JB Collections on display at Northbridge Plaza

Next time you’re at Northbridge Plaza, check out our display! Clothes are by Foil.

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Scarf Tips 101

Here’s a great way to wear a scarf! Watch this space – more to come!

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JB Collections’ 29th Anniversary – Thank you!

July is a special month for JB Collections. That’s because this month, all the way back in 1990, we opened our doors for the very first time! It’s our 29th anniversary and we want to send out a big THANK YOU to all our amazing customers and friends, both recent and long-term, who have supported us over the years. It means so much to us.

We hope you enjoy shopping with us as much as we enjoy bringing you clothes from around the world. Importantly, we hope that you have loved your clothes purchased in our store and loved wearing them too!

Much has changed in the fashion world over the last 29 years, but our aim remains as it always has been: to offer a selection of unique clothes designed by Australian and global labels. There are so many great clothes out there and we’re always excited to be able to bring them to you. The possibilities are enormous and we work hard to bring you the very best.

Come in and say hello – we’re always happy to see you!


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Why I love fashion

I have always been surrounded by fashion. One of the first jobs my mother, Erica, had when she arrived in Australia from Hungary in the 1950s was at a clothing manufacturer in Crows Nest, Sydney. The building is long gone, but I still have her one metre ruler (marked with inches!) and still use the heavy duty metal scissors she used to cut the fabric.

Erica made all my clothes when I was a child. I absolutely adored what she created. Erica was always on the lookout for unique fabrics to create something a little different. Something that couldn’t be found in shops. Her employer also provided fabrics to her to make clothes for me.

Campsie Girl

When Erica opened her first store, Campsie Girl, in the 1970s she used this approach in her store too. She sourced clothes that were unique and couldn’t be found in other stores. Here’s a photo of the store in the 1970s! I just love the green mannequin on the left and wish we still had it!

This approach to clothes had a profound effect on me and what I select for JB Collections. When we opened JB Collections in the early 1990s we wanted to set ourselves apart from the rest. Fashion trends have definitely changed, but our approach to finding something unique has remained.

JB Collections 1990s
Erica at JB Collections in the 1990s.

It has been my lifelong passion to provide beautiful, and at times unusual, pieces in store. I want the clothes to be stylish, comfortable and of high quality. I love helping customers find the perfect outfit that they can enjoy wearing again and again.

Styles come and go and fashion changes from season to season. That’s why I love it. There’s always something new.

I’d like to wish all the mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!


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What’s in this winter?

JB Collections winter

A quarter of 2019 is done and dusted. Before you know it, Christmas will be here again! What a great year it has been so far for fashion. We’ve seen some truly unique pieces in store from labels including Otto D’ame, Rundoholz Black Label and many more.

As we move into the second quarter of the year, new stock is arriving all the time. We just love it when a new box arrives. It takes some time between choosing the clothes we want and then for the order to arrive. Imports from Europe are ordered up to a year ahead of time and local fashion up to six months ahead. So to finally receive the clothes to show our customers is very exciting! Opening up a new delivery never gets boring.

Perfect for winter

The fashion industry works a season ahead of time, so at the moment we have a range of clothes and accessories that are just perfect for the winter months ahead. These clothes are made with high quality fabrics and feature exciting colours and textures. Perhaps most importantly, these clothes are very comfortable to wear!

So what’s in this winter? In recent years it has been about one colour. Often this was grey, beige or black. Indeed, that was very cool and classy. This year, however, is a bit different. Vibrant colours are where it’s at. We’ve already seen this with Verge and a few of our other labels here and here. There’s more to come too!

Mix & match

An important point to remember when choosing something new for your wardrobe is that you can layer your clothes. Layering clothes is a good way to add variety to your ensemble. Mix and match. Own a grey or beige outfit from a previous season that still looks great? Spice it up with a splash of colour from this season.

Remember too that you needn’t stick to one label. The skirt or pants from one label might look great with the jacket from another. A new piece of jewellery, or a belt, might also add something unique to an outfit. Perhaps a raincoat might complete a look!

Most importantly, in the end it should really be about what you feel comfortable wearing. We’ve written about that in this blog post. Now more than ever the choices and possibilities in fashion are unlimited.

Find something you love

Keep an eye on this blog for updates featuring some of the new clothes we get at JB Collections. Come into the JB Collections store to see more and try something on. We always love talking fashion and are always happy to help you find something new that you will love to wear this winter and beyond!

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Top 5 tips for a perfect fit

Five tips for a perfect fit

Everyone has been through this: you find beautiful clothes you love in a store and try them on. The colour and design are great, the style is fabulous, so you buy it. That weekend, you can’t wait to put on your new clothes, but something has changed. It doesn’t fit as well as it did in store and it’s just not that comfortable! You endure it and wear the clothes a couple more times, but slowly and surely, it moves to the back of the wardrobe where it’s forgotten, never to be worn again.

So how do you find the perfect fit? Here are five tips:

  1. Ignore the size: Once upon a time there was standardised sizing and everyone could count on being a particular size. That’s not the case today. There’s an unbelievable array of clothing labels out there and they all have a different definition of look, size and cut! Be open to trying on a couple of sizes, even if it’s smaller or larger than what you normally wear.
  2. Ask the salesperson: The salesperson knows the full range of what’s available in store and will have a few suggestions for what will fit you well (Believe me we have your best interest at heart!)
  3. Move around: Don’t just stay in the change room. There are usually mirrors outside the change rooms so walk around the shop and if you can, sit down. Lift up your arms to make sure it’s not too tight around your back or under your arms. Also, ask for a hand mirror so that you can view the back of the garment and see how it fits.
  4. Take a deep breath and relax: When you wear your new clothes, you’re also going to be relaxed. Take a deep breath, and breathe out again to make sure your clothes will be comfortable.
  5. Keep in mind that some fabrics stretch: It might be a little tight, and some clothes like jeans need to be firm to start with, so ask the salesperson if the fabric will stretch after a few wears.

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5 tips for a perfect wardrobe

A perfect wardrobe means something different to everyone, and that’s the point. It’s yours! If you’ve ever been stuck when looking for new clothes to wear, here are five tips to help:

5. Go for quality

Quality clothing will look better for longer, and may not only outlast this season’s trend, but will also last more washes! As an added bonus, it’s better for the environment because the garments don’t need to be replaced as often.

4. The art of layering

Mix it up a bit. That jacket may have gone well with those pants and top last week, but perhaps this pullover would work just as well or better! Layer your clothes.

3. No rules on colour

Remember the days when tops and bottoms had to match and wearing certain colours together was taboo? Those days are gone. Try a few different combinations of colours and labels. You might be surprised. And if you want tops and bottoms to match, that’s fine too — there are no rules! Sometimes less is more.

2. Sizes are not consistent between different labels — ignore them!

Different labels use different sizing systems. They’re OK to use as a guide to get started, but after that, ignore them! When you try on clothes, pay more attention to the cut of the garment, fit, design and comfort.

1. Wear what makes you comfortable

This one is important. Your clothes should be comfortable. Dress for the occasion in something you love to wear!