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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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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adidas x Reigning Champ

4/7/2017 1:24 PM

adidas have come together once more to collaborate with Canadian natives Reigning Champ on a series of premium athletic wear. The range entails both men’s and women’s pieces across a series of classic melange zip hoods, sweat pants, and shorts. Building upon these staples, the collaborative collection brings adidas’ coveted primeknit upon a series of bombers, pants, and tights in both black, and dark grey. Comfortability and style meet seamlessly in this latest instalment, fitting perfectly with the burgeoning ath-leisure trend that appears to be here to stay!

Check the range out first hand at Lower Grounds, Basement Level 15 McKillop Street. For those of you who can’t make it in store, the collection is also available online now.

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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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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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Since launching their inaugural collection back in 2004 Danish purveyors of cool, Norse Projects, have gone from strength to strength. With regular collaborations featuring artists such as James Jarvis & Todd James as well as world renowned brands including Vans, New Balance, United Arrows, Suicoke & more, they have always managed to stay true to the Scandinavian design aesthetic that underpins the entire brand. Incorporating clean lines and beautiful materials with minimal fuss and classy detailing. Their inspirations come from not just their Nordic homeland, but also classic workwear and military silhouettes. The quality speaks for itself, with all clothing produced in Europe from premium materials. As well as their now massive clothing collection, Norse's accessories are celebrated as some of the best in the industry.

Continuing Their reign as one of menswear’s most trusted curators of timeless staples. The new collection recalls some of their classic silhouettes such as the Thor mac coat, which is now updated with highly-detailed finishes and details. Other products in the range include a mix of light sweaters and trousers, as well as a re-stock of the classically versatile Niels basic T-shirts and Anton Oxford shirts in crispy cotton, all of which follow a reasonably classic and very ’Norse' colour story, with a few fun pops of colour thrown in for good measure. Multiple shades of greens run throughout the collection, alongside fusion pink and charcoal, complemented by tones of misted yellow, pale blue and marginal blue. All are given the luxurious touches the brand is known for, so expect premium fabrics, clean lines and easy to wear, well made basics. The collection features some quality layering pieces, ideal for Melbourne’s often temperamental climate, from the heavier weighted Godfred Long sleeved Tees, to thinner Vorm Mercerised Sweats all of which can be finished off with the aforementioned, classically tailored, Thor mac coat in a timeless shade of Navy.

Norse Project’s spring summer 2017 delivery is now available both in-store at our 1/15 Mckillop Street location, as well as online.

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