808 Threads was created to bring body positivity and empowerment to the women of Adelaide and fill the gap that existed in the dress hire industry for curvy women.
Established in April 2017, we are dedicated to providing dress hire services to women size 10 & over who deserve to hire a beautiful garment at a fraction of the retail price, and most importantly feel good about themselves.
We currently stock sizes 10 to 20 with a limited number of 22s.
Our aim is to create a comfortable space for women to shop in and help strengthen their self-love toward themselves and their bodies. We aim to expand our size range in future and have had this goal since the beginning.
We do our very best to help our clients reach a body positive mindset, while bringing them the latest trends in a range of sizes, at affordable prices; we live and breathe these values.
Many people ask about the origins of our unique name: the number 8 takes form of an hour-glass figured woman, while the number 808 is the penal code for disturbing the peace! The term '808' can also be heard in many hip-hop/RnB songs as a reference to the Roland TR-808 (a significant composing instrument that changed the genre). And Threads? It's what clothes are made of!
808 Threads has been featured on Season 3 of Channel 9's Adelady, and blogs like This is Radelaide, The Adelaidian, Times Two Blog, and The Messenger. We have been named "pioneers in the Adelaide dress hire scene" for including women that have otherwise been left out of the hire scene in SA and all over Australia.
"We want to help women feel beautiful by helping them embrace their bodies and expressing themselves through fashion. My goal is to empower and bring confidence to women in Adelaide, and dare I say Australia... one curve at a time!"
- Co-Founder Alexia Frangos.
Enjoy browsing our site, you can find our garments by clicking on the Gallery section in the Menu and by following our Facebook & Instagram accounts @808threads
HOW TO HIRE
**Please read our updated Terms & Conditions tab as some policies have changed**
Booking your appointment: All bookings are now made through the 'Book An Appointment' section below. As our appointment blocks are a duration of 30 minutes we do have back-to-back bookings on a regular basis, so we can't stress enough how important it is to be on time. If you are over 15 minutes late to your appointment and there is another client due after you, your time will unfortunately be cut short as you may be pushing into that person's session. If you are very early to your appointment please wait until 5 minutes before your appointed time to approach the store as we are likely to be finishing up with a customer before you. We encourage you to research our location once it is disclosed to you and allow time to travel and find a park to make it to our showroom on time.
Booking the garment: Our policy is first-in best-dressed, we do not hold garments without payment of the hire fee. We encourage clients to come into the store to check out our collection and try on what they like as this is the best way to see what garments fit your unique figure – we also offer styling advice during the appointment. We accept all the major credit cards or cash. A transaction receipt will be sent to you via email or text if you wish.
Borrowing the garment: The bond is payable on pick-up of the garment. The bond amount is subject to the value of the garment and prices vary. You don't need to launder your garment as the dry cleaning price is included in the hire fee; all you need to do is wear your garment, have a great time, and return the garment with the hanger and garment bag that was given to you upon pick-up. If you return the garment without the correct hanger or garment bag a $5 fee will be deducted from your bond per missing item.
Returning the garment: Returns are to be arranged for Sunday or Monday following your weekend hire and returned to 808 Threads (return day differs if weeknight hire). You will receive a text Sunday morning to give you our timeframe for returns - you must reply with the time of your return. Late fees apply to those who do not respond to texts or purposely miss their allocated drop-off time, and fees will be removed from the bond per day late. See our Terms & Conditions for further information.
Postage: If you're situated in regional or rural South Australia or interstate we offer postage of our garments. Booking a garment can be secured by paying the hire fee, bond, and postage fee upfront. The bond rate for postage hires differs to non-postage hires and is subject to change. Payment is to be sent via bank transfer or over the phone with credit card and will not be booked unless the transaction is successful. Postage fees are dependant on the weight of the garment and are to be paid to 808 Threads with the hire fee. Garments will be sent to you on the Wednesday of the week of your hire via Express Post, and must be posted to 808 Threads by Monday COB hours. We include a returns bag in your parcel for you to easily return to us, which is included in the overall postage fee. For more information please see our Terms & Conditions page.
