Sydney’s best shopping July 21-29


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With European summer holiday photos taking over our Instagram feeds recently, we can’t help but want to inject some warmer climate style into our wardrobes. Lucky for us, local designers are offering international-inspired luxury for less this week with Ellery, Michael Lo Sordo and Rachel Gilbert leading the charge.

Plus, the Sydney Theatre Company is giving locals the rare opportunity to own a part of history, with past production costumes and props up for grabs as part of a one-day garage sale.

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This weekend Paddington is hosting the cult designer clearance event, Big Fashion Sale. There will be up to 80 per cent off on 20 local and international luxury brands offering clothing, jewellery, footwear and handbags. Designers to look out for include Lanvin, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Studio Elke, rag & bone and many more.

17 Oxford St, Paddington. Thursday 20 8am-8pm, Friday 21 8am-7pm, Saturday 22 9am-6pm, Sunday 23 10am-5pm.

Reworking traditional silhouettes with added edge, silk fabrics and bold minimalism, designer Michael Lo Sordo has cemented himself as one of the key players in the Australian fashion market. Making his sale this week one not to miss. The sale will include luxurious past season stock and samples at a fraction of the price.

District 01, 44a Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. Thursday 20 4pm-9pm, Friday 21 8am-6pm, Saturday 22 9am-6pm.


Michael Lo Sordo is offering stock for a fraction of the price.

Michael Lo Sordo is offering stock for a fraction of the price. Photo: Supplied

Ever left a Sydney Theatre Company production really wishing you could get your hands on a costume or prop? Well it’s time for you to enter centre stage, because the company are holding a garage sale with more than 1,500 costume pieces and props from past productions, including lamps, chandeliers, set dressings and tables available at the Lilyfield warehouse. There will also be a selection of lighting, sound and AV equipment.’

STC Store, 91a Canal Road via Lilyfield Rd, Lilyfield, Saturday 22, 8am-12pm. Pickup on the day or Monday 24 8am-11am.

Garage sale alert! A sale of treasures from past STC productions will take place on Saturday 22 July from 8am – 11am at our storage facility in Lilyfield. Items range from 1,500+ costume pieces from STC’s past productions to 100s of props including chairs, tables, cabinets, cupboards, lamps, chandeliers, rocking horses, as well as a variety of hand props and set dressing. There will also be a selection of lighting, sound, and AV equipment. A rare event to pick up a little piece of STC history, we’d love to see you there! For more info, see the link in our bio. #sydneytheatreco

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The Outnet is once again having their seasonal clearance sale with up to 80 per cent off street style, casual and going out designs from designer favourites including Chloe, Miu Miu, Isabel Marant,  Proenza Schouler, and Giambattista Valli. It’s the chance to give your wardrobe a touch of current European trends, including the #inthecart pick of the week: mini shoulder bags.

Online Only. Till stocks last.

Popular online site The Outnet has discounts up to 80 per cent off international brands.

Popular online site The Outnet has discounts up to 80 per cent off international brands.

Parisian inspired Australian brand Ellery, which has become renowned for its signature flares and eyelet pieces is bringing the European style vibe closer to home. The three-day sale in their pop-up Westfield Sydney store will feature 70 per cent off resort 17 and spring 17 including popular the Sword Bubble dress and Witch Doctor Sleeve dress.

Level 4, Westfield Sydney, Pitt St Mall. July 20-23.

Australian brands Saba, Sportscraft and Jag are teaming up to hold a three-day sale in Sydney’s cult fashion warehouse sale space, Paddington Town Hall.  The sale will have a range of tops, pants, denim and jackets for men, women and children at up to 80 per cent off, with prices starting at $19. Expect large queues vying to add casual, work and formal wear to their wardrobe.

Paddington Town Hall 249 Oxford Street Paddington. Friday 21 9am-5pm, Saturday 22 9am-5pm, Sunday 23 10am-4pm.

Saba is part of a giant warehouse sale in Paddington this weekend.

Saba is part of a giant warehouse sale in Paddington this weekend.

Specialising in pyjamas, nighties, robes and loungewear, Australian sleepwear brand Papinelle is holding their winter sale over three days in their birthplace, Paddington with up to 90 per cent off stock from the women’s and children’s ranges to feature at the sale.The sale will feature samples, seconds and discontinued stock from $10.

