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October 18, 2017
Culture

Luxury vintage fashion comes to Hindley Street

Adelaide's favourite fashion collectors - Claire Inc and Filter Store - will be setting up shop on Hindley for four days only.

  • Story: Sharmonie Cockayne

“Chris and I have been talking about doing something together for a long time, but it hasn’t really ever eventuated.“

Until now. Before the impending closure of Format Systems’ Hindley Street residence, Belinda Humphris of Claire Inc and Christopher Arblaster of Filter Store will be setting up a collaborative pop-up retail space on the ground floor of 80 Hindley.

Remarks

The Claire Inc and Filter Store pop up will be open from Wednesday November 1 to Saturday November 4.

80 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000

Open times

Wed 11am to 5pm
Thurs 11am to 5pm
Fri 11am to 8pm
Sat 10am to 5pm

As both luxury fashion collectors usually sell online only, the brick-and-mortar retail space is a rare entity. With the exception of a brief Claire Inc pop-up above Gang a few years back, local buyers rarely have the opportunity to physically shop Belinda and Chris’ vintage.

“It will be nice to have people come through and touch it and feel it, “ says Belinda.

“My stuff isn’t in a show room, it’s in a storage area. And Chris’ stuff is probably boxed up. So, for people to be able to see it and try it on… I think you miss that a bit when you sell online, the reactions of people. Because it’s a really really important part of selling, and it’s important seeing the buyers’ reactions.”

The store will also host two special events: a vintage Maison Martin Margiela video presentation screening, and a sale.

“I probably quite foolishly purchased all the DVDs of all the Margiela shows… It was probably financially reckless,” says Chris.

“They’re not widely available. I don’t have heaps, especially the really old Margiela pieces are just very scarce. But I have a fairly sizeable – probably a couple dozen of pieces from the in-between periods, so from the late ’90s to the early ’00s when there were a lot of things happening.”

The screening will take place on Thursday November 2nd, at 6pm, in the retail space.

The sale, however, will take place two days later on Saturday, November 4, and will likely include sale items from local designers as well.

The products sold within the space – at the sale and otherwise – will be both from the pair’s online stores and from their unseen collections.

“I have new things that will be there,” says Belinda. “There’s stuff that’s not on my website – there’s a lot that’s not on my website, I have a storage unit. It’ll be sort of similar stuff to what I’ve done for Claire Inc. It wont be ridiculously seasonal. It’s more about the designers and the pieces than it is about the seasons.”

While Chris and Belinda’s collections cross over in the brands that they stock, the time frames and tones are different. Chris’ collection centres around the ’90s and ’00s and consists of lot of Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Margiela, and some Rick Owens, Undercover and Bless. In contrast, Belinda’s collections centres on the ’80s. And, while she, like Chris, stocks Comme, Issey, and some Yohji, she also has more French and Italian designers, like Moschino, Sonia Rykiel, Chanel, and Versace.

During the sale, however, Chris will bring out the German, Australian and Belgian uniform workwear he’s collected over the years, and Belinda will bring out the vintage styling pieces she has procured.

So, we’ll no doubt see you there.

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