Nigel Cabourn Authentic - Made in the United Kingdom

There are few designers in England with the personality, enthusiasm and experience of Nigel Cabourn. At 68 years old he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down and, if anything at all, he seems to push things closer to the limit with each passing year.

Having grown up in the northern English town of Scunthorpe during the 1950's, he was exposed to the military through his father, and to the wider world through music and film. Nigel left Scunthorpe for university, a little further North in the city of Newcastle, around 1967 and never left; it's a testament to his determination (and perhaps his stubbornness!) that he kept his design HQ in the Newcastle area and didn't move to London 'with everyone else' in the 70's and 80's.

Nigel Cabourn at LCM June 2017

Nigel taking a moment at his London Collections Men show in June 2017

We always get a little excited when we travel to see the Nigel Cabourn collections in England and Japan, and even more so when the orders begin arrive on Gertrude Street here in Melbourne; the arrival of a 'Nigel Cabourn Authentic' delivery is, generally speaking, the most exciting of them all.

Nigel has several sections to his brand these days: Nigel Cabourn Japan, which is designed and produced in Japan with the help of Tokyo based company Outer Limits; Nigel Cabourn Army Gym, which concentrates on traditional jersey knit sportswear and basics made mostly in Europe; Nigel Cabourn x Lybro, which is the paired back workwear label produced in top-end Honk Kong factories and last, but certainly not least, Nigel Cabourn Authentic. This is Nigel at the peak of his powers!

Pocket details on the FW17 Nam Jacket from Nigel Cabourn

Pocket details on the FW17 Nam Jacket from Nigel Cabourn

The Authentic Line is Nigel's baby. It's not his most popular or his biggest selling brand arm. It's not the one that pays his bills. It's the one that he loves and puts the best into. Everything in the Authentic line is made in the United Kingdom, and only in the best possible, technically specific factories. With Nigel Cabourn Authentic, it's all about the details. Whether it's the fabric, the hardware, the construction method or the story, Authentic is always at the pinnacle. This season, we have selected a few pieces from this very special line to bring to Gertrude St.

There are some of Nigel's signature knitted beanies and Pom Pom hats in the new season solid colours and FW17 limited edition 'Drop Zone' patterns. These should keep your head warm in the last throws of cold weather that will no doubt hang around until December.

AW17 Nam Jacket and Vintage Orange Wool Beanie

AW17 Nam Jacket and Vintage Orange Wool Beanie

The new Authentic Braces are here, too. These are a 'harness' version of the standard authentic elasticated braces we've seen before - but they are certainly unique and practical in their design. Limited numbers have arrived in all three colour ways.

New for FW17 is the Nam Jacket. Inspired by a waterproof jacket worn in the Vietnam War, hence the name. Made in shower-proof technical cotton developed by Majocchi in Italy, the seams have been sealed using a contrast colour twill tape.  It also features a newly developed two-way metal 10 RiRi zip to fasten and three panel peaked hood for better protection in adverse weather. A very good weight for our climate here and not a bad price point for a Made in England jacket at this level.

The Nigel Cabourn AW17 Nam Jacket in Black Navy with Brown/Army Pom Pom Wool Hat

The Nigel Cabourn AW17 Nam Jacket Black Navy with Pom Pom Wool Hat

Lastly, the Cameraman Vest. This thing is just insane. It features all the usual Cameraman jacket design details including the iconic ‘Fireman’ clips and multiple pockets on the front plus one large one on the back. For AW17 it has been produced in two waterproof, high performance cotton fabrics – a rubberised boned cotton on top made in England and a technical cotton on the lower half made in Italy. 

To appreciate them fully, stop in and have a browse - touch, feel and try on. If you can't get to the store, check them out online and just drop us a line if you need any more details.


Runabout Goods - Take Ivy for Spring and Summer

As the days get lighter and the temperatures hopefully soar we all need some lighter garments in the arsenal. It’s not easy for any designer, especially when people are wearing less clothes in general, so less layers to play with, and fewer textures, but Mike Hodis has done it again with this selection from his Eagle Rock CA. based Runabout Goods.

We, quite literally, have your back covered to start the season with three Spring/Summer staples from Runabout Goods, who manage to produce equally interesting kit for the warmer months as they do for the more brisk!

 An iconic image from the important Take Ivy book

An iconic image from the important Take Ivy book

The whole collection is based on 1960’s Ivy league when brats were shipped off to the Hamptons to cavort and fraternize with their filthy rich peers, at parties, at BBQ’s, on boats. But boy did they look good. We are hoping you’ll be doing some of the same. Please send photos to @pickingsandparry if indeed you do.

For the top half we have the Marina Polo, a raglan sleeve knitted polo style shirt, more relaxed and airy to deal with the heat. You will look like the most delightful Neapolitan Ice Cream but still retain some class. The mother of pearl buttons are a nice touch, too. If you know Jack our Barber, this has him written all over it.

Runabout Goods Marina Polo with Janitor Hat

Runabout Goods Marina Polo with Janitor Hat 

Mike took some serious inspiration from the iconic book 'Take Ivy' for this collection (if you haven't read it, look it up!) so next up on top is the Oxnard; aptly named after the Southern Californian coastal town. A 1960’s short sleeved popover, done in Oxford cotton, obviously - what else for Ivy league! It is a half placket and true to size so little or no shrinkage should occur. Slightly boxy, as was the fashion, with four inch side slits to sit properly and help it ease over the head. Details include Melamine cat’s eye opaque white buttons.

Runabout Goods Oxnard Shirt - Milk

Runabout Goods Oxnard Shirt - Milk

Lastly, and naturally at the bottom, depending on your preferences, we have the campus chino for all alumni and also for those who have never been near a university campus. In Italian chambray (70/30 cotton/linen) it is light as a breezy day. A bang on straight fit, not too wide & not too slim. Details include a lovely white selvage and curved side seam pocket.  This is the perfect spring summer trouser, dressed up with a loafer or more casually with a pump. No shrinkage on this one, but order one size up as they fit true to measured size - no room for vanity here!

All in all, Runabout have done it again with their first class approach to design and manufacture. Mike and his team have the ability to take inspiration from times and styles in history, without coming across as overly 'vintage' or 'heritage' and there's still no denim in sight! Check out the collection from Runabout Goods here, or pop in to our store and see it for yourself!

Filson Bags & Luggage - Built to Last

A good bag is like a good pair of boots or a good leather jacket, it is something that will travel with you as you go through life and it's many adventures. In the case of bags, travel is what they're made for. Whether it's to and from work, heading to the gym or half way around the world, they need to be tough, practical and fit for purpose.

Seattle's CC Filson are famous for their stubborn commitment to quality and their bags are probably the most well known example of this. They started out specifically to cater for the rugged prospectors heading North to find their fortunes in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, so the products they manufactured had to be built to withstand some extreme usage.

Alaska Outfitters

Supply companies servicing demand for the Klondike Gold Rush

Still based in Seattle today, Filson are still making things for the outdoors and they're still made to last the distance. The harsh conditions of the North American wilderness haven't changed much, and neither have the folks at Filson. 

So, what makes their bags so good? Well, it's the materials that make the difference, and the construction helps, too. Built predominantly with 22oz drill cotton cloth, they are extremely strong and durable, and they can even be waxed to protect the fabric further and help resist rain. The zips and hardware are all solid brass, so there's no risk of surface plating coming off, and there's no corrosion. The straps, handles and harness points are all made using strong bridle leather, which lasts well can withstand a rather heavy load. All in all, they don't cut corners.

A well used Filson Duffle Bag

A well used Filson Duffle Bag

Being so well made and with natural materials, they also tend to get better with age. I purchased my first Filson bag 9 years ago now and have used it at least 3-4 times a week ever since. It never lets me down and looks better than it did when new. It's been around the world, through many a rainstorm on the back of a motorcycle and has had it's fair share of knocks along the way. Since then I've added another two bags to the collection and I think there'll be one more to come.

