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Creative Director James Kape mail @ jameskape.com
Contributing Editors Mattias Friberg Sophie Kahl
Dr Denim Jeansmakers Tin & Ed City Guide – Sydney Our Legacy and Whyred Velour Interview with Jens Lekman Craig Dermody Dagen-H Secret Squirrel Book Review City Guide – Melbourne Fifth Ave Shoe Repair and Won Hundred Gram Mamma’s Meatballs
Contributors Alex Vitlin, Wilfred Brandt, Nadia Saccardo, Daniel Boud, Patrick Stevenson, Molly Monroe, Rebekah Archer, Anna Johnson, Julia Booth, Paul Jones, Abbe Keeble, Bulesa Dover, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Wortsman, Rachel Elliot-Jones, Phats Cockstrangla, Olle Holmberg, Ulla Magnusson
Thank you Alexander Graah at Dr Denim, Alexis Holm at Gram, Andrew Prince and Bri Cheeseman at Secret Squirrel, Per Andersson and Dennis Persson at Velour, Craig Dermody, Tin & Ed, Hanna Magnusson, Gustav Tannfors, Nadia Saccardo at Right Angle Publishing, Hobogestapo, Jens Lekman, Fabienne Nicolas and Steven Blanks at Ariel Books, Danielle Collins at Whirlwind Print
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Foreword Sometimes we sell clothes, sometimes we host exhibitions and sometimes we throw parties. This time, we decided to make a magazine – this magazine. A wise man once said that a man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to – which is true. But more often than not, successful outcomes are the bi-product of an intricate chain of fruitful associations. As much as one can (and should) take credit for their own successes, it is important to acknowledge the delicate interplay between the many factors that influence and inspire your choices. Contained within these pages is a small selection of links in our proverbial chain. An assembly of creative minds who – directly and indirectly – spur us on to make whatever it is we happen to be doing at that time just that little bit better. We hope they do the same for you.
— Volume 1. Issue 1. — sometimes
Established in 2005, Somedays and Somewhere are two pioneering retail and gallery spaces in Sydney and Melbourne. Despite being 1014km apart (if you take the scenic route), the ethos remains the same â€“ to sell nice things in a nice space to
nice people. And that is, essentially, what we do.With more than a slight inclination to all things Nordic by nature, our stores bring together the cream of local talent with emerging and established designers from around the world. Each season, we
carefully select a limited range of stylish wearables and present them in a curated retail environment, free from affectation and ephemeral trends. Our galleries support local visual artists and we remain committed to nurturing creativity,
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Left to Right: Somewhere, Melbourne and Somedays, Sydney collectivity and cohesion within the contemporary arts community. Our aim is to provide an accessible space for young artists and designers to create and exhibit their work to a diverse and engaging audience. It is, perhaps, our own willingness
to engage that forms the basis of our mentality. We are in the fashion business, but fashion alone does not sustain our interest. We are constantly exploring alternate avenues and tangential side-projects (such as this) that ensure our collective atten-
tion remains focused and our sense of intrigue is well fed. - MW www.somedays.com.au www.somewherestore.com.au
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Dr Denim Jeansmakers - Interview with Alexander Graah -
Back in the day, the ancient Greeks used to talk about this thing called ‘The Golden Ratio’. Throughout the ages, this ratio has served as the benchmark for achieving a divine harmony of proportions in all artistic exploits. In 2003, Dr Denim brought this harmony to the fashion world through a perfect balance of fit, form and function. Each Dr Denim garment is the product of 35 years of family tailoring and tested methods of construction. The ethos is simple – sometimes things should look good just for the sake of it – damn straight they should.
What was the single greatest moment in the history of the label?
We’ve heard that you both have alter egos that only emerge after a few ciders, could you draw them?
What are your four favourite things about Gothenburg?
Here in Australia, Dr Denim has really exploded. Is it strange to see your label on bums all over the world?
Why is a good pair of jeans like a fine wine?
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Above: Alexander, Johannes and Morten in the Dr Denim Workshop.
tim and fred tin and ed ‘Interviewed by Sophie Kahl.’
