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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Filip Odžak

Filip Odžak

Today I’m meeting Filip Odžak in a cute bar located in South Australia, the iconic Mary’s Poppin! Filip is one of the incredible designers and masterminds of Romp Squad Apparel - that’s right he designs rompers for men!  Otherwise Filip stays busy as a Fashion Commentator, Runway Producer, Visual Merchandiser, Music Director and Deejay.  Be sure to follow him @filipwithanf and @rompsquadapparel and check out his amazing playlists here.

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Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet?  Absolutely!

What gave you the idea to start a collection of rompers for men?  I had already started a men's accessory line - bowtielabel.com - and had been waiting for the right time to expand into the menswear market. One of my best mates Tully took note of the emerging Romper trend in the USA, and said he was keen to team up on a similar concept. So we teamed up, and Romp Squad was born.

 Aqua Spirograph Romper  available here.

Aqua Spirograph Romper available here.

I see that you enjoy wearing your own designs that are meant for individuals who aren’t afraid to stand out of the crowd! Which is your favorite of your designs and why?  That's hard! I specifically source and we design prints that we personally love. This is Sophie’s Choice! I love all our prints… ok, maybe the aqua spirograph!

I love that your line is sold at a very accessible price point.  What other designers or style icons inspired you and your business?  I personally haven’t been inspired by another brand or business model per se, but more so the idea that this brand is meant to be fun, and the term “squad” is used to identify we are creating moments to be shared with friends, just like this brand has been born out of friendship. THAT is the inspiration - friendship.

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What is your favorite thing someone has said about you and the Romp Squad Apparel brand?  Mostly that it's fun, people have bought matching looks to wear to festivals with their bestie. I love seeing that.

What’s your favorite jacket and where did you find it?  I am currently going through a denim phase again, in my wardrobe I have the most amazing 80’s denim jacket I found at my fave vintage store located in the Myer Centre called “Adelaide Vintage”. Isla, the girl that runs in, sources all sorts of cool stuff from America & Europe. I was so lucky to find this denim jacket first and Ive been obsessed with it ever since.

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What is your spirit animal?  I’ve never ever thought about this! I’m not entirely sure… Maybe a bird, that’s a bit cheeky, and talks a bit too much… coz their owner taught them all the naughty words… and then I become a viral swearing cockatoo video on Facebook. There you go.

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What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  Last night, I work a pair of denim overalls, with one of our new Romp Squad shirts under it and a blue bow tie from my other range. Gotta rep the brands!

Where did you go and what did you order?  I was at a restaurant launch actually, so I didn’t order my own food, I was given tastings of what's on the menu. It was a Vietnamese restaurant located in the heart of Adelaide city named “District 4” and their prawn spring rolls were delicious!

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What is your favorite beverage of choice?  FIREBALL! Every bar in Adelaide knows this!

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What is your favorite song to play for a crowd?  Anything Spice Girls!

Do you believe in astrology? If so what’s your sign and which characteristics are important parts of your personality?  I’m a Scorpio. I grew up not believing in astrology at all, but I do like to read my star signs every now and then.  I do believe Scorpio traits are true. Sexuality would be spot on. But I work very hard to control the negative traits. I believe in karma, so I bury any of those vengeful reactive feelings, I put the stinger away and let the universe deal with anyone that wrongs me. I was given some great advice I’ve always lived by - nothing says fuck off like your back! So no need to get even, give the haters no time.

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If you could go in a time machine, where and when would you travel to?  The future, I really want to se what happens to humanity. I’d really like to see us meet the Vulcans haha.

What would you wear on this time machine adventure?  Clearly, my starfleet uniform. But not a red shirt! (Trek fans will get the joke!)

 Pharell Williams X Hu Holis Stan Smiths  available here.

Pharell Williams X Hu Holis Stan Smiths available here.

What do you like to read?  Autobiographies, mostly by iconic celebrities.

If you were a car what would you be?  Either a Mercedes-Benz or Lexus. Affordable luxury with a cult following.

If you could invite anyone in the world for a coffee who would you invite and why?Victoria Beckham, or Lisa Vanderpump. They fashionable, and I love their sense of humour.

 Image courtesy of The Cut. 

Image courtesy of The Cut. 

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

The last thing I bought on vacation was COCKTAILS when I traveled here TO BALI.

I would love to wear this MY BOW TIE LABEL and appear in this publication GQ MAGAZINE.

I wear this fragrance JOOP but I love smelling this fragrance on someone else BEYOND PARADISE.

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Thank you for letting my interview your closet Filip! It was a pleasure to get to know you as well.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Berry Fruity Print Romper?

Halle Johnson

Halle Johnson

Mercedes Young

Mercedes Young