Clover Tana is part of a welcome surge in distinctive designers coming out of Western Australia.
She’s run her jewellery and accessories label for a decade now, and the Perth-based tastemaker has seen her work adorn the likes of Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm, and former minister for foreign affairs and deputy leader Julie Bishop. Her Instagram-friendly shoes, bags and belts are rivalled in popularity only by her colourful, mostly handmade jewellery.
“It’s been evolving for a long time,” says Tana, who only sells through an online store and a strategic pop-up in Cottesloe ahead of Christmas each year. “I wasn’t originally doing jewellery, but that seems to be selling the best [now].”
We asked Tana to recommend five of her favourite designer stores in Perth.
Love Story – Cottesloe
“Love Story is an eclectic mix of imported labels. It’s owned by a lovely lady named Carly Harper. Like a lot of these boutiques, its owner works there and is the face of the store. Love Story is a little bit off the grid in Cottesloe and really stunning. It has a beautiful fit-out by a local architect. They don’t have an online store, which is really rare. Harper wants you to actually come into the store and get the whole feel. So it’s solely focused on the in-store vibe and individually styling their clients.”
Empire Homewares – Claremont
“It’s a family-run business that’s been around for decades. A furniture institution, they’ve got about six stores. They have staple pieces – still at a reasonable price point – bespoke pieces you can customise and also short runs, so you want to pop in regularly. The Claremont store is massive and it’s expanded with a cafe, gardens and landscaping. There are different concept areas, and a children’s line now.”
Blu Peter – Northbound Fremantle
“It’s a Balinese and South African homewares store and another one you need to visit in person. It’s been around for a while and it’s still the same, but it hasn’t gone out of fashion. It’s furniture to last a lifetime. I’ve gotten coffee tables there, and a mirror made out of a ceiling from a 1960s home, which is quite random. I’ve never seen anything like that. They also do custom linen couches which you can help design, but they have one-off pieces as well.”
Ooh La La – North Fremantle
“Ooh La La is only about two years old. Their cafe [Ooh Coffee] is next door, but this place is purely fashion. They stock Lucy Folk and Lee Matthews, then they have some up-and-coming designers that have one-off pieces as well. The layout is really fresh – very minimalist. It’s very specific, but they’re still able to cater to a wide audience.”
“Adam Heath is a stunning, newly renovated boutique run by a lovely mother and daughter duo. They stock a unique mix of Australian and international labels, including Marni, MSGM, Ganni and Lee Matthews. It’s been a Claremont fashion hub for years. I remember lying on the ottoman at the age of three watching mum in the fitting room. Now my three-year-old does the same.”
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