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CITY AW2012 Issue 4

100+ Hot Spots

In thIS issue My Sydney by Dion Lee Nahji Chu Cinnamon Lee Nicola & Orlando Reindorf

Sydney’s Style setters



Cinnamon Lee

Style is impossible to define, yet easy to articulate. Urban Walkabout has asked four inspiring local insiders to share their thoughts of Sydney and their favourite hangouts in areas they know well, for you to discover. We challenged Nahji Chu; Queen of the rice paper roll, Nicola & Orlando Reindorf; the very non standard fashion retailers, Cinnamon Lee; a thought provoking designer and the fashionista with the world at his feet Dion Lee, to define the style of our city and the best places to tap into the creative energy that powers it. A journey in which you’ll want to go walkabout.

Dion Lee

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Nahji Chu

Nicola Reindorf

In this issue 04 Dont Miss Diary Dates 08 City Hot Spots 15 American Beauty: Ralph Lauren SS 2012 18 Sydney Style Setter: Cinnamon Lee 26 48 Hours in Sydney 30 Sydney Style Setter: Dion Lee 38 The Good Look: Beauty Trends AW 2012 44 Sydney Style Setters: Nicola & Orlando Reindorf 52 Weekend Markets in Sydney 58 Sydney Style Setter: Nahji Chu 82 Life’s Little Essentials 84 Fringe Seekers Maps 86 Business Directory

miss diary dates



ART EXPRESS 2012 Until April 22 A popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks. exhibitions/artexpress-2012


What’s on and what’s happening in Sydney.



SYDNEY CARNIVAL Until April 28 Celebrate 150 years of Derby Day.

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 27 June - 16 September Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event, showcasing bold and innovative contemporary art from around the world.


Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Earth 10 – 11 August An incredible journey through Sir David’s life, his untold stories, filming techniques and his passion for bringing us closer to nature.



MERCEDES BENZ Fashion Week 30 April - 4 May Strut down to the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay as Australia’s top design talent present their collections.

VIVID SYDNEY 25 May - 11 June Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas.



Sydney Writers’ Festival 14 - 20 May Local & international authors. Talks, interviews, discussions.

Sydney Film Festival 6 - 17 June The best new films from around the world on big screens all over town.

Sydney Fringe Festival 7 - 30 September Sydney’s alternative festival with 300 events over 3 weeks. The Fringe is an irreverent alliance of rebels complimentary to the more established, mainstream arts scene.

Art & About 21 September – 21 October Public installations, performances and more across the city. An event that creates a living gallery on the streets of Sydney.


If only the best will do

NARCISSIST In the words of Coco Chanel, “elegance is refusal.� The contemporary Narcissist knows there is more to the art of dressing than wearing a label. Acknowledging their body as a canvas, they have the courage to define fashion and luxury in their own style. They adore sculpted forms, colours and textures that can be worn like a second skin. As advocates of true craftsmanship, they expect sustainable, bespoke and artisan qualities from their beloved brands... and breakfast in bed.

bespoke luxury

QVB and MLC Sydney. longchamp. com

Cara&Co Concept Store Cara&Co is an exciting multifaceted concept store and restaurant offering a fresh take on fashion, design and fine dining. It showcases collections from more than 40 designers from across the globe as well as vintage pieces, selective perfumery, jewellery and a range of the newest gadgets. Cara&Co showcases intellectual fashion at a luxe level, producing its own aesthetic version of “discreet luxury”. Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 9226 9999 23


City Hot Spots

The art of shopping The lifeblood of many world cities is undeniably found wherever people spend their valuable time and money. In Sydney’s CBD, it’s in the network of arteries alive with boutiques, emporiums and arcades, pumping with style and substance. From fast fashion to luxury labels, beauty to books, concept dining to convenient consuming, mostly everything is catered for in the very heart of Sydney.

The pedestrian-only part of Pitt Street is the setting for the world class Westfield shopping complex, with international retailers such as Zara and Gap sitting alongside iconic powerhouses like Prada and Gucci. Homegrown brands Ksubi and Gorman also have a place, not to mention slick new concept eateries like hybrid restaurant-cum-fashion boutique Cara&Co, and the longstanding favourite of Sky Phoenix’s yum cha – each as achingly cool as they are stylish (and/or delicious!). 8 NARCISSIST STYLE SEEKERS

Known affectionately as The Strand and connecting Pitt to George St, is the Strand Arcade, via a narrow gallery of the best names in Australian design (as explored on page 26). An enduring oasis of calm, the Strand’s old school Victorian charm is still very much intact; more so juxtaposed with the modernity of the CBD. Another must-visit for discerning fashionistas is Paddington and Woollahra, both neighbourhoods crowded with local design talent.

Head underground through the shopping tunnels of Town Hall and cool hunters can resurface in the street style mecca of The Galeries, populated with hipper than thou streetwear labels alongside cleverly designed accessories to go with them.

Writer: Christel Escosa

Walk up George St towards Circular Quay to play with the latest technology at the ever buzzing Apple store, admire Sydney’s landmark Louis Vuitton Maison and drop in to the sleek Armani flagship at Martin Place on the way to the MLC Centre. Built in 1977 to a mixture of controversy and acclaim, the MLC Centre contains the US Consulate, The Theatre Royale and a plethora of style setters under the MLC Centre banner. The MLC is graced with classic French labels like Longchamp and Cartier alongside Swiss timekeepers Omega, whilst local girl Belinda Seper stocks the cream of international collections in her eponymous store. Nearby, Chifley Plaza is the one-stop up-market convenience shop for everything stylish suits might need during their lunch; from fashionable workwear staples to Iku’s organic eat-in/take away/ groceries options. The heart of Sydney and all its hot spots have everything from the classic to the cutting edge. To be experienced, experimented and maybe even purchased, Sydney is every style seeker’s dream. STYLE SEEKERS NARCISSIST 9

Miu Miu Miu Miu accessories and ready-to-wear update avant-garde elegance for modern creatures. Sydney’s first flagship is an intimate split-level atelier of dreamy opulence and provocative sophistication. Westfield Sydney, Level 3. T: 9235 1272 23

Burberry Style can surpass time zones, landscapes and cultural differences. After 154 years in business, Burberry communicates in a universal language of luxury, with one eye on the future and the other learning from the past. 343 George St. T: 8296 8588 15

Prada An undisputed high priestess of fashion, Milan’s Miuccia Prada has set some of the most definitive design benchmarks. Luxurious and avant-garde, her covetable collection of frocks, handbags and shoes make this boutique a must-visit. Westfield Sydney, Level 3. T: 9223 8322 23


Vendome Watches with stunning complexities - beautiful Parisian gems - the world’s smallest vault - the luggage of royalty a piece of history - delightful scents - a perfect gift. Find collections of Boucheron jewellery, Vertu phones, Swiss watches, bespoke luggage and luxuries for gentlemen at Vendome – the home of unique design and bespoke style. 12 Castlereagh St, (between Martin Pl. and Hunter St) T: 8069 2316 35 178 Jersey Rd (Cnr Hargrave), Woollahra. T: 9007 5332 J (see p.82-84 fringe seekers maps)


The MLC Centre Glamour, sophistication and style - here label lovers can enjoy mixing the latest looks and accessories from international brands such as Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Longchamp alongside Belinda, Brunello Cucinelli, Cartier and Farage. 19 Martin Place. T: 9224 8333 18

Westfield Sydney The world’s newest shopping icon in Sydney’s centre is now open. With over 300 fashion, food and lifestyle stores, Westfield Sydney is the ultimate shopping and dining destination for both locals and visitors alike. With precincts catering to everything from luxury to urban, you’ll also find every kind of food and refreshment imaginable. Pitt Street Mall.


