Monday, 7 December 2009


It's that time of the year again....

End of season samples and old stock priced from $20

Antipodium, Cheap Monday, Romance Was Born, Therese Rawsthorne, Skinny Nelson & Friends, P.A.M, Seventh Wonderland, Gary Bigeni, AM Eyewear, Marsu Homme, Matt Weston, Gideon, William Llewellyn Griffiths and more!!

Lilo Warehouse
Cnr Kippax & Elizabeth Streets, Surry Hills
(Enter via Kippax St - Opposite The Aurora Hotel)

Fri 11 Dec: 5pm - 9pm
Sat 12 Dec: 10am - 6pm
Sun 13 Dec: 11am - 6pm
Mon 14 Dec: 10am - 2pm


Monday, 16 November 2009

A Spirited Win For Romance Was Born At SOYA

Romance Was Born were awarded the prize in the fashion category for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) on Wednesday November 11, celebrating their innovation and creative spirit.

Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales were selected from finalists Gary Bigeni and Arnsdorf to receive a once-in-a-lifetime mentorship opportunity with SOYA09’s inspirational fashion guru's Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, along with financial support in the form of $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in flights from Qantas.

The dynamo duo were thrilled to be acknowledged and say they will be using the cash and flights to pursue overseas growth, "We really want to put the flights and money towards doing a showing in London sometime next year. It's something we have always wanted to do when the timing was right!"

SOYA is a part of Qantas’ ‘Sharing the Spirit’ community initiative, which aims to help young Australians connect with their dreams, and achieve their potential. Romance Was Born's award was announced at a presentation at the MCA where finalists, mentors, media and the who’s who of Sydney’s artistic world came together to view an exhibition of the finalists’ work and celebrate the best new creative and cultural talent Australia has to offer. The high calibre of this year’s finalists demonstrates the unique ability of SOYA to showcase some of Australia’s best artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers.

Since the inception of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards in 2004, SOYA has been instrumental in fostering the careers of Australia’s top innovative and inspiring young talent in the arts including fashion talents from the Little Hero stable the past two years: Geoffrey J Finch of cult womenswear label Antipodium in 2008 and Ben Pollitt of Friedrich Gray in 2007. We love a hat trick!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Gig pick of the week

This week's Little Hero excursion took us to the intimate surrounds of The Coachman Russian restaurant in Surry Hills to witness the strikingly distinguished and increasingly prominent Kirin J. Callinan record his debut solo album live.

Having played with The Lost Valentinos, Mercy Arms, Fashion Launches Rocket Launches and Jack Ladder, Kirin is what you might call an adaptable artist. Pushing the boundaries of traditional instrumentation through his use of effect pedals and sound in general, he really lived up to his trademark statement: "offer me a gig, I'll give you a performance".

Beautiful, stirring and undeniable - Little Hero's gig pick of the week.


Friday, 23 October 2009

Pop Crimes

Rowland S. Howard, the legend of Australian rock whose distinctive style and sound has resonated across the underground rock landscape for decades, played a special performance at Sydney's Oxford Arts Factory last night celebrating the release of his new album Pop Crimes.

Overpowering and soaked in a fantastic nonchalant attitude, his songs brought together his own unique brand of stripped down music, and we loved it!

Check out his new album Pop Crimes, out now via Liberation.

Photo by Ben Butcher

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

SixThousand - The Antipodium Edit

A big congratulations to Fenella Peacock from Antipodium on guest editing the latest issue of SixThousand!

Grab a bottle, scramble into that empty front row seat, and see the Perth world through Antipodium-coloured glasses. It's bubbly, savvy, tasteful, and we're proud as a Peacock of it.

To check out The Antipodium Edit click here.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Cate Blanchett loves Romance Was Born

Esteemed Romance Was Born ambassador Cate Blanchett (or as she's now been dubbed, Cate Blankett) shook things up at the opening of Screen Worlds at the ACMI in Melbourne as she stepped out in Romance Was Born couture.

The one-shoulder crochet Blanket Dress was showcased earlier this year at Cate's beloved Sydney Theatre Company as part of Romance Was Born's spring/summer collection Doilies and Pearls, Oyster and Shells.

Personally requested by Cate, we give her a big thumbs up for turning heads and continuing to support Australian fashion.

