Posts Tagged ‘Clothing’

Lick Clothing

April 21, 2010

For this post, I am taking a more personal approach (which I usually try to avoid). BUT- after my attention was directed to this ‘review‘ on Lick Clothing- I felt I should probably provide a proper and more personal review of the store.

The statement was made that “some clothes were way over priced as such and the same product but better quality would easily be bought in other stores such as “cotton on” or “mink pink”.”

While this person has the right to his or her opinion, I highly disagree with this statement. Cotton On is a decent store where I buy basics from, however the style they produce does not really overlap with the style stocked at Lick Clothing. As for the clothing being over priced- on the contrary Mary. I have never been more satisfied with the prices from Lick. I believe that in the majority of small businesses, designer labeled tops may cost up to $60. Today however, I walked in and managed to find a few tops under $40 and on occasion, I have bought skirts for $35.

They stock more than clothes too! They have the quirkiest shoes to offer along with some unique accessories such as necklaces and brooches. They always promote local music and artists which more people need to do. And don’t get me started on the people that work there- they are always friendly with a smile and only too happy to help you out.

For all those of you in Perth, or will be visiting Perth soon- I highly suggest you all to visit Lick Clothing and help support this adorable small business and keep it going!

If you’re curious about the art exhibitions they’ve held in the past, all details about the artists and musicians they have supported are available on their website.

Lick Clothing is situated on:
25 Market St
Fremantle, 6160
Ph: 9336 3727

Links:
Lick Clothing Site

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CTRL

July 22, 2009

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Remember CTRL clothing that was posted a while back? Well their newest season is quiet delicious! They have a webstore too so just check out the names of the clothing you want and get some ordering! The only place in Australia that they stock their clothes is in Second Family in NSW.

Links:
CTRL Homepage
CTRL Fall Season ’09
CTRL Webstore

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Ambiguous

February 1, 2009

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These tees are another example of how streetwear designs can be a mixture of fresh colours and creative odd designs. Now this is one of the designers where I can’t really find too much information about but once I do find something there’ll be an update for sure.

Their website’s blog is really amazing filled with their creative adventures though! The most recent few posts is filled with their “Ambiguous Artists Paddle Exhibition”- where people decorate their ping pong paddle in their own style and some create artwork pieces out of them. BUt at the moment both their website and MySpace are still under construction so more goodies will be available in the near future. Make sure you check back in- more so to check the blog =o).

Links:
Official Ambiguous Website
Ambiguous MySpace
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Hellz – A Crime For All Season

January 23, 2009

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Okay there’s some awesome shit around here from Hellz- an amazing fashion label created by Lanie Alabanza. The clothes she’s created is on the anti-girl side, choosing to not conform to feminine cuts and opting for alternative street style- not saying that it’s completely void of anything feminine, just more of an edgy sexy.

“Since 2005, Hellz has provided fashion alternatives for the bold fashionista with edgy, tops, jackets, denim and accessories, influenced by all things subversive; from the gritty streets of New York to sexploitation flicks of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Founder Lanie Alabanza, continue to defy all the rules of conformity and any fashion entity that claims a woman’s style cannot breach strength, individuality and feminine flair simultaneously.”

If you are one of the lucky ppl who live in an area where they stock Hellz- I hate you…(I only jest). But check it out! Have a look!
Stockists in Australia:
Heist Store – Melbourne
Laced – Brisbane
Espionage – Sydney

Links:
Hellz Official Site –> Amazing music played on this site
Hellz MySpace –> Check out the Photos for all past seasons

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EAT Clothing

January 17, 2009

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EAT clothing was created in 2006 by a group of easy going guys who love to surf, skate and design graphic art. Before EAT, the clothing label was known as 347 boardrider co. and this label goes as far back as 1996- so these guys know what they’re doing.

I love the designs on these tees because it’s so creative and different- there’s a certain artistic side to them that is not only appealing to a sub-culture but also the commercial popular culture. Their first batch of clothing was directed towards streetwear and that launched their popularity to the point where they opened up their own store. Now they cater for many Musicians, Artists and Surfers/Skaters which has helped their label become more and more popular.

