While Brisbane may have the persistent reputation as a big country town, the local fashion scene is close on the heels of our Southern neighbours. Whether it is the super talented Australian designers they stock, or the enlightened buyers at the helm of these boutiques, these Brisbane boutiques will have you strutting your stuff with the sartorial big boys.
Despite its age (20+ years!), the Blonde Venus store has a very fresh perspective, a brand new home on Robertson Street, just off James Street, and houses exciting international labels such as Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto and Natalia Brilli, and is also flying the flag for Australian labels including Dion Lee, Arnsdorf, Sara Phillips, Antipodium and Dress Up by Stephanie Downey. You are sure to find some of Brisbane's most stylish shopping here… they know what they are doing!
This cool customer offers a fabulous selection of contemporary and designer labels from across the globe. You'll find the likes of Alexander Wang, Acne, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Etoile Isabel Marant. Loyal Calexico shoppers come for the hard-to-find labels and very wearable basics.
One for the girl's girls, Samantha Ogilvie's boutique houses international labels such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe, and Matthew Williamson. Samantha's clients are seeking a classic feminine style, and don't shy away from colour and print. Women of all ages looking for something to add to their ever-expanding work wardrobe (just one more blazer!), or the perfect outfit for the weekend should add Samantha's Brisbane boutique to their list.
This fashion institution has been supplying stylish pieces to the women of Brisbane for over three decades. Needless to say, the girls at camargue have a very collectable, unique range of high-end labels such as Haider Ackermann, Dries Van Noten, Acne, Carven, Suno and Ann Demeulemeester. camargue clients appreciate quality fashion and aren't afraid of making a statement
Small in size but bursting with the latest men's and women's wear from local and international labels such as Silent By Damir Doma, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Pudel, Lonely Hearts, Beat Poet and Lover. Violent Green's turn over rate is high so the seasoned Violent Green shopper doesn't waste time — they know what they want so they go in and nab it, avoiding the unbearable heartbreak when an item sells out!
This hidden gem, above the bustle of Brunswick Street, is a sanctuary of cool, with an impressive crop of labels. If your wardrobe houses a rather large share of black items in differing textures and finishes, Fallow is likely to satisfy your needs. Some of their brands in this Brisbane boutique include Obscur, Song For The Mute, Silent Damir Doma, and Tobias Wistisen.
Apartment shoppers are likely to be men who appreciate quality Japanese street wear, a decent skate board and international style. Their range is luxurious yet laid back with labels such as A.P.C., Red Wing Shoes, Deluxe, Head Porter and Comme Des Garcons, as well as, Apartment's very own range of menswear. One of Brisbane's coolest menwear boutiques.
Another Brisbane institution, Maryon's is the home of the perfect ballerina, stiletto, boot and platform from the biggest names in the business, including, Tod's, Emilio Pucci, Celine, Dolce & Gabbana, Repetto and Marc Jacobs. If you know shoes and enjoy exceptional customer service, you'll love Maryon's.
If it's exotic colour, pattern, embellishment and attention to detail you are after then Easton Pearson should be on your list. Designers, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson create pieces that emanate sunshine and all things wonderful. Now housing Take-Away by Easton Pearson as well as EP by Easton Pearson you will often find mothers, daughters and grandmothers all shopping together in this beautiful store.
Mitchell Ogilvie's stellar new store provides a platform for showcasing luxury menswear including brands such as Paul Smith, Brioni and Etro. Perfectly located in the CBD for a lunch time dash from the office or a more leisurely browse over the weekend, maybe with some help from loving wives or girlfriends?
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