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Hidden Gems: Gertrude Boutique

Hayley O'Neill

Explore your local shops and discover some hidden gems.”

There’s no better feeling than being able to pop down to your local shops and grab a cup of coffee from the barista who knows your name (and order), or meet friends for a relaxed spot of shopping without the hassles of parking.

Our local shops are a charming part of Canberra culture and our new series, Hidden Gems, will be highlighting some of the wonderful independent stores around town. They may be off the main path but they’re well worth the look.

Our next hidden gem is a little sparkler in the boutique goldmine that is Manuka — Gertrude Boutique — Canberra’s exclusive Furla supplier and women’s handbag paradise.

Gertrude prides itself on bespoke and customisable products, perfect for adapting an item­­ to suit your needs. With a boutique establishment comes a boutique approach and Gertrude is no different, providing personable, friendly service.


Owners Maree Peaty and Kerry Andrew take you to Italy (without the price of an airfare), sourcing all products personally and importing back to Australia. Why? It’s about the quality. They believe that Italian products, especially Furla, are made with the highest quality leather and design detailing.


Here’s what we’re loving about this Hidden Gem…


Products (left to right) Pumps $375.00; Handbag $1,100.00; Silk Scarf $50.00; Gloves $99.00.

Products (left to right) Pumps $375.00; Handbag $1,100.00; Silk Scarf $50.00; Gloves $99.00.

Leopard print should be a staple in the modern woman’s wardrobe – it’s timeless and never goes out of season. Gertrude not only sells leopard printed handbags but all the right accessories that complement it best.


Working nine to five doesn’t need to be drab. Make it fab with these stylish designer handbags that scream “I’m professional”. Gertrude have a huge selection of different shapes and colours to suit any career and workplace, and stylish shoes and scarves to match.


Products (left to right) Kate Heels $375.00; and Furla Bag $730.00.


Products (left to right) Silk Scarf $50.00; and Furla Bag $910.00.


Products (left to right) Voltan Patent Pumps $320.00; and Furla Patent Bag $810.00.


When it comes to handbags, Gertrude has a colour and shape for every woman’s desire. This season, colour is the new black and Gertrude is preparing for spring vibes with a range of Furla bags in emerald green, ocean blue and sunny yellow to brighten up the dullest of outfits.

Products (left to right) Zocal Pump $365.00; Furla Emerald Bag $330.00; Kate Pump $290.00; Furla Ocean Blue Bag $330.00; Kate Heel $395.00; and Furla Sunny Bag $330.00.

Products (left to right) Zocal Pump $365.00; Furla Emerald Bag $330.00; Kate Pump $290.00; Furla Ocean Blue Bag $330.00; Kate Heel $395.00; and Furla Sunny Bag $330.00.

The essentials

What: Gertrude Boutique
Where: M Centre, Bougainville St. Manuka ACT Australia
When: Monday to Thursday – 10am to 5:30pm; Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday – closed.
Phone: 02 6232 6004
Web: www.gertrudeboutique.com.au


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

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