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Sark Studio’s Friends

Waking up early, coffee and the great nature.

Words / Jas Tse
Translation / Ian Tsang

地方文化不同,生活截然相異。

上次與澳洲服裝品牌Sark的創辦人Theresa聊天,她除了跟我們談及設計理念與目的,更說了很多關於「拋棄主義(Throwawayism)」的興盛,以及澳洲製衣業的式微狀況。那時候就感覺到她對環境特別關注,聽後令人更確定一件事 —— 設計與生態環境和生活模式應互相呼應,才能做到令世界變得更好。一直好奇他們的顧客群當中會有怎樣的人,這回有機會與他們淺聊,嘗試從各人的生活喜好入手,當中推介的小店、餐館、藝廊更可以連成一條小小的旅遊路線呢,這樣或者更能了解地道的悉尼生活。

然後我發覺,他們通通離不開「早起、咖啡,與大自然」。

Life is totally different in various places with diversed cultures.

Last time when I spoke with Theresa, founder of Sark, a fashion brand in Australia, apart from sharing with us her design concepts and objectives, she also talked at length about the flourishing “Throwawayism” as well as the waning Australian clothing industry. Back then, I already had the feeling that she paid specific attention to the environment. After listening to what she said, I was even more certain about one thing – design should stay in tune and interact with the ecological environment and lifestyle, and only in doing so could design be able to turn the world into a better place. I have always been curious about what kind of customers they have. This time, I have had the chance to have a little chat with them, and I tried to start with their favorite things in life. The little shops, restaurants and art galleries they recommended can even be combined to form an itinerary. Perhaps this can aid our understanding about the life of locals in Sydney.

And then I realized, what they said all revolved around “waking up early, coffee and the great nature.”

Oona (28) / Cosmetic Brand Developer / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
午餐我愛到悉尼的Rustic Pearl,是土耳其人開的一間小小的咖啡館。晚餐則愛到位於The Old Clare Hotel裡的Automata餐廳。

你的日常一天是怎樣?你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
起床後我會沿著海岸線,由布朗特(Bronte)步行到邦代(Bondi),欣賞途上明媚風光。然後會吃早餐或者進行午餐會議。到了晚上,如果沒有產品發佈會要出席,我會上一節普拉提(Pilates)練習去鬆弛繃緊了一天的神經。

最理想的度假方式?
我喜歡到紐約,幸運地我能夠一年去那裡兩次,很多時會去購物或者在中央公園(Central Park)散步。最近剛從葡萄牙里斯本旅行回來,去了很喜歡的卡斯卡伊斯海灘(Cascais Beach)與Pestana Palace,當然還吃了很多萄撻!


衣櫥必備單品?
Sark的棉質薄紗內衣和與之相配的長褲,我的生活已經不能沒有它們了。還有Paul Harnden鞋子。

喜歡Sark的什麼?
我喜歡支持本地設計,尤其是舒適好看的衣服!他們使用的布料極好,而且衣服都是在悉尼生產,在澳洲來說是難得一見。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
I love to go to Rustic Pearl in Sydney for lunch. It is a very small coffee house run by a Turkish owner. As for dinner, I love to go to a restaurant called Automata inside Clare Hotel.

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
First I wake up and do the Bronte to Bondi cliff walk, the view is quite breathtaking. Then I have breakfast or lunch meetings during the day. In the evenings if I don’t have an event or product launch to go to, I like to wind down with a pilates class.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
I like to go to New York. I am lucky to be able to visit there twice a year, and I very often go shopping or take a stroll in the Central Park. Recently I just came back from a trip to Lisbon in Portugal, and I have been to Cascais Beach and Pestana Palace, which I like very much. Of course I have had a lot of Portuguese egg tarts too!

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
I can’t live without my cotton tulle body and matching legs from Sark Studio. Also my Paul Harnden shoes.

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
I like to support local designers, especially when the garments are comfortable and so attractive! The fabrics they use are always divine. I also love that they are made in Sydney, which is rare in Australia.

