Walking into Blue Works is like going back to a time when the quality and construction of garments was of the utmost importance, and an eye for detail was key. Steve Fengdu is the owner of one of the only dedicated men’s vintage clothing stores in Sydney. He greets each and every one of his customers as if he were welcoming them into his own home, with a warm smile and generous assistance.
His passion for vintage-style clothing is obvious, from the loose-fitting blue jeans and suede boots he’s wearing, to the way he’s laid out his store. Everything is carefully placed just so. “I want to share my interests and my knowledge with other people,” he says. “I also want to learn from the customers and keep evolving, and keep expanding our range,” he says.
The name is inspired by the days when denim was worn as work wear; the store stocks indigo denim trucker jackets, army-green canvas duffle bags, leather flight jackets and an impressive collection of leather boots. The clothes are from around the world, although mostly from Japan, the UK and America. They're all new but made in a vintage style.
Fengdu designed the store himself, based on the vintage stores in Japan, a country with a huge vintage-clothing obsession. The layout is simple; the clothes and accessories are stacked in timber bookshelves, spread out on large wooden desks and on a leather sofa, cracked with age. “The clothes have a history to them; the jackets, the boots, they all have history. It will grow with you, something that you don’t get from mass-produced clothes.”
Shop 2/322 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Tue & Wed 12pm–6pm
Fri & Sat 12pm–6pm
Sun by appointment only