Tucked away in the eclectic streets of Newtown, Sydney, is a gorgeous little treasure filled store Made 590. Every inch of this bright store is piled high with fun and engaging homewares, toys, clothes and trinkets. It's very hard entering Made 590 and leaving again empty handed...
We asked owner Christina Kelly a little about what inspired her to open the store...
When did Made590 open and who started it?
Made590 opened in 2004 by myself, Christina Kelly.
What makes Made590 so unique?
Made590 is 100% independent, we focus on all things colourful, cute and crazy! Our in house clothing brand is all designed by us and created and manufactured in Sydney. We focus strongly on good quality fabrics sourced from anywhere and everywhere. Our home and gifts add to our selection of clothing. I always like to find products that aren't everywhere and that are well price pointed.
We are the Australian distributor for many of of our brands which means that we carry the biggest range of these brands in Australia, for example OMM from Sweden, Jane Jenni, PSikhouvanjou, Lapin & Me and Ryan Berkley!
What type of experience do you hope your customers will have in your store?
I strongly believe in good customer service, you can always count on being warmly greeted in store and expect a good chat, all the ladies at Made590 LOVE to talk! Prepare for a colour and visual explosion, many customers are happily overwhelmed by choice and colourful displays!
How do you go about finding all the wonderful things that fill Made590?
Oh the internet is a very good friend of mine! I find many brands that we source from overseas via blogs/websites/ hours of searching for a specific product! Locally, we are lucky enough for many amazing artists to approach us with their creations.
Markets such as The Finders Keepers Market are also a treasure trove of talented designers. Most recently Instagram has been a very big part of sourcing and connecting with new brands, being such a visual instant tool we are able to connect with such talented companies world wide.
Tell us something about Made590 that might surprise people?
I started Made590 when I was 23 with absolutely no 'technical' qualifications at all, I had worked in the industry since I was 18 and started my screen printing t-shirt company at the same time. I still screen print many products that we sell in Made590 today.
I think it is really important to offer products in store that you can't find anywhere else and that are created by me! In 2009 my partner Paul and I launched Made590 Wholesale where we are the Australian distributor for many great international brands and also ceramics that we design ourselves.
What does Made590 most often recommend as the perfect gift for kids?
I have realised over time that my taste is quite childlike which I embrace fully! Anything that you buy for a child I would be happy to receive for myself too! Anything from the adorable OMM design nesting dolls to the Jane Jenni plates are popular kids gifts.
Lapin & Me Woodland dolls are often purchased for the child but I know are really bought for the child at heart :) But hands down our most popular baby presents are our hand printed baby onesies that are only available in Made590 and are screen printed by myself weekly.
590 King St
+61 2 9550 1020