Chifley Plaza Within an architectural icon of space, a world-class shopping experience awaits you. Showcasing international and Australian men’s and women’s fashion brands; Leona Edmiston (pictured), Max&Co., MaxMara, Marina Rinaldi, Varese Shoes, Herringbone, M.J. Bale, MIMCO and more. 2 Chifley Square. T: 9221 6111 12 12 NARCISSIST STYLE SEEKERS

Ralph Lauren Womenswear Ralph Lauren Blue Label is eclectic and bohemian with a sexy, youthful spirit. This season, be inspired by soft green tweeds, printed chiffons, luxe suedes and authentic English embellishments, delivering the heritage spirit synonymous with Ralph Lauren. QVB, Shop 34, GF. (also available at David Jones). T: 1800 501 201 25 26

Ralph Lauren Menswear Classic and authentic, Polo by Ralph Lauren combines the preppy aesthetic of East Coast Ivy League casual style with time-honoured English refinement. This season, iconic Fall pieces are updated with vintage inspired details encapsulating the American, collegiate tradition. QVB, Shop 34, GF. (also available at David Jones). T: 1800 501 201 25 26

Harrolds A department store of pure luxury for men, Harrolds embraces a generous selection of designer pieces to compliment even the most impressive wardrobes. Lorenzini, Dunhill, Tom Ford and Givenchy are just a taste of what awaits. Westfield Sydney. Pitt St Mall. T: 9232 8399 23


Ralph Lauren SS 2012

American Beauty

Writer: Christel Escosa

There is something incredibly timeless about Ralph Lauren. After 42 years in the business, just a mention of the label conjures up the best facets of iconic Americana; from the New England coast, Native American culture to Hollywood’s golden age, Ralph Lauren epitomises classic American design. With an illustrious history, Ralph Lauren’s countless highlights include genre defining feats such as clothing Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Annie Hall and dressing an Oscar winning Gwyneth Paltrow. Currently available in store, Spring/ Summer 2012 may be romantic and carefree, but as always is grounded by the Ralph Lauren trademark of sophistication and grace. Silhouettes are airy and delicate, with more than a charming nod to Jazz age sportswear for day time. When the evening rolls in, 1920s and 1930s Hollywood is called upon delivering glamour in icy pastels and gently architectural cuts – clean and luxurious. As if any more proof is needed of Ralph Lauren’s enduring and iconic vision. For stockists T: 1800 501 201


What to do and where to go for a cultural fix

INTELLECTUAL Oscar Wilde said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” The Intellectual is inspired by the city’s evolving structure, energy and lesser noticed facets. With grace and a wide-eyed nature, they are delighted to find art in a Hermes bag, an obscure photography exhibition of 1920s Berlin at a gallery, and the latest podcast of The Moth on their iPod shuffle. The intellectual wears brains, a vintage smoking jacket from YSL, and a Lomo camera well and approaches the city’s creative coordinates with an open mind.


Sydney Opera House Explore the world’s most creative performing arts centre and precinct. Take a discovery tour of the House, relax at the restaurants and bars or see a show. Home to more than 1600 unrivalled performances every year across contemporary and classical music, comedy, theatre, talks, dance and more, you will find there is something for everyone under the sails. Be inspired. Visit the House today. Bennelong Point. T: 9250 7777 1

Books Kinokuniya Over 300,000 titles in English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German, including an excellent range of Manga, graphic novels, art and design, travel and cookbooks. As a printed matter institution, Kinokuniya’s generous proportions also welcome a rotating gallery and ambient reader’s café. In an age of e-books and virtual reading, this pioneer honours the beauty of real books. The Galeries, Level 2. T: 9262 7996 31



cameleon EFFECT Jewellery and lighting artist, Cinnamon Lee is a thinking person’s designer. Photography & Styling by Helen White. Hair & Make Up by Karen Hopwood

With a Master of Philosophy (Visual Art), collections featured in the National Gallery and a recognised award recipient, she is turning Sydney’s design culture upside down. In a city whose design language is still “finding its voice”, Cinnamon expresses her style through historic references within contemporary context. Constantly looking at things from a new perspective Cinnamon combines traditional gold and silversmith craftsmanship with 3D computer modeling to create structures that would be difficult, if not impossible, to produce using traditional techniques alone. 18 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS

Taking inspiration from the human landscape, she believes “style is effort made to look easy”. A philosophy that transcends through her work.

Driven by the idea of “making things harder to see at first glance”, her ‘chameleon’ LED light, currently available at Metalab in Surry Hills, deconstructs convention to create an interactive product that extends the perceived potential of what a lamp may be. Reinventing the traditional ‘lamp shade’, it performs as a light source that reacts to proximity and touch. The secret to Cinnamon’s nature is evident in her jewellery. Available at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade, the ‘Covert Jewels’ collection has been deliberately introverted, with the intricate design detail featured on the inside providing inconspicuous secrets, cultivating an intimacy with the design and the wearer. Cinnamon’s approach of constantly editing and provoking the experience to “uncover what it is you’re seeing or not seeing”, permeates beyond the physical to illuminating heights, all effortlessly.  Now that’s something to think about.  20 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS


Best view in Sydney? From an airplane window at dawn as the city is being woken by the sun. Where do you go for inspiration? The ocean. What is the most sort-after accessory Style. Essential one of a kind Sydney experience? Early Sunday morning fish market run for fresh prawns then straight to the beach with a bottle of bubbles – the breakfast of champions! After dark in Sydney is? Fun if you know where to go. Best light in Sydney is? Just before an electrical storm over the city, when the sky turns that eerie grey green. Favorite Sydney Gallery/ Art destination? Metalab. Stockist: COTA, The Strand Arcade, Shop 124, Level 2, Sydney. T: 8354 1398

Writer: TAMARA SHEERAN Photography:

“I enjoy observing people and creative expression in the streets around me. Seeing what everyday people choose to identify and surround themselves with is always an interesting source of inspiration. Especially working in Sydney, where the diversity of the city provides such a colourful palette.”

MY SYDNEY: Cinnamon Lee’s City Trail

Cinnamon is often in the city visiting exhibitions so she knows the city like the back of her hand. Here are her personal picks in the area. opera bar

“It’s hard to resist a visit to Alistair Trung or Sa xony for fa shion inspiration, and Kinok uniya for its book banq uet. stop for wor World Square next ld class dum pl Din Tai Fu ng and then ings at a at Paddy’s Markets fo quick stop r groceries. The Opera House is gr eat music, so it’ s worth arriv for live in early for co cktail’s with g a little a vi Opera Bar. After the sh ew at ow harbourside single malt a good at the Baxt er Inn will you home get in style.” Ci darling park nnam on Lee

baxter inn saxony westfield sydney

alistair trung

books kinokuniya

regent place

din tai fung paddy’s markets For more details on Cinnamon’s curated trail go to STYLE SEEKERS STYLE SETTERS 21

Sydney Theatre Company Sydney Theatre Company, currently under the Artistic Direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, is Australia’s premier theatre company. STC presents a diverse annual program of events at its spectacular home base, The Wharf; nearby Sydney Theatre; and as the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House. Learn more about STC and book tickets at Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. T: 9250 1777 5

Gaffa Gallery Artist-run in attitude and execution, Gaffa is an independent creative precinct in a beautiful heritage building. Over three levels, find art exhibitions, a design arcade, contemporary jewellery and object store, cafe and workshop space for metal-smithing classes. 281 Clarence Street. T: 9283 4273 28

MCA Store The MCA Store is a haven for contemporary arts and minds. Find handcrafted jewellery, bags, unusual gifts, unique homewares, limited edition artists’ books, paper products, and a wide range of visual art publications. 140 George Street. T: 9245 2458 38

Dymocks Arcade A fascinating retail medley housed in a central 1930s heritage building on George Street. Browse bridal finery, delight in Reiki therapy, healing acupuncture or bag contemporary, bespoke jewellery from an extensive array of innovative designers. 428 George Street. T: 9224 0444 20


Discover what’s in it for you! The Dymocks Building is home to over 100 fascinating shops and businesses, just waiting for you to discover them. The recently renovated facade of our charming heritage building will take you back to the 1930s. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city at 428 George Street, you’ll find a unique and diverse mix of shops and services – discover what’s in it for you.

