Introducing ‘The Ambition to Create Novel Expression’: or, better known as the creative collective, Acne. Founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996, Acne had the simple ambition to produce desirable products. Not only a clothing brand, Acne’s vision has led to diverse assignments in advertising, graphic design, and television production. The secret to the labels success has been described much as their aesthetic – organically cool. A perfect example is their impressive bi-annual publication Acne Paper. Available now at Black Box The Department Store, we are excited to offer you one of the world’s most sort after denim labels. Just in time for the weekend, too!
I had a chat with Jimmy Mac on the phone recently…
-I’m after a One Teaspoon, Random Dinky dress.
-Sorry man, all out.
-How about the One Teaspoon, Strange Attraction Pinkie dress?
-Yeah we go two eights and a ten.
-Where the fuck do they come up with these names?
-Hahaha, I don’t know man!
-Hey, was thinking I could ask a few questions on you for the blog?
-Yeah, for sure.
-We could do it now?
-Yeah, why not.
-I’ll introduce you as Jimmy Mac: drummer, lover, and a fellow Black Box brother. You’ve played drums for a number of talented band’s like DHDFD’s, Popstrangers, and your girlfriend, Ruby Frost. When you’re not on tour, you work at Black Box. Anything you’d like to add?
-Ummm, I don’t know – what do you add to that?
-Your favorite brand at Black Box is One Teaspoon.
- Hahahaha. No.
- You just got back from touring with Ruby Frost. How did that go?
- Good. Sort of. It gradually got better. Tauranga sucked. Not the people, but the sound. Hamilton was filled with drunks. Then Wellington and Auckland were good.
-Haa. New Zealand. You once told me the story about how you and Jane (Ruby Frost) got together. How you drummed for her first, and only later started seeing each other. That it was a trip to the U.S to play The Viper Room and a New York CMJ Showcase, between steamy looks across the stage and lots of heavy drumming, that the magic finally happened. It must be hard to beat that tour story. Got any others, though?
- Not really. I got a tattoo after the Viper Room. A little Mexican guy. It’s the worst font ever.
-Of a little Mexican guy, or a Mexican guy did it?
-A little Mexican guy did it. In the worst font ever. Jaggered and shitty.
-That’s awesome though, to have that.
-Yeah, I kind of love to hate it.
-Your nick-name is ‘Sticks’. Any thoughts to how you’re 6’2 and a size 28 Ksubis? I thought drummers were supposed to be buff. Stove pipe jeans look like straight legged chinos on you!
-Indian genetics, man.
“My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet. As I grew older I became a drunk. Why? Because I like ecstasy of the mind. I’m wretch. But I love, love,” says the blurb under the Jamie Fame campaign video ‘From the Throne to the Fire.”
Brisbane label Jamie Fame is rock and roll. Inspiration pulled from the days of Woodstock and roughed up skater kids; collections are described as disgustingly wearable. Think of clothing with that dirty loved in feel that comes from having worn a garment until it dies.
They are the gutter, they are the treble, the distortion, your best holey t-shirt, and your favorite worn out shoes. They are the wandering kids with days full of nowhere to be and everything to do.
Tired of the ‘Prep’ fashion takeover Jamie Fame started as your quintessential underground garage brand. Now, Jamie Fame is the epitome of refined-grunge in boutique menswear. Keep an eye out in Black Box for their men’s, women’s, and footwear apparel. Also available online here.
Introducing Alyssa. She’s great. As well as working in our city-side stores Alyssa is also our in-house model. Ever wanted to know the secret to a beautiful smile? Well, read on. Apparently it has something to do with cake…
-What can we talk about?
-Ummmmm, I’ve never done an interview before…
-Well, normally, I ask questions, then you answer them. [Alyssa doesn’t answer.] What are some good questions I could ask? [No reply.] Alyssa. [I turn around and Alyssa has disappeared. Great, I think. Just great. She won’t be back anytime soon, either. I work with nine girls. Lately I seem to be spending a lot of time in the shop by myself. I hear high voices, chatter, and laughing from out the back. Maybe I smell? No, that’s not it. More likely they have banoffee pie, chocolate bars, or caramel slice out there; they always seem to have some sort of sugary treat. Well, I can’t do an interview with no interviewee… or can I?
