Nick and Ben Chiu have owned and operated Apartment store in Brisbane CBD for just on seven years now. Originally opening at the height of the sneaker and streetwear boom, the store has since developed into arguably one of the leading men's apparel and accessory stores in Brisbane.
Apartment has long had a reputation for housing some of the globes leading labels, including White Mountaineering, Comme Des Garcons, and Neighborhood. Not to mention there's a Carhartt WIP store attached on the side.
We caught up with Nick to find out what's on the horizon for Apartment, and he's also put together a tasty little TGIF Mixtape for us.
TUL: Tell us in one sentence what Apartment is all about.
Apartment is the local menswear provider for those seeking quality, considered design.
TUL: There have been several transformations and re-incarnations of Apartment's appearance and stocked brands over the years. What was the reason for these changes, and can we expect something new in the future?
The nature of the industry is continual change, progression and cycles. We'll always try to keep pushing boundaries and moving forward. Pretty much just keep offering products and brands that we believe in.
TUL: What is your favourite brand in store, and why?
White Mountaineering is pretty up there. Their attention to detail and approach to design is quite amazing when you see the products in the flesh.
TUL: What do you get up to when you're not working at Apartment?
Supporting the local music scene and throwing events to further build on the cultural landscape of the city.
TUL: Up for a big night, where do you go for a drink?
Wherever the gigs are at. There's been a lot more happening in the music scene in the past couple of months. Local guys like Kush Club, Silo, Rekidz, and venues like Super Whatnot are doing their thing trying to make going out more about the music.
TUL: Best hangover cure after a night out?
On a good night we run on Red Bull and good music — hangover free. On the off chance of a hangover there's nothing like a good, hearty burger from Miel Container in the city.
TUL: Where do you take a girl to impress her?
To any of the underground music events that are popping up in Brisbane. The more obscure the better.
TUL: What's the last gig you went to?
Ghost Poet for Brisbane Festival. Good on Brisbane Festival for thinking a little out of the box for that one. Also BadBadNotGood was another gig recently that stood out for me.
TUL: You've got $50 left, what are you spending it on?
Some warm socks.
TUL: What's your most played song on iTunes?
It's a bit cliché, but, Nas - NY State Of Mind. That whole album will never get old or overplayed.
TUL: What song do you turn up when you're alone, but too embarrassed to play in front of anyone else?
Nothing is too embarrassing to be played in front of other folks. We embrace all.