Category Archives: August 2011

A Shop Called Milton-Broadsheet, 24th August 2011

Photography: Josie Withers

A New Face for Milton
Greville Street’s A Shop Called Milton, now with added coffee.

In its original incarnation, A Shop Called Milton was a cosy, laidback space in Greville Street selling handmade homewares to shoppers wandering along the Prahran strip.

One such wanderer, Alison Lloyd, fell in love with the space and enquired with owners (and artisans) Amy Wright and Jess Cameron-Wootten about the possibility of adding a café. Six months later, the newly renovated Milton was created, retaining the original comfort with an added caffeine hit.

The retail side of the operation comprises a host of handmade, Australian design and art objects, including ceramics by Bridget Bodenham and Karen Ho, Gretchen Mist prints, Truffaux hats and Carla Way jewellery. Additionally, A Shop Called Milton stocks treasures by shop owners Wright (a textile designer) and Cameron-Wootten (an accessories and industrial designer), including handcrafted Wootten leather shoes and pieces from Wright’s Wunderplant label such as screen-printed cushions, quilts, napkins and scarves.

For the time being, the cafe side of things (handled by hospitality/marketing aficionado Lloyd, formerly of Stokehouse, Cutler and Co. and Vue de Monde) serves soft drinks, tea and Five Senses coffee. However, within the next month Milton plans to also offer customers a breakfast, lunch and take-away dinner options.

A Shop Called Milton-Broadsheet, 24th August 2011

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Lunchbreak-Broadsheet, 29th August 2011

Take a Lunchbreak
A short film on surfing where the girls are giving the boys a run for their money.

Lunchbreak, the new surfing short from Fran Derham and Clare Plueckhahn (aka Cos We Can), the ladies behind local surf doco First Love, turns an old surfing legend on its head.

It is said that Da Hui, the all-male surfing brotherhood from Oahu, Hawaii, are so possessive of their breaks, that they need only call ‘lunchbreak’ for outsiders enjoying the waves to run for the hills (or indeed surrounding sand dunes).

This was the premise of Lunchbreak, a fictional film steeped in reality and designed to capture epic action-shots with an interesting storyline, a feature often lacking in traditional surf films.

Filmed in Pottsville, northern NSW, the movie incorporates an all-female cast, challenging the notion that surfing is for boys alone. “The film reflects what’s happening in the surf industry at the moment,” says Plueckhahn. “Girls are surfing better than ever and are giving the men a run for their money”. The film also shows that no matter who you are, there will always be someone biting at your heels.

While the performances are not exactly Oscar-worthy (the film’s stars are not actors after all, but accomplished surfers such as world number 10 Laura Enever and world number 19 Felicity Palmateer), this adds to the charm of the piece. Backed by a stunning landscape and music by Brisbane bands Teleprompter, Tonite Only and French electronic band Jupiter, it is hard not to be endeared by this local short.

Lunchbreak-Broadsheet, 29th August 2011

M.T.O Industry-Broadsheet, 30th August 2011

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

Tailored Fits at Made To Order
Get jeans, frocks and accessories made to fit you just right at a new shop in Northcote selling only custom made items.

Up the hill in Northcote is the new M.T.O (Made To Order) Industry, a design studio come retail space where bespoke clothing and accessory designers converge to consult with clients and sell their wares.

M.T.O is the brainchild of local creatives Emma Gallagher and Sean Jeffery, whose handcrafted pieces are available to order, made to your exact specifications.

While Emma’s expertise lies in dresses and accessories, Sean is best known for his tailor-made BSBS jeans. Originally created for mates upstairs at The Gem in Collingwood, demand quickly grew, hence the need for a larger space. Made using premium denim, the possibilities are endless, as client and designer work on wash, rise, leg and stitching.

During the initial consultation, the client is measured and a block is made for $200 (including your first pair of jeans). From then on, new styles can be made using the original block (tweaked as you so choose), for $150 to $180 depending on the style.

M.T.O also features bespoke items from the likes of Lily Fraser, unique homewares by Dell Stewart and Blacklisted Belts among others.

M.T.O opens over the weekend as part of the Craft Cubed Festival, and is your one stop shop for a completely customised wardrobe.

M.T.O Industry-Broadsheet, 30th August 2011

Truman Cafe-Broadsheet, 3rd August 2011

Photography: Josie Withers

Truman Cafe Opens in Albert Park
This Albert Park cafe is the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by.

Only three weeks in and Truman cafe owner Ryan Cassidy (formerly of St Kilda’s Galleon Cafe) is already greeting customers by name and coffee of choice, creating an inviting and attentive atmosphere that doesn’t leave you feeling smothered by an overexcited barista.

Co-owned by Mark Wright, also of Galleon fame, the space is littered with industrial and retro finds, mismatched crockery and cutlery and other such ornamental charm.

Operating with the purpose to provide a family-friendly environment for customers, the space boasts complimentary high chairs and more than enough space to wield a stroller, with a pram bay soon to be constructed out front near the outdoor dining area.

Featuring Dibella coffee (Felici blend) and delicious house blend hot chocolate, the café offers a variety of breakfast options as well as a lunchtime menu of soups and sandwiches, which is currently being fine-tuned.

Meals are prepared with aplomb by ex-Las Chicas and A Minor Place chef Catherine Dando, and include much-loved favourites ‘The Truman’ featuring scrambled eggs, potato & leek hash served with avocado and Dulcie’s relish, and ‘Connie’s Eggs’, made with poached eggs in Napoli sauce with chorizo and spinach on toasted baguette.