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Tin Nguyen and Edward Cutting are the respective halves of one remarkably talented whole. That whole, which is aptly named Tin & Ed, is a vibrant graphic design duo based in Melbourne. They’ve worked with clients like Nike, The Australian Ballet, Visa and MTV and last year won the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for Visual Communications.
S: Who do you look to for inspiration when you’re experiencing designer’s block ?
S: How did you both meet ? And when did you officially form Tin & Ed ? T&E: We first met at uni at the end of first year, we designed a punk rock magazine together. Tin & Ed officially began when we finished uni in 2004, we’ve been friends for nearly ten years!
T&E: It might have been a little longer than a year ago but we saw an Annette Messanger retrospective at the Mori Art Museum. You could really connect with the work on so many levels, it says a lot about the power of art to transcend generation, race, sex etc. Otherwise, who would have thought we’d have so much in common with a 67 year old french woman?
S: How does working and being such close friends affect the process of your work ?
S: How has winning the SOYA award affected your business ?
T&E: It’s hard to say, we’ve worked together for so long, and neither of us have worked for anyone else, so we don’t have anything to compare it to. I guess the working process is generally more relaxed, the fact that we’re friends allows the design process to flow more freely and to change quite easily. It’s worked well for us and it’s fun to work with your best friend, it feels less like work and more like hanging out and making stuff.
T&E: The mentorship has been pretty awesome, knowing we can call up Vince Frost and ask for advice about stuff whenever we need! We’ve already started to do things differently based on his advice. We’re also really excited about going overseas later this year!
T&E: Our friends, we are inspired by a lot of things, but to see people we know and are friends with doing exciting and interesting things, that is inspiring. S: What is the most interesting exhibition you have seen in the last 12 months ?
S: Can you tell us a funny / interesting story that has happened to you at work ? T&E: We get some pretty funny mail from people getting our names wrong, once someone sent us mail addressed to tim & fred.
Tin & Ed will be exhibiting at Somedays Gallery throughout December 2010. www.tinanded.com.au
Pictured Left: Tin & Ed ‘Ritual coordination’ and Above ‘Informal structures’.
TwoThousand and ThreeThousand are cultural guides to Melbourne and Sydney – websites with daily posts and weekly e-newsletters that bring the best of each city to local inboxes. According to the editors, the publications are for “people who realise that the best things in life can be hard to find...” and these things include music, bars, shopping, books, art and design – with a very local focus. Sign up for the very low price of free.
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Where: 231a Victoria St, Darlinghurst (map reference: E1) When: Mon-Sun, 5pm-late How much: Wine from $7 a glass, cocktails from $15, tapas $6-$22 Contact: 9358 6116
Shady Pines Saloon
Where: 256 Crown St, Darlinghurst (in the alley behind American Apparel) (map reference: D1)
When: Mon-Sun 4pm-12am
Shady Pines, Tokyo Bike and The Passage are just a few of the new, independent endeavours that TwoThousand is excited about.
The menu is designed to complement drinks, so you can drop in for a snack or go nuts and bang together a DIY degustation and wine flight. I respect a bar for acknowledging that food should match drink, and not pretending it’s vice versa (restaurants are for that). The Passage hasn’t gone for anything outrageous or gimmicky, which is a nice change, and it’s a slick little reason NOT to pop over to the Cross, which is also a nice change. By Alex Vitlin
When TwoThousand was born onto the internet four years ago, Sydney was overflowing with heaps of very nice and very empty spaces. While we don’t have a new bar, shop or gallery in every side street and its garbage bins – yet – we do have more to choose from.
come in. The common aspect is the rooms are never more than two or three metres wide: terrible for claustrophobic misanthropes but great for people who like to meet people. The kitchen, open until midnight, knocks out tapas such as stuffed zucchini flowers with truffled honey or vodka-cured salmon, with heavier ‘main’ type options.
