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30-06-2007
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any good guides to shopping in sydney? im going there next week for a week and need some help

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03-07-2007
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Recommended stores/areas:
Queen Street, Woollahra:
- One of the prettiest streets in Sydney by far
- Stores include Attic (Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, etc), Nicola Finetti (Australian designer, he does a lot of nice dresses), Tim O'Connor, Orson and Blake (homewares downstairs, upstairs they stock international and Australian designers like Akira Isowaga, Hugo Boss, Sambag ballet flats etc not a huge range but quite a nice selection with a huge price range)
- Bistro Moncur: yummy French food, quite rich though. Food in Sydney is really great and diverse by the way. This place is perfect to eat during winter (it is pretty cold in Sydney right now)
- Bill's: very famous, very 'Sydney' cafe food. The corn fritters and the scrambled eggs are famous. Very basic, very yummy food. Gets really busy on weekends though so best to go on a weekday.

Around the corner on Oxford street...
- Fleur Wood www.fleurwood.com very pretty grly designs, prices are pretty good too
- Mimco: jewellery, very popular in Australia, I have a lot of their crystal bow items
- Incu: stocks Australian, New Zealand and International designers, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Camilla & Marc, Alice McCall, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester etc. It's the only stockist for Mala Brajkovic - very highly recommended, she does some really great designs however her S/S is a bit meh, her fall/winter is better.
- Zimmermann: very 'Sydney' designs, flirty dresses, very popular here
- Max Brenner: very Sydney again, basically everything they do has chocolate eg huge choice of hot chocolates, frappes, some dessert like waffles, etc. Very busy at night

William street - off Oxford street
- Just William chocolates - chocolate store
- Belinda: one of a couple of stores in Sydney, one of the 'iconic' Sydney stores stocking international and local designers
- Corner Shop: younger sister of Belinda. I :L: it. Has Biba, Miu Miu, Lover, Acne Jeans, Vanessa Bruno, etc etc. Has a larger store in Strand Arcade in the city.
- Poepke: stocks mens and womens, has a lot of Belgium designers

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^sure! shop at the above stores if you have hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to spend!
the rest of us shop in George st or Pitt st... but that's a great description of stores. Although you left out Alannah Hill, she's my favourite Aussie designer by far..and the Strand Arcade and David Jones..that have a great collection of designer wear.. The strand is my favourite place to go, however not that I can go and buy my entire wardrobe from designers.. but it's a great place to 'window shop' and get some inspirations.

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Ciccicolina has covered my faves!!

for thrifting- there are so many good places, many gems in unexpected areas too.

Newtown has heaps and the whole of king street would probably appeal to a quirky, vintage aesthetic.

Also broadway/ surry hills area- including Broadway Betty (the store) is a good place for great thrifting finds.

also the markets! Great finds surry hills, kirribilli are my faves.

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poepke hasn't stocked mens in a couple of years, except maybe the raf jewellery.

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23-07-2007
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I was about to post in Aussie street-style but knew it'd get moved so, here I am. Some have already been mentioned...

- Orson & Blake on Riley Street, Surry Hills is one of my favourite stores; there's furniture and homewares upstairs, as well as a small gallery and cafe, and clothing, books and other knick-knacks downstairs. There's also an O&B in Woollahra that stocks a lot more clothing and homewares.

- Crown Street, Surry Hills is really great for second hand and vintage goodies. I love Cream On Crown 'cos I always manage to have fun in there. There's also this fantastic antique store on the southern end of Crown Street that stocks beautiful French antiques. So chic! :p

- Capital L on South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst is really nice and cosy and has a lot of nice pieces from Aussie designers. The girls there are really nice too (I mean that as in service).

- Glenmore Road in Paddington has a nice selection of stores. I think the Scanlan & Theodore store is right on the corner of Glenmore and Oxford. There's Parlour X, Ksubi, Kirrily Johnston, Paul & Joe and so many more that I can't think of right now. :p

- William Street, Paddington has probably got the best shops, in my opinion. There's Corner Shop, Belinda, Poepke, a lot of nice little vintage stores, Renya's also got another hair salon there... Oh and Just Williams Chocolates is so, so good. If anybody goes there, I recommend the hazelnut biscotti. It's the best thing in the world.

- The Westfield's complex at Bondi is also good for just about everything.

- David Jones on Elizabeth Street is another place to go, as well as Myer (which is in Sydney Central Plaza in the Pitt Street Mall complex). You can easily walk through to the Queen Victoria Building from here and The Strand Arcade (which has Akira, Corner Shop, Mimco, Gary Castles shoes, Jayson Brunsdon, Zimmermann, Third Millennium, Terry Biviano and so much more) is also located in the Pitt Street Mall complex.

- Martin Place is great; they've got the Prada store there, as well as the MLC Centre, which has stores like Robby Ingham, Belinda, Evelyn Miles (shoes), Salvatore Ferregamo, Longchamp, Gucci, Cartier, et cetera. Service at the MLC is really good, better than most places in Sydney. I have to say, I prefer the Robby Ingham store in Paddington (Oxford Street) but the ladies at the MLC store are really, really nice.

- The historic Rocks district is a really nice area; they've got tthe Galleria, which has Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Dior, et cetera. There's a lot of art and craft stores hidden away here. I love the bead store in the Metcalfe Arcade, which is also home to the Rokit gallery (genuine vintage clothing and wares). The Rocks also have markets operating on the weekends.

- Glebe markets down at Glebe P.S. is really good. There's this guy that sells jewellery bits and pieces there, I told him I'd like to buy out his whole store. Surry Hills markets are also good and there's also the Bondi and Kirribilli markets.

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Hi guys , are there any YSL store in Sydney?

