Wednesday, 21 November 2007

hunter gatherer

Hunter Gatherer has its origins in 1999 when Victorian welfare organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence got the idea to set up a vintage clothing store. The shop started in a Collingwood basement selling the best of hand-selected vintage clothing for men, women and kids.

They now have stores on Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, still selling hand-picked vintage, their own range of ethically produced garments and accessories from local suppliers. The stores' profits all go back into the Brotherhood's social welfare programs.

As its history suggests, Hunter Gatherer is more like a second-hand clothing shop (with prices to match) than an op shop. However, all the proceeds do go to charity and that's what counts in my book.

I've had some great finds here - a cotton Scanlan&Theodore skirt, a 70s black velvet floral print skirt, Fred Bare children's clothes. I particularly like it that HG stocks retro children's clothes which can otherwise be hard to find.

There's more info, including about their ethically produced No Sweatshop vintage-inspired new gear, on their website.