Local Makers and Owners: Godspeed Store


Godspeed was established in 2016 as a brick and mortar store in Melbourne with the purpose of introducing quality made clothing and apparel from Japan after owner Martin Kirby lived in Tokyo and was inspired by the Japanese attention to detail, craftsmanship and retail experience.

In a previous post, I talked about how Marty and I met on the band circuit and how we reunited again through Denham the jean maker when it had a pop-up store in the then new Emporium shopping centre. Now Marty has opened his own store just down from the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude st in Brunswick, Melbourne.


As soon as you walk into the Indigo painted front, a sense of somewhere else hits your nose from the burning Maaps incense. All the fixtures are rustic from the slate floors to the open brick walls, it is minimal without the boring and cold white everything. The customer service is relaxed and you can take your time looking at the garments without feeling you have to buy or leave. If you want to talk denim Marty is your guy, with loads of experience from working for some of the top Japanese brands and also gaining repair and wash skills along the way.



The denim repair service is open not only Godspeed customers but anyone needing quality repairs, the service offers;



Chainstitch hemming on a vintage Italian Rimoldi machine, available in-store free of charge on all denim purchased at Godspeed or $30 on other previously purchased denim.

Denim repair can be performed in-store on a vintage Chandler Darning machine from Massachusetts, USA. The machine is an American clone of the famous Singer 47w70 darning machine.

 The thread will be matched as close as possible to the subject and all thread used in-store is a Japanese supplier to the denim trade. Note repairs start at $30 and will be quoted for full repairs, all garments must be clean before work and it can take around 2-3 days depending job to job.


Stocking  the finest denim from Japan and USA with brands such as Radiall, Noir, TCB and Denham.


Specialising in hard wearing, superior crafted men's apparel with brands such as Rats, Rough and Rugged, Radiall, Railcar, Noir, Denham, Ebbots and Edwin.


Accessories to accompany your workwear,denim and lifestyle with brands such as Radiall, Redwing, Ebbots, Provider, Maaps, Buaisou, Godspeed, Railcar and Tangent.

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63 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, 3065 VIC
+61 (03) 9416 3183