Meet the women behind High Tea with Mrs Woo - a proud, Australian-made, small-run clothing label. It is the collaboration of three sisters designing eloquent, timeful clothing and accessories with natural fibre fabrics.
High Tea with Mrs Woo is the creative collaboration of sisters, Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong. They design and manufacture their clothing range in-house, with a flagship retail store in the city of Newcastle - established in 2004.
Truth be told, we really love working with each other - 15 years in business and still going strong! We collaborate in life and work, and dip into our shared experiences to create our styles and designs.
Fascinated with the memory of clothing, they explore the ability of fashion to unfold a great yarn. They describe each piece of garment they make from a moment in time - like Stuck in Ueno, Irreversible, We're All Mad Here, Waiting for Jack to name a few.
Traditional tailoring methods are used in developing unique shapes from conventional dress forms to make High Tea with Mrs Woo. The sisters appreciate and practice the time-honoured qualities of dressmaking. They practice Slow Fashion values - using materials and creating designs that are appreciated for their craftsmanship, wearability and materiality; maintaining a small and sustainable scale of production to make clothing that is worthy of care and enjoyment for a long and useful life.
We love a little drama in our styling and in the details of our designs but we are ultimately focused on producing highly wearable, long-lasting styles. We produce garment styles that can be worn across seasons rather than just being seasonal.
High Tea with Mrs Woo practices to work and live consciously, to create a sustainable business that supports their families and grows in healthy ways into the future - from day-to-day practices such as recycling and packaging supplies, to establishing good workplaces and relationships with customers and suppliers.
By the very nature of slow and small, our business is innately doing good but it's not nearly enough. We're honing in on designs, processes and systems that move towards circularity in use of resources - from the way we power our business to the materials that we choose.
To help extend the life of Mrs Woo garments, the sisters have created High Tea with Mrs Woo Lifecycle Facebook Group - a marketplace for buying and selling pre-loved Mrs Woo garments of good to excellent condition. This community space is a respectful and thoughtful way for customers to pass on their Mrs Woo garments for others to enjoy when its time in their wardrobe is up. The online marketplace is not suitable for everyone so we provide this service in-store. Please get in touch for more information.
Slow Wearing Well is a community initiative that the sisters started as a way to inform and inspire their customers, friends, family and greater community on ways to have a healthy, workable approach to their wardrobes and lives.
The sisters use this program to host LIVE Wardrobe Edit sessions, walking city trails, events and gatherings to share skills, stories and knowledge so that they can promote and converse about clothing and fashion sustainability.
Our parents brought us here to Australia in 1988. We grew up in Malaysia and have strong childhood memories of our grandparent's 100 year old gold-smithing and clock shop which was also the family home. Worn wood, rusty tools, age-old materials and textures still resonate with us today. We also grew up with many strong women in our lives – our mother, grandmothers and many aunts. Mrs Woo is the synergy of women who inspire us.
Trained in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Rowena and Juliana draw on their diverse design skills whilst Angela brings her Economics and Commerce background to form their dynamic and wonderful sisterly team. With a strong penchant for making and sewing skills cultured from young, they continue to work with a small production team from their Newcastle workshop to create High Tea with Mrs Woo.
High Tea with Mrs Woo first established its Newcastle store in 2004, and then to open a second store in Sydney in 2010. Since the pandemic of 2020, they
have transitioned to trade globally from their online store and locally with a new partnership with contemporary jewellery store Studio Melt in Newcastle.
This brilliant and dynamic co-retail space is located in an exciting part of the City at 119 Hunter Street.
Here, the sisters showcase their clothing range alongside the distinctive collection of contemporary jewellery presented by Studio Melt. You can also discover textiles, home goods, objects and gifts that the sisters curate for being AT HOME WITH MRS WOO - celebrating sustainable practices and small business, long-lasting and slow-wearing ways, thoughtful and well-made designs.
Come! Enjoy holding these things in your hands – a thought, a moment, a scent, a light – beautiful, useful things – from skilled hands to your hands.