The best fashion shops in Brisbane stocking an array of Australian and international clothing and accessories brands.
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Brisbane is rapidly becoming one Australia’s hottest shopping destinations, with shoppers coming from all over the country to descend on the east coast fashion hub. Not so long ago, the city was deprived of a quality choice of designer fashion labels from around the world. Now Brisbane city has some of the finest fashion boutiques shops that Australia has to offer. So here at Australian Fashion review Blog we wanted to direct all our discerning fashionista and fashionisto readers to the best of the best.
In no particular order…
Hidden up an unusual, out of place stairwell, and behind a slightly, sinister big black door complete with antler handle, there is Fallow, a boutique very much like the secret dens of childhood. Full of hidden treasures, the lack of natural light is compensated with elegant lighting, illuminating the stunning wallpaper, exposed brickwork, mounted deer and wooden floors. The décor is finished off with well chosen details including, plump leather chairs, vintage-style telephones and unusual little knick-knacks.
The boutiques strong décor is complemented by the choice of mainly monochromatic collections, a rich mixture of textures and leather accessories. Browsing the unique retail space, you will find the likes of Beau Coops, Deadly Ponies, Chronicles of Never, Friedrich Gray, Claude Maus, Song for the Mute, Therese Rawsthorne and Gail Sorronda, as well as accessories from MANIAMANIA and Pamela Love. With an aim of providing their customers with a unique shopping experience the Fallow mantra is as follows: ‘Never compromise quality for price, Black before White and understated rather than complicate.’
Another tick in the box for Brisbane’s most established retailer, Natalie Denning.
Visit the official Fallow website, or visit the store at Level One, Cameron House, 354 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006.
Now having two small boutiques, Violent Green is one of Brisbane’s best known shopping locations for fans of eclectic and contemporary fashion. Simon Sun’s stores may be small, but are stunningly fitted, with polished concrete floors, high ceilings, mood lighting and lots of deep, rich wood finishings.
The boutiques are bursting with the latest menswear and womenswear from the hottest local and international designers, with select pieces from the likes of Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts, Beat Poet, Lover, House of Holland, Karen Walker, Chronicles of Never, You Must Create, Something Else by Natalie Wood and April 77. Violent Green also stocks a range of Lomo and Holga cameras for photography enthusiasts, as well as an extensive collection of jewellery, sunglasses and accessories.
Visit the official Violent Green blog, or visit the Violent Green stores at Shop 9, Elizabeth Arcade, 99 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane 4000, or at 669 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
One of Brisbane’s newer boutiques, Calexico, owner Nicky Hendrie, focuses on offering the latest up-to-the-minute collections from some of the worlds hottest designer, while providing an expert and attitude-free service. Within the relaxed and chic environment, there is an exclusive blend of beautiful pieces for all occasions, from basics to black tie options. Offering something for the artist, the professional, the hip and the ageless, the boutique stocks the latest from contemporary brands including Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, Preen and Acne. Keep an eye out for more international brands that arrive in store on a seasonal basis.
Visit the official Calexico website, or visit the store at Shop 7, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Launched onto the Brisbane fashion scene in 2004, menswear boutique Dirtbox aims to provide clothing that foregoes trend and fads, instead offering pieces that will fit effortlessly into any wardrobe, while allowing the client to make a bold statement of their personal style. With each new season Dirtbox provides a varied and eclectic mix of labels from both Australia and the rest of the world including, Bassike, Antipodium, Clarks Originals, Sunday Somewhere, Jac + Jack, Acne, Our Legacy and Lyle & Scott.
The international brand profile was increased in April of 2012, when Dirtbox relocated to a new space. The décor serves to enhance the wide range of collections – antique wooden shelving, a polished concrete floor and floral detailing, offer the perfect balance of industrial functionality and an earthy undertone.
Dirtbox, now offers a multi-faceted shopping experience, thanks to the recent launch of their online store, making the boutique accessible to a much wider audience.
Visit the official Dirtbox online boutique or visit the store at Shop G21 Wintergarden, Queen Street, Brisbane 4000.
Born 1909, as the son of the greatest butcher around, Angus Black was taught the importance of a quality cut from a young age. Throughout his life, Angus prided himself on his appearance, travelling the world in search of the perfect wardrobe, finally settling in the little Brisbane village of New Farm, determined to continue hos father’s legacy. He opened a butcher shop and lived a long and prosperous life, being known as much for his style as for the meat he sold. Angus’ legacy has been kept alive with the opening of his namesake store within his old butcher shop – to this day his photograph and apron can still be found within the boutique.
