Sydney is arguably the fashion capital of Australia and the birthplace of many amazing conscious brands. However, with the ease and convenience of online shopping, not all responsible brands have bricks and mortar stores.
Anyway, if you’re in Sydney and up for a day of shopping out and about and not the let’s just drink a glass of wine and surf the net kind of shopping, here are some of my favourite retail spaces and fashion stores I recommend you check out.
Amongst the beautiful tree lined streets of Paddington, a much more relaxing and personal way to shop than in a department store or Westfield, is “The Intersection”. It isn’t actually a store, but a location that is home to designer boutiques, some of whom focus on produce eco luxe fashion. You can find well-known, Australian ethical labels like Kit X, Viktoria & Woods and Bassike there.
Just up the hill from The Intersection is the EKOLUV boutique on William Street, a high-end rental, pre-loved and consignment designer store that caters to your ever-changing “don’t want to be seen in the same dress” fashion tastes but without the wardrobe waste. Think designers like Zimmerman, Dion Lee, Celine and Christopher Esber and you’ll understand the calibre of outfits you can hire.
There are also some beautiful conscious boutiques around like Commune in Bondi and You, The Earth and Me in Newtown that stock eco-conscious and ethically-made women’s and kids clothing along with lifestyle and homewares.
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Prefer zero waste fashion? Crown Street in Surry Hills and King Street in Newtown are the absolutely best locations to browse for pre-loved clothing. Every few shopfronts you will find unique vintage boutiques stocking authentic vintage fashion like Zoo Emporium, Cream, Dolly Up Vintage and Storeroom Vintage.
Don’t forget to support charity op-shops too. Browsing the organised racks at Salvation Army’s flagship store in Tempe is a must along with their Burwood branch.
After something for the home? You best not go past Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre in Alexandria, particularly if you have a preference for shabby chic, Art Deco and period style interiors. You’ll also find genuine vintage fashion there too.
The markets in Sydney are full of pre-loved finds and small businesses to support, always bustling with people and an extremely common weekend activity. Head to Bondi Beach, Glebe, Kirribilli and Paddington markets over the weekend if you love one-of-a-kind items and locally produced fashion.
Sydney is home to many sustainable fashion events that Eco Warrior Princess features on the site throughout the year. I also recommend sure to check out the Fashion Revolution website and popular event site Eventbrite for regular and not-so-regular events happening in and around the city, such as ethically-focussed markets, panel discussions and clothes swap.
If you’re a fan of supporting eco-luxe Australian labels such as Natalija, Autark, Akazi. A.BCH and Lois Hazel, make sure to follow The Sustainable Wardrobe Sydney (founded by popular conscious stylist Aleysha Campbell) for details on their next curated sustainable fashion pop-up. The first one, launched during fashion week which I had the pleasure of attending, was ah-mazing!
Sydney is a city divided by the Harbour Bridge and many of the locals tend to explore only their side. This list of places to shop falls on the CBD of the Harbour Bridge. If any of our EWP readers are based in North Sydney please feel free to comment below some of your favourite sustainable fashion stores to shop that side.
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Title image credit: The Sustainable Wardrobe