S2

Thursday
10:00am - 5:00pm
26 Angove Street North Perth 6006

S2 says no to fast fashion. Instead of flimsy pieces bang on trend, owner Chrissie Catling curates clothes with impeccable finishes and high-quality fabrics designed to outlast a relentless fashion cycle.

It’s probably why the store itself resembles an indie art gallery more than a retail space, with raw unfinished edges, concrete floors, and rotating installation art.

Geared toward the well-travelled thinking woman, the store stocks a range of Australian and international designers, plus Catling’s own range, S2, released once a year.

Highlights include local label One Fell Swoop’s beautifully draped pieces; Melbourne designer Alistair Trung’s minimalist-luxe dresses; and the flawless jersey of Italian designer Isabel Benenato, who turns out the fabric in an old family mill.

You won’t be pushed into buying something you’re only half-convinced by: the well-trained staff refuses to sell for the sake of selling.

The regularly updated installation art is made in-house, from recycled everyday objects such as old mattress springs, plug-in lights, cardboard, dead wood and old suitcases.

It’s a good backdrop for the special in-store events Catling runs with the designers she’s close to. A past collaboration with One Fell Swoop had an antique chandelier installation and models marching down the runway in Marie Antoinette-style French wigs.