Fashion hot spots in Sydney
By Emily Kennedy
and Adam Leggett
. Shopping info courtesy of Tourism New South Wales
Australia's Fashion Capital
Housing over half of the country’s fashion industry, Sydney is indeed Australia’s fashion capital. The city has many “style miles” that make for a shoppers’ paradise.
From high fashion to streetwear to quirky one-off vintage pieces, you’ll find it all in Sydney’s streets.
Complete your look on Williams, Macleay, King & Brown Streets
First stop: Paddington’s William Street. Lined with Terrace houses, this quaint village street has a mixture of frocks and fashion accessories. The Corner Shop, one of the prettiest little stores in Sydney, is a haven of designer, vintage and hard-to-find pieces. Across the street you’ll find Neil Grigg’s beautiful collection of hats for every occasion.
Next, head over to Potts Point for a bite to eat. Amid the gourmet delis and restaurants is where you’ll find Macleay Street, with an enticing mix of fashion and design items in chic boutiques.
If you need a fix of retail fashion, Newtown’s King Street is just the place. This shopping district features a bustling bazaar of exotic, original and cutting-edge styles. Check out Dragstar, with its retro-inspired styles by ex-graphic designer Celia Morris. Yoshi Jones offers beautiful original pieces made with modern Japanese and vintage kimono fabric and you can’t miss Made590 — a cool concept-store of graphic-design inspired clothes and accessories. If you’re not too weighed down with shopping bags, be sure to pop over to Brown Street, for Pretty Dog’s local designs.
Original Designs—old and new
For something truly unique, see Surry Hills’ stores and studios, which draw lovers of one-offs, original concepts and beautiful objects, from retro to brand new. Vintage stores worth a look include Mr Stinky’s and Grandma Takes a Trip, or if you’re looking for up-and-coming Australian designers, Paris Texas is just the spot. Somedays is a combined fashion space of hot Scandinavian labels and a gallery for visiting artists. Browse the Bird Textile Emporium's handprinted organic fabrics and homewares and take home a little ray of sunshine with one of Rachel Bending's garments created by solar power.
Galleries loaded with “creative energy”
Object Gallery is one of Australia’s leading design galleries and its store, Collect, is loaded with the best of trendy Australian designs. Find home wares and fabrics at a contemporary collector’s paradise, Chee Soon & Fitzgerald, and Planet Furniture’s “store of creative energy,” where craft, design and fine art come together in bespoke furniture, textiles and homewares. Before heading home, see DavidmetNicole’s eclectic mix of vintage and new “British style” garments, accessories and furniture sure to inspire a closet — and home — re-design.