We've just added the very popular medium duffle to our site, and we try to keep a few in store at all times, so if you've never seen one, or you're in the market for a bag that will take a beating, pop in and see us; you'll be ready for your next adventure!

Filson Duffles in Use

Anonymous Ism - Specialist Craft Knitted Socks from Japan

Years ago before I had ever been to Japan, a friend who had recently returned told me, amongst the gargantuan amount of things to do whilst there, was to buy some Japanese socks…’You will never buy any other socks’, he told me.

He was not wrong…in design and weight and durability they can’t be surpassed.

The major brand now in my arsenal is Anonymous Ism.

 Anonymous Ism Socks AW17 in the P&P Window

Anonymous Ism Socks AW17 in the P&P Window

Slightly reclusive Designer Hirotsugu Yoshimura hails from Nara, home of many sock-making factories. The brand has a stated goal of being not just a company but a team that can help everyone find true happiness and so the name Anonymous Ism seems to fit perfectly well.

In the age old Japanese notion of doing one thing incredibly well, Hirotsugu and team create a collection of timeless, seasonal socks that are equally matched to be worn anywhere and everywhere, whether it be jeans or slacks, suits or boots, they really do go with everything. And in line with the normal remit of Pickings & Parry, they last the distance!

The now famous Anonymous Ism standard - The Patchwork in Khaki

Inspired by work wear, vintage, marine & military clothing, they are normally cotton and woolen blends, though for AW17we have some of their limited edition hemp versions, too!  In addition we have the ever popular patch work socks, their now well-coveted indigo-dyed socks and a whole heap of others.

The Indigo dyed cable knit sock by Anonymous Ism

Like a few designers, he couldn’t see the very thing he wanted to wear on his feet in the shops, and so took the plunge and set up a company to fill that gap - Anonymous Ism was the result and we're happy with it.

Woven on vintage machines, assembled in the 1970’s, that can make no more than 50 pairs a day depending on the technicality of knit, they are by no means mass produced. Like most of Japan's output, quality and integrity are paramount, which fits perfectly with our principles as a store, so... what are you waiting for? Get some Anonymous Ism on your feet and put a smile on your face.

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Oak Street Bootmakers - Damn Good Boots and Shoes from Chicago, IL

The Americans really do make good boots. It probably has a whole lot to do with their industries, terrain, size and huge growth from settlers colony to capitalist superpower, but let's not get into that side of things just now... we'll concentrate on the subject at hand - well made footwear.
Oak Street Bootmakers - New and Old
We carry a few American footwear brands at our small store here in Melbourne, but amongst the finest in our stable is Chicago, IL based Oak Street Bootmakers. Oak Street are an infant in comparison to Wolverine and Red Wing, having only
established in 2010, but the craftsmanship and wealth of history behind them is
rarely matched and definitely worth a few words on our news page.
Where it all started: George Vlagos is the son of John, a Greek emigrant who moved to
the US and worked his whole life as a cobbler. George would work shining shoes at the shop on a Saturday and watch as his father would almost rebuild shoes that came in for repair.
 Oak Street Bootmakers at Independence Chicago
Why? After completing a university education George noticed a general decline in the quality of American shoemaking, in particular the lack of replaceable outsoles, rendering a pair of shoes irreparable past their first lifetime. All Oak Street boots and shoes come with a replaceable outsole, to ensure they last you the distance repair after repair.
The leather: George searched all over the world looking for high quality leathers for his shoes, only to find the best leather on his doorstep in the form of Chicago's Horween leather.
Hides at the Horween Tannery, Chicago, IL

