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There’s nothing obvious about why Melbourne’s latest retail opening should be causing such a stir. Taking a break from their bar jobs one evening, tailor Thomas Grogan and shoemaker James Roberts talked about where they’d like to take their careers. By the following week, they’d taken over the warehouse space that is now their modern-day gentlemen’s club. Combining a café and men’s outfitters with suits and shoes made to order, Grogan and Roberts kitted out the space with a low key palette of whitewashed walls, vintage sideboards and antique bibelots. But as Grogan says of the store and its auction room finds and family heirlooms: ‘There’s a lot of beauty in imperfection. It gives you a sense of being in a special environment.’ By the time you read this, a barber will have been installed and the Captains’ first silent movie night will have taken place. Next on the agenda? A liquor license so that the café can become a whisky bar in the evenings.
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