Meanwhile is one of Sydney’s latest premium menswear store located on Elizabeth Bay Road in Elizabeth Bay (fondly referred to as “The Hood” by the locals). Designed by Mandy Edge for Tim Leckie and Dion Kovac (One Of A Kind in Darlinghurst), the store is spread over two floors representing local labels such as Rittenhouse, Three Over One, Vanishing Elephant, Rage & Bone, Whyred, Our Legacy and bStore, with exclusive distribution for New York-based fashion label Dana Lee, Italian shoe brand Buttero and Parisian accessory label Isaac Reina.

With a newly installed full-height glass and steel-frame store front which set the tone for the space beyond, the rest of the fitout features raw concrete floors, sandblasted brick walls, aged steel balustrades and hanging racks. This robust, masculine and minimalist space manages to feels warm and delicate thanks to a carefully curated collection of vintage floor rugs, bespoke leather furniture and hand-blown glass pendants.

Below is a little Q&A with designer Mandy Edge.

+ Your favourite thing about this project?

It was a joy because it gave me the opportunity to create something that was exactly my taste/style which was aligned with the clients, which doesn’t always happen – so was a pleasure to do! Plus the two owners have great taste and are both lovely human beings.

+ What did you learn during the project?

It’s good to have good constructive, creative arguments (or should I say discussions) with your clients!

+ Would you have done anything differently?

Can’t think of anything – no!

+ Any interesting/ funny/ quirky facts you could tell me?

The whole place flooded from a burst water main close to completion and we had to start all over again.

Congratulations Mandy, Tim and Dion on this fantastic project and your successful collaboration.

[Photography by Steve Back.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

2 Responses

  1. Oliver @ Sabi Style

    Wow this is great design – I totally agree… she has balanced the feel so that it suits the male clients, allows the clothing to hold center stage but doesn’t feel like a man cave.

    That sandlasted brick wall with shelving in front is super hot.


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