Husband and wife team (and Comme des GarÃ§ons alumni) Larz Harry and Aida Kim have developed a steadily growing fan base for their Man-tle label in Australia and abroad. With a proven track record of successful retailing in Melbourne, the duo were playing with the idea of ââexpanding their footprint to the east. But, with the events of the past two years hampering efforts to go interstate, they made the decision to try a second store a little closer to home – a pop-up on Bay View Terrace in Claremont.
âWe thought it would be nice to have a store in this area,â Harry said. âWe have a lot of people coming into town and making the trip from this area anyway. But we hope it will plant the seed, and then people will travel to the city or to our next destination. ”
Man-tle started from a line of just three shirts and three pants, available in three different colourways. Using handmade and hand-dyed textiles in a small family-owned factory in Japan, the brand focused on âoriginal, yarn-dyed and regional fabricâ and sustainable designs. âWe’re still using the same fabrics and shapes now,â Harry explains, âbut obviously we have new elements as well. ”
Almost seven years later, the brand continues to grow. So much so that it is now separated into two distinct businesses – a world-renowned clothing line and a Northbridge retail store – with separate full-time teams dedicated to each.
Man-tle’s Claremont pop-up, which will be on sale until Christmas, brings a sample of this flagship store closer to customers in the Southwest. Expect to find Man-tle’s current season on shelves – including his wax-coated cotton-chambray pants, shirts and jackets for men and women, as well as caps and bags – as well as an edition of archives and a handful of products unique to the Claremont store.
Beyond the brand’s own designs, the store also offers a selection of apparel from Los Angeles-based sportswear brand Lady White and San Francisco-based brand Evan Kinori (classic basics made with small series fabrics from Japan, Germany and Italy). In addition, a tight selection of household items including blankets and snack boxes found in Korean markets, Japanese melamine tableware designed for school cafeterias, Japanese glassware, Arita pottery mugs, Barrydale Hand Weavers napkins from South Africa, pressed aluminum trays and folding aluminum tables, and Suite.
The Claremont pop-up trades at 21 Bay View Terrace until December 24, after which Man-tle merchandise can be found at the Northbridge flagship (above Bronze Snake on William Street) and online.
Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun 11 am-5pm