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Designer Spotlight: Ace French-chic with Pasduchas’ blend of French and Australian flair

For this special Australian Edition of our Designer Spotlight series, we’ve rounded up eight labels from Down Under that have landed on our radar. Here’s a label whose designs are a lovely blend of French and Australian style:

Inspired by French simplicity, Alicia Arcuri and Katie McVeigh founded Pasduchas (pronounced ‘par-doo-shar’) in 2011 with a simple aim — to create clothing with bold silhouettes of Australian fashion, yet tied back with the modern simplicity of the French. Adapted from the ballet phrase pas de chat meaning ‘catlike leap’, the name Pasduchas has grown to be the brand’s motto of taking a leap. Arcuri and McVeigh took a leap of faith when they decided to leave their day jobs and delve into the business full-time, and their hard work has definitely paid off. 

Designed and made in Australia, the brand prides itself on developing a transparent production chain and maintaining high standards of quality control. Their feminine designs have a polished bohemian flair, with floral prints having become a signature of their aesthetic. Their pieces, made for the modern woman who doesn’t shy away from wearing prints, are great for work and get-togethers. Here are some of our top picks:


From the Infinite Wardrobe: Haven Square Midi Dress

Show off those curves in this floral-printed number that can be elevated for a night out with just a simple change of accessories. Swap out your work tote for an evening clutch and you’re good to go.


From the Infinite Wardrobe: Pinacolada Pantsuit

As the end of the year approaches, office parties become more of a common occurrence. Have some fun with your outfit with this tropical printed jumpsuit to celebrate the holiday season. It’s light-hearted, and easy to move around in too.


From the Infinite Wardrobe: Fountain Pantsuit

Going for a house party, or even brunch with the girls? This breezy lilac jumpsuit is great if you want to dress comfortably but still look polished.


From the Infinite Wardrobe: Bayside Midi Dress

Made from stretch scuba crepe, this dress hugs your body and accentuates your figure. Coupled with the broad V-neckline, it’s sexy and sophisticated. Show up at your next gathering in this and you’re sure to make an impression. 


From the Infinite Wardrobe: Curtsey Asymmetry Midi Dress

This dainty floral midi is another versatile piece that can be styled for all kinds of occasions. Pair it with sleek pumps and a top-handle for work or dress it down with sandals and a crossbody for the weekends. Birthday parties, baby showers, wedding receptions – this dress can do it all.

Like what you see? Explore more styles from the brand here.

About Author

In pure Aries fashion, Nicolette’s passions reveal themselves in fiery bursts — tell that to her 4-year-old flugelhorn still in mint condition. If she isn’t DM-ing you memes from private Instagram accounts, she’s probably snuggled up to a sitcom. A huge admirer of the harmonious coexistence between the style sensibilities and atrocities of the ‘90s. Yin and yang, baby.

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