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09-11-2007
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No YSL store in Sydney. You'll find even the larger well known designers don't have stores in Australia.

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No YSL store in Sydney. You'll find even the larger well known designers don't have stores in Australia.
thanks Lauren for the respond , how sad ... what about retilars for YSL?

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David Jones (department store) stocks YSL (and only the city store) but their range is pitiful and imho very marked up so it'll be easier as well as cheaper to buy online or overseas.

I love Queen street in Woollahra (off Oxford street). It's one of the prettiest streets ever. Orson & Blake have a store there and there's quite a few lovely cafes and other restaurants like Bistro Moncur (on Moncur street, off Queen street).

There's also William street off Oxford street with the Belinda stores (Corner Shop, Belinda, Belinda Menswear), the chocolate shop, Colette Dinnigan and Ginger & Smart.

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thanks Cicciolina , it seems that there are no high fashion scene in Sydney ?

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taz it's there but not really that big. There's a Chanel, LV (x2), Fendi (x2), Gucci (x2), Burberry (x2), Tiffany's, Cartier, Bulgari, Ferragamo (x2), Bally (x2), Hermes, Armani stores (a couple of his lines), Prada and probably more I can't think of right now but honestly it's cheaper to buy that sort of stuff overseas in Europe, Asia or the US. The market here just isn't as big as overseas so we don't get as much of the range, however anything popular still sells out within hours like everywhere else.

The Belinda store stock brands like Ann D, Chloe, Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rozae Nichols, Miu Miu, etc - accessories and clothing. I'm not really sure about the Belinda Menswear store though, sorry. Its sister store the Corner Shop have younger brands like Luella, some more Miu Miu, Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant. Both stores have a mix of Australian brands as well like Willow and Josh Goot.

There's also the Robby Ingham stores (one is on Oxford street, the other in in the city). They have menswear and womenswear but again I'm only familiar with womenswear. Womenswear includes 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chloe, DVF, Martin M, Viktor & Rolf and others.

The department stores:
David Jones: for menswear they have Jil Sander, John Varvatos, Miu Miu, Filippa K, and Australian designers like Arthur Galan and Frisoni Finetti but the accessories range is lacking.
Womenswear: lots of Australian designers like Alice McCall, Scanlan & Theodore, Jayson Brunsdon, Willow, Mad Cortes, Sass & Bide and Kirrily Johnston. On the top floor of the city store there's Lanvin, Marcy by Marc Jacobs, Chloe, DVF, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren Collection, Calvin Klein mainline, Armani (a couple of his lines) and Jil Sander.
Women's accessories: Prada, Dior, Fendi, Burberry, Zac Posen, Chloe, Mulberry, YSL, Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu shoes only, Ferragmo, Marc by Marc Jacobs and probably others that I've forgotten.

Myer:
Menswear is pretty lacking, it's like Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Nautica, Polo (and David Jones have all these brands as well).
Womenswear: Peter Som, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Maje, Rebecca Taylor, Tara Jarmon, etc.

Hope this helps

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wow thanks alot Cicciolina i get the picture, I am going to Sydney & Perth in a couple of weeks .. Karma

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Menswear is pretty lacking
reminds me of a conversation i had a long time ago... so true.

robby ingham have marc jacobs, paul smith, dirk schonberger, martin margiela, steven alan, nice collective...

belinda menswear have yohji yamamoto, martin margiela, helmut lang, hussein chalayan, ann demeulemeester, marni, miu miu, rick owens...


incu have a.p.c., kenzo, marc by marc jacobs, nice collective, trovata... it's more street-wear stuff though.

i find that most of the products you'd find from the higher end labels (ysl, chanel, prada, gucci, etc) tend to be accessories (bags, wallets and jewellery) and shoes; there's more of a market for those products.

there doesn't seem to be a lot of places here that stock actual clothing from those brands. i guess because, as cicciolina said, it tends to be overpriced and most people here aren't willing to spend that amount of money on clothing.

and also, the menswear market is, generally, not very big. not to say that there aren't any out there but, it's almost a rarity to find a guy that's into fashion and appreciates the aesthetics and construction of the clothing and the person who designed it. a lot of the guys here really are laid-back and are happy to just be in any old pair of shorts or jeans and a t-shirt.



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reminds me of a conversation i had a long time ago... so true.

robby ingham have marc jacobs, paul smith, dirk schonberger, martin margiela, steven alan, nice collective...

belinda menswear have yohji yamamoto, martin margiela, helmut lang, hussein chalayan, ann demeulemeester, marni, miu miu, rick owens...


incu have a.p.c., kenzo, marc by marc jacobs, nice collective, trovata... it's more street-wear stuff though.

i find that most of the products you'd find from the higher end labels (ysl, chanel, prada, gucci, etc) tend to be accessories (bags, wallets and jewellery) and shoes; there's more of a market for those products.

there doesn't seem to be a lot of places here that stock actual clothing from those brands. i guess because, as cicciolina said, it tends to be overpriced and most people here aren't willing to spend that amount of money on clothing.

and also, the menswear market is, generally, not very big. not to say that there aren't any out there but, it's almost a rarity to find a guy that's into fashion and appreciates the aesthetics and construction of the clothing and the person who designed it. a lot of the guys here really are laid-back and are happy to just be in any old pair of shorts or jeans and a t-shirt.


which is a huge shame, in the 4 years ive been here so far, menswear is hugely disappointing. Then again, I have gotten heaps of custo barcelona tops at 40 bucks each off david jones, just because no one else knows what they are, which is awesome!!!.

I shop mostly at Blue Spinach now, Nr of Liverpool St and Womerah ave(the most standout building there, cant miss) and get things specially imported in through them. Other than that, best advice to males and shopping in Syd...drive to Melbourne or buy online....

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