio Practice, Elizabeth is also the dux of her class. Here she discusses how her art making has developed and studying in the States.
The Australian Open may have wrapped, but Aussies in the US are now getting revved up for more late-night TV viewing when the 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix kicks off in Melbourne next month. Billabout congratulates Aussie model Chelsea Scanlan, who has just been announced as the 2013 F1 Ambassador. The stunning Melburnian has close ties to America, being the daughter of Phil Scanlan, the Australian Consul General in New York, and Julie Singer Scanlan, one of the first female anchors for CNBC in New York.
Brilliant Melbourne duo Big Scary will put out their highly anticipated second album in 2013, and have just released a teaser for the album, called ‘Not Art,’ (above). The album was recorded and produced by Big Scary's Tom Iansek and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Tom Elmhirst (The Black Keys, Adele, Amy Winehouse) at Electric Lady Studios in New York.
Happy Australia Day, Mate! With so many Aussies living in New York City there are plenty of Australia Day activities going on across the city. You won’t be surprised that many of them involve a cold beer and a game of Two-Up. Here are some places to check out to get into the spirit:
Wayne Quilliam, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous photographers whose work includes striking portraits, ceremonial scenes and magnificent landscapes that showcase his homeland, has opened the 2013 exhibition calendar for the Australian Consulate-General in New York. Quilliam spends about eight months of every year capturing images in the outback, either Broome or the Kimberley, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales’ Indigenous Law Centre. He has won awards including NAIDOC Indigenous Artist of the Year, Business of the Year for the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council and the 2008 Human Rights Media Award. Billabout caught up with Quilliam a few nights ago at the launch of his latest American exhibition at the Consulate, where he explained why the show isn’t themed.
Emily started Meandher in 2010 in part because of her brothers endless quest for good men's shoes. Here she chats to Billabout about how men are judged by their shoes, studying the craft in Milan, her shoe idols and her plans to wear her own designs in 2013.
Five years ago Sydney girls Amelia and Katelyn met in California and in February 2012 set up Komai "a social business driven by creativity for a cause". Billabout caught up with the duo to talk about their future business plans which will create awareness to grass-root organisations.
Bruce Saunders, a retired Physics Teacher from Melbourne, bumped into Billabout's Pete Maiden on the street in Greenwich Village. Bruce was rocking a Dizabone and Akubra at the time, so because of his distinctive Aussie look we had to find out what the Aussie legend was doing in the neighbourhood.
Simon “Woody” Wood started Sneaker Freaker magazine 10 years ago and has turned it into a global success. Selling it in 41 countries, three languages and with offices in Melbourne, Moscow, Barcelona and Cologne, Germany. He educated Billabout ‘s Pete Maiden about the sneaker term “neck-snapping”, how the magazine was created, and some life tips.