Behind the Papinelle store, Hopewell Lane, Paddington. Friday 29 10am-5pm, Saturday 30 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

Longina Pant and Cashmere.

Longina Pant from Papinelle. Photo: Supplied

Mark your diary, Australian designer Rachel Gilbert is holding her second Sydney warehouse sale of the year and it’s one of the biggest on the yearly Sydney sale calendar. Renowned for her luxuriously intricate hand-embellished designs, the five-day sale will offer up to 80 per cent off previous seasons including autumn winter 17, resort and spring summer 16, samples, bridal gowns and more.

Held at a new Paddington location, the brand is looking to clear out all the stock, making it the perfect time to pick up an outfit for any special events in the second half of the year. Again, be prepared for queues and wear clothes that make it easy to try on clothes in minimal space.

17 Oxford Street, Paddington. Wednesday 26 10am-7pm, Thursday 27 10am-7pm, Friday 28 10am-6pm, Saturday 29 10am-6pm, Sunday 30 11am-5pm.

Rachel Gilbert is holding her second Sydney warehouse sale of the year.

Rachel Gilbert is holding her second Sydney warehouse sale of the year. Photo: Supplied

Just Opened

Hands up who had a Ken Done quilt cover, pencil case or pair of sunnies in the 1980s? Everyone? Yep, thought so.

The Australian artist who became famous for his colourful scenes of Sydney Harbour has once again collaborated with bedding company Sheridan to celebrate 30 years since their first collection together. Done said the response to the 1987 collection, which made both him and Sheridan into household names in Australia and internationally, had been overwhelming.

“Since that time many people have asked if we would again do bed linen, so when we were approached by Sheridan 30 years later, we embraced the opportunity,” he told Fairfax Media.

Done, who just turned 77, said the advent of the internet and mass communication have been the biggest changes in the art and design world over the past 30 years.

“There’s no limit to the creativity that can come out of Australia. Digital printing has dramatically changed the reproduction ability on the bed linen we have done for Sheridan. Every brushstroke, every nuance, every slight variation of colour can now be seen. It’s art in the time in which we live … or sleep,” he said.

The Ken Done collection for Sheridan, which is marking 50 years in 2017, includes quilt covers, cushions and a towel. The designs are all adapted from paintings by Done, including Saturday Sailing (2016).

Available online or through Sheridan stores from August 2.

Artist Ken Done has collaborated with Sheridan for a collection marking 30 years since their first collection together, and the bedding brand's 50th birthday. Photo: supplied.

Artist Ken Done has collaborated with Sheridan for a collection marking 30 years since their first collection together, and the bedding brand’s 50th birthday. Photo: supplied. Photo: Supplied

US footwear brand Skechers already has a strong presence in Australia and New Zealand with 70-company owned retail stores (including 13 in Sydney), but the company will finally be housed on one of Sydney’s fashion meccas, Pitt Street.  With more than 3000 styles developed each year a year, the store’s versatile design and stock means there is something for every personality; whether you are sporty, adventurous or are just looking for a lifestyle sneaker.  Operating as one of their largest stores the store’s minimalistic design with black walls and light brown floorboards allows the shoes to shine.

239 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD. Monday- Wednesday, 8am-8pm,  Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm.

Skechers has just opened their first Sydney CBD store.

Skechers has just opened their first Sydney CBD store. Photo: Supplied


A noughties fashion trend is making a huge comeback; the mini shoulder bag. Bags have started downsizing on the catwalks in recent seasons, but it was especially noted at Paris Couture Fashion Week that the trend has reached its peak.  But this time around the street style set have created a modern new take. Now the mini shoulder bag is more industrial, sleeker and understated. It’s an accompaniment to clothing rather than the focal point.

Gigi Hadid has been spotted carrying them. Meanwhile new brand Alt Almour , who we featured  last week, is a brand dedicated to making micro monogram bags. When making a purchase think neutral colours and minimalistic design features, making it a versatile bag that can pair as well with a tee, blazer and denim for day as it does for keeping one’s essentials close by on a glam night out.

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