Nash & Banks
Shopping online for ethically made products is all well and good. But to be able to touch and feel them brings a completely different element to the shopping experience, which is why Niccii Kugler and her husband Timo Kugler opened a physical version of their online store, Nash & Banks, in Avalon Beach.
While Nash & Banks' online marketplace features more than 3500 products, the store’s shelves are stocked with a small, rolling curation of them. And some products are exclusive to the store. Each adheres to at least one of the brand’s eight core values: ethical, sustainable, minimal waste, vegan, upcycled, giving back, organic and artisan.
Among them might be Australian-made natural deodorant, soap bars and lip balms by Biode, all of which are vegan, palm-oil free and come in compostable packaging. Also, synthetic-free unisex perfume and candles by Melbourne-based brand, Váhy.
Hats by Phylli, vegan chocolate by Planet Coco, macadamia nuts from Brother Mountains Macadamia and jewellery by Canadian brand Pyrrha are among the products only available in store.
The sleek, minimal fit-out was driven by the brand's ethos, prioritising the use of sustainable material and minimise wastage wherever possible. Reclaimed timber was used for the store’s custom-made shelves, along with handcrafted brick tiles and water-based low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint throughout.