Surf Is Dead

6/20/2017 4:12 PM

Surf Is Dead has hit our shelves here at the store, Lower Grounds to be more specific. Bringing their lighthearted approach to surf culture with a series of enzyme washed graphic tees, hooded sweats, and headwear. Titled ‘Stranger Waves’, their series of graphic tees gives us the Stranger Wave ‘Lipstick’ Tee, Really Dead ’T-Rex’ Tee, and Surf Japan Tee. All of these sit neatly alongside their classic ‘SURF IS DEAD’ hooded pullovers in Black and Green. Offering an array of colours to keep your heads covered, the Asleep, and Stranger Waves hats, bring embroidered detailing to the classic six panel baseball cap.

The Surf Is Dead range is now available through Lower Grounds, located at the basement level of our 15 McKillop Street store. For those of you who can’t make it in, they’ll also be available through our online store with all of the finer details after the jump

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Indigo Robes SS17 Collection

5/9/2017 10:59 AM

As always Indigo Robes has delivered us a clear-cut collection, boasting amazing fabrics and comfortable new styles. We would like to introduce the Workers Jacket and the Lazy Pants as the flavours of this season.

The Workers Jacket is brought to us in two durable Japanese Herringbone fabrics, the first in a military olive and the second in a boucle indigo. As it was with traditional workwear, these are both made to be respectfully disrespected and put to the test.

Taking cues from functional mountaineering pants and traditional Judo pants, the Lazy Pant is the epitome of comfort! Available in Black and Olive Japanese Cotton Sateen featuring large front fatigue pockets, an inbuilt climber’s nylon belt and looser fitting leg.

Accompanying the new additions this season we have some of Indigo Robes’ well-known shirting styles. We welcome back the BD Shirt in a selvedge oxford in White and Light Blue. The selvedge oxford adds a slightly more substantial feel to the shirt as well as making it even more long lasting.

The third BD shirt comes to us in an Indigo Linen which has an incredibly soft hand feel and nice subtle check detailing. Last and definitely not least we have the Badger shirt in an indigo overdyed striped fabric. Overtime the Indigo will fade out with wear to reveal amazing contrast between the stripes, white stitching and the Indigo dye.

Available now in store and online, be sure to come and check out this seasons Indigo Robes for some guaranteed winners!

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Following our 'official' opening party and an incredibly successful charity raffle marking the occasion, we are pleased to debut Lower Grounds inaugural graphic t-shirt collection. Continuing the streetwear-esque look and feel of our new space, the collection features a variety of graphic logo t's in classic greys and whites, along with some subtle punches of colour.

Stocks are limited, so be sure to head online or pop into Lower Grounds, Basement 15 McKillop Street to grab one before its too late!

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With sad and gloomy weather overhead, why not get your heads sorted and protected from the elements with Larose’s water repellant headwear. Their 5 Panel Caps and Bucket Hats come wrapped in water protective Navy, and Tartan cementing the diversity of their collection as the brand grows. Expertly crafted in France at the hands of Larose’s headwear artisans means each of the premium fabrics chosen are crafted with upmost respect and the perfect fit in mind. Whether worn by a man or a woman, never before has headwear felt this natural.

This season’s selections from the French label are now available both in store and online. For a closer look at all of the finer details of his wet weather creations continue reading after the jump…

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Kapital Spring/Summer 2017

3/29/2017 4:34 PM

After Kapital’s successful introduction to Up There last season, we’re delighted to walk you through our newest delivery from the Japanese stalwart. We welcome back probably the most popular Kapital jacket the Ring Coat, yes the one Drake wears, in Black and Khaki Katsuragi Cotton. Worn over the top of a popular classic, the Katmandu Patchwork Shirt in Indigo.

Kapital’s style portfolio is vast, which is exciting for us, it means that as we grow with the brand we will be able to introduce our customers to new styles and silhouettes each season.

Two new silhouettes for us this season are the Denim Ringoman Coverall One Wash and the Broad Cloth Anorak Shirt. The Denim Ringoman Coverall is made out of a 12 oz. indigo denim and features some very unique asymmetrical front pockets along with a slanted back pocket. Worn underneath the Coverall is the Broad Cloth Anorak Shirt which also features large pouch pockets on the chest. Inspired by vintage workwear, this shirt is made from a cotton broad cloth and has an exceptionally soft hand feel.

Rounding out the clothing selection we also have the Gauze Bonzu Hiyoku Shirt and the Jersey Crew Pocket Tee in Indigo which will fade and patina with wear. With any Kapital order it is always a must to order some of their Bandanas and Scarves. This season we ordered the Big Fringe Bandana Stole Paisley in Navy, the Selvedge Bandana with Chief print in Navy and Black and also the Bloom print in Navy and Black. If you want to be as steezy as Drake be sure to check out the collection in store and online now!

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Tender Co. Spring/Summer 2017

3/27/2017 3:28 PM

Tender's Spring and Summer 2017 collection is a clean, edited, group of clothes and accessories, centred on interesting textiles, custom-woven and knitted in Britain. Wallaby pockets on shirts and jackets are a subtler interpretation of sportswear kangaroo pockets, and edited pieces take Tender’s tail shirt back to it’s simplest form.

