It’s very white. The all-white ceiling, floors and walls, along with the neon-white signs create the illusion of walking into a bright, glowing star. Pops of colour appear in the form of squishy, hot pink and green squid key rings that are scattered throughout. They’re alien-like. Perhaps that’s the idea; we are in Spacebound after all.
Last month Joshua Space launched his debut concept store at 9 Johnston Street, Collingwood. It’s a project that’s been in the making for six years.
As you enter, a collection of black and navy leather pouches, clutches and cardholders look like they’re suspended in midair. “I started hand-making leather goods in 2010, ” explains Space. “I bought an old sewing machine and just starting horribly sewing them. That’s how the Spacebound label started.”
Look to the left and there’s a line of monochrome T-shirts hanging off industrial-style pipes. “Then I decided I wanted to get into the print side of things,” Space continues. “Straight out of school, I fell into it and started a studio with my brother in Richmond. I design a lot of magazines and branding for clients so it was natural to apply it to T-shirts.”
You then hit a glass box filled with twisted gold and silver jewellery by Hamish Munro, who Space met while snowboarding a few years back. “He’s a good friend and his stuff is amazing.” Through to the right, Drifter parachute backpacks hang above the counter. “I met them in Cleveland when I was in the States. We have a similar idea of business, and kindness in business.”
The stories go on. The TID watches: “I met them in Stockholm. We think the same way about a product or a design process.” The shelf of art books: “I’ve always been obsessed with Perimeter Books out in Thornbury. Justine and Dan are the loveliest people.” The records: “They’re coming from Rich Records. He’s got an amazing music taste and a broad spectrum, but we’re focusing on ’80s and ’90s hip-hop and soul together.”
While the products showcased are diverse – there’s everything from $450 limited-edition Nikes to enamel pins – this sense of connection is what unifies them.
“I definitely want it to be a bit of a family – with brands and people,” Space says. “I think it’s cool to be able to work with new friends that have a similar view of creating and sharing.”
9 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Thu, Fri 11am–7pm
Mon & Tues by appointment only