How much: Can of beer $6
Photos: Patrick Stevenson The aptly-named Passage is a discreet space stretching between Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street, on the old L’otel site. A communal bench table leads into a darkly mirrored lounge which leads into a back bar area - or a front bar area, depending on which door you
An oft-had discussion in my house goes like this: “Seriously, there are no bars here like American bars.” “I know, where it’s all dark, and you sit at the bar and just shoot the shit.” “Exactly - let’s just open one.” “Well why not?” And so on. And so on. That conversation has now been shot. After an age of bureaucratic hassle, Shady Pines
Saloon is finally open. Down in the underground space, your cans are served on a napkin, the bourbon is varied and Dylan crows through speakers. The generous, parquet bar beckons long seated sessions, the roadside Americana surrounds and the music ties it all together in a way that forces you to stay. Indeed, so successful is the operation, we’re prepared to forgive the absence of neon Pabst signs and college football. By Alex Vitlin
Where: 1 Marys Place, Surry Hills (on the right of the Beresford Hotel) (map reference: D2) When: Sat 11am-6pm, Sun-Mon 11am5pm, closed Tues-Wed, Thurs-Fri 11am-7pm
sap’, in a lycra jumpsuit, on a bike that cost more than your HECS debt. Eight years ago, Tokyo Bike opened their first store in the Tokyo suburb of Yanaka, selling smartly designed, affordable bikes, light in weight (between 9 and 11 kilos) - and light on graphics or logos. The Surry Hills store will be their first in Australia, selling bikes, bike accessories, and “other things we like from Japan”. All you have to do is take a leisurely stroll down. Domo arigato!
On Cat Street people line their houses with pot plants, creating a sort of green passage through which cats can prowl, clean themselves and do other cat stuff. And there sure are lots of cats; ginger, tabbies, tortoise, black and white - all colours of fluff. They laze on the warm bitumen and weave through the pot plants. They swat each other and meow for milk.
By Wilfred Brandt
Where: McElhone Pl, Surry Hills (map reference: D3) When: Daylight
How much: Bikes range from $770 to $1500 Contact: 9357 1223 or tokyobike.com.au
Tokyo might just be the forwardthinking metropolis we all aspire to become. 13 million people with a passion for cutting edge technology who still cherish expert craftsmanship, fine detailing, great design, alongside old-fashioned tradition and time? Isn’t the perfect balance of high-tech and bespoke what we’re all after? Tokyo Bike knows that getting there is half the fun, and slower is often better. This isn’t about powering across town ‘ay-
Cat Street is not actually called Cat Street, or Cat Alley, or Cat Town. It is McElhone Place. But that’s a stuffy name, so locals prefer ‘Cat Street’.
Photos: Daniel Boud
We suppose that this isn’t the kind of place you might stray unless you’re in the area. But if you happen to be close, and god knows many of us frequently are (the Cricks is right around the corner yo) then stop bai and sai hai. By Nadia Saccardo
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Our Legacy Founded in 2005 by childhood friends Jockum Hallin and Cristopher Nying, Our Legacy offers a contemporary take on traditional looks, cuts, and garments. From footwear through to ties, they provide a comprehensive range of male furnishings that manage to strike the familiar while not falling to the generic. “We try to create collections that are timeless and classic,” says Hallin. “Those looking for avant-garde design might find us a bit boring, but I guess you can’t please everyone.” This is slow fashion at its finest. In a time where trends are becoming incurably fickle, these pieces have an enduring sophistication that might just see you through this season and the next. - MW
Above: Our Legacy
In the 1950s, artist Sven “X:et” Erixon, a painter known for his bold and lively hues, was asked during a radio interview to reveal his favorite colour. “Red,” he replied. “Why red?” responded the host. “Well, blue then,” he countered. Fast forward to 1998 when Erixon’s grandson, Roland Hjort, joined up with Lena Patriksson and Jonas Clason to launch Whyred, a label with both familial and conceptual ties to the world of art, including an unofficial motto that exemplifies the brand’s artistic philosophy and roots: “As in art, fashion should never be one dimensional.” Taking a minimal, modernist approach to design, the label’s men’s and women’s, lines have consistently produced unconventional staples lauded for their provocative details and quality. - MW
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Velour - Interview with Per Andersson -
The Velour story is one of family tradition, cultural heritage and downright good fortune. It began in 1997 when Per Andersson rummaged through the storeroom of his grandmother’s old ready-towear shop, which closed in the mid 80s after 50 years of trading. Under a blanket of dust, Per cracked the mother load of vintage finds. He decided to make the most of his new found wealth and opened Nostalgi, a shop selling the dead stock garments alongside his own remakes. The store quickly became a forum for Gothenburg’s independent scene and inspired the team to start their own label. In 2005, the first Velour collection was launched.
