October 19, 2010

Hey folks, THE BACK ROOM is now closed for trading. We will be carrying the same brands and more in our new city retail space CAPSULE – details below. Or if you would like to shop online, all TBR product will be available at as of early November.

Thanks for the support. Hope to see you all in the 2000’s

Level 1, Westfield Sydney City
188 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Store email:
Ph: 02 82469124



August 5, 2010

New Women’s Riding Pants in stock, plus a re-up on the smaller sizes of 60/30’s, Climbers and Merino Wool T’s


July 31, 2010

Massive update of all good things Tanner with new belts, bi-fold wallets, coasters, eye glass cases and card holders. All hand made in their Oregon factory with some of the finest English Bridle Leather available on the market, they have added a new Mahogany colour way for 2010 which looks amazing.

All belts come with a vast array of buckles to chose from including nickel, copper and brass.



July 19, 2010

New to TBR is Outlier, a brand with an approach to garment design based on functionality ahead of aesthetic appeal. That’s not to say the product doesn’t look good, but the true selling point on each individual product is the carefully thought out and meticulously constructed materials used to construct each piece.

We’ve seen a hell of a lot of product in our time over the years, but nothing that comes close to replicating these items. They really are something of a work of art and we invite you to swing past and see everything first hand. 

PRODUCT: Outlier Merino T-Shirt.

DETAILS: Despite centuries of textile innovation merino wool is still the best performance fabric in the world. Its soft luxurious hand feel is nothing like traditional wools and is also infinitely better than both the plasticky ooze of a synthetic wicking material and clammy stink of wet cotton. Merino wicks sweat away from your body, cooling you off and keeping you dry and comfortable in any condition. Yet merino retains its insulation abilities when wet so it keeps you warm in cooler conditions too. It’s naturally anti-microbial so you can wear it for days without it stinking like cotton and polyester do after just hours. And because it’s so much finer of a fabric than regular wools it doesn’t itch at all, and can be machine washed.

Cyclists have known about merino for ages. The classic wool cycling jerseys were all made with merino and the best still are, despite the plague of polyester that infects so many bike shops. Recently hikers and outdoorsmen have caught on to merino too. But the ultrafine merino they use is a much higher grade.

The Merino wool is grown in the high mountains of New Zealand. These Merino sheep flourish in extreme environments where the land is rugged and free from low lying brush. This allows the Merino’s fleece to be super clean and soft, creating the purest and highest quality Merino wool fibers in the world. Merino wool, like anything else, comes in different grades or classes known as Ultafine all the way up to Strong grade. The grades are based on micron measurements (how fine the fibers are in diameter). and the Empire Merino Tee is a 17.5 grade, the finest available on the market. 

Merino fibers have a complex structure with a hydrophobic exterior (water repelling) and a hydrophilic interior (water holding). This makes the fabric dry to the touch yet wicking moisture away from the body at the same time. Combined with your body’s ability to create heat, the fabric dries much faster creating a cycle of moisture evaporation. Not only that but it’s also odorless and stays that way by being naturally anti-microbial. This means odor doesn’t bond to the material because bacteria can’t find a solid environment to grow on.

SIZES: S/M/L – Model is 178cm and wears a Medium.



PRODUCT: Outlier 60/30 Khakis. 

DETAILS: Simple, incredibly comfortable and suited for the rain, grit and repetitive motion of real life. Khaki’s you’ll want to pull out of you closet and wear everyday. Created with a classic cotton twill handfeel, but with the durability of a hiking parka and a four way stretch for the ultimate freedom of movement. The true winner is the material combination which is made up of 64% cotton, 29% nylon and 7% elastane – you will feel the difference as soon as you pull these beauties on. A “self-cleaning” nanosphere treatment for extra water, dirt and grease resistance and quick drying properties was added and the 60/30 Khakis were born.  

 SIZES: 30/32/34/36 – Model is 178cm and wears a 32. 



PRODUCT: Outlier Workwear Pants. 

DETAILS: A pair of pants stripped down to it’s most minimal form and rebuilt for pure function in a 21st century city. Hardwearing, comfortable, tough and honest. The Outlier Workwear cut uses the base 4Season fabric which is a durable tech fabric – abrasion resistant and wicks moisture away from your body. In light rain, it’s water resistant and raindrops bead up and roll away. It’s also has a nano tech fabric treatment modeled after the surface of a lotus leaf, What that means is that the surface is a fractal with no repeating surface structure upon which oil or stains can bond. 

To top it off, it’s made to the bluesign environmental standards of Switzerland. The fabric is woven and dyed in a manner which minimizes waste, reduces emissions and avoids the toxic chemicals common in much of the textile industry. Technically this fabric is 80% Nylon, 10% Polyester and 10% Spandex. You can machine wash it warm, and machine dry it warm as well; although it’s not really necessary given how fast it dries. Quick note, machine drying does help re-up the lotus effect, as does ironing. The Outlier Workwear pants are an attempt to make something better than jeans, an anti-jean if you will. They don’t use denim, and aren’t too concerned about fashion and make no attempt at “authenticity.” When Levi-Strauss invented the jean, he tried to make the best pants he could with the technology of his day, which is exactly what Outlier did. They didn’t study some long dead miner’s trousers and then carefully distress the garment to match. They didn’t track down some antique loom and use it to make their fabric exactly the way it was back then. You don’t need to wear these pants for six months to break them in just right, they’re just a simple and strong garment you can live in day in and day out.

