Category / Black Box Outlet
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.
-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.
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!