In 1995, make-up artist Napoleon Perdis opened his first concept store on Oxford Street, Sydney with a full cosmetic collection. Now, 17 years on, with 74 stores (including 2 in the US), Perdis has diversified his offering with his very first Life.Style store, selling ornamental designer accessories in a space that was once the Woollahra Post Office.
The store opened to the public late last week, with few changes made to the exterior of the heritage building. But stepping inside, you’ll find that the postbags and PO boxes have long gone and the lacklustre interior has been replaced by something on the bright side.
Indeed, the glitzy boutique features a happily mismatched assortment of ritz and razz, with items like handmade Plexiglas jewellery courtesy of Jean-Marie Poinot (France), hand-blown glass objects in the shape of skyscrapers by Furthur Design (USA), porcelain objects from Klein Reid (USA) and animal-inspired jewellery from NACH (France). But it’s not all new and shiny here; there are plenty of vintage pieces on show, including a unique clear Perspex rocking chair (Tom Petty is the only person known to own another) and a set of old aftershave bottles made for Tiffany.
Housed in array of glass cabinetry, most of these pieces are exclusive to the store in Australia, which feels a little like an antique gallery. There is also, of course, a large range of Napoleon products on offer and you can get your make-up done in a private room out the back.
It’s an interesting new concept for the make-up magnate, and one which he plans to roll out in several more locations across the country quite soon.
Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Store
99 Queens Street, Woollahra
Mon to Wed 10am–6pm
Fri & Sat 10am–6pm