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WHY EVERYONE LOVES THE OTEKI RANGE!

WHY EVERYONE LOVES THE OTEKI RANGE!

It seems you just can't get enough of the Knotty Oteki range of Turkish towels. The collection appeals to everyone from Bloggers & Stylists to Beach Lovers & Surfers. So we asked a few of our Oteki fans what it was they loved so about the towels and here's what they had to say...

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KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW - MY FABULOUS DESIGN

KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW - MY FABULOUS DESIGN


We discovered Suzanne, of My Fabulous Design, about a year ago when she posted a Knotty Towel on her Instagram page. Since then, she has become one of our favourite lifestyle bloggers to follow, giving us lots of style inspo for the home. To find out more about Suzanne and her unique style read on!

1. Tell us a little about how My Fabulous Design began? Have you always had an interest in design?
My Fabulous Design was born purely as a creative outlet! I have always had a huge interest in interior design and photography from a very young age, and I just love how Instagram and blogging allows me to fuse both these passions.

2. Could you give our readers a few tips on how they could incorporate some of your style into their homes?
My biggest tip would be to embrace what you love and not worry about what everyone else is doing! Your home should be a reflection of your personal style.
In my case, I love monochrome but always, always with a pop of colour! I also like having a mix of all different styles, I am forever changing things around!!

3. What trends do you see coming through this season for interiors?
I see a big movement towards more organic and natural products - especially incorporating plants within the home! 
Also, after a few seasons dominated by minimalist and modern, I foresee a reintroduction of the occasional vintage piece to add some more character and warmth into the home. 

4. What five words would you use to describe yourself
Creative, enthusiastic, loyal, kind and appreciative. 

5. And lastly, could you tell us why you love Knotty towels?
The first time I saw the Knotty star towel I knew I just had to buy it!
 I love the classic prints and how versatile all the products are. I use mine at the beach, on the lounge and even as a throw at the end of the bed! They are so beautifully made and wash up super well!

 You can follow Suzanne on her Instagram page @myfabulousdesign and her blog www.myfabulousdesign.net

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TRAVELS WITH THE NAVAJO

I’m often taken to the beach, pool or displayed around the home so when I found out I was heading to Europe this January I was very excited! My owner told me we were heading to London, Paris and skiing in The French Alps and I wondered what I’d be doing. Well I was busy! When I wasn’t wrapped around her neck skiing in Val D’isere, I was keeping her son warm whilst sleeping on The Eurostar or drying her freshly washed hair. She even preferred my company to those horrible airline blankets on all the plane trips. We had a wonderful trip and I’m looking forward to being taken away on the next journey!
At Melbourne airport heading to London
Keeping this sleeping beauty warm on The Eurostar
We did a little shopping in London...here I am looking almost as cool as these new Nikes!
Taking a lunch break in The French Alps
Hanging out at The Eiffel Tower

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KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW - NALU

We were blown away when we met Dali and Finn, two teenagers with big dreams to make a difference. They’ve created a street wear brand, Nalu, based on a get/give model - when you purchase a Nalu t-shirt they give a school uniform to a child that needs one. We sat down with the oldest of the two siblings, Dali to find out more…

What inspired you to start your label, Nalu?

Nalu began out of a spontaneous desire to keep our friends in school. In 2011 Finn and I spent time in schools in hot dusty central India while our parents volunteered as chiropractors. We formed some great friends then and each year we revisit the same place. At a certain point I turned 13 and I saw something that I did not like- a lot of my friends were missing. They were no longer at school because they could not afford a school uniform. The government stops paying for it at this age. My friends were working in brick factories, in construction, farming or were pregnant…all at age 13. Strangely enough, once the child is in school, they get free food, tuition and school books. But the uniform decides if a child stays on school or not; it is THE determining factor. Our bright friends wanted to stay in school but these families are so poor that they do not even have a spare apple for the whole family in one year let alone a school uniform! We could not believe that something so affordable for us could have such a measurable impact to keep our friends in school and break the poverty cycle.

But we did not want to start a charity. We did not want to return to the children we had been helping and tell them we could no longer provide uniforms because donations had dried up. So we started Nalu as a for profit business and for every t-shirt we sell, we give a school uniform to a child who needs one.

We love fashion, creativity, travel and our friends in India. So we combined our loves and started a social enterprise.

Do you design t shirts just for kids, or is there something for adults too?
Yes, we make for men, women and children. Its really cool, simple street wear that you can see on our website www.nalu.me
We also have trucker caps, sweaters and backpacks.

You’ve developed a great initiative for casual clothes day at schools. What does it involve?

Most schools in the western world wear a formal school uniform. But roughly 4 times per year they have what is called “casual clothes day”. Usually this day is when students wear their casual clothes and make a small donation to contribute towards a charity or a community project. We thought that when the privileged students slip out of their uniform for casual clothes day, they could purchase a Nalu t-shirt and in doing so, provide a new, correctly fitting school uniform to a child who needs one for an entire year. Kids helping kids, schools helping schools……for us this is a no brainer way to help a child less well off than us.

