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Jayden Weston of Compendium
What drove you to set up shop?
It was all about the number of very cool products out there that frustratingly weren’t available here, and the desire to
create a nice space to work and play in. We found the shop space, which was being used as storage for a furniture shop,
and instantly decided it would be great as a cool little store – a place to do the shop we’d always seen in our minds’ eye.
You’ve got serious diversity in the products you stock – but are there any common themes?
They’ve all got a design element. They’re chosen to look good together, our recommendations for good, interesting
and fun life. The range is always changing and we still love the excitement of discovering a new product or brand.
How has your background influenced your tastes?
I have a basic (and now kind of irrelevant) graphic design education, but I think what really informs the direction of
the store and the product offering is a desire to be surrounded by good design, and an aversion to ugliness. I don’t
know where that comes from, but I feel it’s useful to glean inspiration and understanding from many areas and sources,
which all help educate and inform a personal style and taste. I am naturally compelled to explore art, read interviews,
research designers, understand product design processes and manufacturing, keep up with the blogs, travel and so on.
These enquiries and experiences define my taste.
If your shop were burning down, which three items would you save from going up in flames?
The last limited edition silver aluminium Kaweco mechanical pencil, any one of the irreplaceable numbered Tintin statues,
and as many of the watches as I can possible grab.
Quirkiest product in your shop: go. Hard one! Don’t really like the term ‘quirky’ but the coolest thing would probably
be... the Series 203 watch by Uniform Wares, a brand that’s my idol in business and style.
49a High Street, Fremantle.
Off the record
If Jack Black in High Fidelity is your spirit animal, you’ll
need a vinyl collection to match. Luckily, we’ve rounded
up all the record stores in town for you. You’re welcome.
1. Dada Records 36 Pier Street, CBD.
2. Noise Pollution Records 280 William Street, Northbridge.
3. Urban Records 117 Oxford Street, Leederville.
4. Planet 639 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.
5. The Record Finder High Street, Fremantle.
6. 78 Records 255 Murray Street, CBD.
7. Mills Records 22 Adelaide Street, Fremantle.
8. Unknown Treasures Shop 119,
Coventry Village, Morley.
9. Plastic Passion 43 Eighth Avenue, Maylands.
10. Junction Records 27-35 William Street, Fremantle.
11. Safari’s Record Shack. Shop 3, 189 William Street, CBD.
It’s no secret we love Pigeonhole. After all, we decked
out our cover models top-to-toe in garments from the
store (and may or may not have bought
a few pieces ourselves after the shoot. Sssh!) Now,
it looks like we have yet another reason to return: its
eponymous line of jewellery is seriously drool-worthy.
We’re imagining wearing the dainty ocean-inspired
line on trips down to Margs, or while hitting the
sunset markets at Bathers Beach. 9 Shafto Lane
and 44 London Court, CBD.
Chain stores used to be kinda embarrassing. Not
anymore. Now, everyone from fashion bloggers to
Academy Award-winners to duchesses (yep, we’re
looking at you, Kate) shops the high street. And the
world’s best ones are finally – finally! – coming to Perth.
Zara opened its first WA store in Garden City this
August, with a second set to open in Murray Street by
Christmas. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Topshop
is slated to open in November at Carillon City, bringing
with it a new season of cool threads and accessories.
We couldn’t think of a better face for the new collection
than Cara Delevingne, everyone’s favourite goofy blonde
– we’re just crossing our fingers she’ll release a capsule
collection à la Kate Moss.
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