Images courtesy of

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Heavenly angels flocked from afar to experience the maximum pleasure and powerful vibrations of Antipodium's magical club night sensation NO ROMANCE held last week at London's new favourite boozer The Stag's Head.

Throwing back No-Ro’s (a pink and sour cocktail garnished with rose petals, served only by the jug), and decked out in her new season wares, was actress and Antipodium fan Emma Booth dancing the night away to the tasty tunes of The Voguettes (the British Vogue fashion team), and Matt Van She who sent everyone's heart a flutter.

Also spotted were The Gossip and Chromeo's new label mates teenagersintokyo who celebrated wrapping up their latest record, Vogue Russia's It girl Margaret Crow and designer Jens Laugesen.


Pop into Poepke

Inspired by the natural beauty and versatility of coral, Sydney creatives 2 by Lyn&Tony offer their Summer 09/10 collection exclusively to Poepke. Using various crochet and knitting techniques to leather thonging and cotton, the collection features rare and exquisite red coral pieces which have been buffed and polished adding to their natural beauty.
Also in store now at Poepke is a sky blue waxed cotton leather thonging neckpiece previously sold out in Colette (Paris).

2 by Lyn&Tony is in store now exclusively to Poepke.
47 William Street, Paddington

Thursday, 16 July 2009

The Life of Dreams

My discovery for this week is the excellent Julie Doiron - the most unique voice I've heard since early Cat Power aka Chan Marshall this one's on high rotation...

Happy, positive, excited, rocking. Everything is coming together in Canadian songstress Julie Doiron's world, from embracing her electric past with Eric's Trip, to embarking on a new and energetic phase of her solo life with some of the most upbeat and inspiring songs of her recording career with 'I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.'

"Every day, every night I tell myself in this beautiful light that I'm glad to be alive."


Tuesday, 23 June 2009


It's that time of the year again!
Little Hero presents...

Up to 75% off

AM Eyewear
Cheap Monday
Earnest Sewn
Matt Weston
Marsu Homme
Romance Was Born
Seventh Wonderland
Therese Rawsthorne
William Llewellyn Griffiths

485 Crown St, Surry Hills

Wed 1st July 4pm-8pm
Thu 2nd July 10am-8pm
Fri 3rd July 10am-8pm
Sat 4th July 10am-6pm
Sun 5th July 10am-4pm

5 days only!

Women's, men's, swimwear, shoes, denim and accessories.

End of season samples, old stock and current pieces priced from $40!

Cash only!!!

Monday, 22 June 2009

Artisan Guild & Curiosity shop

Shop opens - June 8 - July 31
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Designer of Marsu Homme, Chrissy Hammond has invited her designer and artist friends to collaborate on a temporary boutique 'The Artisan Guild and Curiosity Shop.'

The shop will open for 2 months and customers will be able to select from new and vintage curiosities, objects, accessories, jewellery and shoes from labels including Beat Poet, Saint Augustine Academy, Elke Kramer, Matt Weston, Toby Jones, Izrock (Joe Allen), Phil Young (with curious clocks that go backwards) and Isson and Fiction Eyewear (range of limited edition customised retro glasses for the Marsu Homme store).

2 for 1 on Marsu Homme shoes with a strictly limited offer on select styles available only in store - one for the night, one for the day.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Time of the Season

It's that time of the season and Little Hero is in the thick of press showings for Spring Summer 2009-10 collections.

We're showing media new season men's, women's, shoes and accessory collections from our treasured stable which we've sprinkled with some new found gems....

Cheap Monday
Chip Chop
Friedrich Gray
2 by Lyn&Tony
Make Believe
Matt Weston
Marsu Femme
Marsu Homme
Pop Eyes
Romance Was Born
Seventh Wonderland
Therese Rawsthorne
William Llewellyn Griffiths

Our hot tip off so far is a tie between 2 newcomers to the showroom 2 by Lyn& Tony who make handcrafted objects of desire (think up to 22 hours per piece) in the form of neckpieces and wrist pieces from the most divine ingredients including silks, wools and leathers. 

