Category Archives: October 2011

Percy’s Aeroplane-Broadsheet, 31st October 2011

percyPhotography: Neiyo Sun

Flying High at Percy’s Aeroplane

Kew seems to be flying high at the moment with an array of cafes opening in the suburban locale. Percy’s Aeroplane is the latest addition.

When asked to describe new Kew cafe Percy’s Aeroplane, owner Wesley Lim responds with “Two café-loving guys and a yellow coffee machine,” and the description is spot on.

Operating in a light-filled, high-ceiling interior, painted white with hints of exposed brick walls, Lim and co-owner Michael Smith have put their hospitality backgrounds to good use.

Serving a diverse customer base – from office workers and uni students to mums with bubs – the vast cafe offers breakfast and lunch served in the front and rear rooms, whether on the communal dining table or the courtyard out back.

The menu features salads and sandwiches for those on the run, as well as more substantial dishes such as house-made pies and sausage rolls, prepared with aplomb by Smith.

One of the most pleasant things about Percy’s is its strong support of the locals. Their bread is from the nearby Abbotsford Convent Bakery and the beautiful wooden tables were crafted by local furniture maker David Davenport.

Additionally, Percy’s Aeroplane has their own roasted coffee blend and offers single origin.

Percy’s Aeroplane-Broadsheet, 31st October 2011

Kuwaii-Broadsheet, 27th October 2011

kuwaiiPhotography: Peter Tarasiuk

Kuwaii’s First Store

Floral fantasia and femininity abounds at the local label’s first boutique in Brunswick.

Enter women’s boutique Kuwaii on Brunswick’s Glenlyon Road and be greeted by a floral fantasia, replete with hanging tea lights, birdcages adorned with bows, and pastel hued garments hung with care around the space. The apple of owner and designer Kristy Barber’s eye, Kuwaii offers its customers well-cut feminine designs in interesting shapes that will last the distance in any girl’s wardrobe. As Barber says, “The clothes are beautiful and classic with loads of integrity and they’re not disposable.”

While Kuwaii is not an ‘eco-label’ as such, it does promote ethical design techniques, with garments made locally, using sustainable, quality fabrics including silks, cottons and linens. The label has recently expanded to include a cute, sleekly designed range of shoes made from stock leather remnants.

 

The fit-out of the store came courtesy of master florist and interior whiz Cecilia Fox, whose pretty aesthetic – complete with floral bouquets and astro-turf – happily compliments Barber’s designs.

 

In addition to the clothes and shoes, the store also offers a carefully sourced selection of vintage jewellery and a small range from the likes of upcoming jewellery designer Anna Varendorff.

Kuwaii-Broadsheet, 27th October 2011

 

Photography: Peter Tarasiuk

Greville Street Common-Broadsheet, 26th October 2011

grevillePhotography: Josie Withers

The Soul Sister – Greville Street

Prahran’s Greville Street unites for 10 days as the orange light district.

Melburnians and visitors alike have always been drawn to culturally iconic Prahran strip of Greville Street – the smarter, cooler and less chaotic sibling of nearby Chapel Street.

Known for its bars, restaurants, cafe’s and stores (Ladro, A Shop called Milton, Greville Records, Sicilian Orange, St Edmonds, Miles Mason Trading Company, Aesop and the Greville Street Bookstore) there is a bustling vibe that permeates all the way to the train station, but somewhere along the lines lost its cohesion.

Recently a group of like-minded Greville Street community members banded together to form Greville Street Common. The idea of Ladro co-owner Ingrid Langtry, the committee was formed to bring the ‘soul’ back to Greville by creating events and initiatives that invite people to see, read, hear and experience the strip.

From October 20 to 31, traders, retailers, offices and locals will take part in the first project initiated by the committee, Illumination, where all will illuminate their windows and shopfronts in orange light to promote unity and creative expression, drawing more shoppers to the light-filled strip.

“Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow,” says Emma Beattie, of the Arts Series Hotel Group. “It is a colour associated with joy, evoking optimism, warmth and energy.”

