Beautiful, hard-to-come-by and genuine vintage pieces in this West End boutique
Newcastle’s West End, for as long as we can remember, hasn’t had much of a reason to visit. That is until 876 Hunter St opened its doors. This charismatic
building holds a fascinating history which is slowly being brought back to life thanks to building owner Wez Werrin and good friend Naoko Sakurai.
Wez and Naoko have turned what was once a derelict building into what is now home to a collective of businesses bringing together a bunch of passionate creatives keen to display their craft. What makes up the majority of 876 is Naoko’s beautiful and hard-to-find-anywhere-else collection of fashion.
Not new to the fashion world by any means, we thought it was best to leave Naoko to explain what 876 is all about.
Have you always worked in fashion?
I have worked in fashion and design most of my adult life, more than 15 years now. The designer who has influenced me the most is Yohji Yamamoto, who I worked for in London for 5 years.
How would you best describe the type of fashion you stock at 876?
At 876 I am offering something that I don’t see elsewhere. Ranging from top designers like YSL and Comme d’Garcon to less high end Japanese and European contemporary fashion like Tsumori Chisato.
It varies and it is different each time I buy, there are such beautiful pieces. Lot’s of vintage and some new. I select what catches my eye or is to my taste, I think customers are most surprised by the quality. I’m not trying to be a vintage store I’m presenting a boutique of mostly affordable pieces from around the world, that people won’t be able to get anywhere else.