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The Cool Hunter Lands in Canberra

Emma Macdonald

Since 2004, style aficionados have been focussed on him.

Bill Tikos, otherwise known as The Cool Hunter, is renowned for having one of the world’s most discerning eyes.

And finally, that eye has alighted on Canberra.

The Cool Hunter will open up a store in The Canberra Centre next month providing a range of carefully curated and unspeakably cool art, homewares, stationery, accessories, perfumes, furniture, bags, sunglasses and watches.

With over 1.8 million readers generating over 2.1 million monthly page views, The Cool Hunter has an ever-growing subscriber list which reads like a who’s who of the global media, communications, fashion, design, architecture and lifestyle industries. This, in turn, makes an appearance in The Cool Hunter a truly big deal.

Canberrans will have their moment in the sun when The Cool Hunter store opens its doors on Thursday 2 November. But the store is a pop-up for six months only and will move on to another city in the first week of May.

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Bill, who spends six months of the year in Sydney and the other six in New York, says Canberra is “having its time”.

“I may not regularly visit Canberra but I do spend considerable amounts of time online researching, looking for content, reading about new and innovative trends in design and culture from around the world. And Canberra has consistently been appearing time and again in articles – not just nationally but internationally – as being a creative forward-thinking urban destination,” Bill said.

“I think the capital has really hit its stride and has developed its own unique culture, it’s a perfect example of how great urban design and architecture can transform the environment and people’s perception of a city.

“However, I don’t think this has all just happened by design, I think this is coupled with the fact that Canberra has just organically developed a really strong sense of identity and community, it’s not just a one-industry town anymore and people are really investing themselves and their talent into creating a vibrant city,” he said.

“I think it would only be normal for a city which has been ordered into existence, especially with its proximity to much larger population centres, to take a while to develop its own culture and identity, where people put down roots into the city. I think that time for Canberra is now and it’s making an impact on the international level.”

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Meanwhile, Bill promises a broad selection of luxury and more accessible pieces in the store – many of which can be seen online.

The range will include original art by Ted Pim, brass, marble and glass sculptures as well as a series of prints by talented photographers from around the world. There will be a range of chic designer homewares on offer by acclaimed designers such as Kelly Wearstler, Tom Dixon, Cire Trudon as well as unique contemporary accessories like jewellery and sunglasses.

“We just want our shoppers to feel that luxury shopping experience whether they’re buying original art or a key-chain,” said Bill, who believes his brand attracts customers who are generally interested in all aspects of design, art, architecture, and fashion.

“Naturally I’m biased because I curate the selection we offer myself so I’m going to say we attract customers with a more refined aesthetic, customers who will appreciate not just the items available to purchase within but will also recognise the care and attention which has gone in to styling those products within the space – people who will just appreciate a unique shopping experience.”

The Cool Hunter is also on the lookout to staff the new pop-up, with all those interested in applying for a position to enquire here.

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author

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