Motel Vintage Manager
I manage our Motel Vintage line which includes sourcing fabric, designing shapes and finding one-off treasures from around the globe! I’ve also recently been involved in creating imagery and styling for the photo shoots – so its a really varied role!
I love my job. I love vintage, I love designing, I love the Motel family. It’s amazing to work for a company that has such a big future and I’m filled with enthusiasm for everything we create and do. Motel and Motel Vintage are both really cool labels that feed off each other but have their own unique vibe!
I get my style inspiration from music and movies. I’m a punk fan at heart so I like to clash my style with what’s in fashion now and what was in fashion in the ‘80’s punk scene. At the moment I’m having fun clashing punk with sports-wear. Weird, but I like to look different from everyone else.
I play a few instruments and I used drum for an Australian garage punk band called Dead Beat Band. I left the band to move to SE Asia where I’m based for Motel Vintage. I’m looking to start something new soon though!
Musically I can’t get enough of Sleaford Mods, Yuck, Cloud Nothings, Drag Mondays, Goons of Doom, and a bunch of classics like Pixies, Nirvana, Ramones, Bad Religion, The Gories, Black Flag, Libertines.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel around all of South East Asia. There are some hidden cities in Asia that have amazing style. Sort of like a mini Japan.
I collect vintage band t-shirts. But to choose the best? I would have to say my 1989 Original Dead Kennedys black long sleeve shirt. It’s been vacuum-sealed and hidden away for safe keeping.
I’d have to say my favourite designer is Hedi Slimane of Dior Homme and Saint Laurent fame. I love the AW13 Collection he did recently for Saint Laurent. He has a distinct style and he doesn’t change it for anyone. I also like a Japanese brand called Juvenile Hall Roll Call. It’s not a vintage label but they do amazing patchwork remade jackets.
For AW14 I’d like to see ‘80’s punk meets ‘70’s disco clash and explode into a mess of leather, studs, stripes, and sequins haa! That’d be amazing! But to be honest I think the whole sports luxe/ghetto phase won’t be going anywhere soon.
My fave film of all time is Thrashin’ (1986 skateboard punk film). It’s amazing purely for the soundtrack and the fashion. Think denim vests, leather jackets, tight black jeans and enough acid wash denim to kill you. The acting couldn’t get any more cheesy though… if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for??