Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Boutique Tour Full of Eastern Promise; Vintage Sydney: Find Designer Labels Such as Gucci and Chanel at Melvyn & Doyle Local Hero: Fat, on Oxford Street, Sells Mainly Hip Australian Labels Such as Sass & Bide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Boutique Tour Full of Eastern Promise; Vintage Sydney: Find Designer Labels Such as Gucci and Chanel at Melvyn & Doyle Local Hero: Fat, on Oxford Street, Sells Mainly Hip Australian Labels Such as Sass & Bide

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Byline: Bethan Ryder

WOOLLAHRA - PADDINGTON

Sydneysiders say Paddo's Oxford Street is too "high street", but now that theultra-commercial Westfield arcade has opened at Bondi Junction, there are hopesthat independent boutiques will flock back to Oxford Street. Stroll down OxfordStreet from Woollahra through Paddington and you'll still stumble across a fewbeauties among the chain shops (FCUK, MAC, Ben Sherman etc). Take a detour downQueen Street, which is mainly antique shops and galleries but also home to twinOrson & Blake "lifestyle" stores on opposite sides of the street: nos 83-85sells exotic homewares and no 78 displays chandeliers, candles and designerwomenswear.

Oxford Street highlights include the Hoxton-like Fat (number 18), the shop forcool homegrown labels such as tsubi jeans, Sass & Bide and Lover.

A few doors down (now Paddington) Nobue (no 446) specialises in frocks andskirts made from pretty floral Japanese fabrics designed by Coco Nobue. Loversof all things boudoir should make a beeline for Fleur Wood (no464), a pastel girlie delight of silky French knickers and negligees andOscar-worthy gowns. Also look out for Bracewell (no 274), the "father of indieAussie fashion", stocking Lola Palooza bags and bec & bridge jeans among otherlabels. Incu (no 256) stocks assorted designers including Karen Walker andboho-chic Cohen et Sabine for the girls and for the boys casual gear like TylerSpeed, Adidas and Edwin jeans.

Marvel at the slightly equestrian-themed flagship of Sydney duo Sass & Bide (no132), horse sculpture and all. At the junction with Glenmore don't miss sassyBondi designers Kitten (no 4 Glenmore) selling T-shirts, denim and CDs. A fewdoors away is street-cool jeans store tsubi (no 16).

WILLIAM STREET

This tiny residential street off Oxford Street is by far the chicest shoppingaddress in town. Brightly painted Victorian terrace houses with lacey ironworkare home to cute little boutiques. Still zoned as residential, retail is onlypermitted on the ground floor so there's a refreshing lack of big-brand stores- instead it ranges from independent fledgling designers such as Sami & Sita(no 36), who create gorgeous gowns in Italian silks, to haute couture designerssuch as Collette Dinnigan (no 33). …

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