RYE: What is the favourite thing you like about Black Box? ALYSSA: Everyone I work with is toats awesome, Jae the manager is a sexy beast, Dan the owner is the coolest boss I know, and Black Box stocks the best clothes in this part of the galaxy. RYE: Wow, the galaxy? What’s instore at the moment that floats your rocket ship? ALYSSA: I’m over the moon about the new Bassike. Great styling. Good quality. Easy staples. The new Stolen Girlfriends spring range is out of this world. They have some really beautiful dresses. We’ve just received our first drop of the new Vanishing Elephants woman’s range. Holy supernova, their styling is Sydney’s 21st century answer to Coco Chanel! RYE: Sounds stellar. ALYSSA: Do you like space, Rye? RYE: It’s interesting to read about on the work computer to pass the time. ALYSSA: I bet it’s lonely space. Do you get lonely, Rye?
-Are you talking to yourself?
-Sounded like you were. What are you looking at on the computer?
-Nothing. Space. Is that cake on your face?
-Opps, Mars bar.
-Can I have some?
-Sorry, we ate it all out the back.
Stolen Girlfriends Club invited us to their Summer 12/13 showroom presentation last night.
“A Stolen Girlfriends Club fashion show. I recall one night somewhere in Ponsonby. There I was… Mother of God. There I am. Holy fuck. Uh, clearly a victim of the free beers… I found myself front row. Filming girls on my iphone. Earlier, a photographer asks, “STAND STILL WHILE I TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” NO! But he got me later in the night, the cheeky fucker. So many good looking people. The show ends. I stand up and knock over my chair. A Steinlarger bottle tinkles across the floor. Where’s the toilet? I get lost back stage. More girls. Changing. Skin. Leave the iphone in the pocket. Shame, pretty clothes everywhere. Can’t find toilet. Try outside. Go past bar first on the way out. “Five beers please. For my group of friends.” Funny look from bartender. Smile. Outside. Safe, no photographers. Well dressed people giving me weird looks. Act cool. Walk away. Sip one of my beers. Strange memories on this nervous Wednesday night.”
Lover is one part of two people. The label’s creators, Nic Briand and Susien Chong, are living proof that beautiful things have a momentum all their own. From a humble Bondi market stall to runway shows at the Sydney Opera House, the two have lived and breathed life into their work; the result an influential brand with a signature style all of its own staying true to its romantic ideals from day one.
Self described as, ‘same album different songs’; the LOVER aesthetic is one of contrast and paradox. Like all passionate relationships, success lies in the tension. Soft silhouettes meet sharp tailoring; white lace fights with black silk over red denim: LOVER is loud and irreverent, but at the same time soft and fragile.
An ever-changing monument to defiant youth, natural wisdom, and feminine charm we are proud to announce that this coming August, LOVER will be stocked at Black Box The Department Store. Check out the teaser for Lovers new collection here.
Had your eye on that special garment? Been humming and harring all season and can’t decide? Don’t miss out! Get it on sale before anyone else. Be in quick to buy selected styles at http://www.blackboxboutique.com/ before they go on sale instore.
For the girl with animal in her heart. You’re the girl who likes the hunt. For the girl who stays out till dawn, and who doesn’t hesitate to get what she wants. The Lonely Hearts Shearling Jacket: for the wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. Raunchy red and boot shine black, available now Black Box Boutique.
It’s been said you can tell a man by his shoes, and we’re not referring to the size. Gentlemen, let’s face it, when meeting men, women look at two things: shoes and hair. We don’t sell haircuts at Black Box, but we certainly know a lot about shoes. The new range of Ksubi boots will get the ladies turning heads. We have the shin cut, sturdy working class, Bren. Then there’s the ankle high, slightly suaver, Jacob. And last but not least, the classic, round toed, shoe for any occasion, Buckley. Grab a pair of these andthere is the high chance you might not make it out of the changing room…
In between flash mob sales, selling the dream, and styling the skeleton mannequins, it’s hard to believe that the busy workers at the Black Box Outlet have time to get dressed in the morning, let alone make Franḉois Truffaut inspired TVCs. Being a retail assistant is hard work, smiling all day, long hours on your feet, cotton burn from hanging garments, seriously, I’m not taking the piss. Give these guys a pat on the back when you see them next.
