The Waterloo end of Regent Street is one of Sydney’s most exciting retail strips thanks to a collection of enterprising residents peddling artisanal products.

DEA is one such store. Owners Karin Huchatz and Colin Grimmer believe everything in the store should please the “delicate eye area” – hence the acronym DEA. That goes for the fixtures, as well as the products. In a previous life, Huchatz was a gallerist, something that’s apparent in the artful displays and shelving.

Shop here for soap handmade in Turkey; a hand-loomed robe; or Kinto Japanese teacups. Other highlights include ODE handmade ceramics; classic blue-rimmed white baking dishes and serving-ware from Falcon Enamelware; Tom Dixon accessories; and stationery by MOMA.

When you’re finished, visit some of the area’s other residents, which include bakeries, cafes and plenty of furniture and design stores.

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Updated: November 20th, 2023

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