Did you hold on to any pieces from your grandmother’s shop?
What are you listening to at the moment?
What are your three favourite things to do on the weekend?
Could you draw us a picture of your shop Nostalgi?
What’s with all the checks and stripes?
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Above: Gothenburg and the dead-stock store.
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An interview with Jens Lekman Jens Lekman is a sample-happy Swede who now calls Melbourne home, which means that we can now perform our nationalistic duty and claim him as our own. And rightly we should – the man’s got talent. His unique brand of flowery sun-drenched pop is laden with melodrama and rich soundscapes. His booming baritone, deadpan delivery and smart lyrics speak in volumes about love, loss, the unknown, the forgotten and the beauty in mediocrity.
What keeps bringing you back to Australia? First time it was for love. Second time it was to escape heartache.
What is the best show you have been to in Australia? The Reels. I had never heard them before and they looked pretty old when I saw them last year but they were amazing.
Favourite place in Melbourne and why (besides Somewhere Store)? Fairfield Boat House, a little café by the Yarra river. For a few dollars you can go for a romantic boat ride down the river, they’ll stare at you when you say “no, I’m renting the boat just for myself, I don’t have a girlfriend”. Good scones and a view to die for, if a view was ever to die for.
What is your favourite piece of clothing in your wardrobe? Any style inspirations ? The state of Wyoming, USA. For such a desolate place, people really knew how to dress. I found some amazing shirts there.
An old raincoat. Blue but not very famous.
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Jacket by An Ode To No One T-shirt by Secret Squirrel Skirt by Resterรถds Glasses by Moscot Shoes by The Horse
Jacket by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Knit by Won Hundred Glasses by Moscot
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Cardigan by Secret Squirrel Top by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Shorts by Whyred Gumboots by Vivienne Westwood
Dress by Won Hundred Glasses by Moscot
Hat by Coal Bag by Velour Knit by Dr Denim Shirt by Whyred Bow Tie by Dr Denim Knit by Dr Denim Shirt by Dr Denim Bow Tie by Amanda Christensen
Photography by Dan Hillburn and James Kape
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Jacket by Velour Knit by Whyred Shirt by Dr Denim Chinos by Velour Shoes by Gram
Knit by Velour Shirt by Our Legacy Shorts by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Shoes by Sperry Top-Sider
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Knit by Our Legacy Shirt by Velour Jeans by Dr Denim Shoes by Gram
lives in a tee pee and paints witches all night long...
â€˜Interviewed by Sophie Kahl.â€™
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Craig Dermody is one of those crossover talents whose focus oscillates between art and music. He takes chintzy, op-shop style artworks and indulges every child’s destructive fantasy by drawing witches, monsters and giant octopi right on top of these otherwise lifeless renderings. He is also the lead singer of the romantically named Scott and Charlene’s Wedding and Spider Vomit. S: What does Sweden mean to you ? C: Sweden is usually the place that drunk people ask if I’m from because of my blonde hair. I’m not even sure that the majority of people in Sweden have blonde hair. S: Where did your interest in necromancy come from ? C: I think everyone is interested in necromancy, it’s just that (nearly) everyone has to grow up some time. What kid didn’t think witches were cool? I live in a tee pee and paint witches all night long, aside from moving furniture every second day this is the perfect life of a 13 year old. I’m 29. S: Can you tell me about your music projects/bands? C: My main music project at the moment is Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, a pop grunge band whose songs are based on my dead end jobs, broken relationships etc etc. For my first record, Para Vista Social Club, I’m pressing 200 vinyl records and painting on each cover individually using old record covers, similar vibe to my regular paintings. I’ll be showing some of them at the somedays show. My other band Spider Vomit is also putting out a split 12” this week sometime.
