Intrigued by the bohemian style of Byron Bay, we have uncovered some of the designers behind the brands that make up the Byron Bay collective.
The north coast appeals to the urban hippy in all of us and is home to an assortment of creative self-starters, from Spell to St Agni. Whether you’re looking for natural fibre sandals or a colourful festival ensemble—there’s an eclectic mix of boutiques and design studios.
A quick day trip from the glittery Gold Coast, here’s where to head for the best shopping in Byron Bay.
Renowned for their loafer weave slip-on shoes made with ethical natural fibres, St. Agni has become a household (shoe) name. Founded by husband and wife team Lara and Matt Fells, they conveniently have a retail space in Byron’s industrial area. Basically, if you’re after stylish apparel and finely crafted footwear shop no further, St. Agni has you covered.
ROWIE The Label
ROWIE The Label is the creative brainchild of Northern NSW local Rowie Moore. Growing up in and around the region has given her the edge to create a clothing label to suit the coastal charm of Byron Bay. Growing from a local market stall to a renowned brand with its own boutique, ROWIE is an ethical staple brand with a full range of dresses, jumpsuits, tops and just about anything else you can think of.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective
This modern bohemian fashion label needs no introduction. Created by two local sisters, Lizzy and Isabella, Spell & The Gypsy Collective can be found in most coastal wardrobes across Australia. Shop as much as your budget will allow at their stunning flagship store in the centre of town—it’s easily one of the best spots to head if you’re looking for the best shopping in Byron Bay.
Auguste The Label
Another dreamy feminine brand, Auguste The Label has its own classic look, that usually involves a flowing floral dress or two. Byron Bay-owned and operated, there is a strong message of ethics and sustainability to this brand. Wanting to leave the world a better place they have aligned themselves with charities such as 1% for the planet a global movement for businesses who are committed to preserving the world. Auguste has a boutique front and centre in town, and with divine window displays, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a Jane Austin set.
Homewares & Furnishings
Habitat Collective is a one-stop emporium of local designers—from dressmakers to potters to jewellery designers, it’s a visual splendour. Ideally located in the Habitat lifestyle precinct, it’s one of those open-plan stores that you get lost in for hours. Carefully curated Habitat is 100% local with 100% of profits donated to support the homeless of Byron Bay. If you’re looking for some of the best shopping in Byron Bay, this is where you’ll find a locally crafted hat, rustic pottery, contemporary jewellery designs or funky threads.
Pop And Scott
From Melbourne to Byron, Pop and Scott have you covered. A design shop for furniture, lighting, ceramics and just about anything related to your home or office, this store showcases ethical brands with a creative edge. Check out their accommodation space ‘The Loft’ in Byron Bay for design inspo and start jotting down a dream list of everything you want to buy.
Island Luxe, as the name suggests, stocks luxurious island-inspired pieces from across the globe. They’ve become style icons with a divine retail space in Bangalow and we just can’t go past their eclectic array of shoes, bags and soft furnishings. Head to this little country town to peruse their luscious design studio or Byron for their Island Luxe Tribe store.
Salt & Wood
Salt & Wood is a unique interior design studio that sources from across the globe and prides itself on their one-on-one design advice. Supporting local designers and sourcing sustainable fabrics is a key part of Salt & Wood’s mission, as well as keeping abreast of the latest design trends. The showroom is in the industrial estate of Byron Bay, where soft bed linen and stunning fabrics are complimented by one-off furniture pieces, along with a distinct selection of outdoor furniture.
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Image credits: St. Agni, Spell, Habitat Collective