Health & Wellbeing / Jewellery / Bridal / Travel & Adventure / Personal & Business Services

Belvoir St Theatre Rescued from demolition over 25 years ago and home to one of Australia’s most celebrated theatre companies – Belvoir. Both innovative and acclaimed, the theatre has nurtured world – renowned talent, showcasing Australia’s most promising directors, actors, playwrights and designers. Experience work that’s challenging, dynamic and visionary in this unique inner-city performance space - just a few blocks from Central Station. 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. T: 9699 3444 G

The Ken Done Gallery The bright collectables of Australian favourite Ken Done are housed in the beautiful heritage Australian Steam Navigation Building. Done is known for his artful synthesis of native motifs and local foreshore icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge in his original works, limited editions and clothing designs. L2, 1-5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks. T: 8274 4599 3



Beat the clock and pack in the best of the city’s can’t-miss sights. Take in an exhibition, explore quirky urban villages and get to the heart of Sydney. Here’s how to make the most of a short stay in town. (We promise not to recommend you to do the bridge climb.)

in sydney

3PM ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS Afternoon walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens - a green sanctuary covering 30 hectares. Enjoy a hot chocolate at the Botanic Gardens Café - set amongst the trees and overlooking a duck pond.



PM OPERA HOUSE Take in the view with a glass of bubbles and some nibbles from the range at Opera Kitchen. Try the delicious Tempura prawn hand rolls from Kenji, or a gourmet burger from Charlie & Co.


SMALL BAR HOP Sip on your drink of choice at one of the latest hotspots in the city - choose from Baxter Inn (for whisky aficionados), Velluto (champagne fans), or Grasshopper Bar (cocktail explorers).





COFFEE & SHOPS Paddington Join Paddington locals for a relaxed breakfast at Ampersand Café & Bookstore. Stroll down Oxford St (don’t miss Assin, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Aesop and Dinosaur Designs) on your way to the Paddington Markets (10-4pm).


Bronte-to-Bondi Head to Bronte for the Bronte-to-Bondi coastal walk, the most famous walking track in Sydney. Start from the historic Waverley Cemetery perched above the ocean. Finish up with a delicious late lunch at Icebergs – the finishing point on Bondi Beach.

8PM Night Out Head to King Street Wharf for a waterside dining experience. Try Eleven Kitchen & Cellar (serving modern Mediterranean dishes to share), one of the newest additions to the wide selection of restaurants in this buzzing pocket of Sydney.


AM YUM CHA Sink your teeth into delicious pork buns, steamed dumplings and mango pancakes in Chinatown- choose from local favourites Zilver, Marigold, East Ocean or Emperors Garden and feast like a local.


Art shuffle Danks Street 2 Danks Street houses some of the best galleries for contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art. Walk around the corner to PYD building for some great shopping.


Australian designer fashion revealed

FASHIONISTA With their eye on emerging design circles and the latest issue of Vogue or GQ in hand, fashionistas hunt and gather signature pieces and stories from every city they visit. Inspired by printed textiles, colours, and high-end fashion by independent and cutting edge labels, they are one walking, talking style guru. Just ask them.

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Leona Edmiston Exploring modern femininity via the frock and an accessories range that includes purses, heels, eyewear and Little Leona – a range for the little ladies. With her silks or sleek jerseys, Leona has fixed her presence in the Australian fashion set. The Strand Arcade, Level 1. T: 9221 7277 19 Chifley Plaza, Shop 20. T: 9230 0322 12

Akira One of Australia’s most celebrated designers, Akira Isogawa presents exquisitely embellished creations that blend Eastern influences, rigorous craftsmanship and a timeless beauty and femininity. The Strand Arcade, Level 2. T: 9232 1078 19



FOUND IN TRANSLATION Fashion Designer Dion Lee launched his debut collection in 2008 and quickly cemented his status as one of Australia’s leading talents. Photography & Styling by Helen White

Best known for his translation of architecture and science into “relaxed sophistication” Dion now attracts global attention, but still calls Sydney home. Believing that Sydney style reflects the physical landscape and its trans seasonal climate, Dion effortlessly designs collections balancing proportion and silhouette to create structures that “link the environment and the body”. 30 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS

“I design for a certain kind of contemporary feminine identity, there is a very strong connection within that kind of woman being Australian,” says Dion. With origami like precision, his work is an articulation of engineered construction and detailed resolution, running parallels between architecture and fashion with “the ability to draw something on a two dimensional level and materialising it on a three dimensional sensory level”. This season is no different.

Taking inspiration from the collaborations he seeks, Dion has previously joined forces with Cue Clothing to release his own collection and most recently worked with Kanye West and Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Christine Centenera on his London show, supported by a short film he created with Australian Director Lorin Askill. If it’s possible to balance complexity with simplicity, Dion Lee achieves this in volumes. An achievement that puts him on the “watch list”, a status that Sydney and the world will be monitoring. Check out Dion Lee’s collection at Westfield, David Jones and Incu. For stockists:



What is Sydney Style? Relaxed sophistication. Essential one of a kind Sydney experience? A swim. Most inspired part of Sydney? The harbour. After dark in Sydney is? Dangerous. Is fashion more about the designer or the design? I think it is more about the person wearing it. Where do you go for inspiration? Everywhere.  The heart of Sydney is? The people.

Writer: TAMARA SHEERAN Photography:

Utilising proportion, volume, texture and his signature prints, his current collection which recently debuted in the UK, is the perfect balance of structure and fluidity.

MY SYDNEY: Dion Lee’s Potts Point Trail

Lee’s studio space is in Chippendale, but he spends a lot of his free time in Potts Point. Here are Dion’s personal picks in the area.

“For breakf ast: Place in Po Petrol or Wilbur’s tts worth chec Point. Always king bloodo range (for women ) an (for men). Fo d Meanwhile r quirky fin ds and gifts I like Pu re and Gen eral, or Grandiflor a. Lunch or dinner hangouts: Fr atelli Para diso and Busshari. Fo r fresh prod uce I head to Fratelli Fresh, Bote ga or Kings Cr del Vino oss Organ ic on Saturday Markets .” Dion Lee

grandiflora fratelli paradiso

botega del vino fratelli fresh

bourke street bakery


busshari wilbur’s place

kings cross markets


petrol pure + general

For more details on Dion’s curated trail go to STYLE SEEKERS STYLE SETTERS 33

Dinosaur Designs One of Australia’s most successful design stories, Dinosaur Designs’ Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy design hand made resin and silver jewellery and homewares, which have kept them at the forefront of design and fashion for 25 years. The Strand Arcade, Level 1. T: 9223 2953 19

Zappacosta Jewels With fans from as far as London to Los Angeles, and her home base of Sydney, designer Manuela Zappacosta has mastered the balance of exuberant delicacy, and selects nothing but the finest non-conflict jewels and stones to bring timelessness to all tastes. The Strand Arcade, Level 2. T: 9232 1900 19

The Family Jewels Lead designer Kate Dagher has been creating bold and fabulous jewels for 20 years, working in sterling silver and using semi-precious gems, pearls and crystals. Also features works from exciting Australian and international designers. 80 Castlereagh Street, Shop 6. T: 9233 5152 24


COTA A store celebrating international and local artists with an eclectic range of contemporary jewellery. Commissioned engagement rings and wedding bands by COTA’s artists also available. Explore this diverse collection courtesy of the artist. A true handmade retail experience. Featured: Covert Jewels collection (Cinnamon Lee). The Strand Arcade, L2, Shop 124. T: 8354 1398 19

Duo Since opening in 1998, Duo has housed authentic and exquisite pieces of jewellery from highly sought after international and local designers such as Najo, Von Treskow, Sybella, Pastiche and Skagen. Their collection of unique and elegant pieces offers something for all occasions and budgets. Online shopping also available through the website. The Strand Arcade, GF, Shop 16. T: 9221 7627 19



the good


Five of the latest must have beauty essentials Blend Lip Color by TOM FORD 1 Private The glamour of Mr. Tom Ford now comes in a beautifully packaged line of lip colours! Ultra creamy, richly pigmented and a dream to apply, this lipstick is gorgeous to look at – both in the case and on your lips. Available at David Jones.

