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Blue Works Vintage Clothing

I discovered Blue Works Vintage Clothing on styleforum recently and had an opportunity to visit the store in Surry Hills. Walking into the shop from the street is like setting foot in a museum of Americana and military history. Denim is everywhere you look and there are plenty of items in khaki and olive. The owner Steve was looking every part the spirit animal of Yuki Matsuda, the founder of Yuketen, with his ponytail, olive fatigue pants, heavy boots, and rhinestone belt. And it is no coincidence that plenty of Yuketen footwear can be found in the store. “Are those Yuketens?” were the first words out of Steve’s mouth as he point to my Maine Guide Ox mocs. He tells me he quit his day job and opened Blue Works 2 years ago (which is basically my dream). Asked what motivated this risky decision, he answers simply “Passion”.  Continue reading “Blue Works Vintage Clothing”

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A chance visit to Double Monk

I happened to be in the city for a work-related reason and couldn’t resist the chance to visit Double Monk in The Strand Arcade. These guys have been in Melbourne for ages but have recently opened a Sydney store about 18 months ago. Like all good menswear stores, it is tucked away so you have to go looking for it on the top floor right in the corner. It is not a very big store and there are floor-to-ceiling boxes full of shoes from names like Edward Green, Crockett & Jones, John Lobb and most recently, Alden of New England (which was what got me so excited).  Continue reading “A chance visit to Double Monk”

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My City, Sydney

I’m doing a kind of staycation at  the moment, and we are currently staying with my sister-in-law who lives near the city. Even though we don’t live that far from the Sydney CBD, we don’t visit the city that often, so it was a great opportunity to visit some interesting stores Sydney has to offer.

My first stop was to seek out The Big Trouble Store. This little gem was not easy to find, tucked in the Summit Arcade next to some Asian convenience stores. The store was not as big as I imagined, given the range of stock on offer on the website, but boy was it chock full of awesomeness! Engineered Garments, Orslow, Post Overalls, Doek, Lady White Co., 3Sixteen – every garment I picked up was well-made and interesting. Think military-inspired/workwear/streetwear often with an Americana bent and Japanese quality.  Continue reading “My City, Sydney”

Local Spotlight

Bas & Lokes

As much as I love heritage brands from overseas, I also like to support local whenever I can. With Local Spotlight, I hope to share some of the Australian brands, craftsmen and tinkerers I know and love.

I love my mechanical watches but watches are an expensive hobby. I am not a millionaire and can’t afford to buy a new watch every month (or even every year for that matter!). When I want a new look with my watch, I swap out the strap. It’s actually very easy – all you need is a springbar removal tool which you can pick up from most watchstrap makers, watchmakers, or ebay for not very much.  Continue reading “Bas & Lokes”