Another store, to fall under the umbrella of Australian retail mogul Natalie Denning, the boutique relocated from the original butcher shop location, to a fabulous three-story space around the corner, taking over the old Ultra Suite. Natalie Denning, who also owns men’s boutique Dirtbox, describes Angus Black as “being for a young man coming into his own…who doesn’t follow the rules of dressing, but instead experiments with silhouette, colour and drape. Offering only the finest quality cuts, labels in store include Alpha 60, Black Noise White Rain, Vanishing Elephant, Das Monk, Jamie Fame, Nudie Jeans, Ksubi, Mr Carter, Herschel and Beau Coops.
Visit the official Angus Black online store , or visit the boutique at 665 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006.
Relocating to the renovated Wintergarden shopping centre in April of 2012, Natalie Denning’s Bessie Head is a sanctuary for Brisbane-based fashionistas. The boutique offers a true shopping experience, with its dark mood lighting, statement fish tank, deep polished floors and illuminated eerie forest artwork. Offering something luxurious for every occasion, the boutique stocks some of Australia’s finest womenswear designers, including Ellery, Gail Sorronda, Sara Phillips, Antipodium, Life With Bird, Serpent and the Swan, Bassike and Deadly Ponies.
Visit the official Bessie Head website or visit the store at Level One, Broadway on the Mall, Queen Street, Brisbane 4000
One of the more recent additions to Natalie Denning’s Brisbane-based retail empire, Lotus 76 is located in Fortitude Valley’s trendy lifestyle retail development Emporium. Targeted towards the fashion conscious 20-40 year olds, Lotus 76 offers customers something that is a little bit different, edgy and individual. With a minimalist and somewhat oriental themed design, the store provides a relaxed shopping experience in comparison to Denning’s city outlets.`
With a personalised service and style advice from friendly and professionally trained staff, shoppers can peruse the extensive array of contemporary designer womenswear. Exclusively stocking Australian labels, Lotus 76 offers the latest pieces from Jac + Jack, Morrison, Estilo Emporio, American Vintage, Lisa Brown and Anna Hoffmann amongst others.
Visit the official Lotus 76 blog, or visit the store at Shop 2, 1000 Ann Street Emporium, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Designer menswear boutique, Apartment first opened it’s doors in 2006 at the height of the popularity of streetwear. Brother duo Nick and Ben Chiu decided to open the boutique after Nick gained inspiration following a six-month stint in New York on a university exchange – returning from Manhattan and joined by his brother, Nick opened Apartment in a streetwear-inspired 28 sqm space tucked in Elizabeth Arcade. Since then the boutique has evolved in parallel with the industry and develop its brand profile, which consists of some of the world’s most exclusive streetwear labels, including, Head Porter, Comme Des Garcons, A.P.C., Deluxe, Chup, Edwin, Neighbourhood and P.A.M, as well as their very own range of menswear.
Now in it’s third location since opening, Apartment is currently housed in a beautiful heritage building in a bright and airy loft-like space – polished blonde wood floors, crisp white walls, with plenty of quirky wooden furniture and the odd knick knack. The boutique is also the home to Brisbane’s Carhartt WIP (Work In Progress) store – the pop up concept space houses the entire collection by Carhartt’s European line by Work in Progress, as well as the collaboration lines with A.P.C and Adam Kimmel.
Visit the official Apartment online boutique, or visit the store at Level 1, 123 Charlotte street, Brisbane 4000.
A Brisbane institution since its opening in 2005, The Outpost stocks a carefully selected collection of independent labels and products from artists and designers from throughout the world. The boutique offers a unique mix of menswear and womenswear from the likes of Perks and Mini, Solitary Arts, Lousy Livin, The Quiet Life, Suburban Bliss and Nieves, as well as offering a wide range of accessories, art, magazine, books an music. The boutique also has its own online store that sells a small collection of what The Outpost has in its bricks and mortar shop.
Founder of The Outpost, Matt Brady is an avid supporter of the local creative and arts scene, and regularly holds in-store art exhibitions and events, being involved with the nearby gallery, Nice Lives. Additionally, The Outpost runs the annual art/skate show ‘I used to Skate Once’, which is growing in popularity, year after year. So keep checking with The Outpost’s official website to see what event is next on their calendar.
Visit The Outpost online boutique, or take a trip to the store at 5a Winn Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006.
A pioneer boutique within Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Blonde Venus was established in 1990 as one of the first directional fashion retail stores in the area. Despite being around for over 20 years, the boutique has changed and evolved along with the Australian fashion industry, maintaining a strong direction and fresh perspective thanks to passionate owner Thea Basiliou. With an exclusive selection of innovative fashion labels, from Australia and beyond, the boutique attracts visitors from all over the globe.
