Imagine you could turn back the clock and snap up that iconic piece you let slip through your fingers. Would it be something from Dries Van Noten’s famous S/S 2009 collection, an ode to the elegant geometric print and silk housecoat? Or perhaps a one-off by Bernhard Willhelm, a sheer organza dress festooned with tassel appliqués? Maybe you’d settle for that perfect Eley Kishimoto knit, oversized and chunky, the first and last word in comfort dressing.
These are just some of the pieces you’ll find at 47 William Street as part of Poepke’s latest venture. Entitled Archives, the in-store pop-up springs from a love of second chances. The back room of the quirky space has been filled with pieces on consignment – some pre-loved and some unworn – all by designers from within the Poepke fold. Alongside the aforementioned Van Noten and Kishimoto are shoes, accessories and apparel from other Poepke favourites including Ann Demeulemeester and Rittenhouse.
“We realised that our staff, stylists and others in the industry – and of course our lovely customers – have some truly amazing collections,” Trischelle Roberts from Poepke tells us. “At the same time, there are always pieces that you miss out on the first time around and never quite stop thinking about. So Archives was conceived as a way of connecting these two things together.”
With some pieces emerging from the wardrobes of customers and others straight from the designers themselves, the result is an eclectic mix that represents the best of Poepke’s 11-year history on Sydney’s retail scene.
Roberts’ favourite piece? “There's an extraordinary, sheer Ann Demeulemeester wrap skirt with delicate beading that I am absolutely in love with!”
But with the opportunity to grow and continue if the pop-up collection proves successful, maybe the best from Poepke’s Archives is yet to come.