Barangaroo, Sydney’s culinary village by the water, has quietly become a shopping destination. The Standard Store, Belancé and Title Music Film Books are among a new fleet of retailers to join the bustle of restaurants and bars. Here are the best openings to visit.
The Standard Store
When husband-and-wife team Orlando and Nicola Reindorf moved to Sydney after the 2000 Olympics, they noticed a real lack of boutique stores with international, independent labels. They opened The Standard Store in Surry Hills to solve the speciality problem, which has now made its way to Barangaroo.
Sessun (Paris), Bellerose (Belgium), YMC (London) and New York’s Engineered Garments are among the labels exclusive to the store. “My husband and I do all our buying overseas. Every year we travel to Paris and New York and pick pieces which resonate with us,” says Nicola. “Engineered Garments is our most demanded men’s brand because it’s hard to find and offers beautiful Japanese fabrics, high quality, and fantastic cuts.”
The collections follow Europeans seasons. “We try to stick to pieces which fit within Australia’s temperature, but mainly we are looking for global fashion items which we love and we hope our buyers will love too,” says Nicola.
The couple styled the new store’s fit-out to match the industrial charm of the Barangaroo streets. “We wanted to keep the essence of our Surry Hills and Fitzroy stores, but as Barangaroo is a very architectural suburb, we kept the rawness of the actual building,” she says.
Scotch Row, The Streets of Barangaroo
(02) 9290 2384
Mon to Wed, Fri 10am–6pm.
Next to join the harbourside precinct is Sydney-based Belancé, a luxury men’s tailor, offering a made-to-measure service with hard-to-find labels. With one store already in Paddington, it has expanded to Barangaroo offering both local and international brands including Kenzo, Maison Labiche and Qwstion. There’s sunglasses, ties, money clips, trays for your home or desk, hats and watches.
Opening this Thursday.
Title Music Film Books
Title Music Film Books houses Australia’s largest independent retail collection of handpicked music, books and film. The store is expanding from its Surry Hills location, and invites customers to tune into the past, present, and future as they delve into the store’s range of new, out-of-print and obscure products.
Opening in Spring.
The Waiting Room
Scandinavian fashion importer Some Agency has opened its second Australian concept store, The Waiting Room, at Barangaroo. With both menswear and womenswear, it stocks Nordic denim; Swedish label A.o.CMS and has a utilitarian Scandinavian design too. You’ll also find Royal Republiq leather goods (belts, bags and boots) alongside beauty products, jewellery, socks and knits.
Mon to Wed, Fri 10am–6pm
Sat to Sun, 10am–5pm.
The Collector Store provides a steady flow of simple yet elegant, quality clothing and boutique homewares. CustomMade, Baum Pferdgarten, Romance Was Born, Scotch and Soda and American Vintage are all available.
Shirt Bar is what Mad Men dreams are made of. The three elements that make this a winner with city-dwelling gents are shirts, coffee and dark spirits. The watering hole and shirt store hybrid has unpretentious charm. The timber, metal and wired shelves above the bar are stocked with bottles, while the shirts, also shelved, are lined up like books in a cafe.
Here, the menu revolves around brunch with bar snacks alongside 150 whiskies.
Mon to Tue, 7.30–10pm
Wed to Fri 7.30am–late
Optique is a boutique optometrist, which sources designer glasses from around the globe. Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples and Garrett Leight styles are all available, and shoppers can take eye tests to get the right prescription for their frames.
Mon to Fri, 9am–6pm
David Jones concept store
Opening in November last year, this is the company’s first-ever, small-format store. It’s a two-level boutique focusing on corporate and evening wear. The David Jones team has been trained as personal shoppers to help customers find the perfect look. It also has a “click and collect” service, which enables buyers to purchase online and collect in-store.
Mon to Wed, 8.30am–7pm
Thu, Fri 8.30am–9pm
Sat 9a –6pm
Blown Lux is a salon hybrid with a sparkling-wine bar. A make-up artist squad is also on-site.
Scotch Row, The Streets of Barangaroo
Mon to Fri, 7am–late
Sat, Sun 5pm-late