about

Silk Purse Oily Rag is a fashion blog that focusses on the style of real women, and the secrets behind their great fashion sense.  It is the fashion ‘baby’ of Sonya Leusink Sladen, writer, stylist and fashion editor.

Noticing the gap between the messages brought to women through main-stream fashion media, and the truth behind the great style of ‘real women’, Sonya established the blog.  She hopes to bring an empowering, more sustainable and inspiring alternative to all women about fashion and personal style, based on the values of a woman’s knowledge & wit, her authenticity and her ability to be resourceful.

Sonya currently is Fashion Editor for Wild Tomato Magazine, previously Fashion Editor for Admire magazine from 2014 to 2016.  She also held the Fashion Editor for Wild Tomato Magazine (2012-2014).  Her CV includes fashion columnist for The Nelson Mail (2006-2011), and radio-show fashion commentator for  More FM (2010/2011) and Fresh FM (2005 – 2007) .  In 2017, Sonya took top honours in the “Open – Recycling” category of the New Zealand Fashion Design, Hokonui Fashion Design Awards, with her daywear ensemble made and accessorised with curtain fabrics, hooks and rings.

Sonya lives in Nelson with her husband and two children, and, alongside a love of fashion, loves the great outdoor opportunities that living in Nelson New Zealand brings, especially going on adventures with family and friends.