Why is it the best? It takes nearly a month to make, undergoes 89 processes and
goes through all five floors of the Horween Tannery. A combination of beef tallow (fat) beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark and natural dye are amongst the many things added to produce the beautifully strong, supple leather that each Oak Street pair of shoes utilises. (Look out for a full post about the Horween Tannery a little further down the track, folks!)
The team of shoemakers George works with from Maine (renowned boot makers)
and elsewhere all have over two decades of experience. They hand make and finish
each shoe with George giving the final inspection for every pair produced.
So, that gives you a brief rundown on Oak Street Bootmakers and their place on our shelves. We currently have the incredibly popular Trench Boot and the relatively new Summit Boot in stock here at the store.
The Trench Boot is done in natural waxed flesh Howreen Chromexcel leather. This 'waxed flesh' utilises the soft CXL leather's back side, which is waxed to smooth out the rough appearance. The smooth side, usually seen on the outside of the boot, ends up on the inside, which makes them incredibly comfortable to wear.
Oak Street Bootmakers, Waxed Flesh Trench Boot
The Summit Boot is a different beast altogether and has been garnering a lot of attention so far. Based on a mountaineering style, this has hand rivets d-ring eyelets, it's fully lined with calf skin, fully gusseted at the tongue, fitted with a commando sole, leather heel stack and commando top-lift - basically it's the bee's knees!
Oak Street Bootmakers Summit Boot - Black CXL

Winter's Setting In

Those of you lucky enough to be stoking fires at home will have noticed that the temperature is dropping and will continue to do so. As winter approaches, we have had drops from the brands that deliver those great outdoor garments. Aero, Runabout and Filson are all currently stocked and waiting to take care of your body temperature needs. However, one maker in our stable brings us a truly iconic piece: Buzz Rickson’s USN N1 Deck Jacket.

Buzz Rickson Navy Department N1 Deck JacketBuzz Rickson Navy Department N1 Deck Jacket 

The Deck jacket was designed to keep sailors and naval personnel warm on board whist bracing the biting Atlantic Sea. Cotton grosgrain jungle cloth on the outside with an alpaca and wool interior did the trick. First they were made in Naval blue then this changed to the khaki colour as it was deemed more suitable for the stencils and military embellishments that adorned them. In addition to strong outer layer and warm lining, the wool knit ribbed cuff and drawstring bottom to kept the cold out making it a solid piece for the winter, or even summer if you're in the North Sea!

Buzz Rickson have produced the original Navy Issue model, and the later, more commonly seen Khaki Issue colour and we now have both on our racks depending on your taste. Made in Japan, the Buzz Rickson's brand is a purveyor of true replica clothing with fastidious attention to detail and quality, creating pieces to be worn and loved for a lifetime. Established in 1993, it takes its name from Steve McQueen’s character Captain Buzz Rickson in the film ‘The War Lover’ where McQueen plays a bomber pilot.

Steve McQueen as Pilot Buzz Rickson in The War Lover

Steve McQueen as Pilot Buzz Rickson in The War Lover  

Most jackets were built for a specific purpose, and the N1 is no different, but a truly great piece of design is something attractive and functional. The terrifying theatre of war has created many things, amphetamines for one... yes really! (they were hatched up by a chemist to keep bombers awake on their missions) but more importantly, and legally, some amazing pieces of outerwear. They were built for a specific function and they were built to last, two of the many reasons why they remain timeless and continue to be manufactured and sold year in, year out. Before the second world war there was the Reefer Jacket, which became the famous woollen Pea Coat, a naval staple that is still well known and widely worn today, also the clip front deck jacket (see below) made as an evolution of the N1 so heavily gloved cold hands could more easily open and close the jackets wind flap. This design feature still exists today in various incarnations, most notably on the front of Nigel Cabourn’s signature piece, the Cameraman Fishtail Parka, an amalgam of two jackets. Said jacket is currently featured in our window and is made of L24 Ventile, another fabric that came about as a result of war; but that's another story.

Clip Front Deck Jacket in Use

A USN Clip Front Deck Jacket in Use on Deck

Vietnam gave birth to the ever popular A2 deck jacket, a modified version of its predecessor the N1, and also the Tropical Combat Jacket, which is another one on our racks. Probably the most recognisable to come out this era is the much copied but never bettered M65 field jacket, which went from fighting the Vietcong to Taxi Driver and onwards from there...

