About

Discover the fabulously fun world of Mount Vic and Me at the top of the Blue Mountains in the historic village of Mount Victoria. Check out our goodies online or visit us at our studio shop on days when we are open.

A working studio

With Kara busy designing the range and Sue packaging the products and distributing orders across Australia, keeping a good work/life balance is important. Mount Victoria is very much a ‘long weekend’ destination and a sweet little visit. Midweek it can be pretty quiet. That’s why the studio shop is not always open to the public.

Thursdays and Saturdays 10-3pm are our current open days when you can visit the shop.

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About us

At Mount Vic and Me we strongly believe ‘fashion is for every body’. If you love colour, sparkles and fun – we think we’ll have something for
you. Discover a kaleidoscope of nostalgia, colour, all things quirky and political designed right here in the studio (or curated finds from other designers and manufacturers).

There is nothing better than seeing people walk into the studio shop, clap their hands and said ‘I don’t know where to start!’.

Kara Cooper started simply, designing five greeting cards that she walked around to shops locally in the Blue Mountains and sold to friends
and family. When the first ones sold, she designed more cards in the range and expanded the business bit by bit. In 2017, she took on a small shop she shared but within 3 months it was clear they’d both outgrown
the space. In this shop she sewed every tea towel night and day. In 2019, a bigger shop next door came up for rent and Mount Vic and Me grew
quickly into that space.

With stockists all over Australia and the business sending out orders to our amazing customers every day, people often ask ‘what’s next?’.
Well, you’ll just have to wait and see! x

Studio shop

High up in the Blue Mountains (west of Sydney) in the historic
village of Mount Victoria, designer Kara Cooper started the fabulously quirky Mount Vic and Me® in 2013.

Kara’s collection of art tea towels, t-shirts, socks, greeting cards, sneakers, skirts, mugs, cushions, upholstered vintage chairs, wallpaper and fabrics are created in a fabulous 100-year-old café on the highway
in Mount Vic. The studio is a mash of colour, textures, retro fun and nostalgia.

A lot of Mount Vic and Me’s products including art tea towels, greeting cards, brooches and socks have the Australian Made campaign’s tick of approval. Political themes are designed to amuse fans of Kara’s work, and her unique Australiana designs look fabulous splashed across cushions and upholstered retro chairs.

You’ll also find an eclectic mix of other Australian designers that work beautifully with Mount Vic and Me, original vintage finds and more.

Australian made

Our long-term goal is to contribute to re-growing Australian manufacturing, which in turn will open up more opportunities for effective green solutions and keeping jobs local.

To help ensure our products takes it easy on the environment, we keep as local as possible. The whole family helps out in packaging stock, sending out orders and helping in the studio shop too.

Australian Made campaign accreditation:

  • Blue Mountains Socks
  • Brooches
  • Greeting cards
  • Tea towels

Our sewing manufacturer in Victoria has the Ethical Clothing Australia tick of approval. As of August 2022, we are trialing sewing with the Country Womens Association (CWA) Bathurst Branch. We also sew a small volume at our studio shop.

Our Blue Mountains Socks are manufactured in Victoria.

Please note we did work with Corrective Services Industries for a short period but after learning more about the programme, we decided it was not aligned with our ethos.

What is drop-shipping?

As much as we would love to manufacturer every item, we simply can’t! We partner with drop-shipping companies in Australia and overseas for: T shirts, shoes and boots, aprons, cushions, leggings, totes, mugs (and more!)

By creating on demand and not creating mass-produced items, we generate less waste and aim to keep environmental impacts within the apparel supply chain to a minimum. Each product item will list whether it’s shipped by one of our partner manufacturers or via our studio shop. Because of the nature of ‘made to order’, some items will be at least 10 days-4 weeks delivery time to your door.

We are always looking for Australian manufacturers, so please contact us if you’d like to quote.

Being green at the studio shop

Recycling is a natural element of Mount Vic and Me’s everyday operations, and our small team is always on the lookout for even greener packaging and printing solutions. When it comes to stockists, we align with businesses that have a similar ethos.

Tea towels and greeting cards are wrapped in cellophane bags, a viable alternative to dreaded plastic bags. More than 500 billion plastic bags
are used around the world each year, mostly just once, before becoming landfill and litter. Cellophane is derived from biodegradable cellulose, usually from wood, but can also be produced from cotton or hemp.

