Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-between exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 22nd, 2017

Like a schoolgirl refusing to come in from the playground when the bell rings, Rei Kawakubo the designer and founder of Comme des Garçons, has an aversion to the boundaries people like to confine her to. Whether it is designing clothes akin to sculptures that evade the silhouette of a woman’s body or shunning words that seek to bind her and her work to meaning, Kawakubo is a renegade to the definitive. “The meaning is that there is no meaning”, she says of her work.

150 of her designs are currently being celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the first for a living designer since 1983. In following her command, no text appears on the walls of the exhibition. Instead the garments are organised under neither here nor there ‘expressions’ that embody Kawakubo’s reverence for spaces in between. Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion and Self/Other are a few examples.

Despite her wish to refrain from themes from her work, our favourite is that which staff writer of the New Yorker, Judith Thurman evokes in her article on Kawakubo entitled “The Misfit”. Capturing the CDG girl perfectly, it also captures the spirit of Rei herself:“Her clothes suggest a kinship with a long line of fictional holy terrors: Pippi Longstocking, Cathy Earnshaw, Claudine – motherless tomboys who refused to master drawing-room manners and who, when forced into a dress, hiked up their petticoats and climbed a tree”

Poepke is pleased to have Rei’s labels Comme des Garçons Girl, Comme des Garçons x dr martens and Comme des Garçons x Spalwart in store.


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Pre Spring Summer 2017 Collections Now On Sale!

May 18th, 2017

Pre Spring Summer 2017 Collections are now 30% off online & in store!

Stella Jean, Haider Ackermann, Lemaire, Issey Miyake, Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto, Maryam Nassir Zadeh & Joao Vaz.

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May 12th, 2017


Screening at this year’s Sydney Film Festival is an intimate portrait of Dries Van Noten as seen through the lens of documentary filmmaker, Reiner Holzemer.

In a world of trends and globalisation, Dries has retained his independence working with his long-term partner in life and business, Patrick Vangheluwe, for almost 30 years. Notoriously private, Dries opened his elegant home to director Holzemer’s camera. The film also takes in extravagant fashion shows, visits to his dedicated embroiderers and the studio where embellished silks and fabrics of every hue are displayed. Dries’s creative process and distinctive approach to fabrics and prints is lovingly detailed in this intimate documentary.

For ticketing information and session times, check the Sydney Film Festival site.

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Kowtow: From Seed to Garment Film

May 9th, 2017

The origins of the word kowtow comes from China. Here the act of kowtowing is considered the highest form of reverence where one kneels and bows so low, their head touches the ground. A fitting name for a clothing line whose aim is to respect not only the earth their organic cotton comes from, but each of the hands that touch its garments.

Kowtow’s origins began in Wellington, where designer and founder Gosia Piatek grew up after fleeing Poland with her parents at the age of five. Despite having no background in fashion, after graduating from University, Piatek was in search to do something meaningful. When a friend suggested founding a Fair Trade organic cotton business, she took the idea and ran with it.

Piatek and her team work solely with organic cotton to create apparel from the seed to the garment. The transparency of this journey allows their customer insight into the origins of their clothing item. To do this they work exclusively with a farm and factory in Calcutta, where fair wages are a must and ethical work standards and balanced hours for their employees means working a season ahead of most other labels.

The quality of Kowtow’s fabrics and their eye for details – each button and trim is sourced and produced ethically, both environmentally and socially – has garnered Kowtow a cult following of women around of the globe. The label now has retailers in New York, London, Paris, Copenhagen and Tokyo and is celebrating ten years in the business.

Poepke is proud to have this considered label adorn their hangers.

Text: @shanachandra

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Y-3 Spring Summer 17

April 27th, 2017

Latest delivery of new season Y-3 has arrived!

Come visit us at Poepke to see the exciting range of sneakers, bags and clothing.

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Maison Balzac Homewares

April 21st, 2017

Just in time for another lazy long weekend the Maison Balzac new season’s homewares and candles have arrived.

Delicate handmade drinking glasses in tinted pyrex now come in two sizes and four colours; rose, greenery, smoke and teal blue.

The new carafe and drinking glass set “J’ai Soif” (translates to “I’m thirsty”) was inspired by a traditional French bedside table set for night time hydration.

Plus all your favourite scented candles have been restocked along with the extra long candles. Just add wine, water, bath salts.


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Lemaire Spring Summer 2017

April 20th, 2017

This week our second delivery of Lemaire has arrived and it is even more beautiful than anticipated.

The Spring Summer 2017 collection blends Lemaire signature style crisp cottons with feminine pleating, ruching and smocking All over prints sit next to cream, tobacco and deep indigo hues. The cropped wide leg sailor pants, fine striped cotton shirting and the amazing red pleated dress are just a few of our favourites.

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Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens

April 13th, 2017

Poepke is excited to announce the arrival of the capsule collection between Commes Des Garçons and Dr. Martens. The line consists of Dr Martens classics with a Commes Des Garçons twist.

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Dries Van Noten Silent Archive

March 16th, 2017

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Each day, for the next 100 days, one video of a past Dries Van Noten fashion show will be posted in random order, in the ‘Silent Archive’ section of the Dries Van Noten website.

Here is the link!

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Simone Rocha

February 6th, 2017

Gathered cottons, jerseys and tulle detailing from Simone Rocha’s new collection.

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Issey Miyake

February 6th, 2017

Issey Miyake’s latest pleats and perfection have arrived in store.

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Linda Farrow

January 10th, 2017




Linda Farrow for Dries Van Noten sunglasses now in store at Poepke. 

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Issey Miyake

January 10th, 2017




Introducing Issey Miyake pre spring/summer 2017.  

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh

January 10th, 2017




New Maryam Nassir Zadeh sandals in store. 

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Stella Jean

January 10th, 2017



Stella Jean resort 2017 now in store.

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