Yesterday the team took to Sydney CBD to explore the hottest Retail on offer. Although it’s a tough decision, here are our top 5 stores from our Retail Tour:
At the top of our list is Harrold’s, a small-scale luxury department store nestled in Pitt Street’s Westfield. Traditionally a men’s-only retailer, Harrold’s have opened their first store focused on women’s luxury fashion and accessories.
The store simply ooze’s prestige, stemming from the extensive brand edit that comprises of the most sought after labels including Tom Ford (held exclusively), Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Saint Laurent, Acne, Kenzo, Balmain & Alexander Wang (to name a few).
The store has been meticulously designed to inspire indulgence, with luxurious gold clothing stands and iconic white wall finishing’s. The customer journey was also world class as soon as we entered, being met by a concierge, offered a glass of champagne and being welcomed by the overwhelmingly beautiful scent of the store.
With the large space and decadent seating it was almost as if we were in our dream closet!
If you haven’t visited Harrold’s yet, it is a must for premium fashion.
Address: Westfield Sydney, Level 4, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000
A first time visiting COS Sydney, we were very impressed. The clothing range is truly modern, functional and considered. Sitting within the beautiful architecture of a heritage building on Martin Place COS absolutely nails trans-seasonal androgynous styles and supplies a highly edited range of muted tones.
The store has been creatively zoned by the line’s subtle concessions to colour, lifestyle and occasion, rather than traditional store segmentation (and it works!). It enhances the customer journey, creating a maze of coloured clothing to explore. COS is a must for affordable yet premium staples and chunky asymmetrical necklaces.
Address: 5 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000
It’s clear that boutique department store Incu understands their target market and what they want. The store, flooded with “millennial pink” draws consumers in with iconic brands and quirky accessories.
Brands included APC, Acne, Equipment, T by Alexander Wang, Karen Walker, Lonely and Rag & Bone. We were particularly impressed by their alternate jewellery offering, extensive sneaker range as well as their quality jeans.
We loved Incu because it was clear the brand had their own distinctive personality. In between their considered curation of product and the groovy tunes, there was no reason to leave!
Address: The Galeries, 19-20/500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
4. T Totaler
The Sydney based artesian loose leaf Tea Company has done it again, opening up their second store in Sydney CBD’s The Galleries only last week.
We already love T Totaler as a company as they strongly believe in supporting local product and have therefore curated their range of tea’s to be 100% Australian grown. They’re also environmentally conscious will recyclable packaging and steady discounts for refills. To top it all off, the T Totaler has the most incredible aesthetic. I mean you can buy the tea in test tubes!!
T Totaler have opened a small kiosk in a busy laneway and have really optimised the small space they have. The store includes their comprehensive range as well as the ability to order takeaway tea’s for the busy city workers on the run. For quality Tea’s and innovative packaging it’s definitely worth having a look.
Address: The Galleries, Opposite INCU @ 19-20/500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Out of all the high-end retailer’s we visited, Gucci’s Flagship Sydney store was a standout. It was evident throughout the store that fashion designer and creative director Alessandro Michele has brought his own distinctive style to Gucci. The store was flooded with bright colours, outrageous patterns and animal themed products. The store had incredible finishes too, including their in-store animal mannequins and the overwhelmingly beautiful gold staircase.
Gucci was definitely a retail leader in terms of style and creative direction. The store presented a perfect mix of classic Gucci staples and innovative fresh products (which seemed to be adapted in some way or another in their competitors ranges)!
Address: Westfield Sydney, 3012/4004/188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000