Captains of Industry a Cool place to shop and dine

Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable  and Rock Hudson. I ‘ve always idolised these Hollywood super stars. These men all had distinctive looks about them, handsome, elegant and definitely the way they dressed.

When I was young, I often wondered where they find all those distinguish outfits., nice suits and pants. I still love the way they dressed in  those classic movies  like “Roman Holiday,” “To Catch A Thief “and “Come September”. I must say  the store we found in Melbourne during our last business trip was really cool. The store was just like you’d find in those classic movies.

Show Room
“Captains of Industry” is a Gentlemen’s Outfitter and Cafe in the Melbourne CBD tucked away in Somerset Place.
 James Roberts and Thom Grogan,
Image from the Age

The founders of this cool place are Thom Grogan and James Roberts. These two guys love suits, shoes, coffee and whiskey. Thom is a Tailor (Statler & Waldorf) and James is a bespoke shoe-maker  (JS Roberts). My first visit was quite amazing, I felt like I’d stepped  back into the past and shared the experience with my Hollywood idols.

 Thom’s studio

The café is all white-washed walls and fitted out with elegant wooden furniture. It has a view looking out onto Elizabeth Street. Thom’s studio feels as though it could be in a scene from a classic movie and for James’ workshop was like the traditional shoe-maker that my parents took me to get my shoes made when I was a child.  I loved the look of the workshop and the smell of rich leather.

Stuart and I really enjoyed our visit. There was something about this place. It felt great to  be there, and it was so inviting. We wanted to stay and have a cup of coffee and even a bite to eat. Check out the menu here.

And next time I might want to get a traditional haircut just like the old movies too…,

Coffee & Bar

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and 10am to 5pm on Saturday

Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

ON thier website they say that “the practitioners of Captains of Industry are practical men of wide experience and their services are also available by appointment. The Captains venue is available for functions and events.

Now serving;

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Beverages and Comestibles
  • Bespoke Footwear,
  • Traditional Haircuts,
  • Vintage and Made to Measure Menswear
  • Mens Grooming Products”


Vinh Van Lam
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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

1 Comment

  • I don know what you mean.
    I love those old movies too.
    Will check out with my husband next time we in Melbourne.

    Thanks for sharing


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