To coincide with the event, Ladro are also serving mineral water and OJ from the Daylesford mineral water bike keg over the weekends.

Greville Street Common-Broadsheet, 26th October 2011

Life on Mars-Broadsheet, 19th October 2011

marsPhotography: Josie Withers

Life on Mars is Delicious

There’s nothing alien about new Hawthorn cafe Life on Mars.

Perched on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, just down from Barkers Road, is new café Life on Mars, an upbeat venture into hospitality by owner Sandra Powell.

The building and design was all done in-house and features a modern yet rustic fit-out, with beautiful wooden tables, a mishmash of industrial and wooden chairs, drop-lights and pot plants on display.

Famed chef Fletcher Zane – whose resume includes Hotel Max, Stokehouse, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons, Icebergs and Quay – is in control of the kitchen. Currently serving breakfast and lunch (with dinner and a liquor license on the cards for summer), the food is an array of dishes made, where possible, from locally sourced and free-range produce.

Menu items include the duck egg frittata with young asparagus, homemade crumpets with leatherwood honey or Gippsland cumin salt lamb loin with black quinoa, green olives and a Persian feta dressing. There is also an impressive range of smallgoods that are made in-house, including bacon, corn beef and sausages to take home for the BBQ.

Bread is Noisette, coffee is Allpress and milk is Jonesy’s Dairy Fresh – all local industries here.

Life on Mars-Broadsheet, 19th October 2011

Oscar and Wild-Broadsheet, 7th October 2011

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Exotic Fashion Wilderness at Oscar & Wild

Oscar & Wild opens the second of their coveted boutiques in Camberwell.

Enter Camberwell’s newly opened Oscar & Wild and you will instantly feel as if you’ve been transported to a souk in Marrakesh.

The second store (the other is at 167 High Street, Kew) from owner and buyer Paloma Hatami was designed by Matt Gibson Architects and features a distinctly Moroccan feel; something of a homage to Hatami’s Persian roots. Customers cannot help but be instantly drawn to the store’s gold arches as well as a stunning Mashrabiya screen, which allows light in and out of the apertures, emulating the Middle Eastern sun.

The racks and central display unit are awash with garments and accessories from near and far. International labels include Patrizia Pepe, J Brand and Missoni, with BCBG Max Azria soon to be in store. Antipodean pieces come from Cable, Kate Sylvester, Uscari and Ginger & Smart. The jewellery is vintage, Moroccan-inspired or sourced from the likes of Erin Wasson’s Low Luv. Additionally, Hatami has an eye for hot new labels and, as such, offers the likes of LP33.3 and new local label Steele. Go wild.

Oscar and Wild-Broadsheet, 7th October 2011

Izzi & Popo-Broadsheet, 1st October 2011

izziPhotography: Bonnie Lo

Izzi & Popo

On the hunt for a fabulous piece of furniture? The perfect wedding or birthday gift? A unique piece of bric-a-brac? Chances are you will find them at South Melbourne’s Izzi & Popo, a wonderland of beautiful and unusual pieces, sourced from the markets of Belgium.

Owned by Bernadette Wyer and husband Harry Silman, their Belgian friends Daan and Mariette (whose daughters Izzi and Popo lend the store their names), and managed by Denise Hylands, every wall, corner and floor space of the two showrooms and basement space is laden with clever finds that echo an assortment of European influences.

The store itself stands alone in Ferrars Street and recently celebrated its seventh birthday, a testament to the quality of the product. Prices range from $20 to $6000, however most hover around the $150 to $350 mark. Items include (but are certainly not limited to) furniture, taxidermy, vintage pots and glassware, old schoolroom posters, cutlery and crockery, and wedding script printing letters. Additionally, Izzi & Popo boast their own bed linen line, Frank & Mint, designed onsite and created in Portugal. Happy Hunting!

Izzi & Popo-Broadsheet, 1st October 2011

BMW, FPC Advertorial-Gourmet Traveller, October 2011