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. 

Art & Sex-Ed: Using comics for CALD youth sexual education

Sexual education can be a tumultuous process for teens and young adults, even more so for those from our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Imagine discussing what is already a taboo topic in many cultures, compounded with language barriers and contrasting ideologies.

» Tan Œ Safe sexS.H.A.R.E is a new guided learning tool created by strategic design consultancy, Paper Giant, and commissioned by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, that uses cleverly designed comics as discussion points for community health workers and youth.

Chris Marmo, co-founder of Paper Giant, spoke to YR about the process of creating what is fundamentally a sex-ed guide for CALD youth.

“It can be awkward talking about sexual health, with culturally and linguistically diverse young people it’s super hard.”

The team began its research by gathering stories from social workers relating to sexual experiences among youth in the community, with both language barriers and age as a major component in the analysis.

“These obstacles compounded, using comics as a discussion point for youth sexual heath education was a natural decision.” Says Chris.

Through a network of youth advocates, supervised workshops were conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the first-hand issues CALD youth face. Using the comics depicting the scenarios outlined by social workers they began to identify other factors surrounding youth relationships and sexual interactions.

“We had some really brilliant young people, across a range of religions and cultural backgrounds… [and] we learnt a lot from what they were noticing in the stories, but we learnt even more from what they didn’t notice.”

Having a healthy relationship and positive sexual interactions is largely learned through social groups, home life and society attitudes at large. Often CALD youth are not permitted to talk about sex at home leaving them to generate their own ideas through social streams, entertainment and news.

“A lot of cultural attitudes became apparent when people would comment on things like teen pregnancy and how it is the responsibility of the girl to manage that.”


» Solomon and Sally Œ Comic

The comics depict scenarios such as unplanned pregnancy and sexual assault as well as highlighting pressure tactics used to dissuade condom use or initiate sexual intercourse.

Some scenarios, such as ‘Solomon and Sally: Sexual Assault’ and ‘Solomon and Sally: Happy Ending’ show the outcome of two possible scenarios, one in which sex is forced and the other where it is consensual.













With recourses in the health and community sector already stretched thin, having effective teaching material is paramount. All too often recourses are poured into streams that are inaccessible to target groups or have little preemptive focus.

“The biggest effect you can have from a project is making really good quality stuff that is available to everybody who wants it…We found that young people don’t search for this stuff unless they have a medical issue… so the idea of self-guided education and general niceties around how to have a healthy relationship or what positive and negative sex is, people don’t research that on their own. They only research that stuff if they have a specific issue they want to find an answer to, some kind of medical issue or they are already in trouble in some way.”

Since the projects launch in April, Marmo says the guides have been quite popular among the social services sector and have already been used in youth detention and other learning facilites around Melbourne.

The comics are available for download along with discussion points and other relevant learning material on the S.H.A.R.E website.