And while it’s convenient as hell, what’s been lost is the experience: Trekking to different stores to hunt down a particular item, building a rapport with the owner of your favourite boutique, and digging through crates of product to find an unexpected gem. All those interactions have largely gone out the window with the expansion of online space and more mega-stores landing in Australia, but The Stitch Up is one store looking to resurrect those experiences.
Started by Sydney mates Alex & Kirk, the Newtown space is looking to launch a place where people can come through, hang out, and cop some vintage sportswear, sneakers, toys and other relics from decades past. They’re looking to build a community through a shared love of these items – buying, selling and trading at their store – while also hosting frequent events and competitions.
Having built up a sizeable backlog of swoosh-heavy and three-striped items, The Stitch Up will open this Saturday, December 15 at 583 King Street, Newtown. Ahead of the date, we chat to Alex and Kirk about the retail experience, what to expect at the store, and Sydney’s biggest style icons:
Stores like Round Two and Generation Cool in the States, plus the stupidly high price tags of second-hand garments around Sydney that left us with a sour taste in our mouths. There’s no real place that that you feel comfortable to hang and talk with people about what you are buying, it seems everyone’s trying to flog shit for quick cash. We wanted a store we wanted to go to, and there’s a hole in the market that we can fill.
It’s not like anything else in Sydney, what we are going for is a space to meet like minded people and hang out, talk about what they’re about to cop, learn a bit of history – not necessarily make tonnes of bank and rush customers in and out. The only thing I could compare it to is TLD Tattoo in Gymea, somewhere you can kick back and chew the fat.
Many rare sample shoes, a Virtual Boy, tonnes of vintage Nike and Adidas, Salem NBA shirts, stupid designer shit and much, much more.
Sydney city lad culture, 90s hip hop, Y2K fashion, baggy skate gear and growing up in the era.
Big dad shoe craze is wack as fuck and the Supreme hype is overrated, overnight hype is crazy and through the roof! It’s ridiculous.
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Skeaz Lauren aka Polo King of Australia, Jonas Smith, the both of us combined into one human, and that’s it really. Everyone dresses the same.
It’s going to cycle through runners till they run out of shit to retro, then back to Jordans. Hopefully Yeezys die.
Monthly swap meets, gaming competitions, sneaker events and much more.
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This coming week we are opening our new spot on south king. We’re celebrating by giving away this pair of Deadstock Nike Spiridons in a size 10. All you have to do to enter is tag 2 friends below, like this post and follow @thestitchup.sydney. The winner will be chosen 10am Saturday 15/12/18 live via a random generator. The winner must be able to pick the shoes up in store!