What we have here is a trio of interlinked Melbourne ventures run by a trio of interlinked people, and I will endeavour to guide you through what’s happening as best I can. If you lose the thread, please return to the beginning and start again.
Firstly, let’s start with the people. We’ve got mother and daughter Mandy and Phoebe Munro, and Mandy’s husband Michael. Under the banner of Tractor Home, the team heads to Africa, where, along with some enthusiastic sampling of the local cultures, they source great examples of handcrafted homewares for import back to Australia. Now then, on to Therry Street in Melbourne’s CBD and a bricks and mortar store called After Store. Established in 2007, this retail space sells an international selection of homewares, along with local and imported comestibles, plants, kitchenware, artisanal objects — basically a big load of cool, interesting and well-made stuff of the kind we love here at We Heart.
And then we come to Pan After, occupying the first floor of a large warehouse on the CBD’s Franklin Street. This is an extension of After Store, offering a selection of the best of Tractor Home’s African imports as retail items, as well as more of After Store’s local and international products and a special range of industrial and salvaged objects reconditioned by Michael. The Pan After premises is open by appointment, whereas After Store has regular commercial hours. I’m going to sneak a fourth little venture in here at the end too: there is now After Online, an online facet which collates the Munro’s retail offerings in one handy spot.
Whichever way you want to approach the business, the three folks involved have a keen eye for the desirable, and you wouldn’t be surprised to see this intriguing enterprise add even more strings to its hand-crafted tribal bow in the future.