Blonde Venus stocks directional menswear and womenswear from the likes of Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, Natalia Brilli, Dion Lee, Anitpodium, Sara Phillips, Fred Perry, House of Holland, Surface to Air, Lover, Edwin and Dr Denim. Over the years Blonde Venus has been the first boutique to introduce a number of outstanding fashion labels to Brisbane, so keep an eye out for the next big thing hitting the store in the near future.
Visit the official Blonde Venus Blog, or check out the store at 707 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Originally founded exclusively on the internet in 2006 by fashion maestro, Marnie Goss, Frockshop opened their bricks and mortar flagship store in May 2010 in Brisbane. Decorated with illustrations for renowned artist Kelly Smith, antique furniture, eclectic knick-knacks, the boutique and features an imaginative layout, giving the customer a unique shopping experience.
The bricks and mortar store stocks the same labels as the e-commerce site, including Zimmerman, camilla and marc, Bec & Bridge, Essie, Rachel Gilbert, Gary Bigeni and Samantha Wills. There really is something for everyone at Frockshop, from cocktail gowns, to edgy outerwear and tees, ans of course an extensive range of accessories. If that isn’t enough, Frockshop has their own womenswear collection, which was launched in the August of 2011.
Visit the official Frockshop e-commerce store, or visit the store at Shop 8, 65 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006.
Jules & Roc:
A sanctuary for the stylish women of Brisbane, owner of Jules & Roc Julie Sutherland has created a relaxed and intimate shopping environment for her customers, complete with in-house stylists that are happy to help in creating a new look, or finding that special piece for any occasion. There is something for all walks of life, with Jules & Roc stocking a diverse mix of high street Australian fashion and hi-end boutique labels, which includes Alice McCall, Lucette, White Suede, Manning Cartell, Bec & Bridge, Shakuhachi, Peeptoe Shoes, Natasha Gan, House of Wilde, Tony Bianco and Wayne Cooper. The boutique recently launched their online store to extend their service throughout Australia and beyond.
Visit the official Jules & Roc online store, or visit the store at Shop 12, 65 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Launched in early 2010 with Studio One, Francis Leon is the collaborative effort of relative new comers to the retail world, Katy Lysaught and Jo Turner. The loft-like concept store not only allows customers to browse the collections of some of the finest labels from around the globe, but also to see the creative process in action. Nestled amongst the racks of hand picked pieces from the likes of Owl of Ede, Grenson, Gary Bigeni, J Brand and Swash London, are the cutting table and machines that are used to create the boutique’s namesake fashion label.
Designed and produced locally, the Francis Leon womenswear fashion label was founded in Brisbane in 2009 with the ethos that fashion can be stylish, yet casually effortless – the Francis Leon label is all about wearing your most loved ensemble everyday! Each collection is created from natural fabrics, such a silks, linens and leather, which are constructed into tailored garments with a modern streetwear influence. The store also offers a bespoke service.
The latest addition to the Francis Leon brand is Studio Two – their second boutique, which is located in Melbourne. Furthermore, Francis Leon Studio Three is coming soon as an online boutique.
Visit the official Francis Leon website,or visit the store at Shop 18, 65 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006.
“The Jean Brown philosophy is to deliver the most highly sought mix of global fashion accessory collection to Australian women at the same time as they are available to our Northern hemisphere sisters.’” Amber Long, Director of Jean Brown.
Launched in 2007 in an innovative gallery space, Jean Brown offers designer accessories from the world’s leading designers and fashion houses including, YSL, Lavin, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Nicholas Kirkwood and Celine. The boutique is also home to the ‘Jean Brown Archive’ – one of the globes greatest collections of vintage and antique accessories, which includes over 600 handbags, representing 350 years of fashion and design history.
Jean Brown also has an online boutique that brings the unique in store-experience to women throughout the world, with consultants available around the clock to provide support and product knowledge to customers in need.
Visit the official Jean Brown website, or visit the store at Shop 62, Emporium, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Situated in the trendy James St precinct, Kisses carries an extensive collection womenswear fashion and accessories from both top national and international labels, including, Twenty8Twelve, Collette Dinnigan, Josh Goot, Malene Birger, Antik Batik, Paige, True Religion, Nolita and Hudson. In addition to the wide variety of designer pieces the boutique stocks and extensive selection of basics and a range of well-fitting, top-quality denims.
Check out the official Kisses Facebook page, or visit the store at 50 James St, New Farm, Brisbane 4006
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