Sydney’s best shopping July 28-August 4



Spring is just one month away, but who’s counting, right? From community markets to the Rachel Gilbert clear-out, this week’s sale roster is sure to get you out and about in Sydney this week. Also, for the first time every Burberry boutique is offering in-store personalisation, hand-painted by one of the brand’s UK artisans, and Birkenhead Point is opening up Australia’s first Harrold’s outlet in its newly opened development.

Australian designer Rachel Gilbert is holding her second Sydney warehouse sale of the year and it’s one of the biggest on the annual Sydney sale calendar. Renowned for luxurious and 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 stock, making it the perfect time to pick up an outfit for any special events coming up in the second half of the year. 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.

Have you got monogrammed goods on your mind? For the first time a Burberry artisan has travelled to Australia to offer customers an exclusive leather goods painting service. Over the weekend a selection of the British fashion house’ signature bags, accessories and gifts can be personalised with up to three hand painted initials. In addition there will also be exclusive gifts and games not usually sold in stores, including a backgammon set, domino cases, a playing cards case and travel accessories available. In addition to Burberry’s signature classic trench coats, scarves and rucksacks that can be personalised online. The complimentary service for new purchases comes in two fonts and 15 colours, with each bag taking up to an hour to hand paint.

Burberry, 343 George Street, Sydney. Saturday 29 and Sunday 30.

Personalise your new purchase this weekend.

Personalise your new purchase this weekend. Photo: Dan Medhurst

One of Sydney’s biggest vintage markets is also returning next weekend to Marrickville Town Hall. Round She Goes has 60 handpicked vintage and retro fashion, handmade jewellery and accessory stallholders selling items from the 1950s onwards. Shoppers can expect to find a mixture of local and international preloved brands including Gorman, Zimmermann, Max Mara, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Carla Zampatti and more.

If the market held two months ago is anything to go by, it’s important to get in early.

Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road Marrickville. Saturday 28 10am–3pm. Entry $2.

Round she Goes will feature 60 handpicked stores.

Round she Goes will feature 60 handpicked stores. Photo: Supplied

Australian activewear brand Running Bare is having a three-day warehouse sale this weekend, with discounted prices on spring summer and autumn winter samples, discontinued and clearance stock across its activewear and Rival Swim lines in sizes 8-22. The sale will feature the brand’s signature printed and structured designs to motivate us to stay active in the cooler weather. There are no change rooms on site, so wear something you can slip things over if you want to try items on.

Cash only. Running Bare HQ Units 1, 26-34 Dunning Ave Rosebery. Thursday 27 9am-5pm, Friday 28 9am-5pm, Saturday 29 9am-3pm.

Running Bare is having a three-day warehouse sale this weekend.

Running Bare is having a three-day warehouse sale this weekend. Photo: Supploed

If you missed out on last week’s Ellery sale, you’re in luck! The Parisian inspired Australian brand which has become renowned for its signature flares and eyelet pieces has extended their sale for another two weeks. Located in Westfield Sydney store the pop-up features 70 per cent off resort 17 and spring 17, including the popular the Sword Bubble dress and Witch Doctor Sleeve dress.

Level 4, Westfield Sydney, Pitt St Mall. Till August 10.

Etsy, in collaboration with payment service Square, is holding a Community Market at Central Park over the weekend. It’s a chance to connect with some of your favourite Etsy Australian designers and creative talents, with more than 70 stores on the day. The market will feature handmade goods, vintage items and craft from fashion and accessories to stationery and art.

Brewery Yard, Chippendale Green, Central Park, 28 Broadway. 10am-3pm.

The Sydney Market coincides with other ones to be held across Australia.

The Sydney Market coincides with other ones to be held across Australia. Photo: Supplied

Mark your diary, next Friday, August 4 is Jeans for Genes day. It’s practically compulsory to wear denim in support of genetic research and if we are honest, goodwill is the best trending style to follow.

Just Launched

Spring clean your drawers, there’s a new beauty player coming to town.  Well technically, it’s a cult favourite, but Mecca will be launching their latest eponymous range, MECCA MAX in-line with the brand’s 20 year celebrations in-store and online from Tuesday, August 1.The new collection is accessible and extensive enough for beauty junkies and newcomers alikes. The products are “designed for experimentation, personalisation and play.”

Which is exactly what comes to mind when exploring the 206 products from foundations and eyeshadow duos to make up brushes and blenders. The best part is that the price range sits competitively with pharmacy sold products. Lipsticks are going for $20, concealers for $22, foundations for $32, and an artistry palette is the biggest ticket item at $45.

Mecca Brands Creative Director Marita Burke says the new brand aims to be a game-changer in the beauty retail space.

“MECCA MAX has been created for the girl who is as obsessed with beauty as we are. Our innovative products are smarter, work harder and will do more for your look than anything else in your beauty arsenal. Think the perfect nude, the best lash, the boldest lip, the brightest illuminator and everything in between. It’s MECCA’s beauty obsession, bottled,” Burke said.

The design matches the stores pink and orange aesthetic.

The design matches the stores pink and orange aesthetic. Photo: Supplied

Just Opened

With the multi-million dollar redevelopment of outlet destination, Birkenhead Point comes new local firsts for Sydney shoppers. Australian luxury fashion houses Harrolds and Bally will open their first and only outlet stores next week, alongside other luxe designers including Coach, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors who established their presence at the previous outlet. The revamp has also attracted homewares outlet Peter’s of Kensington, as well as streetwear brand Zanerobe.

“With its unrivalled location on Sydney Harbour and just minutes from the CBD, the centre appeals to not only Sydneysiders and domestic visitors, but also to international tourists,” said Mirvac Senior Development Manager, Christina Nelson about the Level 2 development.

“This latest development responds to our  customers’ wants and desires and greatly enhances the appeal of Birkenhead Point. We have improved the customer experience by delivering a sophisticated and contemporary palette of finishes, including new mall flooring and ceilings, bespoke furniture and shop front upgrades, whilst embracing the heritage backdrop of this unique and much-loved building.”

The new space will also exhibit work from Australian artists in collaboration with Art Pharmacy Founder, Emilya Colliver.

The new development will open on Tuesday, August 1.

The new development will open on Tuesday, August 1. Photo: Supplied


Since the beginning of the year it seems that red hues have spread like wildfire. After Kate Middleton wore a dancing girl emoji inspired off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen number during the Royal Tour (see all her looks here) and Rihanna rocked the Valerian premiere in similar, we are seeing red in our cart this week.

The good news is that red can be worn in different seasons,  and pairs with just about anything including denim, leather and clashes perfectly with millennial pink tones. The real trend this season is a ruby red pair of shoes. Look at the ones worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz for inspiration. If you want to make a statement with fiery red shoes, keep the rest of the look minimal with neutral tones, a white tee, light blue jeans and a trench coat.


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