Kelley (26) / Traveling Artist, Designer, Student of Life! / USA

最愛到的地方?
看看身在哪個城市吧,但我很愛到當地的家庭式咖啡館、零件材料店、藝術用品中心、博物館,也會去看藝術展覽。沙灘與公園當然也很好!
你的日常一天是怎樣?你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
我習慣早睡早起。愛吃健康料理,會做瑜伽,每天會步行十二到十五公里。我喜歡認識新朋友,享受愉快的時光。除非是工作需要,不然我都盡量遠離科技與各種應用程序,還有Pokémon!看到陽光燦爛,我就會感到快樂。
最理想的度假方式?
不斷探索和與當地人連繫。盡可能花最多時間在大自然。嘗盡地道菜餚,當然還有跳舞!
衣櫥必備單品?
我喜歡穿戴鮮豔的顏色(像粉紅與藍色!)對於我所穿的,它們的質量和生產標準最為重要。因為我盡可能保持我的衣櫥簡約,另外我也喜歡根據心情而自行製作服飾。
喜歡Sark的什麼?
Sark的衣服能表現出其優等質量與高水平的時尚感。特別喜歡他們選用的布料與獨特設計。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
Depending on which city I am in, I like to visit local ‘mom and pop’ coffee shops, hardware stores, art supply centers, museums and art exhibits. The beach and local parks are always great too!

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
Most days I’m in bed early and wake up early. I enjoy eating healthy, doing yoga and I walk between 12 and 15 km per day. I love to meet new people and have fun. Unless it’s beneficial to what I’m working on, I avoid technology, apps and Pokémon! When the sun is shining, I’m always smiling.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
Exploring and connecting with the locals. Spending as much time as possible in nature. Eating the local food and dancing, of course!

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
I love wearing vibrant colors (like pink and blue). The quality and production standards of everything I wear is important. I keep my wardrobe as minimal as possible. I also like to create my own clothing that fits my mood!

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
Sark clothing, to me, demonstrates consistent quality and excellent fashion standards. I enjoy the fabrics and unique design.

Geraldine (50+) / Co-owner of an engineering company that makes textile cutting tables / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
The Boathouse Palm Beach
你的日常一天是怎樣?你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
週一至週四我會工作。週五清早就會去本地農夫市場,買一星期份量的新鮮蔬果。那裡有很多攤販,他們賣的東西從植物到珠寶以至家具等等,應有盡有。然後我會到曼利(Manly)海灘那邊,在朋友家上法文課。到了週六我仍會早起,到海灘和朋友游泳、散步,然後喝咖啡、吃早餐。日間則是看書、做按摩的好時候,又或者到古物店看看有什麼老東西,可以裝飾家裡,或用來種植多肉植物。晚上多數和朋友們到附近吃飯,有時會進城裡看一場音樂表演。有時間還會上瑜伽課。
最理想的度假方式?
我喜歡法國的文化、美食與美酒,所以我愛到法國旅行。會在南法的阿爾卑斯地區騎一、兩星期的腳踏車環遊四周,當中的攀山運動是保持身段的秘訣呢。
衣櫥必備單品?
冬天我愛穿Sark的灰色絲綢外套,穿上讓人感到自信與快樂。
喜歡Sark的什麼?
與主流趨勢相比,我更喜歡與眾不同的個人風格。Sark有令人驚嘆的設計,都是無法在別處找到的。他們的優質物料和高水準製作,令衣服看起來總是很美。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
The Boathouse Palm Beach

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
I go to work from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, I head to our local growers’ market early to get the week’s supplies of fruits and vegetables. They have some great stalls there with all kinds of stuff from plants to jewellery and home furnishings. Next I go to my French language course at my friend’s place in Manly. It’s just a small group. On Saturdays, I go to the beach early to meet up with friends. We like swimming and walking, and then have coffee and breakfast. During the day I like to read, have a massage or find old things in bric-a-brac shops that I can use for decoration at home, or for planting succulents in. In the evenings, we normally go out to dinner with friends either locally or in the city and maybe see some live music. If I have time on the weekend, I go to yoga class.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
We love French culture, food and wine, so we go to France. We go cycling in the south of France in the Alps region for a week or two. Those mountain climbs help keep the kilos off.

