From Perth to Sydney, as the founder of Style by Yellow Button, Claire Fabb is one of the most sought-after stylists in the country. Fab traffics in style for the real world: women and men who need to fast-track their wardrobes, as well as tourists who want to hit the retail ground running. Fab, and her national team of 15 stylists, os also on call for leading brands including David Jones, Westfield, Nt A Porter, and American Express. In fact, Platinum and Centurion cardholder in need of sartorial guidance have her on their speed dial.
Here are her discerning picks of the best under-the -radar stores around the country. They make the absolutely Fabb-ulous grade.
This tiny store in Double Bay carries an incredible edit of vintage, costume and estate jewellery from the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta. You can find unique treasures here, such as a pair of Chanel glass cuffs from the 80s.
This store caters to Freshwater’s wealthy residents with an impressive mix of international designers that you might not expect – from Alexander Wang to See by Chloe. Bertie is their newer store which attracts a younger demographic. People travel from the east side of Sydney to shop here – it’s that good.
For Artists Only
This Rose Bay store may be small but it’s brimming with so many great pieces, from Equipment, Camilla & Marc and Zimmermann to name a few, you won’t leave empty handed.
Green With Envy
With chic brands including Celine, Proenza Schouler and Dion Lee, this South Yarra boutique is an excellent bet for occasion wear, weddings, birthday parties, and the races. They also stock great accessories like Karen Walker Eyewear.
This store in beachside Hampton focuses on classic pieces from Australian designers like Ellery, Matteau swimwear and Deadly Ponies bags from New Zealand. It’s a firm favourite of mine.
This luxury boutique in Melbourne’s CBD has a spectacular fit-out and an outstanding selection of perfumes, rare books and carefully selected fashion pieces. The arresting mix really sets this boutique apart.
This Cottesloe boutique is owned and operated by Amy Beeck, a talented buyer who curates the best local and international brands. Amy’s selections work well for the warm Perth climate and for the city’s fashion-savvy customers. It’s the place to find under-the-radar French brands, and contemporary American lines like Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Rebecca Taylor and Vince. She also has her own line, Amare.
Another fantastic store in Cottesloe is motion Lifestyle, which opened last year. It’s dedicated to activewear, and would do really well if they went national. Owners Jane Crump and Wendy Eastland have been in the footwear makes for a long time, and the store has an incredible selection of sneakers from adidas to Superego. Add in clothing from brands including adidas by Stella McCartney and The Upside by Jodi Meares and it’s a compelling mix.
I always find wonderful things here. There are three stores in the group, and each one carries a captivating assortment of designers, including The Row, Nili Lotan and Golden Goose sneakers. There’s always a lot to choose from.
Located in Fortitude Valley, this buzzy Brisbane retailer is the place to snag pieces from vibrant Italian brands like MSGM, Etro, Missoni, as well as Diane Von Furstenberg, shoes, bags and also homewares.
A one-stop-shop nearby studded with alluring brands such as Acne, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone and Isabel Marant. They also have a nice selection of accessories.
Go here for casual and street-style pieces, as well as more embellished options to wear for a night out with friends. This IRO, J Brand, Joie, and Jerome Dreyfuss bags. There are two stores on the Gold Coast.
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