It’s no secret that stylish Sydneysiders have a longstanding love of vintage fashion. But in a city where a new second-hand store seems to pop up every second month, it can be hard to stand out amidst the sea of fur and taffeta.
However, the boys (and the beards) behind the vintage-as-lifestyle concept, The Crown Street Project, are doing a fine job at catching our attention with their particularly attractive selection of clothes and accessories.[fold]
“The purpose of The Crown Street Project is to provide an interactive retail space and creative platform that is focused on bringing both unusual and high-quality, hand-picked vintage fashion to the one place,” says Addison Marshall who, with Gavin Dee, began The Crown Street Project as a way to showcase not only the clothing that they found on their travels, but everything that inspired them along the way.
The pair’s unique eye for detail comes from an extensive background in the fashion industry. After completing his degree in fashion design, Marshall was snapped up by a brand management company, with whom he spent 10 years travelling between Sydney and New York working as a trend forecaster. Dee’s background includes working as a buyer and project manager.
At any given time you can expect to find cult pieces such as early Kenzo and Comme des Garcons on their website or at their market stalls. But the duo’s real talent lies in spotting labels from past, often forgotten eras.
“Some of our best finds have been those brands that people tend to forget about,” explains Marshall. “Some of these were really hard to let go of – they were that special. Vintage Cacharel, Ossie Clark and BIBA don’t come around every day.”
Aside from occupying two permanent stalls at Surry Hills Markets and a store on Etsy, you can also find The Crown Street Project popping up at Glebe Markets, Round She Goes and even the occasional pop-up store. They also share information on new products, thoughts, ideas, inspirations and all things vintage on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
You can keep up to date with new stuff The Crown Street Project collect and their stall dates by following them on social media: