Roadhouse Clothing, Footwork4Fashion, Ghana vs. Oz (Pt. 1)

This past weekend I started to make out for a pretty extensive three days of traveling.  I was looking forward to catching up with an old friend of mine back on Phillip Island (mentioning that place just makes me shake my head) for a surprise birthday get together, but shit never goes as planned in the land of Oz; at least it doesn’t for me.

I spent my first night in a place called Seddon, VIC which gave off that boho vibe with that funky acid jazz groove.  To top it off me and a good lady friend entered a cafe that has to have the best damn coffee on this side of the equator.  Yes,  a name would help, but honestly I wasn’t that observant with my surroundings at that moment in time while escorting my new friend around.  The streets were filled with Indian, Thai, and some domestic Aussie restaurants that have an excellent collection of domestic reds.  After a night of good food and wine I gathered my things up the next morning and was given the boot by Ms. Jones.  She was adamant on getting her thesis completed and claimed that I was a distraction, but I agreed and took it as a compliment.

My carry on items included my camera bag (perfect for my Kodak Z812 IS), extra pair of jeans, a pair of Docs, two pairs of boxer briefs (yes Mom $20 dollars and clean underwear – I know I know), a simple double pocket button up by the GAP, scarf, tank top, toothbrush, razor, and deodorant (honestly you can find shaving cream and toothpaste in any home). Mind you that I may have a few other trinkets here and there, but when you have to shove all of this into an eight year old North Face Yavapai it doesn’t make for easy traveling using public transport in Melbourne.  As I’m putting my money into the machine for my Metcard I come up with the idea of investing in your standard size gym bag, but not just any gym bag of course.

I make my way to the Roadhouse Clothing store located at the Spencer Street DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) located within the CBD (central business district) of Melbourne. Their idea of fashion is very collaborative and Roadhouse seems to have that ability to cater to all walks of life and all tastes of streetwear fashion.  Logos of Buffalo, Mosquito (not Moschino),Dr Martens, Unit, Mooks, Element, and a host of other brand logos are splattered on walls and windows.

I’ve made a few good friends there in the past and decided to  patron the establishment.  I shake a few hands, talk shit about the Lakers,  and put out there “Hey, I need a bag, and I thought my backpacking days with North Face was over after 2000 – HELP ME!”  I explained I was in the market for a gym style bag that would be able to give me a more comfortable stride in the streets and bring my turtle back looking self to a man who looks as though he knows how to stand straight.

One of the store managers, Bobby, comes from the back with a Lonsdale London gym bag.  Excellent two end pockets, spacious mid-section, side zipper pocket, shoulder strap, wide handles, and even a cell phone pocket within the lining.  Honestly, all I cared about was getting this backpack with a story to tell off shoulders and shoving all of the contents from bag 1 into new bag 2.  Mind you it was able to fit my Gateway netbook LT3103u that I express myself to you, the reader, from.

Not only was I satisfied with newly purchased piece of merchandise, but again the service and satisfaction brought to me by the good folks at Roadhouse Clothing is what it all comes down to with me.  Shout outs to Bobby, Josh, Stephanie, and to the rest of the staff at Roadhouse on Spencer –  I even got a skully/beanie thrown into the mix to match by Lonsdale.

Roadhouse Magazine, Winter 2010 in all Roadhouse shops now

Now I was off to use my powers of persuasion and my American accent to convince the masses of Melbourne that I wasn’t a creep with a camera around my neck just taking photos for my own enjoyment. (part 2 on the way)

ALSO keep an eye out for a one on one exclusive with one of Roadhouse’s models, Joshua Deen featured in Roadhouse’s Spring 2009 issue.  Good friend of mine with a heart of gold (so Mummy thinks).

Josh Deen modeling Mosquito Jeans


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