Best multibrand boutiques in Sydney
From the best of Parisian chic to up-and-coming locals, you’ll be well covered by these Sydney stores.
Belinda Seper’s retail empire started in Double Bay 19 years ago and has spread throughout Sydney, including her three eponymous boutiques.
At her Paddington shop front you’ll find Helmut Lang, Christian Wijnants and Vanessa Bruno as well as hip Brits Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou -- as it’s all in the name(s).
Belinda, 8 Transvaal Ave, Double Bay; tel. +61 (0)2 9233 0781
Belinda, 29 William St., Paddington; tel. +61 (0)2 9380 8873
Belinda, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney; tel. +61 (0)2 9328 6288
The Corner Shop
Belinda’s little sister is The Corner Shop, catering to a slightly younger and hipper crowd.
The original outlet lives in a former corner store on Paddington’s William St. (stocking Isabel Marant and Elizabeth & James among others). Its younger sibling lives in spacious digs in the Strand Arcade in the city.
There you’ll find local up-and-comer Karla Spetic to internationals 3.1 Phillip Lim, Carven and Vanessa Bruno. You can also find bags by Jérôme Dreyfuss and New Zealand’s Deadly Ponies.
The Corner Shop, 43 William St., Paddington; tel. +61 (0)2 9380 9828
The Corner Shop, Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St (runs between George St. and Pitt St. Mall); tel. +61 (0)2 9221 1788, www.thecornershop.com.au
Mrs (Renée) Watson has spent the past six years clothing discerning clients in the North Shore.
Danish labels include Malene Birger, Day Birger et Mikkelsen and Designers Remix. Parisian brands include Paul & Joe and Virginie Castaway. Locals are Ginger & Smart and Jac & Jack.
Look out for their own line of cashmere, too.
Mrs Watson, 155 Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge, tel +61 (0)2 9958 1516, www.mrswatsonnorthbridge.com
Owner Tanya Stevanovic is loving Pretty Dog’s new home in a Newtown terrace house -- more room to show off her collection of designers.
This is the go-to spot for the in-crowd looking for the hottest young Australian and New Zealand designers, including Gary Bigeni, Therese Rawsthorne, Karen Walker, Dion Lee, Laurence Pasquier and Fenella Peacock.
Pretty Dog, 5 Brown St, Newtown; tel. +61 (0)2 9519 7839
Eva Galambos has taken the best of Paris and transplanted it into the heart of Paddington, in the hope her customers “walk away feeling inspired and excited.”
You’ll find exclusive labels including Balenciaga, Thierry Mugler, Isabel Marant, Theyskens Theory and Azzedine Alaïa. This is set in a bijoux boutique as pretty as the fashion and jewels within it.
Parlour X, 213 Glenmore Rd, Fiveways, Paddington; tel. +61 (0)2 9331 0999, www.parlourx.com.au
Former Vogue staffer Jane Jasper has filled in the missing gaps of Sydney’s best boutiques, offering labels such as Balmain, Proenza Schouler and Preen in her light-filled store.
Jasper aims to create “a celebration of fashion, a mix of beautiful and wearable, something highly aspirational and then something completely unexpected.”
205 Glenmore Rd, Paddington; tel. +61 (0)2 9331 2656, www.landsendstore.com
Balmain may be best known these days for Adriano Zumbo’s takeaway macaroons, but there’s much retail therapy to be done at Art Therapi.
Honing in on the high-end casual market, there are a number of cool European and U.S. labels here, including cool diffusion lines such as Alexander McQueen’s McQ, Rad by Rad Hourani, M Missoni and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela.
215 Darling St, Balmain; tel. +61 (0)2 9810 0059, www.arttherapi.com.au
If you favor that relaxed-but-expensive look, you'll find it at Attic.
Stocking a range of super-chic European labels including Céline, Sofie D’Hoore and PAUW alongside more casual offerings from James Perse and Edun, it whispers lunch in Woollahra and weekends at Palm Beach.
Its sister boutique -- Arida in Potts Point -- finishes the family story with Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and L’Wren Scott.
Becker Minty Woman
Potts Point locals go to Becker Minty Woman when they have a big event in their diary -- or just want something glamorous.
It stocks Australian designers including Aurelio Costarella and Julie Lantry, plus fine jewelry from Siobhan Way and Suzy O’Rourke's millinery. Their accessories are from Rodo and Natalia Brilli -- who can create or cover anything in the softest leather (the tiny gold skull purse is beautiful).
Becker Minty Woman, corner Macleay St & Greenowe Ave, Potts Point; tel. +61 (0)2 8356 9908, www.beckerminty.com
Blood Orange is nestled in the leafy residential enclave of Elizabeth Bay. As well as some of the best in young Australian designers, including Gary Bigeni, Karla Spetic, Bassike and Lover, it has international offerings from Alexander Wang’s T line and K Jacques sandals.
Hip Parisian label APC is also in the house, which does some of the coolest basics around.
Blood Orange, 35 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay; tel. +61 (0)2 9357 2424