Copresents is an open air boutique music and food event held at RMIT’s Alumni courtyard / Old Melbourne Gaol. The event is a student and industry partner initiative that aims to bring people together through music in support of The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The concept aims to offer RMIT students with invaluable work experience and practice through working with major industry leaders. First-year partners included Mushroom Group (Event Management / Promotions), Niika (Creative Design), Tokyo Tina / Hanoi Hannah (Food) and Nique (Branding and Merchandising).
Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent music and entertainment group.
Mushroom is the most successful group of music and entertainment companies in the region.
Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen grew up and met in Perth over 16 years ago, but it took a two-week tour of the West Coast of the US in 2010 for them to realise how much they had in common.
Their shared love for the finer delights in life saw them visit breweries, wineries and dine at some world-renowned restaurants. During the trip the West Australians hatched the idea to start their own brewing company and after 6 months of discussing their dream to own and run their own business, Two Birds Brewing was born. Jayne and Danielle gave up their full time jobs and the journey began in earnest in June 2011.
The Two Birds decided to initially work with a brewing facility in Geelong, Victoria, so they could focus on recipe development and establishing their brand and distribution, before attempting to tackle the challenge of funding their own brewery. Their first beer, the Golden Ale launched in October 2011, with Sunset Ale following in May 2012.
They gained early support from independent retailers, bars, restaurants and hotels who were all following the craft beer trend and the Two Birds travelled the country attending nearly every beer festival, event and tasting to share their beers with eager enthusiasts.
In April 2013 they decided it was time they stepped out of the daily running of the business to refocus and re-energise. They headed back to the US to attend a conference and immerse themselves in the craft beer revolution that is the US. The trip was just what they needed and they returned inspired and determined more than ever to continue working towards their dream, of owning their very own shiny Stainless Steel.
Jayne and Danielle worked night and day to finalise plans for phase two of Two Birds Brewing – “The Building of the Nest”. By July 2013 they were confident in themselves and their business plans. They were both committed to taking the next step, of investing further capital and to cement a long hoppy future for Two Birds Brewing in the ever expanding and exciting craft beer industry of Australia.
After a long 7-month wait, their brewery and equipment arrived from overseas in March 2014. They’d long settled on a site in Melbourne’s inner West and were sky high in submitting permits, liaising with councils, builders, plumbers etc. The Two Birds were on their way to turning a dream into reality.
The Two Birds Brewing facility began brewing its first beers in June 2014 and the Tasting Room opened in July 2014, 3 years after the Two Birds took flight. The site at 136 Hall Street in Spotswood houses their 18hL DME 3 vessel Brew-house , where they’ll brew their keg production for the East Coast of Australia. For the time being, packaged product & Kegs for WA will still be brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company in Perth, Western Australia.
Nique took its first breath as a design studio based in Melbourne, Australia. The team also pursued their interest in fashion, designing a range of windcheaters in 1998 as a side project. The response to those designs prompted the development of a full collection to satisfy a rapidly growing following. People found a natural affinity with the Nique aesthetic, and distribution grew from four stores to sixty almost overnight. In 2003, the Graphic Design element of the company was phased out to focus purely on the fashion label. Nique clothing can now be found in over 180 outlets across the globe. In recent years Nique has opened a string of innovative retail stores in the fashionable strips of young Melbourne.
Nick and Lucy have collaborated with some of Melbourne’s most progressive Architects to create individual design concepts for each location as opposed to the one-size fits all chain store mentality. Where possible the design team honor the stores origin by stripping walls back to the raw shell, exposing steel beams, original period ceilings and floorboards. The new design concept is then slotted into the shell, ensuring each store communicates the brand message of being Authentic, Acidic, Articulate and Accessible. Nique stores span a range of sizes and feature low cost, ideas driven store fit out solutions, which honour the central ideology of the brand. ‘Great design need not cost more, it’s about better choices’.