In five years time, what do you hope to be doing?

This is a long time question; we only have a plan up to 2 years from now but the principles remain unchangeable. We would like to keep as many children flowing into high school after age 12 as possible. We manage our giving component conservatively so we do not disappoint students over the long term - once we commit to a student, we like to know we can support that student continually through high school when they need a school uniform if they choose to continue their education.

Personally I would like study fashion and keep designing super cool street clothes for both urbanites and nature loving enthusiasts.

And finally, we would love it and be humbled to see our customers wearing our Nalu gear, knowing that they have helped keep a child in school.

And lastly Dali, which is your favourite Knotty towel?

I already have the Original in Charcoal so this would definitely come in as my favourite. All Knotty towels are natural to touch and are a perfect size for chillin’ on the beach or to use as a towel when we travel about in hot climates. Cool name Knotty because of all the little knots at the end of each towel…

You can show your support of these amazing teens by following their Instagram @nalu.me and Facebook page Nalu.me.

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BEAUTIFUL BYRON BAY

One of our favourite places to visit within Australia would have to be the beautiful seaside town of Byron Bay in Northern NSW. With a coastline of amazing beaches, great restaurants and music festivals, Byron Bay has become the destination of choice for the stylish, artistic and surf obsessed.
Photographer, Sera J Wright is a Byron Bay local who captures images of the town. Here's a small selection of some of the pics you'll find on her Instagram page @photography_byron_bay

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WHY KNOTTY IS YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIAL THIS SUMMER

The Summer holidays are just about here and many of us will be heading away for a well earned break. Wherever you're travelling these Christmas holidays, there is one sure thing that will make your trip easier....Knotty!

Here's 10 reasons why your Knotty towel is the must have travel companion...

1. They are much more absorbent and dry faster than a standard towel.

2. Knotty's are so compact and take up barely any room in your suitcase.

3. At 100cm x 180cm they are larger than your average beach towel.

4. Knotty's make the perfect sarong when not lying on them.

5. Use your Knotty as a head or neck scarf too.

6. There is no need to take an extra bag, you can use your Knotty as beach bag!

7. They double as a blanket on the plane or a picnic rug in the park.

8. Use your Knotty as a yoga mat for those early morning beach yoga sessions.

9. After a shower, wrap your wet hair in a Knotty to reduce the amount of frizz.

10. They're bright and colourful so you'll look great on your trip too!

Purchase four or more full priced Knotty's online and receive 15% off your order!

 

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KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW

You may recognise Chloe Ireland as the always smiling beach goer often featured on our Instagram. Whilst we know Chloe loves the beach, we thought it would be great to find out more about this Knotty Ambassador…
We see lots of pics of you having a great time at the beach. Where do you call home?
Home for me is Wellington Point which is on the bay in Queensland (it’s very pretty, and we are very lucky) but I spend a lot of my time playing on the northern beaches of NSW. But honestly, home is wherever my family is…
Aside from being a Knotty Ambassador, how else do you spend your time?
I love hanging out with beautiful people… my family and friends, I am a swimmer so I spend a lot of my time in the water (often in the holidays I am in the water more than on land during the day), I love SUPing and surfing, floating in the sea, watching the clouds and love going on adventures.
You seem to be a very positive, happy soul. Can you describe yourself in five words?
Vibrant, Adventurous, Grateful, Kind, Fun
Where would you like to be in ten years time?
I would like to be doing what I love… maybe starting up my own swimwear company, achieving my sporting dreams, being healthy, inspiring and I would like to be somewhere with someone I love and most importantly be H A P P Y !
And of course, we couldn't not ask....what do you love about Knotty towels?
What is there not to love?! I love the beautiful patterns and vibrant, happy colours … they are always at the top of my list in summer for the beach or pool because they dry so fast, are light and are so versatile… sometimes I use them as a bag, a picnic towel, a blanket, they are amazing! And I can’t not mention how cute they are as well ☺

 

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KNOTTY FOR SPORTSGIRL

We were very excited when Sportsgirl approached us a little while back to collaborate on an exclusive range of Oteki designs. The limited edition towels, available in four best selling Knotty colours (Sherbie, Caribbean, Denim & Charcoal) have now landed in store at Sportsgirl and you can shop the styles at 
www.sportsgirl.com.au/new-in/accessories/knotty-towel-sherbet-sherbet-all

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CHEEKY SWIM by MIMI ELASHIRY

We've been counting down the days to summer, but now we're counting down the minutes too with news that Mimi Elashiry has launched her own swimwear line. A playful collection full of Elashiry's signature boho style, "Cheeky Swim" will be available exclusively in Glue Stores from October.

'Designing a swimsuit collection has been something that I have wanted to do for a while, however I did not realise how soon the opportunity would arise,' says Elashiry. 'I had some out there crazy ideas and designs, which I worked closely with the design team to work back into a capsule range suitable for the Glue Store customers and also most importantly to me and my followers.'

You can check out some of her great designs below....

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