S: What is your favourite venue to play at in Australia ? C: The TOTE! I know this is pretty unoriginal (1500 people in Bourke St cant be wrong) but the place just works every time. The sound is always good, you get a good rider, the beer garden is bangin and all my friends know where it is. I hope it stays just the same when it re-opens. S: Have there been any exhibitions you have been to in the last 12 months that you found particularly interesting ? I did like the circle pit exhibition the other day, actually i love everything those guys do. The place i find quite inspiring isn’t so much as an exhibition but my friend Gill Tucker’s house. I go there even more than usual lately because we’re renovating our bathroom and gill is always doing something really cool like a band poster or a film clip and I get inspired by her work. I also paint pictures of her dog and write songs about 107 Glenlyon Rd being my comfort place. I’m also still really interested in a show I saw of hi god people at the Big Day Out about two years ago. I still think about that show sometimes when I’m painting or making stuff. Apparantly, the American shamen performing a ceremony that so interested me and at times frightened me turned out to be a massive hoax from a guy in Dandenong who was once in the Labour Party.
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Dagen-H (H-Day) ‘Högertrafikomläggningen’
At 4:45am on Sunday the 3rd of September 1967 all Swedish traffic came to a complete standstill. At the stroke of five, a radio announcement blared ‘now is the time to change over’ and in a brief but monumental traffic jam Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right-hand side of the road. But Dagen-H, or Högertrafikomläggningen as it is affectionately known, was more than just a 15 minute square dance between Volvos and Saabs. It was an epic cultural and infrastructural shift that overturned a 200 year old custom. The change was a long time coming. For decades, while the rest of Europe standardised driving on the righthand side, Sweden clung stubbornly to the left – an attitude dating back to an arbitrary 18th Century royal decree for mail coaches. Despite tradition, the Swedes couldn’t help but notice that neither their own motoring reflexes nor those of visitors from right-hand driving countries changed at the border. Foreigners kept getting into dangerous difficulties on Swedish roads, and the travel prone Swedes were getting into too many accidents abroad. Even driving Swedish cars in Sweden was a problem in itself. Because the first cars in Sweden were left-hand drive imports, Swedish car manufacturers had also put left-hand steering in all their cars, which made overtaking on a two-lane highway somewhat of a perilous adventure. Once parliament decided on the switch, Swedish bureaucracy mobilised with typical efficiency. Psychologists began studies of drivers and pedestrians and traffic engineers surveyed Sweden’s 110,000 kilometres of roadway from Malmo to Lapland. Thousands of new signs and traffic lights were ordered and every home received
a manual detailing the 107 basic European road symbols that would replace the haphazard Swedish markers. To make sure foreign visitors got the message, the Commission on Right-Hand Traffic printed pamphlets in 15 languages. As Dagen-H neared, every intersection was equipped with an extra set of traffic signals, bus stops jumped from one side of the street to the other, road lines were repainted, intersections were reshaped and oneway streets were redirected. In order to avoid blinding oncoming traffic, all Swedish vehicles also had to have their left-hand drive headlights replaced with right-hand units. Trams in Stockholm were withdrawn and replaced by buses, and over 1000 new buses were purchased with doors on the right-hand side. Some 8000 older buses were retrofitted to provide doors on both sides, while Gothenburg exported its right-hand drive buses to Pakistan and Kenya. In the final, frenetic days before Dagen H, the new system was explained in the papers, demonstrated on film, discussed on radio and extolled by singing television commercials. Stockholm’s N.K department store reported a run on men’s shorts emblazoned with a large ‘H’ and milk cartons sprouted slogans like “Smile a little in the right-hand traffic. We are all beginners.” The publicity campaign even included a song contest about the impending change; the winning entry was ‘Håll dig till höger, Svensson’ (‘Keep to the right, Svensson’) by RockBoris. The song then stayed in the Swedish charts for three weeks. For all the predictions of total chaos on Dagen H, the elaborate preparations were well worth the $120 million dollars it cost motorists in additional taxes. Aside from a few bent fenders and dented egos, the change was, in fact, so bloodless that two days passed before a single fatality was reported. - MW
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Secret Squirrel - Interview with Andrew Prince and Bri Cheeseman -
Secret Squirrel create beautiful vintage-inspired clothing, which means the classic tailoring and elegance of yesteryear without the musty odour and non-descript stains associated with real vintage. The label is a collaborative effort between two creative souls – Bri Cheeseman and Andrew Prince – that began under a canvas umbrella at Sydney’s Glebe Markets. Drawing inspiration from their respective talents of floristry and music, the pair design clothes that are simple and elegant with just a hint of nostalgia.