2 False Lashes by NAPOLEON PERDIS Australian make-up magnate Napoleon Perdis offers a fun range of false eyelashes, from over the top feathered numbers, to styles that will just subtly amplify what you already have. They are $20 each and available at all David Jones and Napoleon Perdis counters.

Oil by KAHINA 3 Argan

Kahina's multi-purpose Argan Oil is 100% pure, as produced by Morocco’s Berber women. Rich in vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants to protect and nourish your skin and hair. Available at Mecca Cosmetica (The Galleries, 500 George St).



A multi-purpose brush on gel that will groom eyebrows into shape without flaking or stiffness. Comes in tinted or clear for optimum enhancement. MAC 276 Oxford St, Paddington; also available at David Jones and Myer.

by AESOP 5 Control

Aesop’s Blemish Control formula is loaded with natural goodness like witch hazel, tea tree and ginger, it’s exactly what you need to combat spots without throwing off the natural balance of your skin. Aesop The Strand (Shop 20, The Strand) Aesop Pitt Street (T4007, L4, Pitt Street Mall); also at Myer and David Jones.

Belinda The Belinda boutiques offer the utmost style and diversity from an array of local and international designers such as Christopher Kane, Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant, Marni and Forte Forte. Perennial and modern pieces encapsulate a chic and casual elegance that is eponymous with Belinda Seper’s discerning eye. MLC Centre, Shop 7.03. T: 9233 0781 18

Zimmermann Exhibiting a range of timeless pieces from high-end swimwear to stylish resort wear. Zimmerman celebrates the blend of intricate prints and exploding colour, through a love of delicate, quality fabrics combined with sophisticated design. Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 8246 9204 23


Mapping the local hipster trail

COOL HUNTER Lover of grassroots movements, The Cool Hunter’s heart is in the streets. Donning Vans for walking and a Leica camera for documenting, they immerse in the full sub cultural spectrum - from emerging fashion to slang, designer toys to collectables, oldfashioned bikes to second-hand books, they channel a contemporary Diane Arbus.


The Galeries A lifestyle and cultural destination for fashion, art and music. If desirable attire burns your fire, light up with stores such as Incu, Alphaville, Carhartt and Nu+Nan. Grab a bite to eat at the new food hall, a beer at The Arthouse, fill up on tunes at JB Hi-Fi and get your book on at Kinokuniya. 500 George Street. T: 9265 6888 31

Regent Place Follow the crowd to Regent Place and immerse yourself in a diverse mix of shopping and dining experiences. Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, Regent Place is home to some of Sydney’s most unique food destinations such as Misschu, Chef ’s Gallery, Kushiyaki Bar & Grill (pictured), Azuma Patisserie and Assembly Bar. A favourite of the city’s hip and in-the-know and a must for all serious foodie’s. 501 George Street. T: 9283 3131 32


Incu A pile up of cult fashion labels carving new highs in adornment. Find wearable magic by Lover, Lomography, Karen Walker, Rodarte, T by Alexander Wang, Romance was Born, Antipodium and Bigeni Basics. The Galeries, Shop RG 19-20 & 23-24. T: 9283 7622 / 9266 0244 31

May Day Market The ultimate compromise between creative and ready-to-wear designs – or Milan and New York Fashion Week – May Day Market offers the pragmatic to progressive trend hunter a selection of Australian and UK designs. Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 8072 9976 23

ZARA Internationally popular, ZARA re-imagines and updates pieces for the contemporary wardrobe twice every week. Australia’s first ZARA flagship features a custom range that considers our climatic conditions. Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street Mall. T: 9216 7000 23


Monsterthreads Making masterpieces of mainstream apparel, Monsterthreads brings monster status to the world’s finest young illustrators, displaying their artworks across t-shirts, jewellery, homewares and stationery. The Galeries, GF, Shop 7. T: 8060 1498 31

Crumpler From humble beginnings in 1995, Crumpler began making messenger bags. Since then they’ve grown to produce an extensive range of travel, tech and photography bags that last. To view the extensive collection of Crumpler bags, including the ‘Dry Red’ travel collection (pictured), please visit a Crumpler store or The Strand, GF, Shop 26. T: 9222 1300 19 World Square, UGF, Shop 10.52D. T: 9283 0840 33 CRUMPLER.COM


SARTORIAL LOVE Recognising a changing standard to the way people shop, fashion retailers Orlando & Nicola Reindorf are injecting a refreshing sense of cool into the Sydney shopping scene. Photography, Styling & Prop Production by Helen White

Once upon a time, shopping as a pastime was the norm. After the explosion of the ‘interweb’ people have been exposed to a new world of possibilities and look beyond the high street to access ‘one of a kind’ design. “It sounds like a contradiction, but we opened The Standard Store in response to the internet,” says Orlando. 44 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS

Nicola & orlando wear brands stocked by The standard store


garments that transcend seasons. They want good quality in everything from the food they eat, to the clothes they wear, to the houses they live in, to the people they engage with,” explains Nicola. Located on Crown Street in an old bubbles and soap shop, with bleached oak floor and a European approach to service, it feels more like you’re in Copenhagen than Surry Hills and it delivers just as much excitement.

With sartorial splendour, the duo have assembled a collection of international cult brands like Folk, Trickers, YMC, The Hill-side and Amor Luxe and introduce to a new style of fashion that were traditionally impossible to source. “Sydney-siders are educated in global fashion, they care about how they look and it’s translated in how they dress; we bring items that no one else can find”. Whilst they love new trends, Nicola & Orlando Reindorf don’t believe in fads, rather timeless pieces that tells a story; such as the striped blue and white striped Amor Luxe Breton shirt created in 1858 for seaman in case they fell into the sea. “Gone are the days of fast throw away fashion, people are seeking timeless 46 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS

A must stop shop, you’re sure to go overboard. The Standard Store, 503 Crown St, Surry Hills T: 9310 1551


What is the current Sydney fashion standard? Quality, timeless, interesting. Essential one of a kind Sydney experience? Milk Beach, Stickland House. Most inspired part of Sydney? The creative community of Surry Hills. After dark in Sydney is? A small bar and a good red. Is fashion more about the designer or the design? Design. Sydney style secret? A relaxed approach. If you buy one thing this season? A London Uncover umbrella.

Writer: TAMARA SHEERAN Photography:

Browsing is now online and traffic is equated to how many likes you receive. Service however, is a different story. Beyond the simple transaction, The Standard Store bridges the gap between virtual and reality, providing instant gratification.

MY SYDNEY: Nicola & Orlando’s Surry Hills Trail

Nicola & Orlando’s The Standard Store is on Crown Street in Surry Hills. Here is their curated trail of their favourite local hangouts. hub

living edge

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A well-edited list of Sydney hot spots for a fun night out

SOCIALITE The Socialite treasures their inside information as much as a real asset. They research a city’s personality and pleasure points better than anyone. They are spirited, busy and the ones to call when it’s time for fun. Making good use of their Moleskine diary, Socialites learn through experience why prestigious haunts and new favourites have scooped awards. They are always on the guest list.


Assembly Bar A Berlin bunker-style bar hidden from the bright lights of the CBD, Assembly is tucked at the back of Regent Place shopping precinct. Sip cocktails from the classic to the avant garde or sample diverse share plates. Regent Place, via 488 Kent St. T: 9283 8808 32

Baxter Inn Unassumingly hidden down a laneway in the middle of the CBD lies a whisky lover’s heaven. Saloon style with its long wooden countertop, Baxter will see you stop off for a drink or two at the latest ‘it’ bar in town. 152-156 Clarence Street.


