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Pint-sized Mosman store punches above its weight


“Sarah (Gittoes) and Robert (Sebastian Grynkoski) have established a loyal following for their work, so they weren’t after a large shingle out front announcing their arrival on this strip,” adds Landini.

With the store being only 80 square metres in area, every centimetre had to count.

So even before one opens the front door, the ‘floating’ display case that straddles the entire length of the narrow space, had to make its mark.

The display case abuts the front window, allowing a peek of the jewellery on offer.

“Robert (Gittoes’ business partner) and I come from an industrial design background.

As with our jewellery, we wanted the interior to be tactile, but also with a certain softness,” says Gittoes, pointing out the rich walnut joinery that frames the consulting area at the rear of the store.

The store is only 80 square metres in area, every centimetre had to count.

The store is only 80 square metres in area, every centimetre had to count.Credit:Ross Honeysett

Rather than fill the space with superfluous detail, Landini created a few strong gestures.

To one side is the glass-topped display case, supported by a steel beam.

On the other side is black glass-fronted joinery with a transparent glass display case that allows everything from fine jewellery to art pieces and objects d’art, to be exhibited.

“We didn’t want the interior to overwhelm the jewellery.

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It was more important to engage with the craft of making.

Jewellery has a wonderful heritage of making,” says Gittoes, who is Sarah & Sebastian’s creative director.

Landini is used to working on large-scale retail projects, such as his current involvement with Selfridges in London, or with slithers of spaces Down Under.

For this store, he was conscious of the fit-out being minimal and well-crafted, together with subtle gallery-style lighting concealed within the black-painted ceiling.

“Retail design, irrespective of scale, should be slightly magical, almost slightly intriguing,” says Landini, who still recalls the extremely small boutique in Kings Road, in Chelsea, London, operated by British designer Antony Price in the late 1970s.

“Antony used to design all of Brian Ferry’s stage outfits, as well as those for other leading musicians. Unlike the flashy clothes, the actual store fit-out was reduced to the minimum,” says Landini.

“You couldn’t see into it from the street and when you went in, there was just a couple of catalogues on the counter showing his sketches, accompanied by fabric swatches,” he adds.

As with Price’s store that attracted a brave and loyal clientele, the Sarah & Sebastian store offers a sense of intrigue with, as Landini says, ‘a dose of inspiration’.

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“It’s a small store so the idea isn’t to have people fill it.

It’s about serving those who appreciate what’s on offer and want to spend time looking at the jewellery,” says Landini, who was also keen to create a store that stood apart from its neighbours.

It is also slightly hard-edged (unusual for Mosman) and on the radar of those who don’t necessarily see themselves following the pack.

“Like the jewellery, the store has a sense of confidence,” he adds.

For Landini Associates to have received 22 retail awards from the American Retail Design Institute for a number of stores designed in the United States, China, Asia and Europe is also testimony to the adage that it’s not always size that matters.

“Retail design is about creating an experience, irrespective of what’s on offer,” says Landini.

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Cocaine Cassie Sainsbury reveals weight loss


Australian drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury has revealed she plans on returning to Australia in a candid Instagram Live, in which she also showed off her sleek new physique.

Cassie, who looked noticeably fitter in the footage, seemed keen to show off her body and was happy to talk about it when asked by a fan.

“Exercise and diet. That’s what you need to do,” she said, in response to a query about her post-prison figure.

Sainsbury was jailed in April 2017 after anti-narcotics police received a tip-off that she was carrying 5.8kg of cocaine concealed inside headphones in her luggage in Bogota.

Cassie, who was 22 when she was sentenced, had been facing a sentence of more than 20 years in El Buen Pastor women’s prison for the crime. However her lawyer struck a plea deal that saw her sentenced to six years with an early release considered likely at the time.

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At the time she claimed she thought the packages were gifts for her wedding to then-fiance, Scott Bainbridge.

The relationship soured when Sainsbury was jailed and in that time the former personal trainer and sex worker began dating an inmate, 29-year-old Venezuelan, Joslianinyer Pico.

It is believed Pico is spending time behind bars for theft.

Sainsbury was released from prison around the same time about 4000 other prisoners were released due to overcrowding concerns in the prisons sparked by the coronavirus.

The 24-year-old, from Adelaide, was released four years early and said her and her new partner are ready for children.

She has been released on parole and as part of her conditions is required to remain in Colombia for another 26 months. She is currently living with Pico’s best friend until she is legally allowed to return to Australia.

In her Instagram Live Sainsbury made it clear she wanted to return home: “I’ll be coming back to Adelaide in two years,” she said.

“I miss my family and the beaches.”

But she also claimed she has “received a lot of horrible comments in the time since every thing came out”.

“Even up until this minute I receive horrible messages [and] I just have to ignore it.”

Sainsbury mentioned her life behind bars was “absolutely horrible” and said she saw first hand “the worst ways people treat each other”.

“I’ve seen people stabbed hundreds of times,’ she said.

“They had knives stuck into them. It’s absolutely horrible.

“I learnt a lot about myself, I learnt a lot about people … I’ve learnt how to analyse people better.”

She said she held no ill will towards her ex-fiancee Broadbridge, but was devastated when he told her he had given her “gorgeous” huskies, Eevee and Bella, away during her in time in jail.

“I loved my dogs, they were absolutely everything to me … I messaged him one day asking him how everything was and he told me he gave them away.

“It was absolutely horrible … I couldn’t believe it.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes last month, “Cocaine Cassie” admitted she attempted to take 5.8kg of cocaine in her suitcase out of Colombia because “I needed the money”.

“Obviously I accepted to come and do it. Because I needed the money. But it wasn’t exactly like I came here thinking ‘Yes, I’m going to go and smuggle drugs’. It wasn’t like that.

“There’s a lot of things that I regret about the situation I was in.

“It’s been three long years thinking about the time when I was going to be able to walk through this door.”



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