Our packaging is hand-collated in our studio or by our sewing
manufacturers. Look out for our eco-friendly, 100% home-compostable shipping satchels. They are waterproof and durable, and they break down in 3-6 months when composted, compared to the 300 years it can take plastic bags. Cardboard boxes are used so things don’t get crushed, and where possible, we use recycled bubble wrap from people in the village of Mount Victoria.

'Mens' and 'Womens' sizing?

Our sewing manufacturer in Victoria has the Ethical Clothing Australia tick of approval. As of August 2022, we are trialing sewing with the Country Womens Association (CWA) Bathurst Branch. We also sew a small volume at our studio shop.

Our Blue Mountains Socks are manufactured in Victoria.

Please note we did work with Corrective Services Industries for a short period but after learning more about the programme, we decided it was not aligned with our ethos.

Being green at home

Mount Vic and Me® has always taken a sustainable approach to business. Kara Cooper’s previous business was Kara Smith Handbags, where beautiful bags were made from vintage and recycled fabrics, using up everything from
tiny fabric scraps to old buttons and buckles. Before that she had left the advertising & design world behind and moved to the Northern Territory, where she was able to put my graphic design and illustration skills to use by taking up contracts with Parks & Wildlife.

Kara’s home features double solar panel system (hoping to have battery back-up one day), four water tanks, lots of chooks and a herb and vegetable garden.

Who do we donate too?

We donate funds to organisations and sometimes send stock that organisations can raffle or use.

2021-now:
Aboriginal Legal Aid
Arts Law
bentART
Beyond Blue
Blue Mountains Frocktails
Bob Brown Foundation (monthly)
Canteen
Caritas Australia
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Dog Rescue Newcastle
DV West
Full Stop Australia
Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species Ltd
Hawkesbury Headspace
Hawkesbury Helping Hands Inc.
Hotel Etico
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre WA
Katoomba Rotary (fundraising effort)
Kids Cancer Project
Lymphoedema Association Australia
MYST Youth Services Team
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Rainbow Shoelace Project
Red Cross Türkiye-Syria Earthquakes Appeal
Red Cross
Science for Wildlife
ShelterBox
Shine for Kids
Team Wonder Women Mystery Box
The Gender Centre Inc
The Kids Cancer Project
The Victorian Pride Centre
Wayside Chapel
Wear it Purple
WIRES

Does Julia Gillard know we've drawn her?

Often we get asked do the politicians know about Mount Vic and Me. The answer is yes!

We send tea towels, socks, mugs, etc to them so they know they are featured. Some love to respond by sharing on social media, others we don't get a response at all. You can see some of the politicians and their designs here.

Check out our instagram reel on this commonly asked question too.

P.S. We would love JG to respond but understand she chooses not to. We respect that. x

  • Your gender and sexuality are very much welcome here.

    No matter your gender, or your sexuality, you are welcome here. I invite you to express your gender and/or your sexuality however you wish. You will not be met with judgement.

    These gorgeous posters by incredible body activist and feminist Nic McDermid.

  • You are the expert of your own body!

    In this space, your lived experience of living in your body is of utmost importance. YOU are the expert, you always have been, and you always will be.

    Come visit.

    We still have some work to do trying to get better access to our historic building (2 steps at the front door) and are investigating how we can get wheelchair access happening. But we will do everything we can to help you! We have even brought outfits to waiting cars outside where gorgeous peeps just can’t come in.

  • Every BODY is welcome here.

    We celebrate ALL bodies, irrespective of body size, shape, gender, sexuality, race, ability, religion, socioeconomic, status or lived experience.

    Need some privacy?

    If you would like to shop in private for whatever reason – we are happy to work with you. Not everyone wants all our cool customers gushing over new outfits (though everyone is totally positive in our cool space). Just email for more info on how to set up an appointment.

Membership

Mount Vic and Me is a proud member of Blue Mountains Tourism and ACON Welcome Here Project.
Our tea towels, greeting cards, Blue Mountains Socks and brooches are proudly licensed with the Australian Made Campaign.

This website was created in May 2024. You will see our reviews have started 19th May 2024.
These were originally posted on our wordpress site over the years.