Deadly Ponies has long had a loyal following in Melbourne. But local fans have until now been unable to shop the full range of luxe leather goods by the Kiwi accessories label.
“Only 60 per cent … was available in Australia, but now we can showcase everything we do,” Deadly Ponies co-founder and creative director, Liam Bowden, tells Broadsheet. “It’s amazing to finally have a place where our customers can have a full 360 experience.”
He’s referring to the opening of its first Australian store – in Armadale – where you can find the signature textured leather and brass bags, wallets, travel items and much more.
Bowden has visited Melbourne many times over the years – “it’s always been a city that I love and feel drawn to” – and when he began looking to open here, Armadale’s High Street was a natural choice.
“Armadale feels like a really localised, creative community, which reflects the intimate experiences we create in our spaces … not just with product but with special pieces from the arts and craft field,” says Bowden. Paintings by Aboriginal artist Alec Pula Lewis, a Paul Evans lamp from 1970s Berlin and an art nouveau pewter vase are among the items procured with help from Melbourne antique dealer Geoffrey Hatty.
Contemporary elements come courtesy of NZ interior designer Katie Lockhart, who created a striking stainless-steel mesh curtain, which gently filters light into the space. “It was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s historic Hill House in Scotland, which is currently enveloped in a protective mesh cage,” says Bowden.
Deadly Ponies is known for its buttery leather goods – with a focus on sourcing ethically and producing sustainably, and being as transparent as possible about it all with its customers. Here, find the leather shaped into classic totes, cross-body bags, belts and backpacks. And you can currently shop the new summer collection, including the limited-edition Shimmer capsule, made from silk in sunset hues.
1071 High Street, Armadale
Mon to Sat 10am–5pm