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Corr Blimey Strasse jeans hit the street

Canberra independent fashion label Corr Blimey has released a line of women's jeans.

The label's designers Louisa de Smet and Steve Wright dabbled with women's jeans when they first started out in 2001, but have only offered male versions for the past decade.

The jeans, which were released last weekend, are black and feature a thicker, more rigid denim which Louisa said means they will last much longer.

"Regular jeans go through a laundering process that softens them already. Their life is halved before you put them on your body," she said.

"These are completely raw – you can break them in how you choose. You're ageing them on your own terms."

The jeans are called Strasse jeans – the German word for street – named after their unique stitching.


"The stitching lines are reminiscent of a path you might take walking down a street. Like when you go shopping, you might walk straight and then veer to the right and then go down an alley," she said.

"So it means each pair is different."

The Strasse jeans are available in up to a size 20. They can be pre-ordered at

Cousins back together on home turf

NBA star Patty Mills was presented with the keys to the city when he returned home to Canberra on Friday, and it also gave him the chance to catch up with cousin Luke Currie-Richardson.

The cousins grew up together both playing basketball and doing traditional dance for around nine years, before Patty decided to pursue basketball while Luke pursued dance.

Luke is in town with the Bangarra Dance Theatre, who are performing Patyegarang at Canberra Theatre Centre.

"It's been a year since we've seen each other," Luke said, after attending Patty's public reception.

"It's great that we're both living our dream. I get to perform with my dream company and Patty's not only playing in the NBA but he's also won an NBA championship and got to share it with Canberra today."

Getting chilly for a good cause

A bunch of brave fundraisers are hoping for warm temperatures next weekend.

Thirty Canberrans are set to strip down to nothing more than Speedos and a Santa hat for the 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle on July 27, raising money for cystic fibrosis.

Leading the fundraising tally is Allan Worsnop. He and partner Sally-Anne Clark’s daughter Millie, who is only 15 weeks old, has cystic fibrosis.

"We've had so much support so I'm going to go ahead and try and give back," he said.

Allan has currently raised more than $9000, and is hoping to pass the $10,000 mark before the big day. He said they had been overwhelmed by the support from family and friends.

"When everyone found out they all wanted to help," he said.

"It was an unbelievable response with the fundraising and we're deeply grateful."

Participants will strip down and run, shuffle or walk around Lake Burley Griffin from Regatta Point for 65 minutes.

Spectators are encouraged to get to Regatta Point from 10am, where there will be a whole range of Christmas in July-themed festivities.

The significance of "65" comes from a young boy who once mispronounced cystic fibrosis as "65 roses" after overhearing his mum talk about the condition, and it has since been the recognised symbol for cystic fibrosis around the world.

The first Santa Speedo run was held in Boston more than a decade ago, and this is the third time it will happen in Canberra. To find out more about the event and donate, visit

Baking glory

Erindale Cakery Bakery is at it again, turning the prowess of Canberra sports stars into celebratory cupcakes. This time, it was orange basketball cupcakes in honour of Patty Mills bringing back an NBA trophy.

What’s On

LAST CHANCE TO SKATE: It's the final weekend of Skate In The City in Garema Place with the last session at 7pm on Sunday night. At 11.30am on Saturday there is a Cosplay dedicated session, then a onesie dress up session at 5.30pm. Sunday celebrates Austrian Cultural Sunday with themed shows, food and crafts all day. Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm, with an additional 8.30pm session on Saturday. Tickets: adult $17, children and concession $15, family $48, under-5 free. Visit