Hi, I'm Sarra.
I'm a forty-something, former IT geek, who lives in the suburbs of Melbourne with her family. I want life to be simple, straightforward, generous, warm, and kind to the curious. I draw comfort from hardworking, hardwearing, loyal goods.
Growing up, both my parents were particular about quality in very different ways. Our household was a happy one, and although we were never rich, there was space and time to enjoy well-made things. It was something that had little to do with logos and prestige, but a lot to do with care, thought, attention to detail, and sometimes tradition.
Judging by his actions, I know that my dad is a firm believer in everyday goods that stay with you. He is a loyal soul in that sense, using and appreciating things he bought decades ago, and deriving pleasure from them every day. Every few years, on our obligatory trip to Germany, he would seek out a handmade Japanese tea set. He would bring his carefully selected prize home, and every morning at dawn he would go about making his tea. We’d be sleeping, and having carefully laid out his utensils and tray the night before, he would silently prepare his tea, in the dark. He’d then settle in his favorite (Danish) armchair, and sip tea, watching the sunrise. He has done this for as long as I can remember, and every movement during this ritual of sorts is the embodiment of quiet joy and appreciation. The tin of tea, the kettle, the teapot, the cup, the spoon, the tea-cosy - all have stood the test of time, and grown more beautiful with age. They have seen decades of everyday use and appreciation.
Now that I'm in my forties, the things I grew up with have become almost mythical in their quality. To have an environment filled with things that are worthy of our appreciation takes me back to the embrace of my childhood home. The things themselves impart a sense of security and joy. I’d like everyone to have that type of comfort. And so, here I am, with workingclass.
There is always part of what you do that refers to your childhood, or youth. - Hedi Slimane
Working class is a play of words (class: of high quality, integrity, status, or style) that, in my mind, harks back to the original ideals of the working class:
At workingclass, we have a great love for artisan endeavours and the leaps of faith that result in art and handmade products. I identify with the desire to make a good life through honest work. Honest being work that fills us with purpose and satisfaction, and that is carried out with skill and passion.
For my part, I want to uncover and share the extraordinary, beautiful products that people are making, as well as the personal journeys that result in such work. I aim to sell top notch shoes, basics and homewares that are designed and made to deliver comfort, joy and understated self-expression. Some are handmade, some have a long tradition and some are modern and cutting edge. The common thread is that all use exceptional, quality materials and are crafted with expertise and passion. Style (as opposed to fashion), longevity and practicality are key values for workingclass.