Featuring delicate, architectural pieces that are sought after by avant-garde women everywhere, especially fans of Issey Miyake, this boutique is often where you will find the designer himself advising shoppers.
Belinda Seper’s growing empire reaches its nexus on William Street with a great edit of big international names such as Marni and Miu Miu.
A fantastic open-air venue, where you can browse unique fashions from fledgling designers, plus vintage clothing, furniture and knickknacks. The beach bags and resort wear. This is where the hip children’s clothing line Rock Your Baby was born. Bonus: after bagging a bargain, head to the beach just steps away. Open Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Camilla & Marc
The brother and sister team of Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman have been wowing the city’s tastemakers since their fashion week debut in 2003. Expect precise, subtly sexy separates, day-to-night dresses and luxurious fabrics, along with a chic swimwear collection. Starlets Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Rose Byrne are all fans.
Located in Double Bay, this bright and airy boutique is a locals’ favorite stocking international brands including Missoni, See by Chloe, Diane Von Furstenburg and Matthew Williamson.
Australia’s best-known department store has an impressive selection of designer clothing.
Many of Australia’s best-known designers, like star duo Sass & Bide, got a start selling their wares at the local weekend markets, and these ad hoc retail institutions are still worth scouring for both up-and-coming labels and vintage pieces. Hit up Glebe Markets (10-4 every Saturday), in the city’s inner west, for artsy finds from vintage vinyl to quirky accessories and original fashion labels.
This hip boutique stocks stylish finds for men and women from designers like APC, Comme des Garçons and Mansur Gavriel.
Venerable department store institution Myer is a one-stop shop for high-end Australian designers like Nicola Finetti, Toni Maticevski and Manning Cartel, along with iconic international labels like Missoni. The beauty department is ideal for stocking up on homegrown beauty brands like Aesop and Jurlique.
The Italian-born designer launched this feminine line in 1995 to great acclaim. Women love the femininity and sensuality of the clothes, especially his great line of cocktail dresses and tops, which are embellished with flourishes like beading and ruffles.
Each Saturday stalls stretch across several blocks on Oxford Street on the grounds of the Paddington Uniting Church. The “makers market” hosts local fashion designers, along with purveyors of jewelry, crafts and gourmet foods, at 250 stalls. Many of Sydney’s young design talents display their new T-shirt and blouse collections or latest line of flirty dresses and fanciful hats. A portion of the funds raised benefits the church’s social programs. Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Owner Eva Galambos is forever globe-trotting to discover party frocks and fashion-forward labels for her stylish clientele. Along with international designers like Vivienne Westwood and AF Vandervorst, local talent such as Tina Kalivas, Josh Goot and camilla & marc are represented. The beautiful boutique is located in renovated church in Paddington.
PLAYA by Lucy Folk
A cutting-edge boutique stocking Belgian designers Dries Van Noten and Bernhard Willhelm, among others.
Scanlan & Theodore
This label has had an enormous influence on Australian women’s style—every fashion-forward girl in Melbourne and Sydney owns at least a few pieces by the designers, be it their soft, flattering knits or slinky day-to-evening dresses. The line is hard to find overseas, so stock up while you’re here.
The Intersection at Paddington
The Vintage Clothing Shop
Some secondhand clothing stores can feel musty and dispiriting, but this one – a Sydney institution since the 1970s – is bright, upbeat and filled to the brim with antique treasures. Shop for heirloom jewelry, high-end designer vintage and accessories like beaded handbags, furs and adorable hats. It’s a favorite with stylists and fashion editors.
Bondi Beach’s Tuchuzy stocks major international labels, including Acne, Ganni and Alexander Wang.