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
Now that it’s winter, I wear my long grey Sark silk coat. It’s my pride and joy.

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
I prefer an individual look as opposed to mainstream trends. Sark has really striking pieces that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. Sark uses quality fabrics that are finished to a really high standard, so they always look really good.

Chloe (26) / Psychology Student / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
夏天的悉尼海灘是最動人的,我最喜歡馬魯巴(Maroubra)與布朗特(Bronte)。你的日常一天是怎樣?
你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
在寫論文的日子裡,陪伴我的是無數杯熱茶與文書軟件。而我理想的一天是在戶外度過的。
最理想的度假方式?
閱讀、放鬆、探索。
衣櫥必備單品?
一雙舒適的鞋子!
喜歡Sark的什麼?
他們的設計充滿愛,選用美麗材質,每一件都有趣獨特。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
Sydney beaches in summer are pretty wonderful – Maroubra and Bronte are my favourites.

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
On days when I have to write papers, what accompanies me are countless cups of coffees as well as word processing software. My ideal day is to be spent outdoors.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
Reading, relaxing, exploring.

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
Comfortable shoes!

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
Sark clothes are designed with love, using beautiful fabrics. Every piece is unique and interesting.

Billy (24) / Architecture Student / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
Prince Alfred Park Pool游泳池;麥肯齊灣(Mackenzies Bay);Balls Head Reserve。你的日常一天是怎樣?
你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
幸運地我的行程每天也不一樣!但永遠不變的是我都會很早起床,喝一杯咖啡,再帶我的狗散步。
最理想的度假方式?
杰維斯海灣(Jarvis Bay)和Milton之間的新南威爾斯海岸線,對我來說是個非常特別的地方。另外還有意大利,我相信沒有哪個城市的建築能如它那樣豐富和美好。
衣櫥必備單品?
Rossi Boots靴子;Sark棉質外套;修身牛仔褲。
喜歡Sark的什麼?
只要用心看他們的設計,答案就已不言而喻。Sark的設計師對物料的理解,以及剪裁上的處理都是建立在他們對服裝歷史的深厚知識之上。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
Prince Alfred Park Pool, Mackenzies Bay, or Balls Head Reserve.

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
I’m lucky as it changes every day! But as a constant I wake early, have a coffee and go for a walk with my dog.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
The NSW coast line between Jarvis Bay and Miltion is a very special place for me. And of course, Italy – nowhere is the urban fabric so rich and wonderful.

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
Rossi boots, Sark cotton jacket, slim fit jeans.

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
Just look at the range, it speaks for itself. The designers at Sark have a material understanding and approach to tailoring that is underpinned by an erudite knowledge of the history of clothing.

Athena (23) / Arts, Law Student / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
夏天會到戈登灣(Gordon’s Bay),而冬天最愛到餐廳121BCChaco BarEster
你的日常一天是怎樣?你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
平日除了大學課堂與在城裡打工的時候,我都沒有既定行程,但每星期會盡量上三堂Mysore Yoga。而我喜歡的生活,是在週六早上去游泳,然後到農市場吃早餐,再去看展覽。行程大概會是:Prince Alfred Park Pool > Eveleigh Markets > CarriageworksWhite Rabbit Gallery,或是先到布朗特 > Kings Cross Market > ArtspaceArt Gallery of NSW
最理想的度假方式?
與有趣的伙伴在戶外度假,將自己完全投入到當地文化,無論是在亞的斯亞貝巴(Addis Ababa)還是馬倫賓比(Mullumbimby)。
衣櫥必備單品?
任何種類的皮鞋 —— 涼鞋;Brogues雕花鞋;靴子,視乎天氣而轉換。最近添置了一頂Sark的花盆型帽子,戴上就完全不想脫下來。
喜歡Sark的什麼?
我被他們的衣服吸引,是因為它總能讓我有新嘗試而且結果很不錯。衣服是訂製但卻沒有限制,質料好而耐用。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
In summer, I love to hang out at Gordon’s Bay; but in winter, my favorite places would be restaurants including 121BC, Chaco Bar and Ester.

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
Regular: Between university classes and working in the city, I don’t have a particularly regular routine, but I do try to integrate 3 Mysore yoga classes each week; Favorite: I really love Saturdays filled with an early swim, breakfast at a farmer’s market and then heading to an exhibition. It might be a combination of the Prince Alfred Park Pool, Eveleigh Markets, Carriageworks and White Rabbit Gallery or a dip at Bronte, before the Kings Cross Market and on to Artspace and the Art Gallery of NSW.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
In good company and outdoors, immersing myself in the local culture whether that happens to be in Addis Ababa or Mullumbimby.

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
Leather shoes – sandals, brogues or boots depending on the season. I’ve also recently picked up one of Sark’s flowerpot hats and can’t seem to take it off.

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
I’m attracted to Sark because their clothes allow me to experiment and they feel wonderful. The clothes are tailored but not restrictive, and the fabrics are always luxurious and often durable.

Kati (51) / Potter, Ceramic Artist / Sydney

最愛到的地方?
我的工作室;也愛到家品店Chee Soon & Fitzgerald,去看看新到貨的美麗紡織物,我最愛他們引入的日本傳統紗染編織物。另外我會到悉尼的藝廊 —— Utopia Art SydneyWatters Gallery是我的心水推薦。
你的日常一天是怎樣?你喜歡怎樣度過一天呢?
平常我會帶兩隻愛犬(臘腸狗與拉布拉多)在布朗特(Bronte)與邦代(Bondi)之間的海岸散步,然後回工作室製作陶瓷。晚上會和丈夫吃一頓美味的素食,夏天的時候就走到布朗特海灘看晚星;冬天便窩在家或外出看一齣電影。而我最愛的生活,就是在工作室待上一整天,但也很喜歡假日時到藍山,在那裡看書,還有進行我的藝術企劃。
最理想的度假方式?
和家人一起就是最好的了。我們愛到日本旅行,喜歡隨便亂逛,發掘街頭的有趣人物事。更喜歡邊走邊吃,也會逛當地市場。
衣櫥必備單品?
無疑是Sark,我很難只選一件單品,但真要選的話就是他們的Artisan工作服。還有銀色的Marsèll鞋子,它能夠配搭我所有衣服。
喜歡Sark的什麼?
穿起來好看又獨特,布料華美,而且他們的剪裁在穿上身時會很好看,也很有趣。衣服舒適且變化很多,我可以在早上穿上它們,而到了夜晚仍然覺得這套裝扮很講究。

What is your favourite place to hang out?
My studio. I also love to check in at Chee Soon & Fitzgerald to see what beautiful textiles they have in store. My favourites are their range of Japanese, yarn dyed traditional weaves.
I also love visiting Sydney art galleries. Utopia Art Sydney and Watters Gallery are two of my favourites.

Describe to us what happens on a regular day for you, and what your favourite way to spend a day is like.
On a regular day, I take our 2 dogs (a sausage dog and a labrador) for a walk along the coast between Bronte and Bondi Beach. Then I’m off to my studio where I spend the day working on my ceramics. In the evenings, I share a yummy vegetarian meal with my husband; and in the summer, we maybe walk down to Bronte beach to enjoy the evening light. In the winter, we snuggle up at home or go to a movie. My favourite way to spend the day is at my studio, but I also love weekends in the Blue Mountains just out of Sydney, where I love to read and work on art projects.

What is the best way to spend a vacation?
I love to vacation with my family. Our current favourite destination is Japan. We love walking everywhere and exploring the streets. We also love trying the food where ever we are and going to markets.

What is your wardrobe essential(s)?
Of course it’s Sark… my Artisan dungarees, I think, although it’s hard to choose. I love my silver Marsell shoes which go with all my clothes.

Why did you choose Sark’s clothing?
I love Sark clothes because they are beautiful to wear and unique. The fabrics are gorgeous and the cut is always great on the body as well as looking interesting. The clothes are also comfortable and versatile. I can put something on in the morning and wear it out that night and always feel well dressed.