ES Sessions - Gin

We are excited to introduce you to our third ES Sessions artist, GIN
I was introduced to Gin by another artist and I was not disappointed! As soon as I reached out to her I was met with such a lovely and open person. She loved the idea of our ES Sessions and couldn't wait to jump on board which was so exciting. Gin is without a doubt a kick ass rock chick! and is a crowd favorite in the local gig scene. Her voice was as soft as it was fierce as she performed two covers for us during her set. the first was a moody style cover of 'Dont Look Back in Anger' by Oasis, which left me in awe!

The second was 'One Hand in My Pocket' by Alanis Morissette
which is an all time favorite song of mine as it reminds me of my mother, she would sing it loud and proud and always told us that this song will be her funeral song! So to be able to hear Gin's version was such a comforting moment.
Scroll to the bottom for this performance.

In your own words, please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Virginia, but I usually get Gin. I live in a cute little home on the lake in Cabarita, right near the beach, with my partner and our cat!
I finished my Fashion Design degree at the end of 2019, and now I am also starting my own label. For work for the past 7 years, I’ve been singing in a 4 piece covers band, and during Covid, began our Duo.
Describe our collection in 3 words?
Versatile, Classic, Edgy.
What is your favorite ES Piece and why/how would you wear it to work with your own style?
I absolutely loved the Rogue Mini Dress - I want it in every colour! It’s so easy to throw on with some vintage cowboy boots or docs, and you’re ready to go. It’s really comfortable, and I am the world’s biggest fan of Cupro! I would love to wear this on stage.
How would you describe your style?
If you asked my friends, they would just say ‘EXTRA’, haha.
I think it’s super eclectic. Sometimes I haven’t left my little beach town in weeks.. I’m salty, haven’t been out of swimmers and denim shorts… and then next minute I’m at a gig wearing one of my boyfriends vintage Cold Chisel shirts, a leather skirt, and thigh high pink shimmery boots… with a giant faux fur coat on top. You literally never know what you’re going to get.
Put it this way, I’m definitely not one of those people that can have a really beautiful, aesthetic, open wardrobe, hahaha.

ES Sessions - Gin
Why do you love fashion?
Uhhh, so so many reasons. But mostly, I love how it makes me feel. I love styling an outfit, knowing that I’m going to walk out feeling super confident. I love that I can dress up or down for my mood. I love that I can sometimes be a total emo (haha), or a hippy, or punk, or a girly girl. I love going out and bonding with other girls I’ve never met before, over our outfits. I love sharing or swapping clothes with my mates, seeing how a garment can look so different on someone else’s body, or just how they style it.

What do you value and look for when buying clothing?
This answer has changed a lot in the last few years, particularly since studying. 10 years ago I would’ve probably just looked for the cheapest option, most loud option.. Who cares if it falls apart after you wear it once.. It’s that loud and crazy that you’ll only wear it once anyway!!!
I literally cringe at myself back then. I still have quite a loud style, but I always look for clothes that I can continue to wear, and that will last me through the ages. I try and buy clothes that are Vintage or made from Sustainable fibers. But my main priority is quality, and that I can style the item with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe.

Whats your go-to Item of clothing?
I am such a denim girl. I think everyone needs a pair of great quality jeans, and denim cut-offs. You can style denim with basically everything. I also think every girl should have a good quality vintage leather jacket, and some leather boots.
Who inspired you to make music?
To be honest, I started singing lessons in Year 7 - not because I thought I would be any good, but to get out of school for an hour a week haha. I soon realised that it’s an escape from reality. It’s somewhere I can go and be myself and let off some steam. It’s such a huge part of my life, I really owe a lot of who I am, and where I am, to it.

How would you describe your music style?
Rock N’ Roll Baby Doll, haha.
ES Sessions - Gin Performance

ES Sessions - Gin Close up

Whats your all time favorite song and why?
Look, I don’t know how any musician can answer this. I have about 500 songs right now buzzing around in my head. Maybe INXS - Never Tear Us Apart. That song means a lot to me.

What is your favorite song to perform?
I’ve always loved performing You Oughta Know - Alanis Morisette. I think we have similar little voice inflictions, and her songs are the perfect range for me. I really feel like her songs come naturally for my voice… and I just love her.
Song you turn to on a bad day?
Smith Street Band. I put them on in the car and drive around and just yell it out haha I’m sure people think I’m crazy stopped at traffic lights but oh well.
ES Sessions - Gin

Song you turn to, to lift your mood?
My mum and I always listen to Reminiscing - Little River Band. Just reminds me of home.
You have recently developed your own Clothing Brand, Could you tell us a little about that?
Old Flame came pretty naturally to me. Being a musician, and loving Rock N’ Roll my entire life.. it’s just been such an inspiration for me. My Dad thinks I basically came out of the birth canal to Bad To The Bone haha.
I wanted to create a brand that was inspired by Music, and also created amazing quality pieces. A lot of Rock inspired brands I’ve seen seem lack authenticity, quality, and wearability. They also seem to reject the idea of soft, femininity. When creating the brand, one of the core principles I had at the back of my head was embracing the duality of being fragile, but also fierce.
We’re creating pieces that are made from high quality fabrics (sustainable fibres where/when possible), that are trans-seasonal, designed to be paired with vintage pieces, and that will last you through the ages.
(sorry, thats all I really want to get into right now or ill be typing an essay)
What is your creative process like?
My design process is really a mix of trend forecasting, but also taking a lot of inspiration from eras past, and of course, music. I wouldn’t say I’m a super creative person, but a lot of creativity (in my opinion) is problem solving. I gather all the information I can, and then begin designing.
Best advice you've been given?
You make your own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get.

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