Seafood. Booze. Fancy clothes. A little rock and roll…
In partnership with P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants’ Mike Bennie and Saint Peter’s Josh Niland, Sorry Thanks I Love You brings you RACK OFF.
A three day COVID blues-beating extravaganza, RACK OFF will be held in Paddington from 6-8 November 2020. Combining natural wines, gourmet food and a fundraising fashion sale, RACK OFF has been designed by Jez Gordon (Dark Mofo, Big Day Out) as a high-end boutique meets stay-and-play wine bar where you’ll be able to laze, graze and browse day and night.
Comme Des Garçons AW20
Conjoining two mini warehouse spaces by way of a velvet-draped labyrinthine back passage, patrons will be able to perch themselves at a sommelier-manned pet nat bar, play dress-ups with our collection of cutting edge fashion and handmade accessories (all available at significantly reduced prices) or simply recline with a bottomless glass of Radikon orange in Gordon’s 75-seat lounge which will, quite frankly, look rather schmick.
RACK OFF will be centred around men’s and women’s collections from the likes of Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Veja, Rains, Rick Owens, Maison Margiela, Mykita, Hender Scheme and Sulvam, plus local talents like Lucy Folk and Bassike, all at heavily discounted prices - with a portion of proceeds being donated to our long term partner: integrated cancer hospital Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
We’ve never subscribed to the idea that clothes lose their value after a ‘season’ so current season pieces will be in the mix as well. Visitors will also have the chance to take an additional 10% off our already reduced prices by ‘rocking off’ at check-out with a game of Paper, Scissors, Rock. Winners get an extra 10% off, while losers donate 10% extra to the Lifehouse.
Mike Bennie and the P&V crew will be selling a heady array of natural and biodynamic wines by the glass and bottle all weekend.
“We’ll be pouring everything from good times pet nats through to intriguing orange wines and splashing around light, thirst-crushing, chilled reds,” says Mike. “It’s a repertoire that delivers a broad introduction to natural wines, all born from happy farms and good people making wine with no additives.”
This wide-ranging menu will be complemented by snacks from one of Australia’s most innovative and best-loved chefs: Josh Niland from Saint Peter. Singled out by almost every international critic, foodie and chef to come across him (including most recently, Nigella and Jamie), Niland and his Fish Butchery team will be serving up delectable head-to-tail seafood morsels for the duration of the weekend, including one of his most famous (and possibly most ‘grammed) dishes of all: the sea urchin crumpet.
Josh Niland's Sea Urchin Crumpet
“This is the creative, cool, interesting event space I love playing in,” says Bennie. “The combining of STILY, Jez Gordon and our chef mate Josh Niland makes for a seriously potent and original experience. We’re grateful to be doing something unique here - in amongst fashion and creative culture, sharing the love of great wines.”
RACK OFF is being held at 17 Oxford Street, Paddington on Friday 6 November – Sunday 8 November and is a COVID-safe event. This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event that gets bigger, better and slightly more raucous with every year.
We hope you can join us in telling 2020 to RACK OFF.
RACK OFF will run from Friday 6 November – Sunday 8 November at 17 Oxford Street (next to Verona cinema) Paddington, Sydney.
Friday 6 Nov: 10am – 6pm
Saturday 7 Nov: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 8 Nov: 10am – 6pm