General Policies: please refer to our Terms & Conditions page for all policies.
TRADING HOURS & LOCATION
Trading: We are an appointment-based business and do not operate with specific trading hours. Book your appointment below.
Opening hours are reliant on appointments, we are not open without a booking and we do not accept walk-ins. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to help you with your garment decisions - however if this person wishes to try-on garments you will need to make a double booking. The length of one appointnment is 30 minutes so if you are bringing someone to try on garments with, please book a double appointment as 30 minutes only allows 1 person for try-ons.
If you have hired a dress over email or Facebook, the full address will be provided before your garment pick-up.
Trading hours are subject to change due to demand times or change of schedule. Please understand we are a home-based business, and to respect the property and garments. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.
Location: **IMPORTANT NOTICE** If you are using the pre-installed iPhone Maps to drive to our location you will be directed to the wrong address = the iPhone Maps has been directing clients to the corner of Manningham Street and Hampstead Road - this is NOT our address!
Use a GPS or download the Google Maps App which will take you to our proper address = corner of Taunton Road and Hampstead Road, Manningham, SA 5086.
The safest places to park are at Hampstead Hotel and then walk the short distance to our shop, or use the legal parking on our premises land area accesible off our driveway on Taunton Road. Please do not park in the driveway, but you can further onto the land area so other cars may park.
Please note: during June/July the clearways and footpaths on Hampstead Road will be under construction and restrictions to parking on Hampstead Road in front of the premises may apply.
All other times, you can legally park on Hampstead Road anytime after 9am any day, as it is a bike lane from 7am-9am Mon-Fri only.
We are a 5 minute drive from Melbourne Street, and 10 minute drive from the CBD and The Parade, Norwood.
You can access the front entrance by walking towards the bus shelter after parking, signage is also visible to help you locate our front entrance. Full address will be disclosed once you have made a booking through the system below.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
To view our hire range, please click on the 'Gallery' section in the Menu.
All appointments are held from 808 Threads Boutique located on Hampstead Road, Manningham, SA 5086.
Full address disclosed upon booking.
A reminder that appointments are usually booked back-to-back due to our limited trading hours, please be on time.
808 Consultation: You have our undivided attention and you're welcome to bring a friend or family member to help you make decisions! If they wish to try-on too please book the following appointment slot. A $10.00 booking fee is required upon booking your appointment, this is only to ensure the client attends the appointment they have chosen. This payment will be refunded once you attend the appointment as it is either taken off the hire fee OR refunded the same way you paid if you do not hire or if you cancel your appointment before the cut-off time. By cancelling after the 24 hour timeframe you understand the booking fee will not be refunded.
You will be sent a reminder 30 hours before your appointment, if you do not cancel/change your appointment slot within 6 hours of receiving the email we will take it that you are attending.
If you wish to cancel your appointment after the 24hr warning please do so by contacting 808 Threads mobile or Facebook Page - we promise we won't be upset if given a heads up, we just don't like to wait around if you're not going to show up!
We cannot guarantee that if you cancel your appointment you will be able to book in another time for your preferred slot.
We advise you make your appointment decision carefully.
808 Threads cannot guarantee that all garments will be available on any given day to try on.
Hire and bond fees for garments hired within South Australia are dependant on the garment's RRP & may differ for interstate hires.
Prices subject to change without notice.
You DO NOT need to book an appointment if you are picking up or returning a garment to 808 Threads, these times will be arranged via text with management after your initial hire.
Appointment slots are for try-on consultations only.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG IS THE HIRING TIMEFRAME?
If the garment is to be worn for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday we allow pick-up from the store from Thursday onwards and is to be returned by Monday COB as to be ready for the next hire period.
If your garment is to be worn on a Monday-Thursday we allow pick-up the day before or the day of, and to be returned by COB the following day. Posted garments for a weekend hire will be sent on the Wednesday and are to be posted back using our return satchel by Monday COB.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR SWAP MY HIRE?
