A look at local clothing line Alpha60

Melbourne based label, Alpha60, emulates the best of Melbourne urban culture, local artists, and retro style in their quirky, yet sophisticated clothing line.

Brother-Sister duo Alex and Georgie, the visionaries behind Alpha60, launched their line in 2005. In the 12 years since, it has emerged into a label known for its unique style and themed colour scheme each season.

Meg Dunn, a retail assistant currently working at the Alpha60 men’s concept in store in Fitzroy fell in love with the brand that suits all ages and wears the line herself.

“What I love about this line is that it incorporates Melbourne style as well as designs from local artists.”

“I am the oldest member but I love it here,” she said.

The line at Alpha60 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Photo: Zathia Bazeer

Alpha60 aims for minimalism and sophistication with a hint of quirk, and rather than following trends they intend to set them.

Susan Bag, who has been working with the brand for five years wears the pieces to experiment with style and step out of her comfort zone.

“When I lived in London [Alpa60] was one brand I missed shopping at. The brand is style based not trend based and is particular to Melbourne.”

The brand is in its 13th year, with an Alpha60 concept store, which incorporates minimalist and monochrome pieces, opening last year in support of St Paul Cathedral.

The brand is known for its suitability for all ages and sizes, and its gender neutral pieces, which have been part of its signature style long before Vogue’s gender fluid cover with Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.

“There is something for everyone, [it] isn’t very girly or very androgynous,” said Susan.

In addition to a successful line and strong following, Alpha60 has had successful solo shows at Australian Fashion Week and Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The brand has showroom’s in both Paris and New York and is a two-time finalist of the  Tiffany and Co. Designer Award.

With an outfit displayed in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition in 2016, Alpha60 is making a notable mark internationally and at home in Australia.

Written by Zathia Bazeer. 

One souvlaki to rule them all

After a night out on the town, some would say, nothing on earth compares to a big, fat, greasy souvlaki.

Fitzroy’s Brunswick street is home to some of Melbourne’s best venues, for an evening out and the subsequent 4 am souvlaki that follows.

Four shops near the corner of Brunswick and Johnson Streets dominate Fitzroy’s souvlaki game, each bringing a special style and flavour to one of the world’s most loved hangover cures.

At the Yarra Reporter, we have selflessly sacrificed our Saturday morning to talk to locals and comprehensively taste test each souvlaki to answer once and for all which is best!

Lambs on Brunswick, located at 314 Brunswick Street, serves your traditional, no frills souvlaki with a choice of home made sauces.

Richmond local and late night souvlaki enthusiast Lucas Anderson said Lambs on Brunswick is your best bet for a late night feed.

“Lambs is my favourite spot, the guys in there are super efficient and always send your food out fast.”

“My only issue with lambs is that sometimes I find they char their meat slightly too much,” Lucas said.

Of the four shops on Brunswick street, Lambs sits right in the middle value wise with a souvlaki starting at $11.

The Real Greek Souvlaki at 315 Brunswick Street offers a slightly more upmarket souvlaki, as well as an array of moreish sweets and treats including homemade baklava and kataifi.

The Real Greek Souvlaki is slightly more expensive than Lambs with standard souvlaki’s starting at $12.

Real Greek Souvlaki. Photo: Joseph Regan

However, Fitzroy locals Jacob Friest and Andrea Crocco believe the one dollar premium is entirely justified.

“Of all the shops on the strip Real Greek easily has the most appetising spread – all the food looks really fresh and you can tell everything’s hand-made.”

“Out of the four, Real Greek is the place to go,” they said.

Chubbys Kebab, Pizza and HSP might be the best value on Brunswick Street, with the going rate for a souvlaki at a measly $9.50, but regular Chubbys’ customer and Fitzroy local Adam Crew said that there’s a clear reason the souvlakis are the cheapest on the strip.

Chubbys kebab, pizza and HSP. Photo: Joseph Regan

“At the end of the day Chubbys is cheap and nasty, it’s the kind of place you go late at night and it tastes good at the time, but you pay for it the next day.”

“In saying that I think they have the best bread on the strip, particularly the Turkish bread,” Adam said.

Souvlaki King at 311 Brunswick Street also serves souvlaki’s starting at $11, however locals know that this isn’t value-for-money.

Lucas Anderson said that of the four shops on the strip, Souvlaki King is easily the most forgettable.

“Souvlaki King is alright, but it’s not the first place I would be going, in fact it’s probably the fourth,” Lucas said.

All four souvlaki shops on Brunswick Street are open until 5 am, so if you’re ever feeling so hangry you could ‘squirrel grip’ your brother we at The Yarra Reporter would recommend The Real Greek Souvlaki.

Written by Joseph Regan

Faces of Yarra

Grant Alexander McCracken, Fitzroy

“B (runswick) Street should be car free, because all of the mayhem comes from cars. And this is a line from my B Street poem; ‘They were all late for their lattes. They were all in a hurry to get nowhere fast.’ They create mayhem these cars, so I reckon if it’s a car free zone from Alexander Parade to Johnson street or Victoria Parade, and maybe put some turf down (for) their tables and chairs, some trees, potted plants, make it more pedestrian friendly. Then there wouldn’t be all the pollution. Car free B Street.”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski