The team behind Sorry Thanks I Love You want you to give gifts differently. Having launched its first store three years ago at No. 1 Martin Place, its since become known for an eclectic collection of hard-to-find makers – everything from Tasmanian cheese to underground Tokyo artists.
“It’s the idea of having unique products to say ‘sorry’, ‘thanks’ and ‘I love you’,” says co-founder Caroline Ball. “Everything we have in our range has a really interesting story behind it, and almost all of it is handmade.”
This focus on high quality and creative flair is also instilled in Sorry Thanks I Love You’s second store, which opened opposite the original. For 18 months, Ball and her small team have been scouring the globe – from Tokyo to London to Berlin and Paris – to find both established and up-and-coming high-end fashion labels to bring back to Sydney.
The result is an apparel range comprising rare one-off and ready-to-wear pieces from quality brands. Local labels Matin Studio and Bassike sit alongside international talents such as Maison Labiche and Commune de Paris, which have seldom been seen in Australia before.
One of the more exciting coups is Sulvam, the much-anticipated creation of avant-garde Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s protégé, Teppei Fujita, which will have its Australian debut at Sorry Thanks I Love You.
“[Fujita] was a pattern maker for Yamamoto,” says Ball. “We’ve been travelling to Paris for the past couple of years because we need to see in-person what’s on offer, and we made an extra effort to go out of our way to source labels that weren’t being shown at market [in Australia]. We discovered Sulvam in Paris and the whole raison d’être we just loved. It’s such a joyful collection and the quality is so amazing, so it’s been really exciting to bring them into Australia for the first time.”
Almost equally as impressive as the range is the space it’s shown in. “It’s insanely beautiful, with all that marble and parquetry,” says Ball. “Every morning when I open the door I get this little jolt of excitement. It feels like the perfect place to showcase this kind of workmanship.”
In addition to housing the apparel collection, Sorry Thanks I Love You will be hosting after-hours events, such as free yoga on Mondays.
Sorry Thanks I Love You
5 Martin Place, Sydney
0423 909 812
Mon to Wed & Fri 10am–6.30pm
Sat & Sun 10am–6pm