The Department Store is the one-stop-shop for The Ball this season. Get your suit or dress from Black Box; pop upstairs for your hair and make up at Stephen Marr or Lucy and the Powder Room; and then there is the in-house florist ready to make that perfect corsage. Go on… be the beauty of the ball.
-So you recently debuted on Shortland St. How hard was it to leave your dream job of manager at the Black Box Outlet for the days off while you shot the episode?
- Well, it was hard to adjust. I spent the first few hours on set asking if everybody was okay just browsing.
- What was your character called again?
-Nathan Keller sounds like the name of a sexual deviant. If he came into the Black Box Outlet, what sort of gear would you dress yourself/him in to, ummmmm, not make him look like a sexual deviant?
-On the show Nathan Keller spent his days as an entrepreneur, and his nights at the swanky Shortland St bar called the Ivy. So I’d use my knowledge as the best sales assistant in Ponsonby to get him into one of our Vanishing Elephant suits. This would enable Nathan Keller to exude business swagger but stay in touch with his youthful personality. To accentuate his character as a young entrepreneur I would complement the suit with a pair of Stussy/ Vanishing Elephant collaboration brogues. These will draw attention to his timeless style, balance his good looking face, and make the transition from the office to the club that much smoother. I’d be sure to let Nathan Keller know that he saved 50-70% off everything he is dressed in so he’ll be able to throw down more money at the Ivy.
-I think if your character was wearing brogues and a Vanishing Elephant suit on Shortland St he might have actually got it on with Lana.
-Naaaaa, the only reason she didn’t hook up with me was because she became a lesbian.
-Have you found that fame on Shortland St has made your role of manager at Black Box Outlet easier?
-Ummmmm, I guess. It has made it kind of interesting. I find it hard sometimes to acknowledge customers in the store because I’m too busy watching my episode on TV on demand. Other times I answer the phone as Nathan Keller. But over all sales have gone up tenfold. I find it much easier to up-sell to fans. Especially when I slip into my Shortland St role. A signature always helps. Sometimes I sign their docket even if they don’t ask for it.
-Are you answering these questions as George Vause or Nathan Keller…? The real George I know is far more humble.
-It is just as easy to write awesome characters into Shortland St scripts, as it is to write bulllshit into interviews, Ryan.
-Maybe you could use your influence at Shortland St to get me a job as a screen writer.
-I could, but I probably won’t.
-Back in the 60′s Warhol did a number of short films called ‘screen tests’. He compared them to ‘silent film portraits’. Do you think if I took one of you I would be able to pick if you were acting as George Vause or Nathen Keller?
-Maybe I’ll play someone else.
-Can you play Jae Mills?
-Maybe I’ll play you.
Sunglasses weren’t invented when Mr. Wilde was alive, but if they were, you’d be sure such a flamboyant deceiver would have worn them at night. Whether it’s the film set lights; the paparazzi flashes; because you’re incognito in the club; or they’re just too damn cool to take off, the new Ksubi sunglasses are the perfect accessory for this Saturday night. We have three new styles fruity enough to bring the dandy out in you. View the new styles at our online shop http://www.blackboxboutique.com/collections/accessories/sunglasses.
Does a price tag with too many digits give you the shivers? Would you push your own mother off a cliff just to get a good bargain? Are you one of those people who won’t like something if it’s 50% off, but love it if it is 70% off? If you don’t mind wearing clothes that aren’t exactly your size, or could care less about design/ cut/colour, then the Black Box Outlet is the shopping destination for you. Black Box Outlet: shit clothes; awesome prices.
Hahahaa. We love our outlet shop. It has its own table tennis team called ‘The Heavy Sweaters Club’, and the best looking manger this side of the Tropic of Cancer. We admit it has the odd garment that just wont sell, garments that stick around to haunt us like skeletons in our closet, but the rest is a bargain hunters treasure trove! Remember those Opening Ceremony heals you loved? Yep, half price. Be the coolest kid on K-Rd wearing a Ksubi or Vanishing Elephant sample that NO ONE ELSE WILL HAVE. Shucks, studying fashion at AUT? Rip the label off and say you designed it! And at 50-70% off you’ll still have money to spend at Whammy Bar. Booooom!