Can you encapsulate Secret Squirrel in ten words or less?
If you weren’t designing clothes what would you be doing?
How did you guys meet?
Can you draw two influential style icons?
What are your three favourite things to do in Sydney?
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Above: Secret Squirrel HQ
One Day by David Nicholls
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
One Day follows the lives of two best friends. Set on the same day each year for 20 years, they are sometimes together, sometimes apart, but always with me tagging along. By the end I felt like the third wheel, the hanger-on, and together we went through a whole spectrum of emotions. Heart wrenching and often infuriating One Day is sharply written with clever, realistic dialogue and is filled with hilarious cultural references from the late 80s to the present day. I didn’t want it to end, but what an ending it is! - RA
Patti Smith (poet, punk pioneer, blogger, painter and androgynous rebel) is a beautiful writer, rich in humility. Her journey from a pregnant teen factory worker to a fully fledged pop icon occurs in the span of ten years. And the passage from obscurity to stardom was dotted with the most juicy characters - some famous and some simply bizarre. One of the first people she meets in New York is the romantic Robert Mapplethorpe. The pair are united in this memoir by a code of idealism stronger than gender, taste or even sex. And just like kids, they play. - AJ
I love it when a book leads you to other books. Recently, I have been following a trail of South American authors, from Bolano, to Fuentes, to Cortazar. Hopscotch has been an influential novel, especially among South American experimental literature. Horacio Olivera is an Argentinian ‘flaneur’ living in Paris with his mistress La Maga. By day, he wanders the streets of Paris, by night he debates philosophy, literature and politics with his friends “the club”. Outstanding. - JB
All books available from arielbooks.com.au and reviews kindly provided by Ariel staff.
Trouble by Kate Jennings Couch up with some red wine to accompany this cussedness. How did Cathy from Griffith end up Kate on Wall Street? And what a loss! A fascinating era is revisited through interviews, poems, essays, speeches that all contain pointed cleverness and passion, a bluestocking journey through madness and AA with a left wing feminist (who wrote the only good autobiographical novel about dementia and banking). - PJ
Fortress Of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem I really destroyed this book. Dog eared pages filled with the most beautiful quotes and conversations. I took my time savoring up the sweetness of this lyrical and graceful story of friendship between two boys, respectively black and white, growing up in Brooklyn. From comic books to hip hop, drugs, parents, superheroes, graffiti, heartbreak, punk music and so on, Lethem recreates every sight, sound, rhythm, texture and tension. - AK
Home Love by Megan Morton Whether you need a gentle nudge in the right direction or youâ€™re going for a whole re-vamp, Home Love will help you identify and maximise the assets within your home to create a harmonious and unique environment. - BD Supreme by Bondaroff The first monograph on the iconic New York streetwear label Supreme charts the rise of the brand from its humble beginnings in a shop front in downtown Manhattan to its emergence as the very epitome of skater cool. - MM
