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Fashion | Posse

You’d be barking mad not to check it out

January 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Tanya Stevanovic, owner and buyer of Newtown’s high-end fashion Boutique Pretty Dog

Catching up with Tanya Stevanovic, owner and buyer of Newtown’s high-end fashion boutique Pretty Dog, is a charming experience in its own right. Just wait till you see the clothes…

Tanya is the ultimate purveyor of style and taste. With twenty-four years of retail fashion experience, it has always been her passion. Pretty Dog is a haunt for the style savvy seeking independent Australian and international designer wares.

Pretty Dog hosts an eclectic mix of exquisite clothes and accessories. Tanya handpicks everything in store and chooses unique collections from labels such as Kate Walker and Tales of the Fallen, House of Holland and Romance Was Born

A peak inside The Pretty Dog Boutique

When it comes to finding designer collections she has her pick, often being contacted by up to thirty designers in the one day. A businesswoman with a hectic schedule, she still manages to squeeze in a few fashion essentials, namely being world-class fashion festivals that include this year’s Australian, New Zealand and New York fashion weeks.  Tanya’s favourite show you may wonder? “Romance was Born, They put on the most amazing shows,” is her fairly prompt response.

Pretty Dog’s vast collection of Prints from designers such as Romance was Born and Karen Walker.

Browsing the racks of Pretty Dog, it’s worth asking how she stops herself from taking all the clothes home and adding it to her own wardrobe. But the cat, nay the dog, is out of the bag – her reply to our questioning, ”I order one of everything for myself”. So there you have it – you can have your own cake and eat it too.

For those who approach fashion as a foreigner, Tanya and the Pretty Dog team will be happy to deck you out during an intimate private styling session. Free of charge to her VIP clientele, if you want the top-notch treatment, all it takes is a friendly attitude. For Tanya, her VIPs are just customers that have built a close relationship with her and the staff.

Danica styled by Pretty Dog in Romance Was Born blouse and Lover pants.

If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience and a friendly chat with a girl who’s in-the-know when it comes to fashion, we truly recommend you detour off Newtown’s busier King Street thoroughfare and pop into Pretty Dog… You’ll be barking mad not to check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

Popping tags in Sydney’s Inner-West

December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Anglicare Summer Hill

Sydney’s Inner West is an area known for its quirky vibe and unique fashion culture. There’s the popular, cool hubs like the vintage stores in Newtown (Cream or Holy Kitsch spring to mind), but there are awesome finds in other, lesser explored suburbs that only the locals seem privy to. Words by Larissa Shearman

The cool thing about thrift shopping is the excitement you get from rummaging through good quality clothes until you find the perfect piece. I’ve popped some tags in the area’s star thrift shops and they’re ready for your 99 cents. Oh and, we encourage you to play this in the background as you read – it sets the mood.

Leichhardt Vinnies

This bright, cosy shop has such a great selection of dresses – there is a particular wall that’s like a holy grail, dedicated to every variety imaginable. I also like the jackets here – you can find classic leather ones for a steal or go nuts with some funky styles. I was surprised to see luggage in really good condition – something that certainly isn’t easy to get for a great price. I stood in front of the book wall for ages, astounded by the amount and variety to choose from.

This is the type of place you hope to stumble into, and when you do, you don’t want to leave. I also like how organised the clothes are, it makes it easily shoppable and super inviting for everyone. Key take-away: If a novice like me can do it, anyone can find something here.

Summer Hill Anglican Shop

This is the real place (pictured above) I’ve been bragging about since I first visited. It’s the kind of venture where some experience in thrift shopping is necessary, or you’ll be completely overwhelmed. That, or a strong will to unearth something truly spectacular.

If you’re up for the challenge, the sheer amount of clothes in this place will get you excited. There are large tubs filled to the brim of mixed clothes – children’s, women’s and men’s. You really don’t know what you’re going to pull out. It’s because of this that you pay by the kilo – so get ready to rummage.