Motorcycle Gang Member Wearing an N1 Deck Jacket

Motorcycle Gang Member in a Spot of Bother Wearing an N1 Deck Jacket

For almost a century military clothing has been a huge influence on civilian fashion, especially post WW2 when all the garments produced began to filter into army surplus stores and were readily available for the ‘lay-man’ to purchase. The Hells Angels were formed in 1948 by WWII veterans, some of them ex-bomber crew, wearing a combination of old military jackets and leathers complete with their own additions and modifications. Later, screen legends such as James Dean and Paul Newman were photographed in many an iconic military jacket, not to mention the original godfather himself, Marlon Brando, who shot to fame with The Wild One and with it catapulted the perfecto leather jacket into legendary status, along with the more affordable white t-shirt and blue jeans....

Buzz Rickson's N1 Jackets, Jeans, White T-Shirts and Leather Jackets are all things we love. Why not pop in and check them out before Winter fully takes hold.

Monitaly by Meg Company - Tenacious for Quality

Long standing patrons of Pickings and Parry will already be familiar with the top notch footwear of California-based Yuketen. As well as recently receiving a batch of their luxe, Birkenstock-inspired sandals, we’re also proud to announce the arrival of a new brand to the roster; Monitaly. Yuki Matsuda is the man behind Meg Company, the parent company behind Yuketen, Monitaly, Epperson Mountaineering and Chamula. The eclecticism of their ranges is astounding, drawing inspiration from a full century of American design and dragging it kicking and screaming into the present. 

Yuki Matsuda - Founder and Designer of Meg Company

"I'm determined to make clothing that I would love to wear. My background is in vintage so I've seen so many great vintage clothing pieces, but vintage fit is usually two-dimensional or disproportionate, and it's not comfortable to wear in any practical manner. But I know how to fix these discrepancies, so I decided to overcome my frustration with ill-fitting clothing by making my own. My goals for Monitaly are great fit with impeccable attention to detail. Made in U.S.A. is very important to me too."

All Meg Company products are made in the USA and Mexico.

Monitaly (if you’re wondering; Monica (Yuki’s daughter + Military + Italy) is certainly not a purists heritage brand. Largely influenced by the brand’s Hermosa Beach headquarters, Monitaly see’s classic Americana silhouettes filtered through Yuki Matsuda’s wild imagination. 

Meg Company - Monitaly SS17 Look Book

Their artisanal approach sees formal and casual garments re-contextualised, details exaggerated and fabrics re-appropriated. The end results are well-considered, functional modern menswear. 

Despite a playful approach to design, quality and manufacture are treated with the highest respect at Meg Company;

"I like things made slowly with care and attention to detail. That's why I collect a lot of vintage shoes and clothing. As you know, back in the old days people cared and appreciated how to make things by hand and were therefore proud of the products they created with their own hands. I have the same feeling. I care about what we make and I'm always thinking of ways to improve our products, and in many respects, I think what we are doing is like fine art. But at the end of the day, the most important thing to consider is how much I care for each product we make."

To kick off we’ve selected a mid-40’s inspired Zoot Pant in mil-spec Vancloth, a heavy linen Vactation shirt and Vancloth Smock. 

Monitaly SS17 Vancloth Zoot Pant

Vancloth is a fairly incredible, high density cotton fabric specially developed by Monitaly to be both lightweight and tough as nails. It also happens to be water resistant. Nifty, huh? As a testament to it's powers I recently took a pretty impressive fall off my bike and grazed a fair chunk of my left side. My Vancloth pullover? Unscathed. Painful field testing of quality fabrics is just one of the many services we offer here at Pickings and Parry.

Shop the collection in-store and online. The weather outside is soon to turn dull and grey, but that certainly doesn't mean you have to as well.

Nigel Cabourn - SS17 Look Book Images

Our friends at Nigel Cabourn's Tokyo HQ have put together a very nice seasonal look book for SS17. This showcases a sample of the collection across all three menswear sections - Authentic, Lybro and Mainline - many pieces are available on our shelves and we thought it worth sharing for reference and inspirational purposes. Enjoy!