“Our background places us amongst the most complex, progressive and creative people in our artistic community, who definitely endorse our design and fashion concept. We are recognized as an expression of the attitudes of our time, of our new generation. We strive to represent the culture and lifestyle that is a reflection of the contemporary world of which Indonesia is now a part. We celebrate plurality and enjoy the dynamic effects of the new technological advantages available, which give us access to the whole world, instantly.”

Links:
EAT Website
Amazing EAT Tees – Must Look!
EAT Online Store

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Religion Clothing

January 1, 2009

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Religion is a UK brand that’s recently been stocked in my beloved workplace Cite (that’s in Carousel for all you Perth people- must check it out okay). The designs are dark yet sophisticated, falling near high fashion but still wearable.

In Perth, Cite stocks some of the women’s clothing and another store called Bonnie & Clyde stocks Religion too. Enjoy!

Links:
Religion Site
Men’s Online Store
Women’s Online Store

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Popsicle!

September 1, 2008

POPSICLE has come!

“Showcasing 11 days of fresh designer wares!

4 -14 September | 11am – 6pm daily | 214 William Street Northbridge

Popsicle! is a pop up retail space that is the first of its kind in Perth. Discover the latest collections from a selection of our State’s most exciting designers right in the heart of Northbridge.

This 11 day event has been especially created for the Perth Fashion Festival and is where the public and buyers can shop for the latest in clothing, jewellery, accessories and more. Popsicle! showcases Perth’s finest within an abandoned building, which has been transformed by interior designers and will stay open only for the duration of the festival.

Popsicle is bought to you by The William Street Collective with the support from the City of Perth, Department of Culture and the Arts and the East Perth Redevelopment Authority.

Featuring:
Bim Kenesis, Joveeba, ANAN, ADAM Wore Short Pants, Beardsley in Blue Jeans!!!, minniMon, Golden Child, She Said Yoo Hoo!!!, Igor and Katja, KV Reyes, Ignite Gear, Malachi Alister Yiap!!!, Dapple-Grey, Generics Accessories, Anna Vedelago, Lucky Kat Kustom Jewellery, Ali J, Love is My Velocity, Relative Magazine, Mayk, King Brown Magazine, Cry Bloxsome, Serps Press, MD Zine.

Popsicle! continues Northbridge’s trend of offering alternative retail environments for the adventurous shopper.”


Links:
Popsicle Website with links to designers
Popsicle Map with links to venues

Pitbull Mansion

July 23, 2008




All you fashionistas out there should be happy with this feature- Pitbull Mansion. An online store where you can buy all the different types of brands out there in one place!!
The brands include:
CLAUDE MAUS
CHRONICLES OF NEVER
LOVE JUNGLE
DARKO
THOUSAND REASONS
KATE HURST
ILLIONAIRE
IF TOBY COULD TALK
BIM KENESIS
LES CORBEAUX
WHO AM EYE
RELIGION
NIQUE
VICIOUS THREADS
BEN SHERMAN
SYKE
ELIAS
DAMSELFLY…
COMING IN 2008: STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, TRIMAPEE

How did you come up with the name?
We had a brainstorming session in the office, and Pitbull Mansion was the winning name. We have a dog that looks suspiciously like a pitbull so that is where that part came from, and we liked the concept of a juxtapose between something “tough” and something “glam” – hence the mansion part! We were also keen to come up with a memorable random type name rather than something really obvious like clothingstore.com!

What is it that you do?
We are an online boutique selling some of the hottest up and coming designers from Australia (& NZ). Our focus is high-end streetwear and we stock both menswear and womenswear.

Who’s the brains behind all this?
I guess I (Chontelle) am the driving force behind Pitbull Mansion, but I have a great team behind me. I do the buying trips and stock selection. My husband is a photographer so he shoots any of our promo shots or catalogue pics, and we have a crew that process and send out orders and provide customer service.

When, how and why did you start out?
Pitbull Mansion has been running for over 18 months now, and it started after I had been trying to find decent gear to buy my husband online and discovered a shortage in good Aussie online stores – particularly in menswear and in streetwear. Then a crazy brain wave told me that maybe we should just start one! We got in touch with designers and showed them our plans and there was a general excitement out there for what we were doing.

