Going back in Nick of time
LIFE has come full circle for Nick and Vicki Sheppard with their clothing store Elroy moving from Mt Lawley back to the very store in Leederville where their retail dreams began 21 years ago.
The couple started Yo Yo Buffalo in 1994, initially selling vintage American clothing but soon picked up local and international labels to supplement, and eventually replace, the increasingly hard to source vintage.
In 2000, Elroy Clothing, their new venture based around premium imported denim, opened across the road from Yo Yo Buffalo before moving to Beaufort Street.
Elroy has now moved home to the Sheppards’ original Leederville location, selling premium quality menswear, footwear and accessories, with a strong focus on denim including vintage Levis and Tellason salvage denim from San Francisco.
There is also Fred Perry, Libertine, Edwin Jung, Abortsfield caps, Topo backpacks with a life-time guarantee and accessory label Zuni Navaho Native with wallets and belts to finish off the collection.
Nick, famous for being part of the band Clash, said the move was a no brainer after originally starting Elroy behind Urban Records all those years ago.
He described the interior of the new store as his “man cave”, with his pride and joy being the 1940s work bench salvaged from his dad’s work shop.