Over the past 15 years, James Street has developed from a forgotten semi-industrial backstreet into one of Brisbane’s busiest precincts, boasting a bunch of exceptional fashion boutiques, retail shops, restaurants and cafes. And for the last four years locals have celebrated its transformation with Up Late – an annual retail and fashion event run in collaboration with Marie Claire.
Tomorrow night, it returns. Beyond a bunch of boutiques offering prizes and discounts, Up Late in 2016 is about connecting the local community with designers and style experts, as well as presenting a series of rare collaborations between stores and the brands they stock. Here are some of our top picks.
Meet Toni Matičevski at Tyson and Peppa, 1/161 Robertson Street
After an early career highlight with a placement at Donna Karan, Toni Matičevski set out in 1999 with his own label. He quickly developed an international reputation for structured yet fluid tailoring. The Melbourne designer’s technical nous and restrained high glamour fits right in with Tyson and Peppa, a boutique known for its dedication to Australia’s premium designers. Matičevski will be in-store all night, and the store is offering a one-night only 20 per cent discount.
Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton at Easton Pearson, 60 James Street
The rise of James Street almost ran in parallel with that of Queensland-based designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton. Earlier today the duo announced that its eponymous 27-year fashion partnership is coming to an end. This coming season will be the label’s last before Pearson and Easton move on to new ventures. Check it out at their flagship store and maybe commiserate with Pearson and Easton themselves, who will be in attendance.
Sass & Bide, 46 James Street
Sass & Bide isn’t going anywhere. For Up Late, the cult favourite is running a personal styling master class hosted by the brand’s national merchandise creative, Tan Aldridge. There will also be 10 per cent off, storewide.
MIMCO, 46 James Street
MIMCO is collaborating with one of New Farm’s newest neighbours, Botanica (due to open a second store on Doggett Street at the start of May) to add a sugar high to your shopping experience. Botanica is producing two different cakes for the night: dark couverture chocolate and cherry with rosewater and cherry glaze; and an amaretto and cinnamon cake with espresso glaze.
One Point Seven Four, 181 Robertson Street
In just one of a bunch of pop-up retailer-designer collaborations, eyewear specialist One Point Seven Four is teaming up with Alyce Tran and Tania Liu of leather accessories brand The Daily Edited to present a bunch of different accessories such as iPhone cases, wallets and pouches, all personalised on the spot. A complimentary TDE pouch will be offered with any eyewear purchaser on the night.
At Sixes and Sevens, 67 James Street
Putting the “late” in Up Late, Sixes and Sevens is the likeliest spot to see out this year’s festival. The Stone & Wood truck will be parked outside, with the inside bar peddling special smashed berry, Chambord and vodka cocktails. The DJs kick off at 9pm.
Marie Claire Up Late runs from 6-9pm on Thursday 14 April at James Street, Fortitude Valley.