Sha-de was established by Julia Van Der Sommen; owner of Sample Room and a 28-year fashion industry expert. Led by her professional desire to design a range of premium garments which are perfectly cut and styled for absolute comfort, it was her personal search for quality clothing to protect her pale skin from the sun that inspired her to launch Sha-de.
Utilising her extensive knowledge as a garment developer, patternmaker and fashion business owner, Julia has created a unique range of expertly designed clothing with an organic and naturally light-weight fabric that is rated at UPF50+.
Julia used her extensive experience in the Fashion Industry to develop Sha-de’s signature fabric, LuxeBamboo. Knitted here in Melbourne, LuxeBamboo is luxuriously soft and provides high UPF protection. LuxeBamboo is made from Bamboo with a hint of Lycra® for added stretch, a better fit and greater comfort.
Rated at UPF50+ by ARPANSA (Australia’s leading authority in UV fabric testing), unlike some sun protective fabrics in the marketplace, LuxeBamboo relies on the structure of the fabric to provide the high level of sun protection, rather than chemicals, so it is soft on the skin and does not contain any nasties — perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Our passion for sustainability is strengthened through our association with Ethical Clothing Australia. Keeping the industry alive and ethical through local and in-house product and design.