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Canberra is brimming with independent fashion and design stores, but sometimes you need to know where to look.
We start our stylish exploration in Belconnen. An unlikely place to find cool or unique stores? You might be surprised at what you’ll find.
9AM FUEL UP
Start with a coffee and a yummy flavoursome breakfast at Two Before Ten in Aranda — I recommend the Bubble and Squeak — delicious! This moody café roasts its own coffee beans on site in The Roastery, which makes for a wonderful aroma.
Two Before Ten | 68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda | twobeforeten.com.au
10AM START YOUR COLLECTION
This beautiful little store boasts wonderful natural light and is full of handcrafted furniture, homewares, jewellery, accessories, art and more. Everything at Meet Gather Collect is unique, colourful and tactile — the few times I have visited this store I have walked around smiling, touching and repeating the words ‘how cool is this!?’.
Meet Gather Collect | 68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda | meetgathercollect.com.au
10.45AM A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
At the end of an unassuming street in Fyshwick is a little alley which leads to a trip Down Memory Lane. A store full of vintage wares … furniture, books, homewares, jewellery, fashion, accessories — and the items I get most excited about — vintage hats. I could spend hours wandering around this wonderful store.
Down Memory Lane | 34 Geelong Street, Fyshwick | downmemorylane.net.au
11.30AM SECOND CHANCE SHOPPING
Pull in for a quick look around the absolutely massive Salvos Op Shop in Fyshwick. I often frequent op shops looking for vintage hats, gloves and accessories, and this store more often than not, has some real treasures. Op shopping is also a great way to help the environment by rescuing some pre-loved clothes, whilst saving some cash and helping out a good cause at the same time.
Salvos Op Shop | 15 Mildura Street Fyshwick | my.salvos.org.au
12.30PM SPEED UP
I sometimes find Landspeed a little intimidating because I’m not a muso, but the call of fashion overpowers this feeling. Start at the front if you’re into music, or head straight to the back to get your fashion fix from their fabulous mix of vintage and new clothing and accessories. Be sure to check out their house label, Things We Lost.
Landspeed | 30 Garema Place, Canberra City | thingswelost.com.au
1PM GO UNDERGROUND
In the city the Green Shed has a two shopfronts: green shed café, and around the corner, a larger store called green shed underground. Grab a quick bite to eat from the Green Shed Café and then take your time exploring.
The café is filled with vintage furniture, homewares and a small selection of fashion and accessories — I particularly love the vintage sewing patterns and material. The underground store is filled with lots of clothing and accessories.
Greed Shed Café and Green Shed Underground | 140-180 Garema Place, Canberra City | thegreenshed.net.au
2PM A REAL TREASURE TROVE
This little store is only new to the city and is truly wonderful, although I might be a little biased as they stock Sovata! A collective of local artists and designers, Trove has something for everyone: fashion, a wide range of jewellery, millinery, homewares, kid’s clothing, artworks, and more. A store that smells absolutely divine, is great for gifts, and is unique as you will be served by one of the designers stocked within the store.
Trove Shop | 13, Level 1, Garema Centre, Canberra City | trovecanberra.com.au
3PM SKIP ON INTO ORI
The sculptural Ori building is a veritable treasure trove of stylish finds. Start your exploration in itrip iskip — a store filled with natural light and a cool and trendy charm about it. Discover great pieces that will keep you on-trend from local, national and international brands. I especially love the shoes and accessories they stock, and always find myself saying ‘like’ a lot in this store.
itrip iskip |Shop 63/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | itripiskip.com
3.15PM PRETTY HANDSOME…
The best way to describe Handsomepretty is colour, colour, and more colour. This beautiful and truly visually inspiring store is so much fun to walk through. You’ll find gifts, quirky homewares, vibrant art, clothing, furniture, and so much more. One of my favourite stores to wander through and discover cool stuff from all over the world.
Handsomepretty Shop | 64/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | handsomepretty.com.au
3.30PM GET YOURSELF TOGETHER
Stocked in this industrial styled store you can find a great selection of inspiring local fashion designers and a wonderful range of jewellery and shoes. If you appreciate fashion which focuses on design, quality and sustainability, then Assemblage Project is the store for you. If you’re lucky enough, you might see garments being created in-store.
Assemblage Project | Shop 66/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | assemblageproject.com
4PM TAILOR MADE
This store is light and bright with a Scandi feel. Full of cool homewares, beautiful furniture, jewellery — and my favourite pieces in store — the stunning resin art. Timber and Tailor is beautifully curated and a real pleasure to wander in.
Timber and Tailor | Shop 67/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | timberandtailor.com
5PM LAST STOP!
The Elk & Pea is a South American-inspired restaurant that is effortlessly stylish: mismatched artworks on the walls and the roof, elk and peacock figurines, a ‘birdcage’ and so much more. I love the enchiladas and am always visually entertained by the decor whilst eating truly tasty food.
The Elk & Pea | 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | elkandpea.com.au
Feature image by Rachael Cunningham