If you’re too impatient for international shipping, can’t be bothered battling for limited edition sneakers and streetwear, or simply want to support Australian businesses, then there is a whole range of cool and unique Aussie streetwear brands you can check out.
As the eastern states start to head into a chilly winter and the north begins its dry period, it’s a great time to look at buying a few key pieces for your wardrobe to last you through the cooler months. Whether you’re after fun graphic tees, ethically sourced closet staples or warm winter jackets, here are some of the best Aussie streetwear (and skatewear) brands.
Kodama is a sustainable, unisex streetwear brand designed and made in Melbourne. Started by designer Natsuko, who is originally from Japan but grew up in Brisbane, the apparel is inspired by Melbourne’s culture, excellent coffee and fashion scene.
Kodama specialises in basics made from certified organic cotton and outerwear, with a range of overcoats crafted from eco-friendly materials. The clothing is generally neutrally coloured, with a few bright t-shirts, so it’s great for stocking up on sustainable wardrobe staples.
A national chain of stores, Fast Times stocks a huge range of local and international street and skatewear brands (it’s also a great place to check for limited edition sneaker drops). Fast Times has its own branded apparel, too, including bright graphic t-shirts, tote bags and hats.
If you love skatewear, then Butter Goods – 100% owned and operated by skateboarders – is the ideal pick. Since its foundation in Perth in 2008, Butter Goods has gone on to do collaborations with well-known brands such as HUF and DC Shoes, but is most recognisable for its bright graphic tees and unique prints.
Stocked worldwide, you might even be able to find Butter Goods clothing and accessories in your hometown!
Known as Australia’s leading sports apparel brand, First Ever is behind all the official apparel for the country’s National Basketball League. So, if you’re looking to support your favourite NBL team, this is the number one place to look for merch.
The company has also branched out into more casual streetwear-inspired pieces under the name ATH-STREET. The comfortable tees and track pants are perfect for when you’re heading to and from training or the gym, but also just for lounging in front of the TV (no judgement here!).
Oli. started in Perth in 2012, with designer Oliver McDonald printing t-shirts in his home studio. The Oli. team has now grown to a three-man operation, with Oliver still hand-drawing and hand-printing all of the brand’s t-shirts. Each piece is strictly limited edition, meaning once it’s sold out, they will never be remade – so you can be assured that your piece is unique.
With a huge range of snuggly jumpers and embroidered beanies, Oli. is a great place to start stocking up on winter essentials.
Another homegrown skatewear store, Pass~Port started in Sydney in 2009 to make up for the lack of Australian-made skateboards at the time. Since then, the brand has expanded into apparel and accessories, and is available worldwide (even collaborating with Vans!). The Pass~Port website also offers a whole range of prints and gifts if you’re looking for present ideas.
Melbourne-based streetwear label HoMie not only produces comfortable and quality apparel, but it also sends 100% of its profits to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship across Australia. The brand is gender-neutral (you’ll find its core range packed with colourful hoodies), and every item is ethically produced in Melbourne.
Started by two brothers in Melbourne in 2010, ICHPIG focuses on sustainable and local manufacturing. With the distinctive logo emblazoning a range of comfortable and high-quality apparel – ranging from graphic tees to anoraks, socks and even underwear – ICHPIG is great for stocking up on cool basics.
Starting in sunny Byron Bay in 2006, Afends is committed to sustainability through its apparel. From unique (and biodegradable!) hemp denim garments and knitted jumpers, to using recycled polyester, tree fibres and organic cotton for its pieces, know that you’re doing your bit for the environment when you’re buying from Afends.
If you’re in Adelaide and looking for somewhere to buy a range of local (and global!) streetwear brands, such as the aforementioned Butter Goods and Pass~Port, for example, then check out Twenty Fifty-Two. The store offers independent labels alongside well-known international brands, to give you a good mix of streetwear options.