Melbourne By ThreeThousand It’s near on impossible to find a square metre in Melbourne that hasn’t been turned into something awesome; every laneway, stairwell and, increasingly, caravan has some sort of coolness going on. We got bars, boutiques, artist-run galleries and gourmet ventures coming out the yin-yang, yet there still seems to be a fresh batch popping up every week to get us excited all over again. Mamasita, The Ice House, Korean BBQ and The Thousands Shop are just the tip of our groovy iceberg. To keep up with the haps, regularly check: www.threethousand.com.au
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a heavy handed approach to sour cream. Well my friends, you can put down that seasoning sachet because finally a New York educated Aussie has delivered on the collective dream with Matt Lane opening Mamasita in Melbourne. Mamasita - Spanish slang for ‘hot babe’- is a classy joint, (no cucarachas in their kitchen!) the food is tasty yet delicate, so very far from the misrepresented Mexican food most of us are used to. My favourite dish - possibly a new favourite for life - was the Elotes Callejeros, a Mexican corn on the cob with chipotle mayo, cheese and fresh lime ¡ay caramba! In fact, everything on the menu is muchos tasty, not to mention entirely gluten free. So Papasotes out there, take your Mamasitas down to Collins Street to get yourself an education on tequila, clear your sinuses with a spicy, spicy beer and wash it all down with a grapefruit margarita. Ole! By Rosie Scott
Where: Lvl 1, 11 Collins St, Melbourne (map reference: E4)
Melbourne Hwaro Korean Barbecue
Where: 562 Little Bourke St, Melbourne (map reference: C3) When: Mon-Sun 5pm-Late Contact: 9642 5696 There’s something in the air near the corner of Little Bourke and King Street, and it’s not the scent of impending violence. It’s the thick clouds of smoke reeking of Umami. Wikipedia says that Umami is a loanword from Japanese meaning roughly ‘tasty’, although also ‘brothy’, ‘meaty’, or ‘savory’, which is exactly what brought me into Melbourne Hwaro Korean Barbecue. Sure, I could go on about the amazing selection of meats that get awkwardly cooked over a pit of fire before your very eyes by well meaning staff, but all you really need to know are the following: 1) Each table has a doorbell. This doorbell will bring you more meat.
When: Mon-Wed 12pm-12am, Thurs 12pm-12.30am, Fri12pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am
2) There is an outdoor smoking area. This area is for real smokers only, as you will be inhaling copious amounts of smoke from said doorbell meat.
Contact: 9650 3821 From what I’ve heard, whenever food-loving Melbournians visit New York they come back with a passion for opening a Mexican Restaurant. After a while life takes hold, they go eat some Pho and forget all about it. Nay, we are left to fend for ourselves with the Old El Paso burrito kit and
3) They have the DYSON AIRBLADE in their bathrooms, which dries your hands with BLADES OF AIR. ‘nuff said. By Jeremy Wortsman
Photos: Sophie Kahl
The Thousands Shop
drool-worthy rare and hard to find publications and zines from Australia and beyond. By Rachel Elliot-Jones
Where: Lvl 6, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne and www.thethousandsshop.com.au (map reference: D3)
While taking a 90-minute round trip journey to Oakleigh South to the Olympic Ice Skating Rink had its moments - such as passing Volcano Joes, getting to park next to the most insanely eight-sided building ever, and driving a motorcycle while wearing a backpack filled with 20kg of ice hockey gear with a huge stick coming out of it, looking like some Jewish Yoshimitsu, then being talked down to by Johnny Copface, telling me that “This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen” - it all started to wear thin after a while.
