As the Sydney summer starts to gather pace and the temperature starts to soar, we look closer at some of the more unique places to bag a fashion bargain across the city. Apart from the usual high street collections, established Aussie designers and new emerging designers, there’s a really healthy market scene across the suburbs of Sydney, selling a range of new designs, vintage garments and great accessories.
Bondi Markets on a Sunday, Paddington Markets on a Saturday on Oxford Street, Glebe, Newtown and many others all offer a great range of hand crafted and locally produced garments, bags, jewellery, and much more. From simple shift dresses to bespoke leather jackets, custom men’s tailoring, and some of the softest leather bags we’ve seen anywhere in Sydney. One of our favourite suppliers is Boheme Art + Design (we’ve bought three of their unique bags already!). There’s also loads of vintage items, dresses, shoes, hats and much more. What it tells us at Cardiff Fashion it that there’s an interest and desire to buy something locally unique, and there are loads of talented people willing and able to make a range of new and innovative fashion offerings.
Sydney and the rest of Australia, may be far away from London, Paris and New York, there may be less than half the population of the UK here, but there’s a really vibrant and energetic fashion scene, one that we hope continues to survive and prosper, even as the growth of the international offering continues to expand in earnest. We’re the first to admit that we’re excited to see H&M coming to Australia in 2014, Topshop in Sydney is a popular shopper attraction, and ASOS is still a favourite site, but there is a healthy and we hope completely sustainable fashion scene here, from low end to high end.