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Just The Boys

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …

Finn Andrews

The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).

Finn Andrews at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Finn Andrews at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Nathan Berg

This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Wesley Fourie

South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Alan Haig

This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

Frits Homburg

Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton

Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Sam Ralph

Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Jon Thom

Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

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What Are You Wearing August I?

Who said Dunedinites only wear black? There’s plenty of colour here!

Abby wears coat by Glassons.

Abby wears coat by Glassons.

Hamish and Kim wear op-shop and online.

Hamish and Kim wear op-shop and online.

Olivia wears op-shop.

Olivia wears op-shop.

Chloe wears vintage.

Chloe wears vintage.

Dorian wears shirt by Moodie Tuesday and pants by Barkers.

Dorian wears shirt by Moodie Tuesday and pants by Barkers.

Sam wears op-shop and vintage.

Sam wears op-shop and vintage.

Hine wears coat from the OUSA market, vest from The Modern Miss and skirt by Glassons.

Hine wears coat from the OUSA market, vest from The Modern Miss and skirt by Glassons.

Holly (from England) wears necklace by Vivienne Westwood from the V&A, coat by Karen Millen and jeans by Storm.

Holly (from England) wears necklace by Vivienne Westwood from the V&A, coat by Karen Millen and jeans by Storm.

 

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

 

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Live Well with Moodie Tuesday: An Interview with Jon Thom

With much anticipation, we headed to Motion Sickness Studio to interview Jon Thom, creator of Dunedin-based fashion label Moodie Tuesday. His studio is sunny, warm and alive with creativity as well as technology. Jon made us feel very much at home, as we settled on comfy couches to talk about his work. Jon’s artistic talent, passion for his label and drive to succeed is a winning combination. He is positively brimming with ideas.

Motion Sickness Studio on Lower Stuart Street

Motion Sickness Studio on Lower Stuart Street

Jon was born in Christchurch but spent most of his youth and high school years in Clyde. Five years ago, he moved to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago. He initially intended to become a doctor but did an about turn, ending up with a degree in design and art history, having enjoyed art at school. Design helped him understand the rewarding process of taking an idea and seeing it through to the final product – in his case, seeing someone wearing one of his designs.

Jon Thom in Motion Sickness Studio

Jon Thom in Motion Sickness Studio

The Moodie Tuesday label was established in 2012 and made its first appearance at iD Dunedin Fashion Week this year as part of a capsule collection. The label concentrates on well-tailored shirts, tees printed with Jon’s own artwork (frequently images of iconic figures such as James Dean and Jack White) and crew neck sweaters. The clothing is all made locally (utilising Dunedin’s skilled seamstresses) with an emphasis on quality and practicality. While Jon takes care of the creative side of the business, his cousin, Chris Brun, acts as managing director and production manager, dealing with the finances and working with the employees.

Selection of the Moodie Tuesday collection

Selection of the Moodie Tuesday collection

Psyche tee depicting androgynous Australian male model Andrej Pejic – fashion photography influences Jon's work.

Psyche tee depicting androgynous Australian male model Andrej Pejic – fashion photography influences Jon’s work.

The above photo was taken from our post What We Love About Dunedin, Salisbury Boutique.

Moodie Tuesday limited edition (1/15 made) Rosa shirt delivered in MT pizza box

Moodie Tuesday limited edition (1/15 made) Rosa shirt delivered in MT pizza box

A new initiative is the production of limited edition dog bandanas (“we all have dogs”) each with its own leather collar – extraordinary value at $30 with 15% of each sale going to Paw Justice. These really are super cute! Dog shirts are in the pipeline – we can’t wait to see them.

Dog bandanas. From left: Rene, Rosa, Incognito, Butcher's Stripe.

Dog bandanas. From left: Rene, Rosa, Incognito, Butcher’s Stripe.

There are some exciting new plans in the offing. The seamstresses may move into the studio rather than working offsite. Moodie Tuesday wants to move away from the traditional two collections a year. They plan to release eight limited edition garments every two months, essentially one a week. Another plan is to make garments for two weeks and then travel for two months, selling the items in pop-up shops in the style of Comme des Garçons’ ‘Guerrilla’ stores. Jon doesn’t believe in money tied up in stock but rather keeping the brand exclusive with small amounts of stock, but still accessible.

Motion Sickness Studio

Jon still finds time to keep up with his own artwork (he doesn’t sleep much). From 27th July, he’s holding an exhibition called ‘Youth Knows No Pain’ at The Artist’s Room (2 Dowling Street). It will show young people in various emotional states. Jon now likes to produce some of his art with Moodie Tuesday in mind (what will look good as menswear) while keeping other ideas strictly for artworks.

