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VOELLK

VOELLK arises from an elusive sensibility that seeks to make moments of joy felt in every day life.  Through an instinctive desire for authenticity, VOELLK is a unique Sydney based and locally focused enterprise specialising in bespoke, luxury womenswear.  Providing a personalised service  and the craft of couture,  VOELLK makes elegance accessible.

VOELLK understands the relationship of body and psychology in the precise creation of individual comfort for every client through delivery of garments of enduring beauty.  The subtlety of each female silhouette is resolved to the essential qualities of each design imbuing confidence and individuality.

The VOELLK collection consists of limited edition pieces and constantly evolving designs. Using the finest of Australian sourced natural fabrics, complimented with contemporary and vintage European fabrics and laces, each piece is crafted with elements of traditional tailoring, intricate details and couture finishes. Facets within each collection are thoughtfully designed with a duality of purpose and interchangeability, transforming pieces from day to evening, essential femininity to an allusive masculinity.  

VOELLK seeks to influence a dialogue between generations, to recover the irreplaceable traditions of our culture that exist beyond fashion. We work within communities of creativity where the respect for our shared resources finds its expression in a realisation of distilled beauty.

VOELLK crafts unique designs to love beyond the moment.

 ABOUT US

Agnieszka Cortese

Born in Krakow, Poland, Agnieszka re-located to Australia in 1984, completing her schooling before undertaking both graduate and post-graduate studies in Commerce at the University of Western Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney.  Moving from accounting into marketing, Agnieszka worked with Lend Lease,  News Corporation and Westfield on major projects including the launch of significant retail developments and project events. In 2004, Agnieszka began her transition into consulting and subsequently into design, forming her own consultancy and design studio in 2012 following the birth of her third child.  Her work focused on the development of design concepts in fashion and lifestyle furnishings with a style based on an essential minimalism crafted with a reductive refinement of detail and emotive materiality. She founded VOELLK in partnership with Jan Marie Jacobson in 2016.

Jan Marie Jacobson

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jan Marie completed her AAS in Fashion Design from the Academy of Design in Chicago.  Subsequently, she worked in both design and product realisation with foreign manufacturers as well as producing her own local label. Jan Marie relocated to Europe where, during her 17 year international modelling career,  she concurrently worked as a muse, fit model and collaborative with Moschino in Milan, Gattinoni in Rome and Lecoanet Hemant in Paris. She began her independent studio in Paris before commencing a luxe couture and bridal studio in London in 2001,  where her passion for precision, fit and comfort within an intricately detailed garment has always been a focal point of her designs. Her unique style attracted a loyal clientele including Savannah Miller, Patsy Kensit, Kelly Hoppen, Rossella Jardini and Brix Smith Start. Jan Marie's designs have been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Hello!, Conde Nast Brides, andHouse & Garden in Britain, Jeune et Jolie in Paris, Grazia in Milanand Harper's Bazaar in Australia. Re-locating to Australia in 2009 with her partner and two children, she continued her design and couture practice intermittently before founding VOELLK in partnership with Agnieszka Cortese in 2016. Her extensive background in international fashion markets across London, Milan, Paris, New York, and Tokyo provides her with the perfect platform for VOELLK’s Sydney based couture business.