Husband and wife team (and Comme des Garcons alumni) Larz Harry and Aida Kim have developed a steadily growing fanbase for their Perth-based Man-tle label across Australia and overseas. With a proven track record of successful retailing in Melbourne, the duo were toying with the idea of expanding their footprint over east. But, with the events of the last two years hampering efforts to go interstate, they made the decision to trial a second store a little closer to home – a pop-up on Bay View Terrace in Claremont.

“We thought it would be nice to have a store in this area,” says Harry. “We have quite a lot of people who come into the city and make the journey from this area anyway. But we hope this plants the seed, and then people will make the journey into the city or to where we are next.”

Man-tle started from a line of just three shirts and three trousers, available in three different colourways. Using handmade and hand-dyed textiles crafted at a small, family-run mill in Japan, the brand’s focus was “original, yarn-dyed and regional fabric” and enduring designs. “We still use the same fabrics and those same shapes now,” says Harry, “but we obviously have new elements too.”

Almost seven years in, the brand is going from strength to strength. So much so, it’s now separated into two distinct businesses – a globally recognised clothing line and a Northbridge retail store – with separate full-time teams dedicated to each.

Man-tle’s Claremont pop-up, which will trade until Christmas, brings a cross-section of that flagship store closer to customers in the south-west. Expect to find the current Man-tle season on the racks – including its signature wax-coated cotton-chambray pants, shirts and jackets for men and women, plus caps and bags – as well as an archival edit and a handful of products unique to the Claremont store.

Beyond the brand’s own designs, the shop also carries a curated selection of clothes by Los Angeles-based sportswear label Lady White and San Francisco-based label Evan Kinori (classic staples made with small-run fabrics from Japan, Germany and Italy). Plus, a tight edit of homewares, including blankets and snack boxes found at Korean markets, Japanese melamine crockery made for school cafeterias, Japanese glassware, Arita pottery mugs, Barrydale Hand Weavers towels from South Africa, pressed aluminium trays and folding aluminium tables, and more.

The Claremont pop-up is trading at 21 Bay View Terrace until December 24, after which Man-tle wares can be found at the Northbridge flagship (above Bronze Snake on William Street) and online.

Hours:
Mon to Sat 9.30am–5pm
Sun 11am–5pm

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