Sep 12, 2014 01:05
by Rachel Eleanore Sutton
Recently, we spent a beautiful, sunny day shopping up and down Woollahra's Queen Street. After grabbing a coffee at Luxe cafe (so delicious) we visited local boutiques and found incredible selections of contemporary, luxury and weekend fashions, as well as an amazing array of homewares. The neighbourhood atmosphere was relaxing, making for a leisurely experience throughout the day — so, definitely a great location to stroll through over brunch with girlfriends. Below, we've recapped the best shopping destinations in this Best Boutiques In Woollahra.
Pond boutique began as an amazing homeware store, Pond Home, which is known for their eclectic and charming arrangement of pieces sourced from around the globe. The owner, Liz, was featuring a clothing rack within Pond Home, but when the ready-to-wear began continuously selling out, she decided it was time to open a fashion boutique. Pond, an intimate, sleek storefront located in the heart of Queens Street, immediately strikes you with a calm, alluring colour palette that constantly ranges in neutral tones from blacks to tans to whites. Right now, the super nice boutique associates let us know that textured, geometrically friendly pieces by the likes of IRO and Les Prairies de Paris fly off the racks (trend alert!). When selecting her merchandise, Liz has a keen eye for high quality standards, and she knows her shoppers well… A Pond wearer is fashion forward, with good style and a taste for sophistication.
Who doesn't love shopping a brand with an amazing heritage? HouseHold Linens originated in Auckland over 45 years ago in the Auckland home of Avis Nelson. HouseHold Linens unique linen and accessories are created and designed by Jacqueline Nelson (Avis's daughter) who also now runs the organisation. HouseHold Linens has become a staple destination for reshaping the look and feel of the space you call home. The designs are then produced in international mills and sold exclusively throughout the HouseHold Linens stores. Many homes in Australasia and Internationally have been furnished by HouseHold Linens. Also, included under the HouseHold Linens brand is Pan Cottage and A.N.D. With inspiring homewares at the forefront of their expertise, alongside a strong devotion to cotton, HouseHold Linens prides themselves on clean simple lines where style-meets-comfort aesthetic, while always keeping an ear and eye open for what their customers want.
Need a Manolo Blahnik fix? Some Rafia must-have sandals for spring? Or, maybe an adventurous Sophia Webster heel for an upcoming event? We suggest heading over to this Queens Street shoe gem, Quincy. Deemed the "quintessential shoe and bag boutique," the store offers up an amazing mix of fashion and art with totally incredible displays throughout (definitely bringing new meaning to the term window shopping). Quincy also follows the European seasons, so you're sure to get the latest designs from both over seas and Australia both.
One of four Napoleon Perdis beauty/slash/lifestyle hubs, this Woollahra shop brings a coveted selection of fashion, homeware and accessories to the quant neighbourhood's old post office location — all sourced from Perdis' International adventures as a top makeup artist. Their selection of Clover Canyon (a favourite amongst regulars) Milly, Habitual and Shy by Sydney Evan, amongst a slew of other stunning brands, brings unique and interesting pieces that stand out amongst other concept boutiques. With artists available, you can book an appointment (which comes with a bottle of champagne), relax, have your makeup done and shop, all in one go.
Anna Thomas, whose namesake label has been gracing Australia for 10 years, opened up her Woollahra emporium about 2 1/2 years ago (one of five Anna Thomas luxury boutiques). With a chic, feminine aesthetic, Anna Thomas creates high-quality garments for the casually sophisticated lady — features that are perfectly reflected in the store's atmosphere. The window displays change every two weeks, showcasing the brands popular items, such as their whimsical pink and orange prints. If you're into timeless pieces and have a classical approach to fashion, this is certainly a shop you need to pop into.
A fusion of fashion and art, with attention to diverse fabrics and finishes, creates the delicate dynamic found in Trelise Cooper's elaborate collections. In the brand's Woollahra boutique, you'll also find sister labels Cooper by Trelise Cooper (dedicated to casual, weekend wear), Boardroom (for workwear and corporate cocktail) and Coop (the younger, trend oriented line). Currently, shoppers are raving over the leather and linen black jacket and the "Ahoy There" pants — so good for spring.
Bringing the best features of a department store to a friendly neighbourhood sanctuary, Robert Burton is synonymous with quality and mixability. Burton stocks the likes of Mavi Jeans, Bensimon sneakers, Pipduck Gumboots, Cashmere Angel sweaters, Trasit (Italian label), as well as homeware brands such as the classic Cire Trudon candles, Fornasetti Profumo and Acqua Di Parma. When you shop with Robert Burton, you're definitely giving props to your stylish lifestyle… It's an absolutely great place to find signature, lasting pieces for your home or wardrobe.
As a multi-brand boutique with am emphasis on luxury, RIADA stocks an array of current season collections from around the world. Lead by creative director and buyer Laura Tramontina (the staff deems her, "the most stylish person you will ever met"), RIADA prides itself on offering their shoppers access to exclusive pieces that can't be found in other Australian retailers. The brands, focused on Italian and French style with hints of American, include the likes of Rick Owens, Golden Goose, Zadig and Voltaire and Etro. This boutique the perfect stop for International jetsetters!
If you're on the hunt for an exceptional gift, this is a visit you need to make. The Eighteen Ten shop sells a unique assortment of goodies. From luxury items to luggage to everyday essentials (such as umbrellas), Eighteen Ten's stockist includes brands such as Alessi, Toywatch, Eva Solo, Lexon, J Fold, Voluspa and Bambu. Also, if you want to make your gift super memorable, the friendly shop offers a personalisation service and complimentary gift wrapping.
Inspired by beautiful fabric's ability to transform a "normal" women into an elegant goddess, Adam Dixon has been a fashion maven at heart since his early childhood. After studying design, Dixon went on to create his namesake couture label, juxtaposing "old world glamour and modern simplicity." As a true, talented couturier, Dixon insists on doing all of his consultations and fittings himself. It's a bride's wonderland! Getting the perfect wedding dress should include the perfect experience, no?
The sales associates at Carla Zampatti pride themselves on their styling skills and high enthusiasm levels, always making the shopping experience an amazing one. With over 40 years within the fashion industry, Zampatti has launched numerous boutiques and concept stores across Australia, all of which live up to the brand's top standards. If you're looking for an amazing dress for an evening out, this Queens Street gem is essential! And, you'll have fun spending time in the store, trying on the fabulous, creative pieces.
The Moss & Spy brand is loved throughout Australia and Internationally, while the flagship boutique lives in the heart of Woollahra. "The designer’s own style is comfortable yet glamorous, and she invokes a French expression — 'Je suis bien dans ma peau' which literally means 'I feel good in my skin' — to express what style is to her; being confident and feeling comfortable with who you are and what you wear."
Located on the corner of Queens and Spicer Street, Reads boutique stocks over 100 brands (local and International) ranging in styles from simple throw-on pieces to elaborate statement sweaters and pants. Plus, the shop also boosts an extensive collection of shoes, accessories and handbags. With dedicated stylists on the floor to assist your shopping needs, it's easier to sort through the massive selection than you might think at first glance. Also, Reads also offers a great e-commerce platform, found at readsonline.com.au.
This little boutique located on Manning Rd, has a loyal following of shoppers (including Mia Freeman) who literally go gaga for the in-house Koh Woman brand of buttery soft leather and calf skin loafers and ankle boots. This is the store to stock up on boho essentials including silk kimonos and shirts in luxurious fabrics. Right now, walking out the door are the Carry All overnight bags.