Also in the running are the classic leathers of Bisonte.  We just shot their new images on the weekend, such a joy to work with people who appreciate understated quality with attention to the smallest details.  Forget disposable fashion; both these designers make pieces that stand the test of time.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Chalk Horse Treats

Tara Marynowsky
'Lady in Egg', 2009
watercolour on paper
40 x 42cm (framed size)

We took a little trip to the Chalk Horse Gallery the other day to check out the joint forces of talented local and international artists Tara Marynowsky, Tim Moore and Danny Morse- Childhood cartoon heroes stripped down to the skinny then intricately embroidered onto handmade linens, kooky characters in wild and wonderful watercolours and boldly painted landscapes provided a vivid but dreamlike visual experience that didn't disappoint.

Sydney born and educated Tara Marynowski's gently mesmerising watercolours featured strange fairy tale figures, blank faced characters, sad and dark faces which spoke volumes of a melancholic, nostalgic carnivale. Quite on the opposite end of the creative spectrum came silk embroideries on hand made materials, the delicacy of the embroidery being strikingly contradictory to the subject matter itself, in which Tim Moore playfully combines naturists (nudists for those of you who don't know!) with cartoon icons, not even danger mouse in his birthday suit could escape the needle and thread! The english artist Danny Morse uses acrylic paints to compose moody, colour rich scenes for your viewing pleasure.

This little melting pot of creativity gives rise to a versatile appeal and there's bound to be something there that you'll fall in love with, open till the 6th of June and totally local- Surry Hills, it is most definitely worth a look so get your boots on and get over there!

14 MAY- 6 6 JUNE 2009

Tim Moore
'Donger Mouse', 2009
embroidery on vintage linen
30 x 30cm

Danny Morse
'Orca', 2009
acrylic on board
20 x 25cm

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Breakthrough Bonanza for talented Therese

Ta da! Last night Therese Rawsthorne picked up the 'Breakthrough Designer of the Year 2009' gong at the Madison Fashion, Style and Music Awards.

Therese Rawsthorne was selected from nominees including Romance Was Born, Gary Bigeni and Ellery.

Rather shocked by the accolade Therese was genuinely surprised as she wasn't aware she was actually nominated! Therese was fortunate not to have slipped away during the proceedings for a bathroom stop and says "It's good to be recognised by the industry. I have become accustomed to being nominated for awards and never winning!"

Keep your eyes peeled for the forthcoming Spring Summer 2009 collection 'The Temptress' from Therese Rawsthorne which has been going bananas in our showroom following her show at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week earlier this month.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

P.A.M's Super Sunnies

Cult Melbourne label P.A.M aka Perks And Mini, have dropped a capsule of limited edition collaborations in store now.

The much-loved P.A.M interpretation of fashion offers a foray into their own warped creative universe with 3 new collaborations: -

P.A.M x Super (Retrosuperfuture) Sunglasses (as pictured above), P.A.M Tees with artwork by Bea Nettles and Barry McGee (certified organic cotton) and a 'must have' P.A.M Cycling Cap with artwork by Barry McGee.

The super limited edition batches drop into stores worldwide from May/June at Colette (Paris), Slam Jam (Italy), Someday (Melbourne), Outpost (Brisbane), Highs and Lows (Perth), Haven (Canada), Dragon (Mexico), Superette (NZ), and selected stores in Japan.

Expect to see pieces alongside P.A.M Winter 2009 men's, women's, shoes and accessories; P.A.M embrace the spirit of modern and ancient history with 'Magic Messages', a collection of high-impact, high-visibility pieces live and direct from another planet!

About the artists -

Bea Nettles:
A sampling of the first known complete photographic Tarot deck created with multiple negatives in 1970 decades before Photoshop. Internationally exhibited photographer and book-artist Bea Nettles ( used herself, her family and friends for models. Her 3 of Swords is the disc icon on Bruce Springsteen's Magic.

Barry McGee:
Ray Fong AKA Robert Pimple AKA Barry McGee is a San Franciscan graffiti artist turned artist turned graffiti artist turned artist. Tramp art, surfing, tagging, bicycles and 'youth gone mad' are combined to give Ray Fong his visual language of anguish, triumph, and fun. Barry has exhibited worldwide at Dietch NYC, Walker Art Centre Minneaopolis, NGV Melbourne and Watari Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. And many alleyways, fire hydrants, phone booths, back doors and bus shelters throughout many cities.