All images courtesy of Midwest Trader
Taking residence in the bustling hub of shopping and dining on Ebenezer Place, Midwest Trader has called the East End home since 1992.
The family owned store that’s slung American vintage into the fashion mix has undergone a series of iterations over its existence, changing its fit every seven years, and the latest of which has recently launched.
Over the past few weeks, Midwest Trader transformed into a delightfully cosy log cabin, outfitted with a fireplace straight from Canada.
Owners, Kate Tomkins and Jad Green have upped the ante of what a store can offer with their new fit, particularly as it had been in mind for two years.
Making the best of COVID-19 restrictions, which basically stripped the CBD of passerby, the duo began the overhaul of the shop in earnest and over six weeks, Midwest Trader was rebuilt into a traditional log cabin.
Sourcing over 350 logs from a wood mill in the South East, Jad then painstakingly hand painted every single log to replicate the authentic American cabin look.
With a beautiful stone wall, wood spanning floor to ceiling, taxidermy across the walls, antler chandeliers, and a sensational 1928 Indian 101 Scout motorcycle in centre stage, the store’s fit is incredibly thought out.
With monthly stock imports from LA, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, it’s not just American vintage clothing available at Midwest Trader.
Kate and Jad have recently thrown French vintage in the mix which has proven to be popular, as well as stocking what’s likely the best collection of band tees in Adelaide.
You can expect a holistic range of American vintage, ranging from Red Wing Boots from Minnesota, Pendleton American Indian Blankets from Portand, Rockmount Rachwear western shirts from Colorado, Dickies workwear from Texas, and other brands who date back to the late 1800s to 1940s.
But selling clothing is just the beginning of what the store is involved with; for the last eight years, Midwest Trader has been the Adelaide host of the annual worldwide charity, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
The ride which takes place on the last week of September and departs form outside the store, raises money for the Movember Foundation.
In 2019, over 550 riders joined the Adelaide leg; dressed in their dapper gentleman’s outfits and they managed to raise over $95,000 for men’s health. In particular suicide prevention and prostate cancer research, making it the most important day of the year for Midwest Trader.
While with the launch of their online store, you can shop their stock from the comfort of your own couch, Midwest Trader are trading as usual so if you want to cosy up to a fireplace while you peruse, head to their store.
Find Midwest Trader at Shop/1 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide.