You'll find Brisbane's best independent fashion boutiques dotted right across town. Fortitude Valley may be the most famous location for its string of independent stores, but Brisbane's emergance as a vibrant and creative hub has meant more talented locals are opening in new locations, with the addition of cult international labels and artists entering Brisbane's shopping landscape.
Whether you're looking for the latest Australian designers, niche streetwear threads or up and coming sustainable and ethical brands, Brisbane's independent fashion boutiques have your back, quite literally, covered—meaning you can shop and suport local in your quest for effortless sartorial style.
These are the best independent fashion boutiques in Brisbane.
Self-described as a retail concept, Contra owner Matt continuously curates a succinct collection from a handful of niche streetwear labels and straight-from-runway pieces. The aim being is to provide access to labels from all around the globe to those who are hungry for the latest and greatest in new-wave contemporary design. Every item and brand are specifically chosen to carry through this vision, from their hand-picked range of clothing items through to homewares and fragrances.
The Common Thread
Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Bulimba, owner and designer Safa Itote has opened The Common Thread, one of a handful of Brisbane boutiques showcasing sustainable and ethical clothing labels. Stocking labels like Baiia, The Beach People, Veja, and her own label The M | N | ML, think luxe basics, sportswear and accessories.
The Happy Cabin
Nestled in the heart of West End inside an old Queenslander, The Happy Cabin is a decidedly eclectic shopping experience. The whole space gives off peak nostalgic vibes with a succinct range of streetwear fashion, outdoor brands and limited-edition accessories from brands like Fjallraven, Oli Clothing and Dr. Denim.
The Outpost, in Winn Lane, has led the way in independent retail in Fortitude Valley since 2005. It's is all about a well-crafted collection of independent brands and products by artists and designers, brought to Brisbane from around the globe to create one very cool space.
The definition of a true hidden gem, Brisbane's iteration of The Cloarkroom (they also have concept stores in Tokyo and Montreal) is the place for custom suits, impeccable tailoring and a small line of mens casualwear. Pairing a slick service with a modern space, The Cloakroom also has a bar, manned by multi-award winning bartender Matthew O’Malley, open to customers and locals where you can sip the finest whiskies and classic cocktails after a solid styling session.
If you're looking for high end pieces that go the distance (we're talking investment not fad) Calexico needs to be on your hit-list. Stocking names likeQ Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, and Equipment, owner Nicky Charman sources Loyal Calexico shoppers come for the hard-to-find labels and very wearable basics.
The younger sibling to Calexico, Calexico Man is a slick, curated store of luxe basics and accesories, you guessd it, for men. In store you'll find the latest threads from the likes of Rag & Bone, Golden Goose, Saturdays NYC and Billy Reid, with a number of lesser known European brands to keep you looking fresh.
This fashion institution has been at the forefront of global trends for over three decades. Needless to say, the team at camargue have a unique range of high-end labels such as Haider Ackermann, Dries Van Noten, Acne, Carven, Ann Demeulemeester, Kotow, Stella Jean and Victoria Beckham.
Double Double, the lovechild of Apartment and Violent Green after a strategic merge in late 2018, stock the kind of sought-after alt-labels you thought you'd have to fly OS for. Comme de Garcon, APC, Openening Ceremoney and Aries are all stocked, with new drops frequently.
Another Brisbane institution, Maryon's is the home of designer and boutique label shoes and accessories. From Chloe to Jimmy Choo, Repetto to Ancient Greek Sandals, if shoes are your niche then this gorgeous independent boutique has you well and truly covered.
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