After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!
1. Jules & Roc – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!
2. Beau in the Woods – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!
3. Shugah Boutique – Cannon Hill – Google Map
Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!
4. Adore Boutique – Tarragindi – Google Map
With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!
5. Alexis Dawn – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.
6. Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece. The quality of the vintage items is second to none.
7. Blonde Venus – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.
8. Calexico – Fortitude Valley – Google Map
A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!
9. Kylie Ryan – Coorparoo – Google Map
A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!
10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map
Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!
11. Miss Henry – Paddington – Google Map
A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!
12. Princess Polly – Brisbane CBD – Google Map
Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.
13. Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington – Google Map
Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.
14. The Happy Cabin – West End – Google Map
Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!
15. The Robe – The Barracks – Google Map
A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.
16. Verge Girl – Brisbane CBD – Google Map
A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….
BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion
1. Beginning Boutique
The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.
2. Chi the Label
Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.
Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!
Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!
Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.