Skull and Helmet

Skull print

When we asked Jon what he likes about living in Dunedin, he had plenty of good things to say: the landscapes (his latest collection is inspired by Long Beach), being able to walk everywhere, the sense of community and having friends close by. He doesn’t think the weather’s that bad either. We agree!

In ten years time, Jon would like to be known for being successful in his creative ventures and Moodie Tuesday to have an international presence. He would hope to have a big yearly art exhibition of his own work and would love to have travelled widely.

Iconic Prints

Not one to skite, he never let on that he was head boy of Dunstan High School, Class Act and a rugby star to boot. We are impressed! Thanks so much Jon – we really enjoyed interviewing you.

Jon Thom of Moodie Tuesday

Jon Thom of Moodie Tuesday

The Moodie Tuesday collection can be purchased from their online store. Select items are available at Slick Willy’s and Salisbury Boutique.

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What we love about Dunedin 2

The Dunedin Chinese Garden (next to Toitu, corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets)

The only one of its kind in Australasia, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden has to be Dunedin’s best kept secret and really deserves the support of locals. When Zandra Rhodes was an iD Dunedin Fashion Week international guest designer in 2010, she cited the Garden as the design inspiration from Dunedin that she would take back home. The garden oozes tranquillity and atmosphere and is the perfect spot to spend a peaceful lunchtime away from the busy city centre. A yearly pass (go as often as you like) only costs $20 ($15 for students). There’s lots of new innovations such as yoga classes and adopt a goldfish – costs $5 and you get to name your fish and add him/her to the pond yourself. The traditional tea and steamed buns don’t disappoint.

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Rocks from Shanghai

The pond

Adopt a fish – Ozzy joins his friends

Ribbons on the wishing tree

The gift shop

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Custard and red bean paste steamed buns

The Outfit

Only something authentic would be fitting. Hand-made dress from Xi’an Province, China bought off TradeMe for an unbelievable $10.50 – the bargain of the century!

 

Circadian Rhythm Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Café (72 St Andrew Street)

It’s been a joy to watch the evolution of the menu to its current level of culinary genius with unsurpassable quality, variety and value for money. Sue has worked very hard to achieve this. Circadian Rhythm really is a home from home and we rarely miss the Saturday evening special buffet which changes every week. There’s a wide range of organic beer and soft drinks too, and the coffee is great. On Friday night, there’s free live jazz (played by ‘Philtre’) and the iPod playlist is worth a listen. We should know – we made it.

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Sue and Joshi

Sue and Joshi

Artwork by Franky Strachan

Saturday night special buffet – yum!

Circadian Rhythm food

Savoury and sweet

Indar Sue Harrison, owner

The Outfit

The Outfit

Paisley print Kate Sylvester dress from Void. Necklace from Rockbourne Gallery.

 

Salisbury Boutique: where new talent gets the opportunity to shine

We’ve only recently discovered this fabulous shop although it’s been around for 2 years. It’s far more than just a clothing boutique and is the ideal place to find that special unique gift. As well as clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories, you’ll discover art, greeting cards and homeware that you won’t find anywhere else. We especially loved the etched tumblers made from recycled wine bottles – a great idea.

Salisbury boutique is the brainchild of Sheryl McPherson, once a Wellingtonian but now a converted Dunedinite. Archaeologist, entrepreneur, volunteer. Sheryl manages to juggle all of these roles and still has more than her fair share of vitality and enthusiasm. Through Salisbury Boutique, she aims to promote fresh unfettered talent straight from the Otago Polytechnic by providing them with a space to show off and sell their product. And what a space! As she describes it herself, it’s “3000 sq feet of chic” – a very appropriate description. Sheryl, thanks for a fantastic shopping experience. Here’s just a sample of what we found.

Salisbury Boutique

Moodie Tuesday tee

T-shirt by Moodie Tuesday (Dunedin) and bullet bunny pendant by Gaia (designer Sara Muntz of Arrowtown)

Rings by Debra Fallowfield

T-shirt by Jo Robertson of Dunedin (only 10 made and each unique)

Darkblack jewellery by Jade Muirhead of Dunedin

Art by Shahrzad Najd of Dunedin

Skull pendant by Rebecca Scarlett of Dunedin

Pohutukawa magazine rack by Ashleigh Jackson

Art by Alice Berry Quirky Design behind the rack of clothing

Kowhai glass by Jo Wilson

Sheryl McPherson wears coat by My Boyfriends Back (designer Danielle Burkhart of Masterton), dress by Crooked Seven and heavy heart pendant by Darkblack.

Salisbury Boutique is situated in historic Salisbury House (104 Bond Street). It’s not that hard to find, being just around the corner from Purple Rain and Toffs. Opening times: 4-8 pm Thursday and Friday, 11 am-8 pm Saturday.

Salisbury House Sign

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