Perth Upmarket is happening once again this Sunday 20 March at Winthrop Hall, UWA. As always, you can expect a well curated selection of local businesses that cover fashion, gifts, accessories, stationery, art, design, food and more. One such business is Squire Lad – specialising in accessories for the dapper gent! Find out more with business owner Anthony.
When did you launch your business?
I launched Squire Lad in September last year, so we are only new! But we have received an amazing response to the products and designs over the past 5-6 months. We are up over 2000 Instagram followers now.
What inspired you to start the business?
I found it really hard to find a bow tie that suited my personality last year while I was looking for an outfit for my engagement party. I wanted to create handmade bow ties that explored a range of personalities. We truly believe guys should bring out their personalities with their clothing. Experiment, Have fun!
Where did the name come from?
Everyone asks this! The name originated from a term of endearment an old friend, Steve, a very British gentleman, used to call me after several lagers while we were working rurally in the northwest of Western Australia. I haven’t seen him in years so he probably isn’t aware of what he “created” [laughs].
Anthony in the middle with Tony (left) and John (right), all sporting Squire Lad bowties.
Where do you source the fabrics used in your accessories?
A range of Australian fabric suppliers. We have about 8-10 suppliers around the country we talk to about sourcing the distinct Squire Lad look. The process of choosing fabrics is really rewarding for us.
Are you a snappy dresser day to day, or are your accessories brought out for special occasions?
I love dressing up! Accessories for me (bow ties, shoes, belts) are my guilty pleasure – I love adding character to an outfit with these.
What do you love about Perth?
The weather. Our beaches. How close we are to amazing destinations like Margaret River and Esperance. What I’m loving at the moment is the transformation of our little city. What an amazing time to be living in Perth: Elizabeth Quay; the linking of Perth with Northbridge; small bars and cool eateries popping up. Our culture is bubbling at the moment!
What does Perth need?
We have one of the most beautiful rivers and beaches in the world! I think we need more infrastructure around our water to bring people to these areas. Elizabeth Quay is a great example of this.
What was the last great book you read?
Its an oldie but a goodie, I finally got through Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Amazing story. If you love the adventure of travel and culture, this one is great.
Where’s your most frequented coffee shop?
When I’m in the CBD for work I cant go past Lowdown. The guys there make some amazing coffee. It has a really good atmosphere too.
Favourite place to head out for dinner?
As those that have read the Squire Lad blog will know, I love food! The food revolution sweeping Perth is so exciting. Long Chim would have to be my pick at the moment. Amazing Thai food…amazing.
Where can we find your creations?
Currently we only sell our creations online at squirelad.com.au. We also like to have several pop up stores around Perth during the year, and Perth Upmarket is one of those. We set up our first pop up store last November during the Leederville Carnival. The feedback was amazing so we are so excited to do it again at Perth Upmarket!
What other stalls are you hoping to check out t Perth Upmarket this weekend?
Daniel(ink)! These guys make some great hand drawn T-shirts. Daniel has Cerebral Palsy, he is an inspiration, a really cool guy and his from Perth! Check them out. Anthony