Melbourne vs Sydney Hypebeast Stores
With the continuous argument over which state is the “Fashion Capital of Australia”, which of the two serves best for all the fellow hype beasts? Of course, the two states have similarities and share more than a few of the same stores. Both Melbourne and Sydney have their own fair share of stores and hidden gems catering to the hype beast movement. It is time to put them up to the test, and go head to head in comparing what the two states have to offer.
Above the Clouds
Established in 2010, Above the Clouds can be found online and at their exclusive in-store location in Sydney. Above the Clouds supplies a wide range of both menswear and womenswear. The store stocks a variety of on-trend brands such as Casablanca, Nike, Adidas Originals, Dickies and Veja. Their extensive range continues to impress their consumers with their all-round versatility, providing apparel, accessories and footwear.
The store is filled with a modern-industrial edgy aesthetic. The range displayed at their on-site location expands from its online store, assuring that you’ll find some truly unique pieces. This gem can be spotted from the street with its warm illumination and industrial design.
Already, this store sets Sydney apart from Melbourne in that these on-trend, in-demand brands, are easily accessible at their Sydney store.
Stussy, truly one of the OG streetwear brands rooting from their surfwear, has evolved into the popular skate and hip-hop-inspired streetwear brand today. Originally launched sometime in the 1980s in the US, Stussy is now an international scale brand with over 60 locations and numerous stockists. Stussy provides men’s and women’s apparel, including accessories such as hats, beanies, socks, and even few homewares.
The highly coveted streetwear brand has only one in-store location in Australia. Yes, in Sydney. Even though Stussy is stocked by a mixture of different stores across Australia, those in Sydney are incredibly lucky to have Stussy handy. The in-store location expands on what is sold by their stockists.
Supply is yet another great streetwear store option for Sydney-siders to have under their belt. The select retail shop has been around since 2002, known for presenting and supporting independent brands and designers established in Australia. Currently, you will find Supply featuring a range of graphic and bold designs from both independent and brand-name labels. Supply’s locations offer an aesthetic for the street art lovers at heart.
Sydney holds the very first Supply Store to be opened. Melbourne too has Supply Store accessible to them.
Acne Studios is the famed luxury fashion house, providing high-end wear for men and women. Acne Studios was founded in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. The name is an acronym for ‘Ambition to Create Novel Expressions’, aligning with the founder’s interest in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture. It is clear that the founder’s interests in these elements, have been reflected upon the irresistible design and architecture featured in their on-site locations.
Both Sydney and Melbourne have two of their own locations each for Acne Studios. The spaces vary in the two states. The two Acne Studios in Sydney feature more of a sleek, contemporary design with airy spaces and illuminated views. Whereas both of the Melbourne locations appear to have more of a sleek industrial aesthetic, showcasing a punctured aluminium retail design throughout their space. This one is up to debate whether which location is better, and is subjective to each individual’s personal taste.
Sure Store is a local Melbourne boutique for all your on-brand sneaker and urban apparel needs. Stocking twenty-four impressive, highly craved brands Sure Store is sure t o fulfil your inner streetwear and sneaker obsession. Some worthy mentions of the brands that they stock include: Nike, Pseushi, Raised by Wolves, For The Homies, Vans, and Buttergoods, amongst a plethora of other desirable brands of course.
The Sure Store is a pretty dope place to visit, given its warm and friendly atmosphere; creating a more personal vibe.
“World Famous for Streetwear”, Culture Kings is now an established premium brand that leads the worldwide streetwear phenomenon, blending music, sport and fashion together - creating culture, if you will.
The Culture Kings in-store experience is known to be quite the unforgettable one, providing sick beats, impeccable entertainment and chances to win exclusive, one of a kind prizes. Both Sydney and Melbourne have their own Culture King stores. However, the Melbourne store sets itself apart from the Sydney one, given that the store is across two levels! Not to mention, at the Melbourne location you will be in the essence of trendy celebrities who have visited in the past. These celebrities include: Kehlani, French Montana, Anderson .Paak, Tyson Beckford, Aminé and Stephen James, just to name a few. You never know your luck at Culture Kings Melbourne!
Another hype beast store exclusive to Melbourne is the Up There store. Known as the ‘neighbourhood contemporary menswear and sneaker store’, Up There delivers urban apparel, workwear, and shoes. The space is a rustic style boutique, adorned with rustic flooring. The vibe is really chill in-store, and shoppers would be supporting a smaller sized business.
The store is truly a pot of gold hidden in Melbourne, stocking unique brands that are often difficult to acquire in Australia. Up There stocks brands such as Norse Project, Le Coq Sportif, Public School, and Hancock, along with other international brands.
Secret Sneaker Store
Secret Sneaker Store caters for sneakerheads who live for sleek, minimalistic spaces and exclusive footwear. The store offers rare and vintage sneakers, accompanied by premium streetwear.
Secret Sneaker Store has locations in both Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a rather admired online presence. This one would have to call for a tie between the two states, given that both locations are adequately popular. Additionally, both stores have their own unique attributes and offerings, their limited edition products rapidly sell and new ones appear. It really depends on the day you walk in-store - sort of like thrifting.
Overall, both states are overflowing with impressive hype beast stores and have their own unique contributions. After all, access to the stores aren’t exhaustive given that online shopping is ever so popular. Sydney and Melbourne are lucky to have these hype beast stores available, the real joke is on other states with even less access to these stores (*cough* Canberra, *cough*).