Abicus opened it’s doors back in 2000, on what was then a very sleepy Darby St Cooks Hill Newcastle.Read More
With a crate of records, a rail of clothing and the vision to offer unique classics and unique titles that were not easily available locally, this inseparable mix of music and fashion translated from the very first day. Now, 16 years on, with a sister store Scout, a team of 10 staff and an immense amount of love and respect for the magical place that is Newcastle, we feel extremely lucky to be working with some of Australia’s most inspiring and prolific designers, musicians and artists.
Alongside the men’s & women’s apparel, footwear and specialized selection of vinyl, Abicus is also known for it’s deep offering of eyewear, music books, Impossible Project Film and vintage Polaroid cameras.
We consider the likes of Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, & Jimi Hendrix to be a vital and truly influential link between music & fashion. Their style and sound transcends time… leaving much to aspire to.
At Abicus, we believe in-store experience is as important as the offering. We believe the right record, discovered at the right time, can steer the path of your journey, soundtrack your day, your week, your year, your life!. Trends come and go but quality is forever. Simple, essential and timeless styles can be found year round at both Abicus & Scout as-well as those one-off seasonal styles.
Our team are just as happy talking about the new Ryan Adams record or Rollas collection as they are about championing the ever many incredible local bars, bakeries, coffee shops, cafes, eat spots, galleries, retail, parks, beaches and opportunity Newcastle has to offer.
Pop by, say Hello, grab a hot brew on Darby St and take a walk… Good times!
A quick and improvised rant about Tim & Tiff’s background and how music and fashion became such a big part of their lives.Read More
Tiff, Tim, their 1 year old son Leo, and their 8 year old pooch Scout, live in Newcastle. Tiff & Tim have been novocastrians their whole lives.
Tiff’s entry into music began with making mix tapes for friends, the obsession with bands like Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Sleater Kinney and The Melniks grew until Tiff launched her own fanzine Candy Flipper in '95, she was a regular contributor to other local fan-zines & music publications such as Krudcumber, The Newcastle Herald, Rolling Stone and Reverb magazine, interviewing the likes of many of her idols including Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill to name a few. Whilst a true devotee to the early 90’s grunge scene, fashion was never a dream during her teenage years, the opportunity to take a short term lease on a small shopfront of a sleepy Darby St came up when her previous job at a Hamilton independent record store closed it’s doors.
Having spent the previous 2 years either managing or buying for other local record stores, music was always going to be part of this new venture, but it was the decision to include a rail or two of hard to find clothing at the store back in 2000 that really set Abicus on it’s way. From the start Tiff has been both a music & fashion buyer for Abicus, whilst also looking after all of the back-end.
All the while her husband Tim has been there assisting with all things Abicus. Whether it be designing & building the interior of the new stores, taking care of the men’s apparel, accessories and music buying, or producing the stores marketing material. Tim also keeps himself busy with various other creative projects including his two bands Firekites & The Instant, as well as producing music for film and TV.
All in all Tiff and Tim feel extremely lucky to be able to provide jobs for the team of 10 working between Abicus and their recently re-launched women’s store Scout. The fact that customers walk through the stores doors every single day is still a thing of wonder for them, something they don’t take for granted.
Newcastle based fashion & music store, Abicus has teamed up with Byron Bay based fashion label Thrills because we want to raise awareness and critical funds for the youth mental health service, Headspace. Together we curated ‘Back To The Future’, a unique art exhibition featuring 16 Australian artists’ work on 16 denim jackets.
8 artists from each magical coastal town have produced artworks specially for the back panel of a classic Thrills denim jacket. We exhibited these jacket
in-store at Abicus & online Nov 24 - Dec 11. With 100% of the proceeds going to Headspace Newcastle.
Sally Bourke, Paul McNeil, Aaron Kinnane, Michael Bell, Lucas Grogan, Tabitha McGregor, Jordana Henry are just some of the stellar line up of artists we hand picked to be part of this project.
Headspace want to see young people thriving, contributing and engaging with their friends, family and community.
Headspace is an early intervention health service for 12-25 year olds.
Their aim is to reduce the impact of mental health on young people. The awesome team there provide FREE mental health services, physical health services, drug and alcohol services and social and vocational services to our local youth.
Early intervention is the key to addressing youth mental health and it is through community support like this you will be helping Headspace to achieve this.
Your support will go to youth suicide prevention programs and creative workshops.