Let’s be honest, we’re pretty spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast when it comes to fashion.
But specialty stores sometimes go amiss and we’re left trudging our way back to the fast-fashion factory shops time and time again. Well, trudge no more my friend, a selection of quality, home-grown boutiques have just opened their doors to us and we’re convinced that they’ll be your new fave emporiums.
Not only will you be supporting local businesses, purchasing ethically-sourced products and backing local creatives, you’ll also be opening your wallet to an array of specialty pieces for your wardrobe, jewellery box, or lounge room.
We’ve sought out the best of the Gold Coast’s newest boutiques worth opening your wallet for, and you’ll soon see why.
The sassiest new addition to Mermaid Beach’s highway strip has got to be Lovechild. Just a few shops up from Board Culture Espresso, this boutique beauty will have you weak at the knees. Stocking a range of ethically-sourced apparel, you’ll find only the finest cruelty-free, vegan fashion and beauty products at Lovechild. Slip on some vegan leather boots (yes, that’s a thing!) or a cruelty-free silk tank and walk out completely on trend, while also doing your bit for the planet.
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Gather is the eclectic boutique that dreams are made of, and the friendly new neighbour to Dust Temple in Currumbin. Stocking fine home wares, ceramics, organic skin care, and enough exotic plants to fill an entire rainforest, you’ve gotta get to Gather. Macramé wall hangings, handcrafted furniture and intricate wood works will have budding decorators in serious décor heaven. Gather is the perfect place to open your wallet for one-of-a-kind gifts or treat yourself splurges.
Where: 56 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Industrial Estate
These guys know their stuff when it comes to sustainable living, having created a surf lifestyle brand with a difference. Hailing from Victoria with a name meaning “ocean” in its indigenous context, Panamuna is the newest addition to the Tweed Coast’s surf scene. The Panamuna Project prints tanks, tees and surfing accessories locally, catering to both men and women. By working with eco-friendly water-based inks and 100 per cent organic cotton, this ensures that no nasty chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Also, their packaging is biodegradable and t-shirts are made by the powers of renewable energy, so you can rest easy knowing that your trendy new threads are planet-friendly.
Where: Shop 102/87 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
Are you sick of opening your wallet to buy the same old boring stuff for bub or need a gift before The Village Markets next rolls around? Then look no further than Younger Store—home to a bevvie of Gold Coast designed labels—when on the hunt for unique pieces for your youngster. Filled to the brim with handmade rompers, gladiator shoes, special books, eco-dyed muslin wraps and rockin’ bibs, your little one’s get up will give you serious outfit envy after a visit to Younger. Grab a glimmer glitter unicorn stuffed animal or a pair of archer aviators for your babe to gain undeniable street cred. Your baby will be the talk of the town once decked out in the goods from this kid-ticked boutique.
Where: 52A Peerless Avenue, Mermaid Waters
Wild Heart Jewellery
If creating beautiful handmade jewellery is a crime, then Wild Heart is as guilty as they come! Simple bespoke pieces adorned with intricate designs and earthy gems are among their unique collection of men and women’s pieces. Also stocking locally-made soy candles, hand-woven Mayan blankets and the coolest Byron Bay wall prints, Wild Heart Jewellery provides ethically-sourced fashion to the beat of their own drum. Their stack and match ring selection will have you umming and arring in delight when you catch them at The Village Markets.
Where: The Village Markets, Burleigh State School and online
The Collective Space
Just four weeks young, The Collective Space is an eclectic store in the infamous James Street, selling exquisite products crafted by local designers and creatives. Ranging from handmade sandals and potted succulents to delicate baby rompers and naturally-concocted organic coffee, The Collective echoes sweet musings of local support and ethical brilliance. A boutique well worthy of opening your wallet for, pop into this new store and be amazed by the talent of our local designers.
Where: James Street, Burleigh
The Haven Trader
Just passing their six-month birthday, The Haven Trader is home to interesting artworks, classic furniture pieces and a whole lot of décor inspo. Exuding an effortlessly calm, beachy vibe, this is your go to for interior delights that stand out from the crowd. Kooky cacti canvases and mandala wall prints in cobalt will get you seriously motivated to begin decorating your pad like you own the place, even if you’re a renter.
Where: 22-24 Philippine Parade, Palm Beach
Did we miss one of your favourite new home-grown Gold Coast boutiques? Let us know!
Photo Credit: Wild Heart Jewellery