Stocking hard-to-find items with a focus on independent labels, Spares carries collections from heavyweights like New Balance, Rockwell and Odd Future, down to locals For the Homies, Relax Socks and Tail Feather.
Owner and manager Hugo Hubbard’s vision was not merely to create a successful clothing business, but also a community hub where people can do a lot more than update their wardrobe.
Spares is predominately a menswear shop, but there are more ladies’ items making it onto the shelves with each shipment that arrives. What's really great about this otherwise humble space is not just what it has managed to do so far, but its plans for the future, including bi-monthly exhibitions of local and international artists and adding a vinyl selection to the store.
Further to that, the zine and book collection – curated by Smalltime Books and Motto Melbourne – will help create an incredibly active and communal place to find your next set of threads.