Bassike, the Sydney-based brand famous for making the best basics, has two stores in Melbourne in Hawsburn and the CBD. With a focus on creating quality and comfortable basics, Bassike offers an array of timeless designs that can be worn with ease, layered, dressed up and down. Designers Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan contrast the laid-back Australian beach style and the integrity of Japanese design by creating streamlined staples with flattering proportions.
In store, garments are neatly colour-coordinated on wooden racks in a rainbow of pastel. Apart from the classic basics – singlets, t-shirts, sweats and harem pants made from organic cotton – the store also carries dressier pieces such as silk tanks, woollen knits and leather pants.
Accessories also feature: with distinctive jewellery and sunglasses from Dries Van Noten, Linda Farrow and The Row filling and leather bags from Jerome Dreyfuss and Giorgio Brato. The footwear selection is small but well edited, including nude Repetto ballerinas and playful Maloles slippers.
It is safe to suggest that Bassike is the place to go for simple staples, but there is no guarantee that you won’t stray towards other quality wares while hunting for the perfect white t-shirt.