The ACC – Limited Edition Thirst Cricket Bat

The ACC – Limited Edition Thirst Cricket Bat

In collaboration with The Alternative Commentary Collective, this limited edition Thirst Bat is destined to bring a new dimension to backyard cricket. More than just a bat - it's a drinking vessel, perfect for holding and consuming your favourite cold beverage. Simply crack open your beverage using the inbuilt bottle opener, and pour in your liquid goodness. The valve at the tip of the bat opens and closes to regulate the flow of the liquid. Position it to your mouth and smash that thirst!...

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The Acc Speed Dealer Sunglasses

The Acc Speed Dealer Sunglasses

  Previously reserved for middle-aged dads wearing Holden t-shirts and the fashion-oblivious, Speed Dealers are this summers hottest fashion accessory. These limited edition ACC speed dealers are perfect for wearing while at the cricket or while peddling bags in the club. Featuring a black slimline design and rubber grips on the arms, making them ideal for use during physical exertion....

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We used to have an 11-point strong list of all these things we decided we stood for. It was all about our efficiency, customer-service focus, and working culture. But looking through it later, it felt really airy- fairy. Sure - we did actually believe in all those things, but we didn’t notice a 200% increase in sales once we aligned our cultures and values with our business goals, despite what the management textbook promised. Thanks AUT. With that in mind, this is just a little bit about what we stand for, and what our work place is all really about. We all start work on a Monday. After talking for a while about what we did over the weekend, and how our antics are not nearly as alcohol-fuelled as they used to be, we start working. This consists largely of answering emails, having brainstorms, drawing pictures (some of which are genitalia for laughs and others that are kiwi themes to go on our t-shirts), serving customers, and printing, packing & folding t-shirts. In between times are varied, but include youtube, hypothetical questions, street-cricket, and a few beers. On the work front, we’ve always tried to balance working really hard with taking it pretty easy. This has become harder to attain, as any small business member will tell you – and lately we’ve been doing more and more of the hard work part. That should make you all pretty comfortable, ‘cause us working hard means making our customers happy. So, whether it’s our designs, our printing, our customer service, or our drinking - we work really hard to get it done, and done well....

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You might not be interested in this at all, and I wouldn’t blame you – I don’t read books much, and all those words below really do remind me of what you’d find in one of them books - but if you do want to know how Mr Vintage got going, this is a pretty comprehensive history of how it all went down.   MrVintage was started by a 23 year old Rob Ewan from his bedroom at his parents house. Rob attended Papatoetoe High School (where he won the Watson Trophy, awarded for personality of the year) and held down a number of jobs, including New World, followed by and a stint at University. It all started mid 2004… After New World, he embarked on a brief ‘working holiday’ in Australia, which may or may not have been sparked by an inability to break up with a girlfriend in a traditional fashion. Break-up complete, he returned without too much of a plan – and uni seemed the sensible option. His Mum was stoked. So he went to AUT fully prepared to leave with a degree, a beer belly, and a student loan. To help out with the loan, he continued working part time as a merchandiser for a wine distributor. All he really did was visit supermarkets and put stickers on wine bottles. After that he’d go home and ‘surf’ the Internet while his uni mates talked to real girls. After he’d finished talking to hot babes online, he’d check out TradeMe and eBay. He had a real hard-on for the old t-shirts with retro cartoon prints and the like on them, and as it turned out, so did a few of his mates. With that, he ordered a few hundred dollars worth of t-shirts and chucked them up on TradeMe. His user name...

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