“For Them, By Us” puts a well-deserved spotlight on the retailers and stockists that have helped build and shape Triumph & Disaster over the past five years. Whether it has been through lending their shelves to our wares, their vanities or showers to our hotel amenities range, or simply allowing their guests to experience our wash in their bathrooms, all of the participants in this series have had an impact on Triumph & Disaster’s success. Here, we take a back seat and allow them to tell their stories of how they got to where they are today.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
RJB Design is a menswear retail store located in the heart of Auckland city, owned by Ronald and Natasha Biddick, offering the best of the best in suit tailoring, clothing and accessories. They pride themselves on sourcing hand-picked ranges from NZ and Europe, as well as offering a full end-to-end Made To Measure service. RJB Design works by the simple philosophy - "Suits made by individuals, for individuals". Whatever the occasion – a wedding, the races, an important business meeting, RJB wants you to look and feel your absolute best – confident, relaxed and stylish. At RJB Design you will get expert advice, exquisite cloth, beautiful construction and a service that is second to none. They have been fierce stockists of Triumph & Disaster since 2013.
SYDNEY & MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Their philosophy is 'A Better Life Through Better Grooming' a promise they keep by having a hand curated selection of the worlds best shaving, skincare, hair care, fragrances and grooming accessories from around the world. They offer the best service, and are always happy to help you find the right product to fit your needs. Flying the T&D Flag since 2013 these guys are worth visiting if you find yourself in Melbourne or Sydney.
The Old Clare Hotel has only been open one year, and has already graced the pages of almost all travel and lifestyle publications worth their salt, set a record for the number of nominations in the coveted Hotel Management awards (7 in total) and created a vibe in an area previously known to Sydney-siders as ’the wrong side of town’. Converted from the derelict heritage-listed County Clare pub and Carlton & United Brewery offices in Chippendale, it is now an ultra-luxe 62-room boutique hotel with rooftop pool and three restaurants. Unpretentious, yet luxurious. Semi-industrial, yet warm and welcoming. Listen to their story here, as told by General Manager, Timo Bures. And then go and visit them for yourself.
DEA, short for Delicate Eye Area, Karin Huchatz’s boutique nestled on Redfern’s Regent street aims to please yours. With a curated selection of goods for the home or kitchen, we chat to Karin about what makes her tick, her love for Japanese home wares and find out why Monocle included The DEA Store in their latest ‘Guide to Sydney’.
SYDNEY & MELBOURNE
In our fifth instalment of ‘For them, by Us’, we catch up with Nick Denton, founder of Capsule, a men’s streetwear boutique located in Sydney & Melbourne. We find out how a trip to the states, 90s Hip-Hop Fashion & Magazines, and the need to look the best at the gig influenced his life, and ultimately lay the foundations for what Capsule is today.
Automata, The first restaurant to open in The Old Clare Hotel, provides a comfortable yet unique dining experience, consisting of a regularly changing five course meal. The interior, designed by Matt Darwon stays true to the restaurant’s namesake and is made using tractor seats, motorbike engines and aeroplane parts, playing on the theme of non-electronic automation. Automata was named in Australia’s Top 50 Restaurants, boasts two hats, and is home to: Tim Watkins, named the Somellier of the Year and Clayton Wells named Australia’s Hottest Chef. We sat down with Clayton to discuss what makes Automata tick.
Barberology, founded by Adam Gore, takes Barbering to the next level. With two shops based in Birmingham, England, Barberology offers the best in classic and contemporary cuts, beard and moustache trims, cut-throat shaves and also boasts a full-service hairdressing offer. The shops have a classical design feel, with an industrial rawness and a heap of cool eccentricity. The staff are approachable, confident and knowledgeable and the environment is lively (Espresso or Whiskey anyone?). They love the versatility of the Triumph & Disaster range - and we love their authenticity and style. You rock Barberology!
Tallitha Maddison talks to Triumph & Disaster about her passion for barbering, tattooing and choosing the road less travelled. She owns BlackHouse in Brighton, England, so pop in and check it out next time you’re in the neighbourhood. You rock Tilly!