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June 03, 2017 2 min read

Volte Contemporaries are people, organisations and businesses that we greatly respect. Three Stories is a surf shop in Fremantle, Western Australia, owned and operated by Mick Spence. Close to a decade’s worth of hard work, inspiration and imagination has created one of the most interesting retail environments we’ve seen first-hand. As one of the most recent stockists of our products, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to photograph the store and speak to Mick about what makes it tick. 

Photos: Chris Gurney

Volte: How long have you guys been operating?

Mick Spence: About seven years now. We’ve been in Freo (Fremantle) for the entire seven years. Being down in Fremantle kind of allows us to diversify from the major corporate labels and people are quite open-minded about selecting different and new brands.

The shop is obviously named for its layout, what can you find on each level?

Well, it is partly named for the three levels of the shop, but it’s also because of the focus we have on surf, lifestyle and art. Those are the three main interests of our business so there’s a bit of a dual meaning in the name.

The ground floor has a lot of apparel, sunglasses, homewares and literature based products. The second floor is our clearance area and the third floor is for boards, wetsuits and surf hardware in general, as well as being the place we showcase a lot of artwork.

Can you give me some background on the lifestyle and art aspect of the shop?

I had no idea if it’d work as a business prospect but I just collected a lot of things I found interesting and housed them together in the store. Regardless of how well those things fit into a surf store on paper, we just wanted to promote stuff we were into and figured other people would be into it too, and that’s proven to be the case which is nice.

We also have movies and events and so on in the store. Last week we had about 250 people show up for a Deus film and exhibition we hosted with live music and beers – good times. We run a few a year now which is great.

You’ve got some of our wetsuits in store as of this week, how’s it all going?

We’ve only got a few suits in there right now but we’ve gone pretty extensive stocking the next range when it arrives. We’ve got a pretty solid indent across the whole product range so we’re excited for what it’s going to bring.

What do you guys hope to achieve going forward?

Our focus going forward is really about pushing hardware. We’ve just had 40 board racks delivered to stock more boards so that’s indicative of what we want to do in the future. That includes wetsuits too – Volte’s a new brand that we’ve brought on board so we’re widening the net in brands and manufacturers we’re working with. We’re hoping to drive awareness that you can come down and get some great hardware in downtown Freo!

To visit Three Stories, head to 105 High Street, Fremantle.
Open 10am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday.  

Size Chart

MEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

XS

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

57 - 64

125 - 140

88 - 93

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

28 - 30

71 - 76

S

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

61 - 70

135 - 155

93 - 98

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

29 - 31

74 - 79

MS

174-179

5’6 1⁄2” - 5’8 1⁄2”

64 - 73

140 - 160

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

74 - 79

M

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

68 - 77

150 - 170

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

MT

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

LS

171-177

5’7 1⁄2” - 5’9 1⁄2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

77 - 83

L

178-183

5’10” - 6’0”

77 - 86

170 - 190

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

LT

183-188

6’0” - 6’2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

XLS

174-179

5’8 1⁄2” - 5’10 1⁄2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XL

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

86 - 95

190 - 210

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XLT

191-196

6’3” - 6’5”

91 - 99

200 - 220

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

93 - 98

2XL

183-191

6’0” - 6’3”

95 - 104

210 - 230

113 - 118

44 1⁄2 - 46 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

93 - 98

3XL

185-195

6’1” - 6’6”

104 - 113

230 - 250

118 - 124

47 - 49

41 1⁄2 - 43 1⁄2

98 - 110

WOMEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

HIPS (IN)

6

165-170

5’5” - 5’7”

48 - 57

105 - 125

80 - 85

31 1⁄2 - 33 1⁄2

24 - 26

34 - 36

8

168-173

5’6” - 5’8”

50- 59

110 - 130

85 - 88

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

25 - 27

35 - 37

10

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

54 - 64

120 - 140

88 - 93

34 - 36

26 1⁄2 - 28 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

12

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

59 - 68

130 - 150

93 - 95

35 1⁄2 - 37 1⁄2

28 - 30

38 - 40

14

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

64 - 73

140 - 160

95 - 99

37 - 39

29 1⁄2 - 31 1⁄2

39 1⁄2 - 41 1⁄2

16

180-183

5’11” - 6’0”

73 - 82

160 - 180

99 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

31 - 33

41 - 43

KIDS

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

2

95-102.5

3’1 1⁄2” - 3’4 1⁄2”

13 - 16

30 - 35

51 - 56

20 - 22

19 - 21

48 - 53

4

117-124

3’10 1⁄2” - 4’1 1⁄2”

16 - 19

40 - 55

58 - 64

23 - 25

20 - 22

50 - 55

6

124-132

4’1 1⁄2” - 4’4 1⁄2”

16 - 23

50 - 65

64 - 69

24 1⁄2 - 26 1⁄2

21 1⁄2 - 23 1⁄2

53 - 58

8

132-140

4’4 1⁄2” - 4’7 1⁄2”

20 - 27

60 - 75

69 - 71

26 - 28

23 - 25

55 - 66

10

140-147

4’7” - 4’10”

34 - 41

75 - 90

71 - 75

28 - 30

23 - 25

61 - 66

12

147-155

4’10” - 5’1”

41 - 48

90 - 105

75 - 79

29 - 31

25 - 27

63 - 68

14

155-163

5’1” - 5’4”

48 - 54

105 - 120

79 - 84

31 - 33

27 - 29

68 - 73

16

163-170

5’4” - 5’7”

54 - 61

120 - 135

84 - 88

33 - 35

28 - 30

71 - 76

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