SIZES: 30/32/34/36 – Model is 178cm and wears a 32. 



PRODUCT: Outlier Winterweight OG Pants. 

DETAILS: The Winterweight fabric is a heavier fleeced back version of the core 4Season fabric with a 3XDry Treatment. Designed to keep you warm and dry no matter where you outdoors, yet still look good and wear comfortably when you get inside. A four-way stretch ensures you can move freely, handle the repetitive motion of cycling.

The 3XDry treatment is directional. It pushes water in just one direction, away from your body. It wicks away the sweat and moisture, breathes as well as you do, and is seriously water resistant. Most rain, snow or slush just beads up and rolls away. It’s a softshell so eventually it will saturate in intense conditions but when it does get wet, you’ll find yourself dry in 10-20 minutes when safe from the elements. The doubleweave fabric has Cordura woven towards the outside for durability and a soft fleecy interior for a beautiful warmth and comfort.

SIZES: 30/32/34/36 – Model is 178cm and wears a 32. 



PRODUCT: Outlier Climber Pants. 

DETAILS: Built with the same tech specs as the Workwear pants, the Climbers are the slimmer cut version of the Workwear pants with the added construction specification of having spread back pockets so you’re not sitting on your keys everytime you’re sitting down on the train, the couch or the saddle.  

SIZES: 30/32/34/36 – Model is 178cm and wears a 32. 



June 25, 2010

Little taste of some of our new product. Full update coming soon….


June 8, 2010

Our new A Frame is on its way……..

Love those stairs, so many stories.


May 2, 2010

More product from NYC based 3sixteen is in @TBR. A great selection of cotton shirts and other hand made pieces to go with the Quoddy deck shoe and woolen Tie drop previously.

LEFT: Blue Bengal Oxford Shirt. 100% english pima cotton, flat felled seams. Handmade in NYC. 260aud.

RIGHT: Khaki Slub Denim Utility Shirt. 100%cotton, ringspun slub denim, self fabric pocket closures, classic workwear detailing. Handmade in NYC. 220aud

LEFT: Black Slub Denim Utility Shirt. 100%cotton, ringspun slub denim, self fabric pocket closures, classic workwear detailing. Handmade in NYC. 220aud

RIGHT: Indigo Chambray Utility Shirt. 100%cotton, unwashed chambray, self fabric pocket closures, classic workwear detailing. Handmade in NYC. 220aud

LEFT: Pin dot Cardigan. 75% Cotton, 25% Polyester. Slim fit, button cuffs. Handmade in NYC. 220aud

RIGHT: Waxed Canvas Stadium Jacket: Outer 80% Cotton, 20% Nylon. Lining 100% Cotton. 5.5oz waxed poly/canvas produced by the last North American manufacturer of waxed canvas fabrics. The jacket features black ribbing material on the cuffs, collar, waist and pockets, as well as a gunmetal zipper. The jacket also has a quilted jersey lining and a hidden inner pocket. Handmade in NYC. 390aud

Duffel Coat: Outer 80% Wool, 20% Nylon. Lining 100% Polyester. Custom leather and wood toggles, full length zipper closure, removable hood, quilted shoulders and side-entry flap pockets. The coat is fully lined with satin and has polyfill stitched in for additional warmth. The fully finished interior also features two besom pockets for additional storage. Handmade in NYC. 640aud


April 1, 2010

Friday: Closed
Saturday: 11-5
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Normal hours resume


March 27, 2010

The first pieces from our long awaited 3sixteen Winter range are starting to appear. Up for grabs is a nice selection of Woolen Ties, and the much talked about Quoddy deck shoe collaboration. The Maine company hand craft all their shoes in their workshop and have done so for the past 100 years, ensuring a old world style craftsmanship.


January 22, 2010

The Backroom has been updated with new footwear from Sperry Top-Sider and Clarks. The Sperry Top-Sider Bahama White is made from high quality cotton canvas with a vulcanized construction for a secure bond between the upper and outsole. It has a classic deck shoe profile and the quality is noticeable as soon as it is worn. The Sperry Top-Sider Original Authentic Chukka features a genuine handsewn Tru-Moc construction with a shock absorbing EVA heel cup. The outsole is made from a non-marking rubber outsole with razor cut Wave-Siping for ultimate wet and dry traction. The Clarks Original Desert Boot is made from a durable yet flexible authentic plantation crepe sole which creates an extra comfortable platform on which the foot sits. The durable suede leather is made to last and the thick stitching around the sole adds extra texture. All three shoes are in store now.