When: Mon-Thurs by appointment Contact: email@example.com
For a number of years now, we at The Thousands have been telling you what we like via the internet. We tell, you read, and there’s ever a deep dark cyber void in between you and us and a genuine conversation. Not anymore. The Thousands Shop has taken the online offline, finally providing us with a hard copy space for real time conversation, collaboration and showcasing some of our favourite things in a curated retail environment, with a selection also available for online sale. Climb the six flights of stairs to reach an ochre-turfed emporium of covetable wares, housed behind a heavy-set timber sign, amid a lushly curated display of foliage and mossy greens. Ditch any unworthy contenders for a spot under the Christmas tree this year in favour of a googly-eyed rock man from Trust Fun!, bespoke, crocheted jewellery called 2 by Lyn and Tony, classy Japanese stationery from Düller, limited-edition vinyl pressings from local acts like Darren Sylvester and Super Wild Horses, magazines, wallets, plants, wooden bike handlebars, or any number of
While proper bagels and decent percolated coffee may never reach our fine shores, the North American Antipodean Domination is well on its way, leaving a trail of Obesity, Douchebaggery, and some sweet-ass Mexican Food in its wake. As an esteemed member of the high council I am proud to announce that the sixth seal has finally been broken with the opening of Melbourne’s Icehouse.
Photos: Olle Holmberg
Where: 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands (map reference: A4) When: Open daily How much: $21/$22.50 with skate hire Contact: 1300 756 699
The incredible new facility (conveniently located next to Costco) sports dual Olympic-sized rinks, a great pro-shop, cafe, and an ice surface that doesn’t resemble a wartorn strip of concrete! While the second rink is still under construction, there are already some great sessions programmed. Whether you want to learn skating, try your skills at ice hockey (aka, the real version of hockey) or simply put on some spandex and get your hands deep in some strange crotch, there’s something for everyone! You’re welcome, Australia. By Phats Cockstrangla
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Eat & Drink
1. Mamasita ............................................. E4 2. Hells Kitchen ....................................... D4 3. Melb Hwaro Korean Barbecue ............ C3 4. C.O.T (Cup Of Truth) ......................... D4 5. Embassy Cafe ....................................... B1 Map Illustration by: James Kape
6. Costco ................................................... A1 7. Life Drawing (No Vacancy, QV) ........... D3 8. The Icehouse ........................................ A1 9. Learn Bass (Allens Music) ..................... D3 10. Wonderland Ice Skating Rink ............. A3
Shop 11. Somewhere ......................................... D3 12. Zoologie .............................................. D4 13. The Thousands Shop ......................... D3 14. Captains of Industry .......................... D3 15. Sticky ................................................... D4
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Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
Above: Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
In 2004, Astrid Olsson and Lee Cotter began the Stockholm-based clothing label Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair. Yet, oddly enough, they don’t repair shoes, nor do they work on Fifth Avenue. The name was actually taken from on old shoemaker’s shop in London and they were simply paying tribute to this age old craft. “Attention to detail and a love of fabrics is something we honor and for which we stay ready to walk an extra mile to achieve,” says Astrid. “Since classic tailoring and pattern-making remain a priority in the collections, we named the line Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair.” - MW
Won Hundred “In the early 2000s, almost every shop in Denmark carried either bohemian stuff or Italian bling, which started to hurt my eyes,” says Nikolaj Nielsen, founder of the Copenhagen-based label Won Hundred. “I was much more into the minimalistic silhouettes and toned-down rock attitude.” Driven by his fascination with Denim, Neilsen launched Won Hundred with an ambition to challenge the way fashion was grasped in Denmark. Merging rocker antics with a distinctly Scandinavian bent toward classic lines and neutral tones, the brand quickly established a strong international presence riding the line between intelligent street-wear and contemporary fashion. - MW
Above: Won Hundred
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Gram - Interview with Alexis Holm -
Founded in Stockholm in 2005 by Alexis Holm and Anna Stenvi , Gram footwear is an elegant, ‘middle finger’ take on the classic stomper styles of old. Each collection is centred around the concept of weight, a reflection of Alexis’ personal fixation with the technical components of good design. Form, function, material and construction are given equal consideration to ensure the end result is greater than the sum of its parts. If shoes maketh the man, then Gram maketh a very handsome man indeed.
Can you really judge a man by his shoes?
What do you do for fun in Hong Kong?
Do you look to the past, present or future when designing each collection?
Could you please draw your favourite pair of shoes?
You’ve recently relocated to Hong Kong, what three things do you miss most about Sweden?
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Pictured Above: Shoes at work
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webshop launching Setember 2010
Published on Mar 8, 2011