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Posted in fremantle, melissa parke, politicians by freoview on December 30, 2015

Nice to hear that our delightful Fremantle federal MP Melissa Parke shops locally. She has commissioned Freo designer Deborah McKendrick of VELVET SUSHI to design her wedding dress and that of her mother and also for the bridesmaids.

Melissa will get married to Perth business man and arts patron Warwick Hemsley in 2016.

Roel Loopers


Posted in clothes, fremantle, fundraising, malawi by freoview on November 4, 2015

Recycles Fashion Sale. Nov 7

There is a big fundraising RECYCLED FASHION SALE on this weekend November 7 and 8 to help rais funds to get an urgently needed shipment of clothing to the people of Monkey Bay in Malawi.

All proceeds raised by the Southern Cross Volunteers will go toward the shipment.

The SALE is on from 10-5 at Anjel MS, 70 High Street, Fremantle, so please buy some clothes and do support it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fathers day, fremantle, photography by freoview on September 6, 2015

Fathers' Day

A photo I took today in Fremantle Market Street. I thought it was a good Fathers Day street photo to share with you all.

All you dads out there I hope the kids have spoilt you rotten!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fashion, fremantle, retail by freoview on August 27, 2015

I am really sad that the LOVE IN TOKYO fashion shop in Fremantle’s High Street will be closing, as Sheree and John Dornan are really nice people. I have always liked having a look at the displays in the windows and admiring the very feminine and elegant designs by Sheree.

Here is what they posted on Facebook:

In April 2003 we opened our flagship Love in Tokyo retail store in the beautiful west end of High Street Fremantle. The time has come for us to change our business structure and take a step back from running a 7 day a week retail business, so we will be moving on from our current location soon.
We truly thank you all for your support over the years. The Love in Tokyo concept will continue via an online store and pop ups. We would love to see you before we leave so please call by to say hello.
John and I will be creating an exciting new venture post Love in Tokyo based in the Fremantle area where we can both focus our time on other varied creative projects, and design collaborations. I will also still continue designing my garments under the Sheree Dornan label.
Please email us at with your email address if you would like to receive our e newsletters.

Sheree and John

Roel Loopers

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Posted in events, fashion, fremantle by freoview on July 19, 2015

It looks like Fremantle will have a big Perth Fashion Festival event at Bathers Beach on November 29 this year. The proposal is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Services Committee and would see the boardwalk and area near it blocked off from the general public all of that Sunday, with the boardwalk being used as the catwalk for the models to show the latest local fashion designs.

The Bathers Beach House operators would extend the licensed area and become part of the ticketed event that no doubt would bring glamour and socialites to our inner city beach.

Another big DJ music event at Leighton Beach is also up for Council approval on Wednesday, so Council needs to be careful not to overdo it and make the same mistakes with our beaches as it has done with the overused and struggling Esplanade. Public open spaces are there for all to enjoy and there should only be a few events a year that restrict access for the general public.

And no bean bags on the beaches please. Last year thousands of small balls were polluting Leighton after a music event, so bean bags should be banned as part of the City of Fremantle approval for such events.

I am looking forward to another great summer, the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets and all the festivals, but let’s spread them out so that not only inner city people are inconvenienced by events.

Roel Loopers


Posted in clothes, fremantle, fundraising, nepal by freoview on May 22, 2015

Clothes Swap

Come and join the CLOTHES SWAP FOR NEPAL at the Drillhall of the Fremantle Notre Dame University TODAY FROM 4-8 PM!

Sell clothes, buy clothes, get yourself a whole new wardrobe with great designer labels, or just stock up for the fancy dress parties you are going to be part of. It will be fun with music and funds raised will go to support the earthquake victims and Gyuto monks in Nepal.

The Drillhall is at the corner of Croke Lane and Mouat Street near the Esplanade.

Roel Loopers


Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on May 6, 2015

Nepal aid

RESTORING NEPAL-THE FUNDRAISING JOURNEY OF A COMMUNITY is a Fremantle based initiative to help the earthquake victims in Nepal. This is what the Facebook page states:

This is our journey to raise $20,000 in emergency earthquake relief in Nepal ~ being donated to Oxfam and The Gyuto Monks of Tibet.

We are a grass roots community group with members from the Perth Nepalese community, ethical fashion retailers based in Nepal, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet (based in Kathmandu), the University of Notre Dame, and individuals and families who have been personally affected by the earthquake disaster.

Come and meet our team at fashion and music events linked below or donate to our Crowd Funding page.

 Crowd Funding ~ ongoing

Fundraiser Clothes Swap ~ Maitreya for the Gyuto Monks of Tibet ~ 22nd May 2015

A Stitch at a Time Fashion Launch ~ 30th May 2015

Fundraising Concert ~ 13th June 2015 at the Fremantle Sailing Club
Details TBA

Our set fundraising goal represents 50 Major Emergency Appeal Relief kits from Oxfam each providing 11 families with life-saving water kits, emergency hygiene kits and a temporary toilet to avoid the spread of disease and provide dignity to people who have almost lost everything.

Together we aim to empower the capacity of Nepalese and Tibetan people to rebuild their country and preserve their cultural heritage.


Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on May 5, 2015

Clothes Swap

CLOTHES SWAP FOR NEPAL is a fantastic idea to raise funds for the victims of the recent earthquake there, so make sure you participate and bring some good-quality clothes and swap them at the Notre Dame University Drill Hall on Friday May 22 between 4-8 pm.

The Drill Hall is on the corner of Croke Lane and Mouat Street.

Also on the agenda a few weeks later is the Concert for Nepal on June 13 at the Fremantle Sailing Club. Doors open at 7 pm and you can dance the night away  to the tunes of
Adelle Hitchcock Djing
Empire Blues
Lez Karski and The Nervous Investors
Mutimba Band

Nyoongar elder Richard Walley will do a welcome to country.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, sirona capital by freoview on February 23, 2015

Last week I was disappointed that the Fremantle Kings Square development by Sirona Capital is not going ahead faster, so I am delighted to announce that work on the Quest hotel serviced apartments development on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets has started, as Sirona’s Managing Director Matthew McNeilly promised me late last year.

There is quite a bit happening at Pakenham Street and it will be a much revitalised part of the West End in a few years.

On a sad note it is a shame to see the Vic Miller photo gallery in Market Street closing and that the small Pure Apparel fashion boutique next to Common Ground in High Street also closed its doors.

On an up note. The development of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC building in Cliff Street is going well and should be finished in September this year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, princess may markets by freoview on February 17, 2015

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It was very hard to compete against the Giant Puppets last weekend with thousands of Fremantle people flocking to Perth for the spectacle. So we had a far too quiet PRINCESS MAY MARKETS last Friday and we need the Fremantle community to support the new venture and the many local small businesses who are at the cosy park next to Clancy’s every Friday from 5-9 pm.

We had great entertainment on the stage by the Wal’tons, Farmer Damian had set up the animal touch farm for the kids and there was delicious international food on offer and a variety of market stalls from plants to books, clothing, preserves, etc.

There is plenty of parking in the area so no worries there.

Roel Loopers


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