Swedish minimalism at Acne Studios, pared-back simplicity and hand-crafted leather at Céline. Sydney’s shopping scene has never been better.
More than double the size of the Paddington flagship, Acne Studio’s new King Street store stocks a large selection of the label’s latest releases. Browse minimalist knits and leather and shearling jackets. There’s also well-cut denim and voluminous cord flares. The pastel space features long, street-facing windows and lots of stainless steel, accented by acid-yellow detailing. Clever lighting looms large – the “mushroom” installation is worth a visit in itself.
With 140 stores around the world, it comes as a surprise that Sydney only just got its first Céline store, in Sydney’s Westfield Shopping Centre. The French fashion house’s flagship arrived in Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre last year. Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, and owned by global luxury conglomerate LVMH group, today the creative direction is taken care of by Phoebe Philo.
The store has opened with the winter 2017 collection, as well as ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories. Beautiful handcrafted leathers bags line the walls like artwork and bold boots sit atop bespoke marble objects. Pale wooden cabinets give way to geometric statement jewels, in gold and pearl.
Parisian-born designer Magali Pascal has opened up at The Intersection in Paddington, with a focus on easy-to-wear pieces. The store, which resembles a small Parisian apartment, is full of garments that embody Pascal’s signature bohemian style – reminiscent of Iro or Isabel Marant. Find elegant and effortless pieces cut from bright, printed fabrics that you can wear from the beach to the bar.
Suit Shop, a spin-off by P. Johnson, has opened in Martin Place. Find crisp shirts, ties and suit samples in a beautiful space by the designer’s own wife, Tamsin Johnson. It’s filled with long mirrors and sculptural podiums. The speciality here is suits for under $1000, made from Italian cloth and trimmings.
Nice Martin’s flagship is tucked away on Oxford Street. It stocks a wide range of oversized, modern staples in beautiful hues. Known for natural, breathable fabrics, browse boxy linen rompers in an eye-catching plum colour; easy wrap skirts in cream, blush and navy; and cute shorts. There’s also a carefully curated selection of items including ceramics by Lisa Benny, EPÓKHE eyewear and LOQ shoes.
The sister-and-brother duo behind Camilla and Marc, Marc and Camilla Frydman, have opened their first outlet boutique in a sleek new development in Rosebery. The space is every bit as elegant as its other stores, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, blond-wooden floors and marble benches. The only difference is everything is on sale. The outlet sells past-season items, ranging from cocktail dresses to denim and tailored separates, at heavily discounted prices.
Australian perfumery Map of the Heart has landed in Darlinghurst, where you’ll find the house’s distinct heart-shaped bottles. The fragrances, which are bottled in France and designed in Australia by Pierre Dinand, mould to the hand.
Outgrowing its Haymarket arcade space, Big Trouble Store has snuck into Surry Hills with a more impressive offering. Owner Chris Low regularly travels the world to source streetwear that’s reminiscent of American and Japanese workwear, as well as fun socks and a wide selection of sneakers.
It’s about time Bec and Bridge brought us a flagship. Find the local label’s entire collection in Bondi Junction including tailored playsuits, formal dresses and exclusive one-off pieces designed specifically for the store. Architect about town, George Livissianis (Chin Chin, The Dolphin), is behind the light-filled store, which is full of neutral tones and pink hues.