Grasshopper Subtly dwelling in an almost invisible hole on Temperance Lane, Grasshopper fuses scantily placed vintage furnishings and candlelight with a focus on French tastes, share plates and wine by the bottle. Feed a hearty hunger or thirst here. Temperance Ln (off George St, between King and Market St). T: 9947 9025 21


Rockpool Bar & Grill Housed within one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Australia, this Mad Men inspired venue with opulent brass doors, heavy wood and leather is a local favourite. Choose from their extensive wine list and inspiring shared plates (don’t miss Ortiz anchovies served on smoked tomato bruschetta). 66 Hunter Street. T: 8078 1900 13

ivy ivy’s social magic snakes its way throughout four floors like a vine. Between its 10 themed bars and restaurants (including the ivy bar, ucello, the den, mad cow and more) and an outdoor pool, each floor casts its own spell. 330 George Street. T: 9240 3000 14

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel Pub brewery since 1985, The Lord’s six varieties of 100% natural ale brewed on the premises can be sampled in modern surrounds with colonial grandeur. Dishing out pub fare, ploughman’s lunches, pork pies and the option to stay overnight within their historic walls, this microbrewer does all facets well. 19 Kent Street, The Rocks. T: 9251 4044 6 STYLE SEEKERS SOCIALITE 51

Sydney village markets are microcosms of passionate independent concepts that operate rain or shine. The ideas of crafts people, live musicians and food vendors intermix with colourful results. Here’s a quick edit of the best in town.


Markets Eveleigh Farmers’ Market

Glebe markets

Saturday 8am-1pm Mixed range of farm fresh products and high quality creative ingenuity. 243 Wilson Street, Carriageworks, Darlington

Saturday 10am-4pm Celebrating alternative character and style. Recycled fashion, books, CDs and curiosities. Live music. Corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe

Eveleigh Artisans’ Market First Sunday of the month 10am-3pm A contemporary nexus of handmade objects, independent ideas and stories. 243 Wilson Street, Carriageworks, Darlington


Paddington Markets Saturday 10am-4pm Over 200 craft and food stalls and an Emerging Designers Section.
 395 Oxford Street, Paddington

Pyrmont Growers Market

Surry Hills markets

First Saturday of month 7am-11am Fresh produce, poultry and coffee grown on Australian soil. Frequented by a new subculture known as ‘locavores’ who seek out food that has traveled minimal food miles. Pyrmont Bay Park (opposite The Star), Pyrmont

First Saturday of month 9am-4pm An evolving line up of local vendors trading in second-hand and handmade goods has contributed to its lust worthy vintage shopping reputation. Corner of Crown and Foveaux Sts, Surry Hills (Shannon Reserve)

ROZELLE MARKETS Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm Antique and collectable dealers for the seriously creative bargain hunters. Bric-a-brac, records, books and more. Rozelle School, 663 Darling St, Rozelle


Discover the artisans within Sydney’s food culture

GOURMAND The Gourmand treats every food morsel like a love story. They believe in the perfect romance of ingredients and are connoisseurs of morning and afternoon tea. In pursuit of bliss, they rearrange their four o’clock to satisfy their sweet tooth. Like Nigella Lawson, they don’t believe in low-fat cooking. The Gourmand adores the craftsmanship, innovation and sensation of haute tastes on tiny plates. For them the city is a gallery of edible monuments and occasions for nibbling.


Sepia Known for their excellence in food, George Costi and Martin Benn have created Sepia’s modern Australian menu. This award winning location offers both a la carte and degustation choices with a wine list to match. Rich with the highest quality local produce and inspired by Japan, each plate holds a delicacy resembling delightful edible art. 201 Sussex Street. T: 9283 1990 30

Cara&Co Restaurant Cara&Co Restaurant invites you to experience a style of cooking found nowhere else in Australia. The Cara&Co menu is enriched by Flemish fine dining with the aim to challenge your usual eating habits. Constantly striving to create new food pairings, the restaurant offers pure cooking that delivers heightened flavours with each dish. Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 9226 9988 23


Dining at Sydney Opera House Discover a world of flavour and taste from the most breathtaking waterfront location. Visit Sydney Opera House’s vibrant restaurants and bars including Bistro Mozart Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, Guillaume at Bennelong, Studio Café and Theatre Bars for inspired dishes made from some of the world’s most innovative chefs and food producers. Open for lunch and dinner until late 7 days a week. Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay. 2

The Victoria Room Tea Salon Artfully framed by a curved picket fence and cheery blooms, The Victoria Room Tea Salon is a whimsical and decadent experience that offers gourmet brunch, lunch and High Tea with dainty ribbon sandwiches and specialty scones served with champagne. A crowd favourite is The Tea Salon’s specialty scone menu featuring ten mouth-watering varieties including, lemon, pistachio & currant; white chocolate & cranberry. A modern luxe approach that boasts all the opulance and enchanting eccentricities of its older Darlinghurst sibling. Westfield Sydney, Level 4, Designer Gallery. T: 9357 4488 23


Berta Secluded down a laneway, Berta has its roots in Italian cooking and is sibling to Surry Hills restaurant, Vini. The menu is seasonal and designed to share, accompanied by a comprehensive Italian wine list. Four-course sagra dinner every Wednesday. 17-19 Alberta Street. T: 9264 6133 34

Restaurant Arras A chic location of modern design, Arras encourages good conversation over a pick of fine dining delicacies. A diverse selection of freshly baked bread is ready to nibble on, when anticipating the following four course spread. 204 Clarence Street. T: 9283 1922 27

Selah Dining in style is kept simple at Selah with a menu of sustainable, seasonal and unprocessed ingredients. A place for any occasion, locals flock to Selah for an easygoing yet craftily prepared dish. 12 Loftus Street. T: 9247 0097 10



RICEPAPER Best known as “the queen of the rice paper roll” Nahji Chu isn’t chicken when it comes to re-inventing food style. Photography, Styling & Prop Production by Helen White. Hair & Make Up by Christina Cleary

After arriving on a refugee visa in 1978, Nahji went on to study broadcast journalism and filmmaking. Given her passion for culinary delights and her family’s background in Vietnamese restaurants, she took a significant life turn by opening up a small hole in the wall catering/takeaway business on William Street. This has now expanded to the Misschu empire of modern day hawker eateries, designed for the foodie “on the go”. 58 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS

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Embodying a “sixth-sense” of knowing exactly what people want, Misschu seamlessly brings a raw simplicity to high end food at a low price tag, something Sydney has been crying out for.

Nahji Chu exudes a rare confidence that has matured through exceptional circumstances that most people don’t experience in a lifetime. She not only serves up a menu based on a rich heritage, like a true storyteller she aims to provoke thought. “I used my entry visa on the menu, because I wanted people to look at Vietnamese culture in a different way. I want to make refugees feel proud of their heritage,” she explains. Never one to stop moving, Nahji Chu is spreading the magic of her brand to include a “Vietnamese Crepery” in Bondi as well as incorporating Misschu’s ‘Just Add Water’ take home steam and eat dinner range whilst simultaneously creating a clothing range ‘Missfit’ and publishing a cook book. Misschu’s got it in the tuckshop bag; where style and flavour translates to originality and passion, packaged in a perfect take away. Get your ducks in a row and get to Misschu’s, fast. 60 STYLE SETTERS STYLE SEEKERS


If Sydney was a type of food what would it be? Pavlova – crusty on the surface but delicious on the inside. Sydney after dark is? Is the perfect setting for the Open Air cinema at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Best place in Sydney for fresh produce? Eveleigh Market and Entertainment Quarter Village Markets. The best way to experience Sydney dining. Outdoors on a milk crate or in restaurants that are small and intimate. Essential cocktail ingredients? Balance of flavours! Fresh fruit and best quality spirits. Never skimp - people can always tell! Best kept Sydney secret? No name mixed business place, on the corner Pitt and Redfern St has the best falafel around (must be tried with eggplant). For locations, see Business Directory p84-88

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“I’m like a lot of people, I know what people want and I’ve designed my menu around it. There was a need for food that’s fast without being fast food” she explains.