Khaki is this seasons motivation. Now this isn’t just any Khaki, it’s the Khaki to end the age old debate of what colour Khaki actually is! This Khaki is achieved using a mixture of fermented indigo and turmeric to create a unique earthy green. And for arguments sake we’ll ignore the fact Khaki was also made using Mazari palm which comes out as more of a tan ‘drab’ colour, used by the British Army in the mid-19 th Century.

The two Wallaby pockets we have selected this season are made out of Cotton Laundry Bag Cloth, originally woven to be made into industrial laundry sacks. The darker stripes show the mark where the bag straps would have been sewn into place. One has been left as the original fabric colour and then the other has been overdyed in Khaki. We then have the Wallaby Pocket Jacket made from 16oz Japanese-Woven blueline selvage denim and then overdyed in Khaki.

For all the knitwear aficionados out there we have the Type 722 Rib Pullover. The pullover is made in Scotland and is knitted from a plied raw cotton weaving yarn. The combination of the raw Khaki over dye, the right-handed woven twill and the quality of the yarn used make for an exceptional piece you’ll love for years to come.

The collection is then rounded out with some small accessories including some Calf Length Reversed Terry Socks in Ecru, Wattle, and Khaki. We then have the Ball Keyring and Plate Face Keyring, both displaying Tender’s signature face logo. Always a compliment to anyone’s wardrobe pop in store to check out the collection or alternatively follow through to the online store to take a closer look at each item!

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Mountain Research SS17

3/27/2017 3:18 PM

Our second season with the Research. group has us introducing one of their more well known collections, Mountain Research. Much like General Research, each piece in the Mountain Research range is designed with functionality and purpose in mind.

The first and probably the most iconic item in the range is the Game Pocket Hoody in Black. With fishing inspired specifications and detailing throughout the jacket Mountain Research have turned what may look like a plain black parka to some, into a vastly technical jacket. Starting with a water repellent cotton outer, the Game Pocket Hoody boasts removable sleeves and hem, in order for you to wear it as a vest, shorter fishing jacket or alternatively customise the jacket with different sleeves and hems from future or past collections. You really could spend all day going through all the details this jacket boasts, I’ll leave the rest for you to explore.

Next up we have two styles of trouser. The first is the Piped Stem Pant to match the Game Pocket Hoody. Featuring the same water repellent fabric, in a somewhat more classic style of chino. These trousers features are slightly less obvious, including a piped seam with white tapes on the fold of the hem and synch back. The second trouser is the Bootleg Pant which again is jam-packed full of details. Made from a Herringbone cotton fabric the Bootleg Pants feature a zip fly the whole way through the crotch, a built in belt and incredibly spacious patch pockets on the front. These are an amazingly comfortable trouser in a more relaxed fit.

Lastly we have the G.S.T.Q T-Shirt made in Japan using only the highest quality heavy ounce cotton. Originally made famous by the Sex Pistols in 1977 the ‘God Save the Queen’ image is embroidered on the front of the T-Shirt.

I recommend coming in store to have a look through the collection in person, but if you don’t have that luxury head through to the online store to check out detail shots of each item. Each item is available in extremely limited numbers so do the right thing and treat yourself!

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After giving us their collaborative offerings for the season with Dr. Marten’s, Engineered Garments have delivered their signature blend of workwear and utilitarian pieces. Be it their outerwear, carry goods, headwear, pants, and the in-between, each garment has been torn down and rebuilt with respect to the traditional piece and crafted with pride in their home-town of New York.

This season, Engineered Garments have delivered a series of their classic outerwear pieces with their signature Bedford Jacket taking on a Dark Navy 7oz Cotton Twill, Olive 7oz Cotton Twill, and Black 7.5oz Slub Denim finishes. The wardrobe staple features 4 front patch pockets, 4 removable buttons and a notched lapel made to be worn both down and fully buttoned up. The Knit Blazer takes on a slightly warmer finish with a soft Dark Navy French Terry, and slightly tweaked styling to its Bedford counterpart. The perfect pairing of Upland Vest, and respective Coverall Jacket in Dark Navy 7oz Cotton Twill feature a series of utilitarian pocketry together with accenting reinforced stitching. A lightweight option of the classic Parka sits neatly alongside their range of outerwear in a Khaki Poplin. The hooded snap close jacket features two front pouch pockets, tonal hardware, and is ready to be layered for all seasons.

Ready to sit underneath your outerwear, Engineered garments have a range of their signature 19th Century Button Downs, and Work Shirts. Coming to us in Pink/Olive Cotton Plaid, Navy, and White Cotton Oxford, each BD shirt features a button down collar, single V stitched chest pocket, single button cuffs and high curved hem. Keeping with the workwear elements, their Work Shirts come complete with utilitarian styled pockets, and accenting stitching before been wrapped in Grey Cotton Chambray, and Light Weight Indigo Denim.

