A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to visit Up There, a new menswear store in Melbourne’s CBD.
Unfortunately, it was raining so hard I couldn’t take photos of the store-front…maybe next time then.
Anyhow, Up There is a joint venture started by Brisbane boys Brendan, Jason and Jimmy.
They, kinda like me, were frustrated by the lack of unique & quality clothing available in Australia.
Unlike me though, they actually decided to do something about it!
With familiar brands such as Yuketen, Tanner Goods, 3Sixteen, Clarks Originals, etc and relatively unknown makes like the Melbourne based (but made in Japan) Noir, militant pacifist, etc – there is something for everyone!
The brands they represent represent exclusivity and quality of construction – and they aim to introduce to Australians garments which are often heard of, but seldom seen here.
For those who are interested in seeing their full inventory, head over to their blog/store at: http://www.uptherestore.com/
For me, the excitement was mainly about the Yuketen shoes (YUM!) and seeing brands like Tanner and 3sixteen coming to Melbourne.
Brendan was very nice to introduce me to the shop and their products:
The first rack as we enter showcases an interesting up-and-coming Melbourne brand Noir, some nice shirts and jacket… I don’t have too much info about this brand, but the garments are designed locally in Melbourne but constructed in Japan (see the Noir blog at Up There for details); the shirts look fantastic:
Tanner Goods of Portland was the feature at the counter with their workman wallets, bifold and cardholders (all the natural leather ones have been sold):
This is actually the first time for me handling Tanner Goods’ pieces.
The construct is different from the Americana stuff I usually talk about – the leather is more supple but thinner, and the stitches machined.
A more modern & slim-lined interpretation I guess…
The leather + melton wool cardholders were very interesting:
Here is Brendan cardholder (leather + melton wool) at 4 months – the leather has taken a nice shine, and the wool blend is holding up very well:
Some leather coasters so often seen on the SE threads (all reserved unfortunately)
A rack of Tanner’s lanyard, tethers and standard belts…didn’t have too many good pictures, since I had the wrong setting on my camera when I took these pics 😦
The ‘standard’ belts were more solid than I originally thought, measuring 12 oz instead of the 11 oz quoted by Tanner…
A pleasant surprise given many brands tend to over-estimate their leather thickness.
Here’s Brendan showing me the hardware on the belts.
The belts had interesting ‘antique’ coatings on the hardware, and the edges were well burnished.
There were also some nice Norse Projects deer skin gloves and On Tour wool/cotton blend gloves (I might need some of these next winter!):
And onto the table centre-court, some very nice shoes:
Including Clarks Originals, Converse and one of my favourite footwear brands, Yuketen 🙂
Some Chukka boots with crepe sole are arriving soon… but in the meanwhile, here are some Up There exclusive designs.
First off a suede Chukka with boat-shoe (?) sole and a newer heel construction:
Awesome looking boat shoe:
Finally a multicoloured surfer moc (the leathers on these are incredible):
Yuketen are like nothing you’ll see at David Jones, or even Harrold’s.
Everything from the hand-stitching to the high quality US leathers are simply superb.
I’m very glad someone in Australia has decided to stock them (not that there’re many stockists around the world anyway).
Unfortunately, the 3sixteen garments won’t be in until this week, so no pictures this time round.
But there are a whole lot of other stuff in-store apart from what is in my photos, so if you’re close to Melbourne’s CBD, pop in and have a look.
A big thanks to Brendan for taking his time to show me around and explain the concept and philosophies behind Up There.
Apart from more Yuketen shoes and 3sixteen products arriving soon, there are even talks of other amazing denim and footwear brands to be introduced to Australia!
So stay tuned, and check them out on McKillop Street (entrance is up the stairs next to the Haunted Bookshop)!