A winter escape with our Creative Director Samantha Stevenson-Baker to the Dandenong Ranges

After our latest lockdown, a small break into the country was exactly what was needed. Only an hour out of Melbourne the Dandenong Ranges is the perfect escape for its amazing scenery, gorgeous towns and delicious food.

Larnook is a self contained cabin constructed from two shipping containers but with all the amenities you need for a chic escape, set against an abandoned dairy. Cosy and warm, with all the essentials such as a gas fire to keep inside warm, a fire pit to keep warm outside and an outdoor shower for the brave. It is the perfect place to cook a meal, play a board game and take in your surroundings.

Sleeping up to two guests, it's the perfect retreat. We loved the tactile finishes of cork paired with natural tones and light green to reflect the landscape. Attention to the smallest details make this getaway elegant and refined while blending into the natural surroundings. The highlight was the king size bed encased in luxury linens and with a full window view to the 180 degrees of countryside surrounding it. Perfect for a hot chocolate and breakfast in bed.

We explored the local area and loved The Patch Store for coffee and breakfast @thepatchstore (send a postcard to a loved one at the adjoining post office) and the Kallista Deli & Cafe. We recommend you try your luck getting into High Tea at Miss Marples Tea Room in Sassafrass too and The Independant for a lovely dinner in Gembrook.

You are also a short drive to the Yarra Valley if you want to explore for the day. Our pick for lunch is at Meletos. 




What does the brand stand for?

The word ‘pare’ means to cut something back, shave it, or refine it; this is the fundamental design philosophy the brand stands by. The name is also a play on words for pair – each product is named after a famous pair: Bread & Butter, Puss & Boots, Romeo & Juliet, and the brand is known for its collaborations and cross-industry partnerships in fashion, music, art and jewellery. 

Pared Eyewear continues to cement itself as the leading Australian Fashion Eyewear brand as it continues to launch its new collaboration lines with Australian designers.

Pared is known for its collaborations with Australian Designers Bec + Bridge and P.E Nation and Holly Ryan Jewellery as well as International identities The Salty Blonde and Resort brand Staerk & Christensen. 

Pared releases 2 collections per year focussed around the fundamentals of its principles of clean lines and simplicity with its signature notches.


Our eyewear components are chosen with a long life span in mind.

FRAMES – The frame is handmade using high quality 6mm acetates. We use a number of quality suppliers with core acetates from DAICEL and Mazzucelli. Acetate is lightweight, flexible & hypo allergenic. The properties of acetate allow it to retain a vibrant pigment in many different shades and combinations.

WARRANTY – We pride ourselves on a lovely product made with care and attention to detail. We offer a custom pared case & pouch to protect your glasses as well as a 1 year warranty against manufacturing faults. We also offer a repair service for our glasses. Please contact us – hello@pared.com.au for any enquiries.

OPTICAL FRAMES & PRESCRIPTION – Most of our sunglasses frames can be scripted with an optical lens. Please contact us for more information.

LENSES – Pared offers a selection of both solid, gradient & mirror CR39 lenses. We use high quality Japanese lens suppliers as well as Carl Zeiss optics. Our lenses are lightweight, shatterproof and scratch resistant with a great clarity of vision. Cr39 lenses have superior heat and chemical resistance. All pared lenses meet the strictest Australian & NZ standards as well as International standards. The lenses offer UV400 protection and 100% UVA & UVB protection.

METAL DETAIL & HINGES – All metal is either titanium (known for its strength and durability whilst being very light) or stainless steel. Both nickel free & hypo allergenic. SCREWS – We use OBE German rubber dipped screws to ensure a strong and durable hinge connection for long term wear.