Hangin’ Around is an independent textile design label based in Melbourne. It was founded by Claire Cummings in 2015 and launched in 2016. The intention behind Hangin’ Around is to create exclusive, small run collections that have been entirely handcrafted in a slow, sustainable and ethical manner. Most items (excluding digital downloads and ready made products such as patches and prints) are made to order – a respectful practice that avoids unnecessary textile waste, and fosters a stronger buyer-product connection (because you know your piece was made especially for you!). Everything is made locally in Australia using the most sustainable materials possible!

Hangin’ Around designs draw upon themes such as playfulness, technology, internet culture, nostalgia, humour, a healthy lifestyle, nature, and positivity. When you shop here you get a special bonus along with your order: that great feeling that comes from shopping with a clear conscience. Yay for positive change!

About Claire

Claire Cummings developed Hangin’ Around when she was 18 years old, after beginning her Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and becoming immediately inspired to run her own label with a focus on creating an alternative to fast fashion and excessive consumption. She brought Hangin’ Around to fruition in 2016, and after attaining her degree with distinction, she now divides her time between running this label, working as a freelancer, and assisting iconic Melbourne designers such as Beci Orpin.

Her first venture as a textile designer after co-running a successful Etsy store while in high school, Hangin’ Around is the amalgamation of Claire’s design vision and her desire to contribute positive, ethically made products to the fashion and homewares market.

She is passionate about promoting sustainability in the midst of a fast paced, wasteful consumer culture that takes advantage of those down the supply chain. She puts a focus on quality artisan textiles that can be enjoyed for long periods of time – a rebellion against fast fashion.

The designing, drawing, painting, digital design work, knitting, weaving, pattern making, sewing, packaging and so on is all done by Claire in her studio, using selectively sourced high end yarns and materials from local suppliers. All outsourcing (such as for prints and patches) is done within Australia, and mostly within Melbourne.


Head over to the Sustainability page for a full run down on Hangin’ Around’s ethical practices