Sep 22, 2014 03:35
by Rachel Eleanore Sutton
One of the simplest ways to spice up your wardrobe this summer is to hit King Street for a day of shopping. Known as one of Sydney’s top fashion destinations, local Newtown boutiques offer a range of remarkable shops (not to mention, great refurbished vintage). You’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore your options and even find new additions for your beauty collection. Plus, you can top the day off with a burger from Mary’s... Yum. Here are the best Newtown boutiques.
From first step in the door, Maple brings an air of authenticity. Offering brands such as Carhartt, Levis, Saturdays and Basskie, the selection is clearly stellar! The store caters to a rigid, denim approach, but also includes lifestyle products and accessories to round out the shopping experience. 244 King St.
Spot on for vintage, re-modified clothing and accessories, Cream on King has true custom-made pieces that make them unique for everyone. Basically, if you’re looking for vintage vibes, leave the digging to the kings. Each item is tactfully selected and modified from around the world. With locations on Crown St and Hunter St. as well, the company has been around for over a decade and also offers shopping online. 317 King St.
From Evil Twin to Mink Pink to Status Anxiety, Local Store carries an assortment of contemporary and street brands. It's trend-focused, with a youthful enthusiasm that comfortably confronts shoppers throughout their experience within the store. When it comes to their merchandise, they "sell stuff they like." Bottom line. 185 King St.
Nestled away on King's street, this adorable boutique carries a wide range of options from dresses to skirts to jackets to boots — you name it! If you're shopping on a budget, the Stellino price point averages on the $100 mark. Brands include the likes of minkpink, Ladakh, Wish, Toi et Moi and Lee. 138 King St.
Based out of the Sydney Inner-West, The Social Outfit puts forth creative work with people from new migrant and refugee communities (especially in the areas of employment and education in fashion, design and retail work). In their Newtown store, they sell clothing, fashion, accessories and homeware — all ethically made, and produced in support of social enterprise projects. Everything is of utmost quality, and, it's all made in the back studio, visible to the store's shoppers. 353 King St.
A true couture designer, Jennifer Regan has been gracing Sydney’s fashion presence since 1990. In 2000, she opened this beautiful Newtown showroom and atelier, home of her renowned bridal line. When it comes to high-end bridal and affairs attire, Regan brings her elegant lines and sophisticated imagery to the forefront. This little location is simply stunning! 412 King St.
Footwear! Footwear! Kagui Footwear! Stop into this King St. shoe boutique for a range of styles from flats, heels, dressy and casual to seasonal trendy looks. Plus, they stock a few accessory items as well. The store captures a balance between well-crafted shoes and value, making it ideal for shoe shopping be it on the hunt for a particular pair or just browsing in general. 239 King St.
An Australian design meets Japanese fabric fusion is the epitome of Yoshi Jones’ signature aesthetic. As a Sydney-based designer, Yoshi Jones made her way from as a well-known retailer from markets in Bondi to Paddington to now her adorable, cozy Newtown location (with a studio also located in Newtown). Here, you’ll find amazing vintage silk kimonos, all cut by hand and up-cycled into amazing new styles. Jones is “locally owned, operated and committed to corporate and social responsibility and ethical business practices.” 134 King St.
From vintage-inspired accessories to kidswear to staple pocket watches and necklaces (the ladder of which remains handcrafted and curated in Australia for over 10 years), Kaboodle Designs features their namesake label as well as adorable treasures and bits and bobs sourced from around the world. Right now, shoppers are raving over their handbags and signature Alice in Wonderland inspired pocket watches. 228 King St.
When it comes to beauty, you can't go wrong with AESOP. Although a more major brand across Australia, their quant Newtown nook is full of goodies with a friendly charm. Their sales associate knows everything! So, you're in good hands if you're looking for something particular or in general. All of their products are made with sensibility, focusing on using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy. We love their motto, "Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail we believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as season and environmental conditions." 134A King St.
An amazing destination for all things quirky and unique! Quick Brown Fox oozes vintage charm with a selection that features local designers as well as carefully curated pieces from around the world. It's a bit eclectic, with a mishmash of prints and accents, but there are options for practically every occasion (and especially for gifting!). 231 King St.
Founded by designer Thu Nguyen in 2004, the Sydney-based brand stems from Nguyen's love for vintage and culture. With an array of vintage-inspired pieces, the store also stocks vintage reproductions, which are updated with high-quality fabrics and accents. If you're looking for a dress for a causal occasion, we highly suggest visiting one of this designer's shops (the Newtown one is particularly sweet). 209 King St.
What started as a menswear label in 2002 has now branched out into womenswear with a "sports luxe" aesthetic. From a staple body con to a lacy number, the Newtown boutique stalks everything — including their sister brand, Runaway. The clothes here pop with colour and attitude! 200 King St.
Inspired by street fashions from around the world, Kanzi is trendy and affordable with a knack for quality — a quick go-to when you’re out and about perusing. With over eight locations, this Newtown spot is bright and cheery, and often opted with seasonal sales. 313 King St.
With a “girl’s best friend” approach to ambiance, Pretty Dog is as nice to shop at as it is amazing. They have private styling sessions, so you can make sure you’re properly pulling your looks together (and getting those great second eye opinions, well need them from time to time). While they show high levels of support to local independent Australian designers, they also carry some awesome International brands as well — an overall mixture including: Karen Walker, House of Holland, Lonely Lingerie, Jenny Kee, Romance Was Born and more. 5 Brown Street.
What makes Dragstar so unique is it’s old-fashioned approach to working a boutique. The shop is accompanied by an in-house design studio and office, so all the work is done right there, providing very intimate, neighborhood-friendly senses. For 21 years (yeah, that long!), Dragstar designer and founder Celia Morris has kept her vision through local production, playing homage to brand’s ethos of rebelling against “landfill fashion.” 535A King Street.