Sunshine Barossa Australia specialises in handcrafting beautiful leather goods.
Sunshine Barossa Australia operates from a gorgeous studio located in the town of Stockwell in the Barossa Valley that is open to the public by appointment or check our opening hours on our website.
Sunshine Barossa Australia was born in 2016 when owner and founder, Carol Dadds, discovered a trunk filled with beautiful hides and leather working tools at her mother’s home.
However, Carol’s relationship with leather and hides began much earlier in her life and went back three generations. It began with her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth, who worked as a tailor creating leather handbags and commissioned pieces for the wealthy. Carol grew up on a horse stud, and she has vivid memories of her father teaching her how to braid and plait leather strips used to make bridles, halters, and the like for the horses.
Not long after stumbling across the leather filled trunk, Carol had a casual but fortuitous conversation with a business client. This client confided in her a mutual passion for leather and commented that ‘to sew leather every day’ would be a dream come true. A design and a hide were given to this gifted lady, and a beautiful bespoke leather bag was created and from this bag, Sunshine Barossa Australia was born. This amazing friend and leather seamstress is with Sunshine Barossa Australia still to this day.
Sunshine Barossa Australia is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The Barossa Valley is a hub for many creative souls including winemakers, artisan food producers, chefs, jewellers, and artists of all kinds. Premium quality, bespoke and handcrafted items are both appreciated and sought after, and this matched perfectly with Carol’s desire to create luxurious leather goods. The Barossa is also an endless source of inspiration for Carol, with its unique and beautiful environment and its colour palette, ever changing, with the seasons.