Last year we introduced some friends from the world of fashion who use MyBroadsheet presented by Mercedes- Benz to keep a record of where they like to browse in their cities. This year we meet a few more, from a shoe designer to a co-owner of a retail concept store.
Sydney: Benny Walters – We Are The Stables
The Stables Co-op is a four-storey complex by We Are The Stables, a fashion distribution company co-owned by Benny Walters, who oversees national sales and brand direction. The multi-level space on Bourke Street incorporates a light and airy cafe on the ground floor and a pared-back, clean retail space also on street level. Upstairs, the space is shared by partner talent agency London Management, and Broadsheet’s Sydney office. A space formerly used for events will be transformed into a hair salon, Direction, this month. Downstairs, the cafe is separated from the street-facing retail space by a large wooden sliding door; part of the attraction of this Bourke Street building being a floor plan that permitted placing partitions and gates between each business component – creating a sense of privacy in each space. Walters admires Chappelli Cycles Bikes and can’t wait to bite into his fist Glazed doughnut. See where else he visits on his MyBroadsheet profile.
Sydney: Emily Cooper – Meandher
“Easy but unusual” neatly sums up the allure of Emily Cooper’s footwear brand, Meandher. What began as a local brand offering high-quality, classic, everyday shoe styles for men has become an internationally renowned footwear name in just a few years. The label has amassed a few famous fans over the years, including Drew Barrymore, Orlando Bloom, Poppy Delevingne and Jessica Hart. Cooper’s technical brilliance is thanks to her stint at Ars Sutoria and the heritage factories in Italy and Portugal that produce each pair of shoes. As a result,, Meandher has developed into an example of successful Australian design on the world stage. Cooper has relocated to Los Angeles but when she comes back to Sydney to visit, she likes shopping at Acne and Lover and is looking forward to trying The Butler, the new restaurant in Potts Point. See Cooper’s Sydney on her MyBroadsheet profile.
Melbourne: Adriana Giuffrida – POMS
POMS designer Adriana Giuffrida is responsible for creating the soft circles of fuzz you’ve seen dangling from the ears, necks and arms of anyone game enough to wear them. The offbeat jewellery label was established in 2011 after Giuffrida’s honeymoon travels through Hong Kong and Bali. Each one is made at Giuffrida’s home, with patience and care, at a desk set up especially for POMS-ing. In Melbourne, Guiffrida loves eating at Supernormal and shopping at Someday Store. When in Sydney, she looks for clothes at P.A.M Store and pops into Café Sopra for a bite. See where else she frequents on her MyBroadsheet profile.
Melbourne: Kristy Barber – Kuwaii
Kuwaii offers its customers well-cut feminine designs in interesting shapes that will last the distance in any girl’s wardrobe. Designer and owner Kristy Barber ensures garments are made locally, using sustainable, quality fabrics including silks, cottons and linens. Kuwaii’s gleaming flagship store opened this year in the historic Cathedral Arcade underneath the Nicholas Building. Nest Architects has transformed the shop into a bright, airy space that is feminine but with a modern sensibility. Having always been a brand that supports its creative networks, the store features a handpicked selection of jewellery and accessories from other local makers such as Anna Varendorff and Melanie Rice. Barber is looking forward to trying Longplay and Smith & Daughters and shops at Monk House Design and Craft Victoria. See where else she loves in Melbourne on her MyBroadsheet profile.