Willow and the Bowerbird
The bowerbird is a native animal that’s notorious for collecting precious things in an effort to attract a mate. Willow & the Bowerbird is a place for finding precious things. And there are many.
The former cobbler’s workshop is owned by Sarah Bell Dyson. Before entering the world of retail, she was an artist, which explains why the two-room treasure trove is filled with ethically produced and handmade products. A lot of it is sourced locally.
The amazing-smelling handmade bath and body products from Clean Slate and Mokosh come from Freo, and the range of kids clothes from the talented duo behind the label Hubble + Duke.
From outside WA there’s wooden sunnies from Sticks & Sparrow, bedding from Feliz and clothes and accessories from Elk. Then there are gems from further afield: Pampa rugs hand-woven by artists in South America, and wall hangings from Brooklyn-based artist, Maryanne Moodie.
Aside from stocking products that are hard to find anywhere else, Bell Dyson has also filled the space with homey touches of green. There’s yarn-bound kokedamas (hanging plants) in the windows and potted plants in corners and atop shelves.
A cart by the front door brims with mini succulents begging to be adopted.