Nigel Cabourn Fishtail Cameraman SS17SS17 Fishtail Cameraman Parka with Lybro Mountain Div. Big Palm Tree Shirt, Rail Jacket and 4 Pocket Jeans

Nigel Cabourn Lybro Desert Rats Jacket and Camo Pants SS17Lybro SS17 Desert Rats Short Jacket with Camo Combat Pants 

Nigel Cabourn Wide Lapel Tibet Jacket and Bombay Bloomer Shorts Authentic SS17Wide Lapel Tibet Jacket and Bombay Bloomer Shorts. Nigel Cabourn Authentic SS17 

Nigel Cabourn SS17 Lybro Big Shirt Palm PrintLybro SS17 Mountain Div. Big Shirt Palm Tree Print with Bombay Bloomer Shorts 

Nigel Cabourn SS17 Mountain Div Lybro Big Shirt and Rail JacketSS17 Nigel Cabourn Lybro Rail Jacket in Natural Stripe 

Nigel Cabourn Lybro Dungarees and POH Shirt SS17Lybro Naval Dungarees for SS17 with POH Shirt 

Nigel Cabourn SS17 British Army Desert Pant and Mountain Div. Sherpa JacketMountain Div. Sherpa Lybro Jacket and British Army Desert Pants with USMC Cap 

Nigel Cabourn SS17 Desert Overcoat, Mountain Div. Big Shirt and 4 Pocket JeansSS17 Lybro USMC Cap, Desert Overcoat and Mountain Div. Big Shirt in Black 

Nigel Cabourn SS17 Lybro Desert Overcoat, Mountain Division Big Shirt and Combat PantSS17 Nigel Cabourn Lybro Desert Overcoat and Mountain Div. Big Shirt in Army 

Cost/Wear and the Value of Buying Better

After our recent involvement in the 'Let's Talk About Denim' panel discussion at ACMI, following their screening of Weaving Shibusa (a very good documentary on Japanese Denim) we felt it worth delving a little deeper into the value of good clothing; what makes it valuable and why is it important?

At last count 1.2 million tons of clothing ends up in Australian landfill every year. Let’s take a moment to think about that. That’s the weight of over half a million cars, the weight of 15 million humans or 31,000 Boeing 747’s. Every year. And this is just the end result of a process involving production, water usage, transportation and labour. It’s easy to forget, when confronted with a airport hanger-sized building full of clothing the economic and human cost of each individual garment.

Clothes in Landfill

I do not doubt the good intention of generations preceding us, working towards a future in which we could have more of what we wanted, when we wanted it, and for less. But even in their wildest dreams I wonder if they could have imagined the mass market retail giants we have spawned. There was a time, so we are told, when the value of an item corresponded directly to its worth. Not only are these terms becoming ever-difficult to define, but the relationship between becomes ever-more tenuous. Somewhere along the way we lost touch with what we consume, which, in turn, is changing how we consume.

But 'it’s expensive’ I hear you cry. Well, yes and no. And stop interrupting. My partner introduced me to a wonderful concept she uses to justify purchasing things she can’t afford. It’s called ‘cost per wear’, this is where you divide the cost of an item by the amount of times you expect to wear it. I have done this with my Oliver Peoples spectacles and by my calculation, the company currently owes me $4,567 and counting; I am yet to hear back from their finance department.

Whether I, or our shared closet space, subscribe to her model is beside the point. I have found the idea useful in judging an item’s worth on the amount of solid wear I expect it to give me. Items such as jackets, jeans and boots are other prime examples of this principle and the old saying 'buy cheap, buy twice' springs to mind.

Shuttle looms slowly weaving high quality fabric in Japan

Let’s not forget that the cost of a well manufactured garment is relative. As a small company producing small runs, factory time is expensive. Cheap clothing is cheap due to an economy of scale. 10,000 t-shirts are cheaper to produce per unit than 1000, and more appealing to large factories looking to fill their production time. Not to put too fine a point on it, if you’re concerned about the cost of good quality clothing, the blame lies solely with mass-market, high street chains continually striving to make more for less to increase profit margin.