MY SYDNEY: Nahji Chu’s Paddington Trail

When Nahji Chu finds the time to get away from her office and commercial kitchen in Potts Point, she likes to explore Paddington. Here are her favourite local picks.

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Fratelli Fresh CBD A buzz of energy radiates from the inconspicuously hidden Fratelli Fresh on Bridge St. The arch in the wall leads you down to this bustling underground haven, filled with the usual goodies offered by Fratelli, including rows of fresh produce, gourmet groceries and freshly baked breads. Upon entry, atmosphere is in all directions and like its relatives there is more to be excited about. The venue is home to the infamous CafĂŠ Sopra, a Mozzarella bar for the cheese obsessed, Aperitivo Bar, Pizzeria, a private dining room and private bar. A daily event from breakfast until late is enjoyed by workers, visitors and locals alike. 11 Bridge Street. T: 8298 2701 62 GOURMAND STYLE SEEKERS


Azuma Patisserie A Japanese influence is what sets the classically French trained chefs of Azuma Patisserie apart. Taste artful chiffon cakes, mont blanc, green tea rolled cakes as well as various teas, green tea lattes and homemade frozen yoghurt. The unmistakable aroma of baking, inspired by the acclaimed Chef Kimitaka Azuma from Azuma Restaurant Chifley Plaza, will see you heading in the right direction. Regent Place, Ground Floor. 501 George St. T: 9267 7701 32

The Tea Room QVB A magnificent restaurant offering a modern a la carte lunch menu and decadent High Tea options. Indulge yourself while surrounded by Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, crystal wall sconces and majestic modern Victorian architecture. The perfect place for an afternoon of splendour. QVB, Level 3, North End. T: 9283 7279 26


Sparkle Cupcakery Cupcake devotees can get their sugar fix here. Baked daily, each Sparkle cupcake is hand finished and topped with a splash of colour. Sparkle incorporates all elements of luxury from the cupcakes, the service and the stunning packaging. Come and indulge in a sweet treat. Sparkle Cupcakery & Luxe Espresso Kiosk Martin Place. T: 9362 0690 36 37 (See p. 87 Business Directory for more locations.)

Grill’d Healthy Burgers Grill’d debunks the myth that all burgers are low in nutritional value. Find fresh flame-grilled healthy burgers with innovative toppings, made-to-order salads and a Mini Me Pack for little ones. Harbourside Shopping Centre, L2, Pyrmont Pedestrian Bridge End. T: 9281 5121 29

Lucetta Pizzeria Home-style cooking and fresh produce is the focus at this cosy Italian restaurant in the heart of Sydney. Sample honest cuisine from Roman style thin crust pizzas to pastas, salads and more. Shop 1, 127 Kent St. T: 9251 1011 9


Kushiyaki Bar & Grill If you crave a traditional dark Japanese surrounding enclosed by timber walls to help set the scene of your dining event, you’ll be in your element at Kushiyaki Bar & Grill, little sister to Azuma at Chifley Plaza. Serving Otsumami – tapas Japanese style, matched with an exhaustive and somewhat rare range of Sake, ‘Kushiyaki’, or grilled skewers are the much loved specialty. Regent Place, Ground Floor. 501 George St. T: 9267 7775 32

Fat Buddha Piping hot steamed prawn dumplings, freshly made rolls with tender BBQ pork, crispy salt and pepper squid and an all day yum cha menu awaits you within the stylish QVB. For a more decadent lunch or dinner, diners can indulge in dishes such as the “Legendary Eight Treasure” of double cooked whole duck stuffed with eight traditional ingredients such as lotus seed, pearl barley and salted duck egg, or the roasted pork ribs with vintage black vinegar. QVB, Level 2, North End. T: 9264 9558 26



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Skin, hair and body care in the city

HEDONIST The urban Hedonist has a luxe sensibility towards wellbeing and pampering. They believe that indulgence is part of keeping ambition strong and working hard. Regular replenishment and pause ensure they always feel graceful in their own skin. Between sampling fresh formulas like caviar facials and volcanic stone pedicures, they make time for early morning salon blow drys as well as evening baths with rose water and a glass of Sangiovese.

Salons & spas

CHI, The Spa Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney This gold mine for the body and soul filters ‘Chi’ – a life force governing personal vitality - through every element of its space and service menu. Enjoy traditional Chinese natural healing methods that move your muscles and mind. Open 7 days, 9am-9pm. 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks. T: 9250 6032 8

Day Spa at The Observatory Hotel Encapsulating the ultimate in pampering and relaxation, treatments from the world’s most exclusive and effective skincare range CARITA, await you at Day Spa at The Observatory Hotel. Your destination for divine indulgence. The Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent St. T: 8248 5250 7

Tribe Lifestyle A certified Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Tribe delivers award winning hair design in a holistic environment. Known for indulgent in-salon rituals, take a moment of solace with Tribe’s skilled professionals – resurfacing relaxed and right on trend. David Jones, Lower Ground, 86-108 Castlereagh St. T: 9266 5660 25


Aesop Aesop’s superlative range of skin, hair and body care products, made with the highest quality plant-based ingredients and non-botanical elements, are now available in six signature stores throughout Sydney. The Strand Arcade, Shop 20. T: 9235 2353 19 Westfield Sydney, T4007, L4. T: 9239 0477 23

Mecca Cosmetica Exclusive international brands in catwalk make-up, advanced skincare, niche fragrances, salon haircare and spa-quality body care meet at Mecca Cosmetica, a destination for expert beauty advice care-of resident make up artists and skincare specialists. The Galeries, GF, RG 12. Also at: Myer Pitt St Mall. T: 9261 4911 31

Maiolo Salon Sydney Take pleasure in escaping the crowds and treat yourself to a $35 weekday blowdry that will see you attend your evening affairs in style. Experience the impeccable and cultured hairstyling services from the Maiolo team, while you sit back and enjoy being the centre of attention. The Strand Arcade, L2, Shop 109. T: 9222 1133 19


Explore destinations beyond the city grid

FRINGE SEEKER The Fringe Seeker has the impetus to step outside the city grid, put on their hunting hat and explore the picturesque villages. Their craving for the unexpected helps them navigate their way along the road less travelled. They enjoy living on the edge and discovering the city on their own terms. They are experts at finding the local insider knowledge that holds the key to a city’s best kept secrets.


planet A temple to individuality, texture and beautiful materials, planet has celebrated hand crafting, style and sustainability for twenty years. Artisan pieces come from local and international makers, materials include porcelain, alpaca fibre, silk, linen, leather, wool, beeswax and bamboo fibre. The planet range centres on solid australian hardwood furniture and includes soft furnishings and lighting. Showroom open 7 days. 114 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. T: 9211 5959 C

EDIT EDIT’s Surry Hills emporium is brimming with an ever-changing collection of inspirational and chic furniture and fun decorative pieces. Their unique fabrics, designed by owner Sharyn Storrier Lyneham, are now sold internationally. 137 Albion St, Surry Hills. T: 9358 5806 D

cloth cloth has been producing sustainable contemporary screenprinted textiles by hand since 1995. Its small team led by Julie Paterson creates high quality fabrics for upholstery, homewares, art and clothing with an earthy, relaxed Australian feel. Shop 1, 35 Buckingham St, Surry Hills. T: 9699 2266 F

La Croix The embodiment of French chic, enjoy breakfast, lunch, wine or shopping for objects sourced from Europe and around the world. Enter from Macleay St for coffee and meander through to Fitzroy Gardens for Parisian ambience. Shop 2, 58 Macleay St, Potts Point. T: 8354 1020 S


Nicola Finetti At the Nicola Finetti boutique you’ll find cocktail and formal wear with a modern twist on classic beauty. Each piece portrays ideas of construction, drape and bold colours, a fusion of highly tactile forms and contrasting elements. Shop 5, 168-174 Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9362 1685 A