Matching with their outerwear counterparts, Engineered Garments have a selection of pants to keep your legs covered and synchronise your upper and lower garments. Their Painter Pants come to us in Dark Navy 7oz Cotton Twill, and Black 7.5oz Slub Denim. As with their Coverall and Upland Vest partners, each pant takes on a series of utilitarian pocketry paired off with accenting heavy-duty reinforced stitching. The Ground Pant takes on the classic chino mixed with a distinct military feel. The Olive 7oz Cotton Twill wraps around a series of cleanly finished pockets with waist adjustments. Finishing off the pant selections with a slightly more cozy option, Engineered Garments give us the Track Pant in Dark Navy French Terry. As its namesake suggests, the french terry pant features two front pockets, and accenting striped legs ready to be paired off with its equally as cozy Knit Blazer.

Finishing off this seasons selections, Engineered Garments are keeping your heads covered and your every day carry sorted. Their range of deep Bucket Hats come to us in Khaki Poplin, Dark Navy 7oz Cotton Twill, and Black 7.5oz Slub Denim. With all of your carry neatly packed into their range of Shoulder Pouches, and Cordura Backpacks.

This season’s selections from Engineered Garments are now available in store at our Level 1/15 McKillop Street store as well as online. For a closer look at the full range, along with all of the finer details continue reading after the jump.

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orSlow Spring/Summer 2017

2/22/2017 2:18 PM

Japan’s orSlow have delivered their unique blend of military and workwear garments from yesteryear with their latest collection.

Kicking their season off with their latest variation of their signature Coverall. The ‘Vintage’ One Wash jacket features a soft shade of indigo with tonal stitching. All of the finite details don the jacket with a series of patch utility pockets, and heavily detailed cast buttons to match.

A series of wardrobe staples sit neatly in the collection with their classic Button Down Shirts. orSlow deliver both Chambray and White Cotton variations to complete your wardrobe. Crafted from soft hand-feel cottons, each shirt features a single chest pocket with v-stitch detail and curved hem ready to be worn tucked or untucked. Keeping your head covered, orSlow have some denim for your heads with their US Navy Hats. The rinsed wash bucket hat features a heavy-duty indigo denim with accenting white stitching that runs constantly around the brim, and keep the sun off.

Not forgetting your legs, orSlow have delivered their signature range of 105 Standard Denim. The duo both come washed, with a rich ‘one wash’ rinse and ‘two year’ wash with some distress giving variation to the indigo and washed out white beneath. Both pairs are crafted from richly textured Japanese selvedge denim and finished with heavy-duty cast hardware. Running the same indigo hues into the carry, orSlow have delivered their Mixed Denim Tote. Mixing various stages of washed denim each panel contrasts the next before running inside for a single pocket for a little carry separation.

This season’s selections from orSlow are now available in store at our Level 1/15 McKillop Street store as well as online. For all of the finer details of this season’s collection, continue reading after the jump.

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The Superior Labor SS17

2/6/2017 2:11 PM

As a new season arrives, as does a fresh delivery from Up There mainstays The Superior Labor. Founded in 2007 by genius designer and master craftsman Makoto Kawai and his wife Yoshimi, The Superior Labor are all about outstanding design, high quality materials and an unparalleled attention to detail, which is why we love them! Their old school processes and approach to craftsmanship is carried out with the pride that is such an integral part of Japanese artistry. Resulting in accessories that are 100% hand-crafted from their inception, accessories that are not only optically beautiful and tactilely enjoyable, but also extremely practical and hard-wearing. Fully justifying The Superior Labor motto of “We take pride in craftsmanship and never skimp on time and effort.”.

There’s something sincerely gratifying about knowing your everyday essentials are expertly crafted by hand and won’t fail you when you need them most. This has never been more prevalent than in The Superior Labor’s latest delivery. Featuring a number of everyday items that are never given much thought, but need to stand up to the riggers of daily use. Kicking things off are the ‘Tank’, ‘Umbrella Bottle’ and ‘Coffee Mug’ three leather, vessel carrying articles that ensure we stay hydrated, fuelled and caffeinated, ready to take on the day. All crafted from natural leather with debossed branding. With the ’Tank’ and ‘Umbrella Bottle’ also having adjustable shoulder straps.

The leather theme continues, with a classic key wrap in natural, brown and black and a holder for under appreciated lighter, coming to us in black and brown and featuring gold, debossed branding as well as a key ring to keep it out of reach of the ever present and cunning lighter thief. Next up is a trio of cotton Garden Hats, featuring a deep fit and gold pin branding, available in navy, khaki and beige, perfect for keeping the February sun at bay. Moving onto the Cozy Hat in camel, a slightly shallower fit compared to the Garden Hat, but equally as impressive, coming to us in buttery, buttery suede. TSL also have our jewellery needs covered, with the Fine Ring and Flat Face Bangle, both in 925 silver or brass and both displaying an endearing hand forged look with subtle stamped branding, understated and timeless. We have also received a re-stock in the ever reliable and versatile Melange Socks, available in red, khaki and blue, the perfect sock for any occasion, steadfast and indestructible. And lastly, what better way to carry all your artisanally crafted goods than in one of The Superior Labor’s Tie Shoulder Bags, cotton with leather detailing and plenty of room to store all your daily essentials.

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