Richard Allan was Mambo's architect of Surrealist Art when the brand first surfaced. His work is amazing and stands as a testament to his genius.
The Mambo Dog House and its inhabitants was inspired after a trip to Paris, living amongst the avant garde surfers and artists hanging out on the left bank, smoking Gauloises, drinking strong coffee, while simultaneously dunking stale croissants in the caffeine to quell their hunger. And as the day progressed, copious glasses of medical wine were consumed, deep into seedy nights, arguing philosophical points of view before the dullards of Instagram existed.
His by-lines are written on tombstones and also featured in the back neck of our tee shirts, "More a pair of shorts than a way of life". While his time at Mambo was short, his legacy is unquestioned. He started another multi-million pound clothing brand in Melbourne with two reprobate ex Mambo skaters - the Hill Brothers and left over creative differences. He resurfaced in London and worked with Mark Newsom adding his creative touch to over priced consumer products that Mark designed. If you read this Richard, please call, as while we know that two bright lights couldn't exist in the same room, back in the day with Mambo, Dare has left and was last seen on his motor bike in Canngu and we'd love to re acquaint.
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