Dunbar House Experts in capitalising on Sydney’s finest assets for next level hospitality, Dunbar House is a truly special discovery. Offering breakfast, lunch or a coffee and a newspaper located 30 metres from the shores of Watson’s Bay, this historic seaside establishment offers beautiful interiors and world class dining with Sydney’s best harbour views. Dinner is reserved for weddings and high-end corporate events, while a simple and traditional High Tea runs from 10am until close. 9 Marine Pde, Watsons Bay. T: 9337 1226

quintessential duckeggBLUE If you covet industrial and objects then quintessential duckeggBLUE is the store to visit – offering only the most select pieces from around the world, from reconditioned French industrial furniture, original leather club sofa chairs, antique European farmhouse tables to French Tolix chairs, industrial lighting, vintage linens and Jielde floor & desk lamps, all of which have impeccable provenance. Featured in leading interior magazines and blogs. ‘Brilliantly considered and covetable choices’, Vogue Australia. 497 Darling St, Balmain. T: 9810 4330 I


Doug Up On Bourke A haven for renovators and aesthetes, Doug Up On Bourke is one of Sydney’s largest sources of industrial, commercial, rustic antiques and hardcore collectables sourced in Australia. Specialising in mid 1800’s to late 1950’s- wander among history at this radiant, family-run emporium. 901 Bourke St, Waterloo. T: 9690 0962 R

Sydney Antique Centre One of Australia’s oldest and largest antique centres with an in-store cafe and exhibition space. This bustling mecca of antique furniture, homewares, jewellery, collectables and vintage clothing, truly seduces decorators and treasure hunters alike. 531 South Dowling St, Surry Hills. T: 9361 3244 H

All Buttons Great and Small Buttons, buttons and more buttons are housed at this specialist haven. From the simple to the exotic, the handmade and fairtrade to haberdashery bits, All Buttons Great And Small have lived here since its inception in 1989. 419a King St, Newtown. T: 9550 1782 P


Misschu Bondi Slightly removed from the masses, the queen of rice paper rolls has set up shop in a fashionably tucked away Bondi Beach laneway. Serving up Misschu’s usual favourites, enjoy a selection of Sake poured at the stylish inside bar, with some Banh Xeo specialties from their newly added Vietnamese Crepery. 178 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach. T: 9365 7762

Boteco Boteco, Portuguese for ‘small bar’, is a cool restaurant/bar with fresh produce and authenitc flavours from South America. Enjoy a beautifully crafted drink from their extensive cocktail menu - our favourite, Pisco Sour while tasting chef Fabricio Campos’ ingenious sharing plates (petiscos). 421 Cleveland St, Redfern. T: 9318 2993 Q

Velluto Tucked away on the corner of Fitzroy Gardens and Baroda Street, this bar is a luxurious retreat from the boisterous Kings Cross scene. Enjoy over 20 champagnes and an extensive list of Australian wines in style. 50 Macleay Street (cnr Baroda St & Fitzroy Gardens), Potts Point. T: 9357 1100 O


Hinky Dinks Focusing on approachable wines and fun drinks, Hinky Dinks embodies the enthusiastic spirit of 1950s cocktail culture, when a cocktail wasn’t so much a drink as it was a fashion accessory. 185 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst. T: 8084 6379 M

121BC Situated near sibling Vini, 121BC offers over 300, mostly biodynamic, Italian wines. Wine by the glass in the bar covers every Italian region and the wine menu changes monthly. The food is simple and seasonal. 4/50 Holt St (via Gladstone St), Surry Hills. T: 9699 1582 E

Love Tilly Divine This wine and nibble bar commands its own repute, like the 1920s Razorhurst crime boss it’s named after. This warm industrial den with unadorned walls, exposed bricks, low lights and surprising tasting plates impresses patrons with just under 300 wines broken into categories like ‘‘challenging, unusual, idiosyncratic’’. 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst. T: 9326 9297 K STYLE SEEKERS FRINGE SEEKER 79

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Essentials All you need to know to get around town Ferries, trains, buses are all interconnected with tickets you can 1 Travel buy to transfer from one to another to get around town cheaply. Disabled access. Taxis are available when the yellow light is on and change over time is at 3pm where flagging one down is a little trickier. Call transport line: 131 500 or visit for timetables.

Times Most shops, department stores and shopping centres 2 Shopping are open from 10am–5pm Monday to Saturday and increasingly on Sunday. In Case of Emergency Dial 000 for 24-hour emergency services (fire, 3 police and ambulance) from any telephone. Police assistance line: 131 444 Refund for Travellers GST (goods and services tax) is charged 4 Tax in Australia – tourists can claim back the 10 per cent tax at the airport on purchases over $300 made in one store. Ask for the Tourist Refund Scheme at Sydney airport.


Tipping If you are happy with the service in cafés and restaurants, you can add a voluntary extra 10 per cent of the bill as a tip. Tipping is not compulsory in Australia.

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Chifley Plaza 12 p.10 2 Chifley Square. T: 9221 6111 David Jones 25 86 -108 Castlereagh St. T: 9266 5544


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Miu Miu 23 p.8 Westfield Sydney, Level 3. T: 9235 1272 Prada 16 p.8 44 Martin Place. T: 9231 3939 Ralph Lauren womenswear 25 26 p.12 QVB, GF, Shop 34. T: 1800 501 201. Available at QVB, David Jones Market St & Myer Sydney. Ralph Lauren menswear 25 26 p.12 QVB, GF, Shop 34. T: 1800 501 201. Available at QVB, David Jones Market St & Myer Sydney. Vendome 35 J p.9 12 Castlereagh St, Sydney. T: 8069 2316 178 Jersey Rd, Woollahra. T: 9007 5332

INTELLECTUAL Belvoir St Theatre G p.20 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. T: 9699 3444 Books Kinokuniya 31 p.15 The Galeries. Level 2. T: 9262 7996 Dymocks Arcade 20 p.21 428 George St. T: 9224 0444 Gaffa Gallery 28 p.21 281 Clarence St, Sydney. T: 9283 4273 Sydney Opera House 1 p.15 Bennelong Point. T: 9250 7777 Sydney Theatre Co 5 p.20 Pier 4/5, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay T: 9250 1777 The Ken Done Gallery 3 p.21 L2, 1-5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks. T: 8274 4599

FASHIONISTA Akira 19 p.27 The Strand Arcade, Level 2. T: 9232 1078

Belinda 18 p.37 MLC Centre, Shop 7.03. T: 9233 0781 COTA 19 p.33 The Strand Arcade, Level 2. T: 8354 1398 Dinosaur Designs 19 p.32 The Strand Arcade, Level 1. T: 9223 2953 Dion Lee 23 25 31 p.36 Stockists: Westfield Sydney, David Jones & Incu. Duo 19 p.33 The Strand Arcade, GF, Shop 16. T: 9221 7627 Ginger & Smart 23 p.37 Westfield Sydney, Shop 4011, Level 4. T: 9246 8799 Leona Edmiston 19 12 p.27 The Strand Arcade, Level 1. T: 9221 7277 Chifley Plaza. T: 9230 0322 The Family Jewels 24 p.32 Shop 6, 80 Castlereagh St. T: 9233 5152 Zappacosta Jewels 19 p.32 The Strand Arcade, L2, Shop 114. T: 9232 1900 Zimmermann 23 p. 37 Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 8246 9204

COOL HUNTER Crumpler 19 33 p.41 The Strand Arcade, Shop 26. T: 9222 1300 World Square, Shop 10.52D, T: 9283 0840 Incu 31 p.40 The Galeries, Shop RG 19-20 & 23-24. T: 9283 7622 / 9266 0244 May Day Market 23 p.40 Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 8072 9976 Monsterthreads 31 p.41 The Galeries, GF, Shop 7. T: 8060 1498


