Go­ing back in Nick of time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - with Des­mond Eddy

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.

Nick Sheppard.

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