Was it hard to actually start out?
There is a lot of planning and cash outlay that comes with starting a store like Pitbull Mansion. Having come from a graphic design background… setting the site up and getting it to look good was the easy part. But with little experience in the fashion industry it was a steep learning curve about buying cycles, seasons and what people want to buy! The store has grown its label mix over time and has also extended its customer base around the globe.

Any advice for people who have the same idea?
Research your market… get to know how the industry works and what your customers want. Oh and lots of cash always helps!

Any big plans in the near future?
I guess our big plan is to just keep improving at what we are doing. Always refining our designer mix, and looking for ways to give the customer a better shopping experience. We have recently launched a blog to help keep people in the loop for upcoming trends and previews of new collections and I am excited about this. But watch this space!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Picking one song is a tough one! This week I would probably pick L.E.S. Artistes by Santogold (in fact the whole album has been getting a lot of airplay)… but I am generally a sucker for Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Cut Copy, and The Presets among others!

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My Laptop (Apple of course)

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Hmmm…. that’s a tough one. Not sure what my favourite inanimate object would be, but I don’t think I have secret names for any!

The store is currently having an awesome sale on so now is the time to check through the stock they have left before it’s all gone!

Links:
Pitbull Mansion Online Store
Pitbull Mansion MySpace







Salasai

July 11, 2008





Kirsha Whitcher is the designer that’s produced some very creative pieces recently. The thing I love about these clothes are that they are so different from what you usually see in commercial clothing, yet they are still so wearable for everyone. No matter what style of clothing you usually wear there will be one item that you can imagine wearing. The general theme I could say about the clothes are that they are a classy and sophisticated style of alternative clothing.

How did you come up with the name?
Sala is Samoan for love of heart + sai is Chinese for cut. We came up with the name by making it up based on the heritage of my father, a play on words….

Who’s the brains behind the designs?
I am, I come from a BA in Fashion since 1998, and have worked overseas in the fashion industry for a number of years before returning home to NZ to start this brand – I wanted the label to be easy, non-pretentious and clever

When and how did you start out?
We started at the end of 2005, so I am into my 4th season production now designing my 5th….we started out in a garage with a pattern-cutting table and a sewing machine, and some friends giving me a hand..ha ha a lot has changed since then

Was it hard to actually start producing clothes?
Yes to be blunt, takes a while to find a good production house to make your stuff to a good quality and price, producing the clothes is the hard part I think because you get thrown in line after all the big designers, they don’t take you very seriously because your units are smaller and your prices are higher..that’s why it is hard!!!

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Non-conformist, easy oversized shapes, innovative silhouettes, and historic fashion that has shaped our time.

What did you do before you began designing?
I was 18 and thought maybe I would make a good school teacher, but I got denied teacher training college so I thought I was pretty good at art and I loved clothes so Ill do something fun instead, if I was to change though now – I think I would like to be an architect

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Go and get some industry experience first, to know how it works in the real world which is so different to what you learn at tech.

Any big plans in the near future?
Yeah! We’re building a new workroom and doing our first solo NZFW show this September – very exciting stuff happening!!!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Papa don’t Preach by Madonna – my girlfriend sent down the cd, so I put it on in the kitchen while I’m cooking and mucking around, stays in my head all day….

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My bed for sure

Do you have a secret name for your favorite inanimate object?
ha ha no I don’t

Does being a fashion designer help in picking up boys?
ha ha if I was looking sure, but don’t use the design line to pick up – I’m sure my husband wouldn’t approve!!

Check out the website because as with past brands that I love- I can’t possible put up all of the photos. My favourite collection is the Summer ’07 set.

Links:
Salasai Page
Salasai Online Shop





Cindez Clothing

June 19, 2008




These French designers have some funky and quirky minds- just take a look at their shirts, singlets and dresses. All of them can be purchased on the store website- the link is just down below.
They even sell super funky sunnies!

So have a browse around their online store because you’ll find some shoes and undies too.

Links:
Cindez Website
Cindez Online Store