ZARA 23 p.40 Westfield Sydney. T: 9216 7000

SOCIALITE Assembly Bar 32 p.47 Regent Place, via 488 Kent St. T: 9283 8808 Baxter Inn 22 p.47 152-156 Clarence St. Grasshopper Bar 21 p.47 Temperance Ln (off George St, btw King and Market St). T: 9947 9025 ivy 14 p.49 330 George St. T: 9240 3000 King Street Wharf 17 p.48 The Promenade (via Lime St). Rockpool Bar & Grill 13 p.49 66 Hunter St. T: 8078 1900 The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 6 p.49 19 Kent St, The Rocks. T: 9251 4044

GOURMAND Restaurant Arras 27 p.55 204 Clarence St. T: 9283 1922 Azuma 12 p.65 Chifley Plaza, Level 1. T: 9222 9960 Azuma Patisserie 32 p.62 Regent Place, Ground Floor. T: 9267 7701 Berta 34 p.55 17-19 Alberta St. T: 9264 6133 Cara&Co Restaurant 23 p.54 Westfield Sydney, Level 4. T: 9226 9988 Sydney Opera House 2 p.54 Bennelong Point. Fat Buddha 26 p.64 QVB, Level 2, North End. T: 9264 9558 88 BUSINESS DIRECTORY STYLE SEEKERS

Fratelli Fresh CBD 11 p.60 11 Bridge St. T: 8298 2701 Grill’d Healthy Burgers 29 p.63 Harbourside Shopping Centre, L2, Pyrmont Pedestrian Bridge End. T: 9281 5121 Kushiyaki Bar & Grill 32 p.64 Ground Floor, Regent Place. T: 9267 7775 Lucetta Pizzeria 9 p.63 127 Kent St. T: 9251 1011 Misschu 2 L p.56, 61 Lower Concourse Level, Opera Kitchen, Sydney Opera House. T: 0450 099 888 Also at 150 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. T: 8356 9988 Quay 4 p.53 Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks. T: 9251 5600 Selah 10 p.55 12 Loftus St, Circular Quay. T: 9247 0097 Sepia 30 p.53 201 Sussex St. T: 9283 1990 Sparkle Cupcakery 36 37 Counter - David Jones Market St Food Hall Espresso Kiosk - Between Elizabeth & Castlereagh St, Martin Place. T: 9361 0690 The Tearoom QVB 26 p.62 QVB, Level 3, North End. T: 9283 7279 The Victoria Room Tea Salon 23 p.63 Westfield Sydney, Level 4, Designer Gallery. T: 9357 4488

HEDONIST Aesop 19 23 p.68 The Strand Arcade, GF, Shop 20. T: 9235 2353; Westfield Sydney, L4, T4007. T: 9239 0477 CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La 8 p.67 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks. T: 9250 6032

Day Spa at The Observatory Hotel 7 p.67 The Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent St. T: 8248 5250 Maiolo Salon Sydney 19 p.68 The Strand Arcade, L2, Shop 109. T: 9222 1133 Mecca Cosmetica 31 p.68 The Galeries, GF, RG12. T: 9261 4911 Tribe Lifestyle 25 p.67 David Jones, Elizabeth St. T: 9266 5660

FRINGE SEEKER 121BC E p.77 4/50 Holt St (via Gladstone St), Surry Hills. T: 9699 1582 All Buttons Great and Small P p.75 419a King St, Newtown. T: 9550 1782 Boteco Q p.76 421 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. T: 9318 2993 cloth F p.72 Shop 1, 35 Buckingham St, Surry Hills. T: 9699 2266 Doug Up On Bourke R p.75 901 Bourke St, Waterloo. T: 9690 0962 Dunbar House p.74 9 Marine Pde, Watsons Bay. T: 9337 1226 EDIT D p.72 137 Albion St, Surry Hills. T: 9358 5806 Hinky Dinks M p.77 185 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst. T: 8084 6379 Velluto O p.76 50 Macleay Street (entrance cnr Baroda St and Fitzroy Gardens), Potts Point. T: 9357 1100 Love Tilly Divine K p.77 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst. T: 9326 9297

Misschu Bondi p.76 178 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach. T: 9365 7762 Nicola Finetti A p.73 Shop 5, 168-174 Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9362 1685 Planet C p.71 114 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. T: 9211 5959 quintessential duckeggBLUE I p.74 497 Darling St, Balmain. T: 9810 4330 Sydney Antique Centre H p.75 531 South Dowling St. Surry Hills. T: 9361 3244 48 HOURS IN SYDNEY Aesop, 72A Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9358 3382. Ampersand Café & Bookstore, 78-80 Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9380 6617. Assin, T2 Verona St, Paddington. T: 9331 6265. Baxter Inn, 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney Botanic Garden Café, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. T: 9241 2419. Dinosaur Designs, 339 Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9361 3776. Eleven Kitchen & Cellar, 11 Lime St, Sydney. T: 9290 3500. Emperor’s Garden, 100 Hay St. T: 9211 2135. East Ocean, L1, 421 Sussex St. T: 9212 4198. Grasshopper Bar, 1 Temperance Lane, Sydney. T: 9947 9025. High Tea With Mrs Woo, 72B Oxford St, Paddington. T: 8065 5345. Icebergs, 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach. T: 9365 9000. Marigold, L4&5, 683 George St. T: 9281 3388. Opera Kitchen, Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Paddington Markets, 395 Oxford St, Paddington. T: 9331 2646. PYD Building, 197 Young St, Waterloo. T: 9319 7988. Velluto, Shop 7/50 Macleay St,
Potts Point. T: 9357 1100. 2 Danks St, Waterloo. T: 9698 2201. Sydney style setterS: Nicola & Orlando Reindorf Bar H, 80 Campbell St. T: 9280 1980. Formaggi Ocello, 16/425 Bourke St.


T: 9357 7878. Gnome, 536 Crown St. T: 9332 319. Hub Furniture, 72 Reservoir St. T: 9217 0700. Hudson Meats, 410 Crown St. Ici et La, 7 Nickson St. T: 8399 1173. Living Edge, 74 Commonwealth St. T: 9640 5600. St Minas, 563 Crown St. Sparkle Cupcakery, 132A Foveaux St. T: 9361 0690. Vini,118 Devonshire St. T: 9698 5131 Sydney style setter: Nahji Chu Assin, T2 Verona St. T: 9331 6265. Poepke, 47 William St. T: 9380 7611. Bison, 461 Oxford St. T: 9356 4626. Dinosaur Designs, 339 Oxford St. T: 9361 3776. Di Nuovo, 27 William St. T: 9361 4221. Nield Avenue, T: 83534400. Opus, 334 Oxford St. T: 9360 4803. 10 William Street, T: 9360 3310.

T: 9368 6655 Fratelli Paradiso, 12 Challis Ave. T: 9357 1744. Grandiflora, 10 Macleay St. T: 9357 7902. Kings Cross Organic Food Markets, Fitzroy Gardens, Sat 8am- 2pm Meanwhile, 31 Elizabeth Bay Rd. T: 9357 3071 Petrol, 9 Springfield Ave. T: 9331 5048 Pure + General, 14 Brougham St. T: 9360 6060. Wilbur’s Place, 36 Llankelly Place. T: 9332 2999 Sydney style setter: Cinnamon Lee Saxony, L1, Westfield Sydney. T: 8246 9056 Alistair Trung, Shop 28, L1, QVB, 445 George St. T: 9267 8828. Din Tai Fung, 644 George St, World Square, T: 9264 6010 Kinokuniya, , L2, The Galleries, 500 George St. T: 9262 7996. Paddy’s Markets, Market City, GL, 9-13 Hay St. Baxter Inn, 152-156 Clarence St. Opera House, Bennelong Point. T: 9250 7111

Sydney Style setter: Dion Lee bloodorange, 35 Elizabeth Bay Rd. T: 9357 2424. Busshari, 119 Macleay St. T: 9357 4555. Fratelli Fresh, 81 Macleay St.

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