Kollate’s inauguration into Melbourne’s fashion scene provided the city with a much needed “no-frills” type of fashion. Unlike many labels when first starting out, there was a welcomed absence of un-deserving hype, clinical type of reverence and a sacrificial altar with an intoxicated priestess dancing naked to Enya dedicated to the brand. This alternative to the usual brouhaha may come off as rebellious compared with the “norm”, but really it is a positive step for the local fashion industry.
What Kollate does have to offer their customer is essentially fashion. The theory behind Charles’ collection is to provide Kollate customers with a true sense of style as well as options to express one’s true individuality (the collection often boasts one off designs).
Kollate’s first collection combined small and relatively unknown international designers with clothing for men and women, as well as a small accessory line. The often quirky designs come with interesting cuts, patterns, and details. Some of their key pieces include the infamous infinite dress, an ingenious design which basically is a piece of fabric with 5 holes which can be worn in many ways.
Charles Wong, buyer and creative director of Kollate, informs that the pieces are now available to the public at his showroom.