Melburnian designers take the humble tee one step further with superior fabrics, nods to street art and mind-messing graphics. Wear with pride
The casual, comfy T-shirt is no longer the item of clothing you lazily paw around for in the morning; not when Melbourne boasts the sort of weather that necessitates sudden strips; not when Australia produces T-world, surely the only mag in existence purely devoted to our short-sleeved friends…
The name does not lie; it's design-focused streetwear located in a corridor on Brunswick Street. Stocking both local and international creators, it's home to Abuze LDN, as well as other local gems, and very reasonably priced. Ground Floor 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
With a nod to the Britfever sort of sweeping the nation (thanks to the Olympics and the old duck's Jubilee), Topman's 'NewGen Men' designers – James Long, Katie Eary, Lou Dalton, Sibling, and Christopher Shannon – have worked to the brief: 'Menswear Rules Britannia'. Their designs will be on sale from June 10. Jam Factory, 500 Chapel St, South Yarra.
Alpha 60's T-shirt range of celebrities smoking was an iconic moment in Melbourne T-shirt history; remember the River Phoenix design two years ago? Alpha 60 continue to produce dark, structured and layered garments with lovely fabrics; not your typical streetwear. Flinders Ln/ GPO / Fitzroy / Prahran.
Entirely dedicated to T-shirts in a range of cuts and a huge list of designers. Blackbooks are always on the hunt for up-and-coming street artists, illustrators and graphic designers to collaborate with, so you're sure to find something super fresh. 558 Chapel Street, South Yarra / Lvl 2, 241A Melbourne Central, Melbourne.
What started as local designer PAM's flagship store has acquired cult status. It's on the pricey end, but it's excellent quality stock with unique designs. Expect PAM, Supreme, C.E., Norse Projects and more. Lvl 3, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne.
Otherwise simply known as '239 Flinders Lane' these guys stock street clothes sourced from all over the world, jewellery and retro gadgets – there's plenty to look at and play with. Look for the bike in the window. 239 Flinders Ln, Melbourne.
Whether you're looking for an authentic Rolling Stones shirt or one from the latest indie chancers, Retrostar has you covered. They claim to have over 5000 band T-shirts, as well as plenty of vintage clothing and accessories. First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne.
Vice Versa Project
Darcy Johnson makes biodegradable bamboo T-shirts that are beneficial to both the environment and Melbourne's artistic community, with designs from local artists. Stocked at Corridor Clothing and the South Melbourne Markets.
Tomorrow Never Knows
Brother and sister duo designs clothes based on their mutual love and adoration for music and graphics. Printed on organic cotton and locally produced, what's not to like about that? 415 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Best known for their pop culture T-shirts, these are cheap and if nothing else, will make you laugh. Favourites include screen prints of Edward Scissorhands, Wednesday Adams, and characters more obscure to meet your needs. Lower lvl, Melbourne Central, Melbourne.