Current generations get a bad rap for a supposed complacency towards socio-economic issues, but look a little harder, at a company like Tanner Goods or Knickerbocker MFG for example, who are working tirelessly to cut out the middle man. At 21, Andrew Livingstone and co. purchased lease and vintage equipment at a New York factory to produce great quality clothing on their own terms. Alongside their own brand, they produce garments for a number of other brands who are trying to keep their manufacturing onshore. So when looking at that price tag it’s not simply an investment in clothing you’re contemplating, but a future of young, skilled workers, and a vote towards the progression of sustainable and ethical manufacturing. 

Knickerbocker Manufacturing Co. Brooklyn, NYC

The USA has felt the sting of offshore manufacture more than most, which is perhaps what fuels the fire of the ‘Made in USA’ tag. A new generation of quality USA-made goods, Kickerbocker MFG, Runabout Goods and Tanner Goods sit side by side with time-trusted giants Filson, Jacob Bromwell, PF Flyers, Wolverine and Red Wing on the shelves here at P&P.

Tanner Goods at Work

There was a time when the only way to make something was to make it well. Now that this is no longer the case, the responsibility lies with consumers to use our purchases to ‘vote' for the kind of sartorial future we want. It is a mentality which is infectious and conducive to a calmer, more efficient lifestyle. Investing in products you can rely on time and time again reduces the amount of time and money spent replacing items, instead allowing you to add to a growing collection of trusted pieces in a wardrobe that represents you.

Even if only by default, previous generations have left us vintage shops full of beautifully aged, well-crafted workwear, military wear and suiting. I often wonder what will remain of our legacy; a patina’ed pair of jeans awaiting a new owner or a polyester suit hanging precariously over a plastic bin bag? I sincerely hope the former. 

Anthill Workshop - Repair and Re-use

In the spirit of longevity we offer a full denim repair service in store through Anthill Workshop. His magic hands will darn your crotch blow outs, rips and tears back to their former glory - see his work over at his instagram


The Next Step: Heffernan & Haire

It's been a while now that we've been bringing you our particular curation of quality goods; in fact, it's been about five years since our journey to this point began. Even though we have been, up to now, very much dedicated to menswear, there was always a plan developing in the background and that plan has just started going into action.

It seems that it's not only men who appreciate British and American Heritage style, well made work wear and military inspired clothing. We are constantly asked in store 'where is the women's section?' or 'when are you opening a women's store?' - The number of well dressed women, at least in Melbourne, generally far outweighs that of men, and within that number is a burgeoning community of conscious individuals looking for more than just fast fashion. 

Enter (drum roll please) Heffernan & Haire, forthcoming sister store to Pickings & Parry!

Nigel Cabourn Woman SS17

For those that don't know, our men's store name originates from the two families that came together in the 1970's and created the founder. The two P's seemed to work well and convey the idea of tradition, family and the importance of the past in the progress of the future. Heffernan & Haire, conveniently enough, has the same origin on the side of our founder's partner who, with eye for style and far superior femininity, will be creative director and buyer for the new store as it develops over the next little while.

Leno & Co.

H&H will follow the same principles of the classic, and present a similarly storied product selection in similarly beautiful space. Alongside shared brands such as Blue Blue Japan, Nigel Cabourn, Merz b Schwanen, PF Flyers, Tanner Goods and Bleu de Chauffe, we'll bring you some exciting additions such as W'Menswear and Leno & Co., amongst many others.


This month on Thursday the 30th of March, we will be presenting a very small capsule collection of Nigel Cabourn Woman SS17 items in store at Pickings & Parry, to give you a very small taste of things to come. Whilst the bricks and mortar store for H&H is still in the planning stages, we're beginning to build the collections and will tease you with imagery and goodness at our shindig on the 30th.

In the mean time check out the new Heffernan & Haire Instagram Page to gain more of an insight.

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