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Albus Lumen: A label for wandering women

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Albus Lumen: A label for wandering women

It’s a rare feeling for clothing to make you feel nostalgic for a place you have never been. Being able to feel a collection in our hands, try it on and instantly be transported to the very location it drew inspiration from and was shot against. That’s Albus Lumen.

When translated from Latin, Albus Lumen means white light, symbolic of the very essence that underpins the Sydney-based label’s entire design ethos. Easy, uncomplicated garments constructed with premium fabrics that are designed to simply make you feel good.

In just five short years, the design house has evolved from a local luxury resort wear label to a 2019 finalist in the International Woolmark Prize. The face behind the brand, is Creative Director Marina Afonina. Born into a family of Russian artists, Afonina moved from St. Petersburg to Sydney at the age of 17. The Creative Director first cut her teeth on the fashion industry as an intern for Harper’s Bazaar at age 25, ascending swiftly to the magazine’s fashion editor in just six years. An unwavering determination and meticulous eye for detail saw Afonina become one of the most sought-after stylists within the Australian icon community, dressing the likes of Lara Worthington and Elle Macpherson.

Inspired by her own travels and a perceived gap in her wardrobe for effortless, high quality resort wear, Afonina founded Albus Lumen in 2015, debuting her namesake label at Sydney Fashion Week just six months later. Built on the premise on comfortability, Albus Lumen garments are designed and produced locally from linen, cotton and breathable merino.

It's a rare feeling for clothing to make you feel nostalgic for a place you have never been.

Debuting at Harrolds with Resort 2020, the collection, titled “OCTO”, was shot against the dreamy countryside of Peru and follows the journey of the nomadic woman as she explores the shallow salt lakes in Maras. OCTO features a muted colour palette of pistachio, dusty pink and sky blue, making it an easy addition to wardrobe essentials. Soft polos, draping dresses and relaxed tailoring¬† are all integral to the collection.

As one of the finalists for the International Woolmark Prize, Albus Lumen also worked in collaboration with Australian wool-grower Anlaby Station to produce breathable, odour and wrinkle resistant garments from merino wool, making it ideal for travel. The accessories were produced, in part with local milliner Helen Kaminski who produced bottle green hats and fringing bags from raffia.

Discover Albus Lumen Resort 2020 “OCTO” in all Harrolds flagships now.

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