With a penchant for the more indulgent things in life, Sydneysiders have quite the knack for treating themselves to a little luxury, particularly on the topic of fashion. For the crème de la crème of designer shopping, we are all for spoiling yourself with a little retail therapy.
It doesn’t get more glamorous than a Saturday morning stroll down Woollahra’s Queen Street. You’ll be treated to window displays from the likes of Akira Isogawa, Quincy, Moss & Spy and Jo Malone, and good luck resisting the tempting homewares boutiques that are sprinkled along the tree-lined promenade. Parterre’s showroom is the stuff of French Provincial dreams and their new café is an idyllic courtyard escape.
This exclusive enclave caters to its well-heeled residents with a healthy smattering of glamorous stores from home-grown favourites like Scanlan Theodore and Carla Zampatti to international labels IRO Paris and Marni. Aco and Christensen Copenhagen also offer high-end foreign brands, while Cosmopolitan Shoes is all about indulgent footwear. Be sure to visit Wolford, White Ivy and Louise Mitchell for all your lingerie and sleepwear needs.
Mosman is the north shore’s answer to sophisticated chic. The likes of POND, Flannel and Burke flank the Spit Junction end of Military Road, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with Australian labels Camilla & Marc, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Lee Matthews and Rebecca Vallance a little further down. Fox & Dove and Camilla provide spectacular fodder for a youthful, relaxed look.
Paddington is an irresistible place to give the credit card a work out. The Intersection boasts heavyweights including Manning Cartel, Camilla & Marc, Lee Matthews and Mode Sportif. Parlour X and Incu bring high end design to Oxford Street, while the European-feel of William Street has a myriad of boutiques (think Mon Purse and Banjo & Matilda). Round out your visit by heading to the Five Ways.
Bondi is a coastal take on high-end shopping. For boutiques with beachside sophistication, think Jac + Jack and Venroy, head to Gould Street. Peruse the playful selection of designers at Tuchuzy, and Playa by Lucy Folk is a must for a crisp draping of jewellery and accessories. Westfield Bondi Junction is also just up the road and offers a vast selection of international and local labels.
The heartland of all things on-trend, Surry Hills has plenty to offer the fashion-forward. The Standard Store, Somedays, A.P.C. and Collector Store are a must. Surry Hills is also renowned for its vintage stores, so be sure to drop in to Miss Brown Vintage, Zoo Emporium, Cream and C’s Flashback. If you have time to spare, the suburb’s slew of designer homewares stores is not to missed.
The hub of North Shore shopping, Chatswood Chase is home to an abundance of boutiques. Offering all the Aussie staples from Zimmermann, Scanlan & Theodore and Gorman to international labels including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Sandro and Maje, the centre covers all the luxe basis. Sambag, Camilla and Furla make an appearance, while the delicious collection at Entity means you will never leave empty handed.
If the designs of shiny European fashion houses are your style, Sydney’s Central Business District is the pot at the end of the rainbow. With most reputable brands dotted along Martin Place, George, Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, you’ll find everything your heart desires within a few blocks. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany’s and Bally to name just a few, while Pitt Street Mall and Westfield are a cornucopia of luxury finds just begging you to splash the cash.