808 THREADS no longer offers refunds on any pre-booked garments due to change of mind. we will offer a redeemable store credit for the value of the hire fee paid valid for six months after initial hire. The RENTER will receive their bond back if paid in advance for change of mind. Garments may be swapped with 1 weeks' notice and only if your new chosen garment is available for hire on your preferred date. If the new garment is of higher value the difference in fee must be paid, if it is of lesser value the difference will not be refunded. 1 swap per booking.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WITH ME?
Most definitely; we encourage you to bring whomever you like to help make your garment decision. However, if this person is also wanting to try on garments this will have to be disclosed when first making a booking as to allow a longer appointment time to be arranged.
DO I NEED TO WASH OR DRY CLEAN MY GARMENT?
No – we take care of the laundering for you. all dry-cleaning costs are included in the hire fee. see our t&cs for more information.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER PICK-UP?
We do not do exchanges or refunds for change of mind after the dress has been picked up from store or posted as the hire is deemed successful once this process is complete – unless the dress is faulty. If your dress is faulty after pick-up and before you have put it on for your event please contact email@example.com or our FB page immediately to resolve the issue.
DO YOU SELL GARMENTS?
No we do not sell or wholesale any garments, we are a hire-based business only.
WHAT IF I RETURN THE GARMENT LATE?
Late fees will apply if the garment isn't returned to 808 threads by Monday C.O.B or if you miss your allocated drop-off time. a deduction of $10 will come out of your bond per day late. see t&cs.
WHERE DO I PARK?
You can legally park on Hampstead Road any day after 9am OR AT HAMPSTEAD HOTEL. You can also park on the land/verge NEXT TO THE PROPERTY which you can access from the driveway off Taunton Road (please park close to the front entrance/bus shelter as to not obstruct the driveway).
WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR COLLECTION?
you can find most of our garments in the gallery above, however The best place to find our new additions are through our Facebook and Instagram pages.
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT to VIEW YOUR COLLECTION?
Scroll up to our 'Book An Appointment' section, choose a time & date and fill out your details. Simple!
CAN I TAKE THE GARMENT INTERSTATE?
As long as you are able to return the garment to 808 Threads by the Monday COB of your hire date we are happy for you to travel with your piece over the weekend.
HOW DO I CONFIRM MY APPOINTMENT?
You will be sent a reminder email 30 hours before your appointment, if you do not cancel/change your appointment we will assume your booking is confirmed. If you wish to cancel/change your appointment please do so within 6 hours of receiving the reminder email, if you cancel within 24hrs prior to your booking the fee will not be refunded. you will need to contact 808 threads to cancel your appointment under 24hrs notice - it is crucial that you contact us if you are not attending your appointment.
CAN I PUT A DRESS ON HOLD WITHOUT PAYING?
Unfortunately we do not hold garments for any date without payment; the only way to secure the dress for your date is by paying the hire fee via bank transfer or coming into the store. If you have enquired to book a garment and haven't sent remittance of payment we will assume you no longer want to hire the dress and will keep it available for said date.
HOW DO I FIND YOUR ADDRESS?
After making your booking via the system below, you will receive confirmation email with our full address. Please take the time to find our address on Maps as to avoid confusion and potentially running late for your appointment.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY BOND BACK?
Any bonds paid by the RENTER will be refunded within 1 week of the garments' return to 808 THREADS by bank transfer, as to review the garment for any damages –see our t&Cs for more information.
Please fill out the form below to send through any enquiries.
If you wish to book an appointment please go to 'Book An Appointment' in the section above as all available times are shown there!
If your query is about policies, bond, postage or hire procedures, please read our new 'Terms & Conditions' section in the Menu.
To see our range of garments, go to our 'Gallery' section in the Menu.
We will respond to you as soon as we can.
We are always eager to meet new clients and spread the message of body positivity. We can't wait to help you find a gorgeous garment for your next event!
Manningham, SA, 5086