After three years running a successful online boutique, Larz Harry and Aida Kim, the husband-and-wife team behind Perth fashion label Man-tle, are opening a store in Northbridge.
“It’s important to us that our first shop is in our hometown,” says Harry. “While some other Australian markets may have a better trade, we’re doing this because we live here and we like it here. We wanted to create this new shop as a mascot to our brand and to share with people more of our world and the types of products we consider to be valuable.”
It’s a world and story that started in Tokyo, where Harry and Kim met working at Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons. After returning to Perth, the duo launched Man-tle in 2016, focusing on producing high-quality, minimalist menswear from Japanese fabrics developed to stand the test of time (the men’s white shirt, for example, is coated with a wax that softens over time). Over the past three years, the brand has expanded into womenswear, accessories and metal products (including hangers and hooks). One thing that has remained constant is the pair’s hands-on involvement in the business.
“We do basically everything together, including designing the men’s and women’s collections,” says Harry. “Aida manages the production side of things, plus all communications with our Japanese partners, while I do more of the pattern-making as well as the marketing and communications.”
The brand’s clean and textural aesthetic is reflected in the look of the store – Harry and Kim designed the space so that nothing is connected to the walls. All the furniture (including the change rooms) is freestanding and made in Osborne Park.
In addition to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, the store will sell products and furniture produced at the Man-tle workshop. Beyond its own wares, the store will also carry clothing by Tokyo-based Arts & Science, camping gear by Snow Peak Japan, brass and aluminium objects by Henry Wilson, a range of ceramics and glassware from across Australia and Japan, plus a selection of Korean homewares.
“We believe Australians appreciate long-life belongings and the store is really focused on that,” says Harry.
Man-tle is currently based out of an Osborne Park workshop owned by Harry’s family, which has been open on select weekends. Although Harry and Kim will continue manufacturing all metal products from the workshop, the Perth store will become the brand’s headquarters when it opens in May, with retail hours from Wednesday through Sunday.