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Because sometimes IRL is best.
Do you miss leaving your house with the express purpose of going into real-life stores? Sure, placing online orders at 3am with a glass of wine in your hand is some of the best fun the 21st century has to offer, but sometimes you just want to return to your roots.
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For the more discerning shopper looking for a rewarding browsing experience, there are plenty of beautifully designed and lovingly stocked concept stores throughout Sydney. We took the liberty of gathering some of our favourites as inspiration for your next post-payday outing.
Chinatown Country Club
Setting out to do what it says on the box, Chinatown Country Club combines the exclusive feeling of country clubs with the warm community vibe of Chinatown. The concept store heroes brands that celebrate a merging of cultures and contributes a portion of its proceeds to a number of community-focused organisations, businesses and initiatives.
222 Clarence Street, Sydney
Gathering all the best designer and cult-favourite brands in one place, Sydney’s Incu store offers a down-to-earth luxury shopping experience that makes every trip feel like a treat. Browse the racks at your leisure and discover brands like Raf Simons, Acne Studios, Ganni and Jacquemus.
Shop 19, 20/500 George Street, Sydney
NOLM stands for ‘no one like me’, which is what the store is all about. It’s easy to build an individual sense of style with contemporary brands like Rokh, Helmut Lang, Prototypes and Namacheko at your fingertips. As well as fashion, NOLM is packed with weird and whacky accessories to take your looks to the next level.
26 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
Belinda is the place to go for high-luxe designer womenswear. The store stocks a carefully curated selection of the top international designers, including Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Expect a highly personalised luxury shopping experience that makes you feel like a superstar every time you step through the door.
8 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay
Located in the heart of Bondi Beach, Tuchuzy is a hub for the best of the best. International heavy hitters like Helmut Lang and Missoni sit alongside local favourites including Bassike, Sir and the store’s in-house brand Chosen the Label, creating a convenient mecca of fashion and accessories.
Shop 11, 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Founded in 1985, Harrolds is an institution in Australian fashion retail. Each store is home to over 100 international labels across both tailoring and contemporary luxury. You’ll find designers like Maison Margiela, Burberry, Vetements and Dior, and can even book made-to-measure appointments for an extra personalised shopping trip.
4/188 Pitt Street, Sydney
Alongside its Melbourne store, luxury Australian lifestyle brand P.A.M. has a multi-brand retail space in Darlinghurst. Stocking brands like Marc Jacobs Heaven, Eckhaus Latta, Stray Rats and more, the store offers a curated selection of locally-made and international designer pieces.
304 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Based in the Northern Beaches suburb of Newport, Knapstore is comprised of vintage gems, one-off, upcycled designs and pieces from independent designers. The store’s eclectic collection offers everything from utilitarian workwear and vintage Dr Martens to floaty, feminine dresses and Tabi slippers.
6 Robertson Road, Newport
With two boutiques across Sydney, Désordre is home to both Australian and international labels and specialises in bold party fits. Expect plenty of exciting silhouettes, unexpected cutouts and bright colours. The store also curates exclusive collections with emerging and cult-fave brands to bring you something you can’t find anywhere else.
323 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst Shop 7 and 264 Campbell Pde, North Bondi
Above The Clouds
Above The Clouds is a streetwear haven, featuring walls lined with sneakers and racks full of exciting everyday fashion. You’ll find classics like Converse, Nike, Vans and Levi’s, as well as sought-after brands like By Parra, Lazy Oaf and Butter Goods.
Shop 8, 285a Crown Street, Surry Hills
Marrying the old and the new in an aesthetic little mixing pot, So Familia stocks a curated range of vintage clothing, independent Australian labels and everything Y2K. That includes upcycled tracksuits from Ramp Tramp Tramp Stamp, glittery gems from Dyspnea, the best bits and pieces from Flex Factory and more.
428 King Street, Newtown
The Standard Store
For a taste of international fashion, hit up The Standard Store. Travelling the world to source labels and styles you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, the store offers aesthetically pleasing pieces that range from holy grail basics to head-turning statement makers.
431 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Subtype takes sneaker culture to the next level, creating a curated space to shop, network and celebrate emerging designers. You’ll also find all the sneaker giants like Nike, Fear of God, Error and New Balance, as well as exclusive releases from brands like Yeezy and Jordan.
350 George Street, Sydney
Axl Bazaar is an elevated vintage clothing boutique for the bright and bold. The sustainable clothing haven offers exciting silhouettes, daring colours and one-of-a-kind pieces from Australian and international designers.
445 Oxford Street, Paddington and 35 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
Shop Ramp Tramp Tramp Stamp and other emerging Australian brands at RTTS Land. RTTS’ secret store and studio is located in Sydney’s Haymarket, where you can shop a variety of consciously-made clothing and accessories. Other brands at RTTS.Land include Skeeshman, Everywhere and Nowhere, Club Innocent and Sister Gecko.
647-649 George Street, Suite 13, Level 1 Haymarket
Located in Woolloomooloo, Grand Days is all about lovingly curated pieces – preloved and designer clothing, jewellery, books and collectable items. When you walk into Grand Days, it’s guaranteed you’ll be leaving this treasure trove of goodies with a new addition to your wardrobe.
220 William Street, Woolloomooloo
Emma Mulholland on Holiday
The interior of Emma Mulholland’s Paddington store is a perfect reflection of the label’s vibrant, beachside aesthetic. Shop clothing, accessories and homewares while admiring the blue tiled walls, fuchsia-hued couches and colourful cushions.
100 Oxford Street, Paddington
Irreplaceable Store sells an extensive range of vintage clothing, streetwear, sneakers and accessories. Stocking brands including Carhartt, Dickies, Levi’s and Nike, Irreplaceable Store offers staple pieces to help build your new capsule wardrobe.
475 King Street, Newtown
Parlour X is one of Australia’s leading luxury and contemporary fashion boutiques. Selling curated items from brands including Balenciaga, Fendi, Mugler and Jacquemus, Parlour X is the multi-brand boutique to shop for luxury items to make you feel exquisite.
261 Oxford Street, Paddington