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Oak off Chapel

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newest addition to Melbourne’s exclusive fashion scene is a somewhat unconventional space just minutes from the eclectic Chapel street shopping drag. Oak off Chapel was ironically an abandoned clothes manufacturing warehouse which has had a second chance to be the birthplace for fashion, only now it is a multi functional space where budding designers can work individually or collaborate with other designers in residence to create and then produce items in house, which can then be displayed upstairs in the affectionately and aptly named gallery. The gallery exhibits the actual garments as installations everything on show is available for purchase.

Oak off Chapel’s impressive line up is completed with their very own on site PR Company PRville, allowing all the designers in residence professional exposure and support, all in hose do to speak. At the moment, Oak off Chapel features 12 unique brands that include; urban street labels ‘I heard they eat cigarettes’ and veterans ‘Chapter 11’, the all natural and sleek ‘Sosume’, the origami inspired ‘Kollate’, the very different and imperfect ‘Borsha’, ‘Kosi Kosi’, internationally renowned ‘Camilla Wellton’ and men’s shoe designers ‘St Lucia’ . It also features jewellery designed by ‘Jude’ and the jaw dropping ‘I’m glad you’re not dead’ by Tor Mathieson, with unique and covetable pieces that are a must. On display were silver pieces such as a meteorite inspired piece, a chunky teddy bear ring, and a silver cast wisdom tooth.

Oak off Chapel is an amazing opportunity for emerging designers to get a foot in the door in the very competitive and often exclusive Melbourne fashion scene. “.. To get your designs out there and on the racks, you already need to be in stores or featured in the media, so what we are trying to do is cut out the catch twenty two situation”  says ‘Dangerous’ Dave Brennan, one of the founders and driving forces behind Oak Off Chapel and one of the faces behind label ‘Chapter 11’.

Witty Words by Alex Schleibs

Perfect Pics by Paul Broomfield

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