This kind of shopping is really appealing and it lends itself to the traditional idea of thrift shopping. You could find nothing, or anything. It’s super rewarding when you find something you really want.

For those who are looking for something more selective, there’s the ‘Marketplace’, a room attached to the main warehouse where clothes have been hand picked to impress. I scored a great (and as it turns out, designer) jacket from this special room, which didn’t cost a pretty penny as if it were still in mint condition. This is the place where your keen designer label senses will tingle, and you should enjoy everything it has to offer.

Something else I found interesting about this store is that they have a brilliant selection of kid’s toys and gift packs ready to go. This is worth a look if you have the need for something for children, considering how expensive children’s toys can be at retail price – and knowing what time of year we’re now in, it’s certainly a smart idea for some cheap and easy present shopping.

Salvos Tempe

Op shop salvation – sitting directly off the Princes Highway, the Tempe Salvos store is conveniently located and even has its own car park, so there’s no excuse not to swing by. It reminds me more of a department store, with so many other things on offer than just clothes – there’s furniture, home décor, electronics and other household staples.

If you do come for clothes you won’t be disappointed at all, with rows and rows of funky wear for all ages. The one thing I loved about this place is how ridiculously cheap some of the clothes are – there are different sales on particular days, so I was lucky enough to go when the cute shorts I wanted were one dollar! It really was like a fantasy turned reality. There’s a certain thrill about checking to see if the clothes you love have the sale tag on them, the sign of a discount on already crazy cheap clothes.

They also have my favourite policy in the world – No eftpos minimum. Those three magic words mean you could not have a more relaxed thrift shopping experience.

If you’re a long-time thrifter, you’ll love the choice and variety when you hit up these places. But to be fair – there’s nothing greater than the thrill you feel as a newbie on the scene. No place is like the other, and when it comes to the inner-west op shop scene, there’s few parts of Sydney that can boast the greatest collection of grandad-like garments.

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The grandest Christmas shopping of all…

December 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

KaDeWe - Weiße Weihnacht - Halle EG

You need to see Berlin’s Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) if it’s the last thing you do before Christmas Day – quite literally. As the largest department store in mainland Europe, you’d struggle to wander the glamorously decorated halls without impulse purchasing.

Anyone who enters from street level underneath the tremendously large glass arch looming above will notice a shift from a bustling urban thoroughfare into a more opulent retail world – where perfume penetrates the nostrils and the unnaturally lit corridors highlight thousand-euro price tags.

From the ground floor up you’re taken on a journey through continental Europe and abroad. Beauty and nail salons are first on the list, mixed in-between the ‘Luxury Boulevard’, home to top tier fashion houses from Gucci and Miu Miu to Tod’s and Yves Saint Laurent. If you’ve heard it mentioned on a Celebrity red carpet, assume you’d probably find it here.

One tier up is men’s apparel and another is women’s fashion. Level three is nicknamed ‘the Loft’ – Germany’s largest selection of shoes, as well as women’s leather goods and lingerie, children’s clothes and a hairdresser.

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In-store Christmas display – shopping doesn’t get more beautiful than this. Images supplied.

Level four is an interior designers dream and is the kind of plush cushion superstore you’d imagine Catherine Martin would piece together much of her Oscar-winning inspiration. Lamps to linen, porcelain to pottery, if IKEA had a wealthy older aunt this is what she’d look like.

Another escalator skyward is where you’ll locate enough stunning stationary to put Smiggle to shame. And then there’s electronics, entertainment and toys too – a wonderful opportunity to exhaust yourself with any youngins strapped at the hip before heading upstairs to the Kaufhaus pride and joy…

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“Please sir, may I have some more?” – a response to a taste test.

The food hall – commonly known as ‘Delicatessen’ has over 30 gourmet counters, with more than 110 cooks, 40 bakers and confectioners spread across them. For Berliners and Europeans afar it’s one of the grandest reasons this monolithic mall has stood the test of time, having even been rebuilt after the Second World War for future fashion and culinary connoisseurs. In the early 1990s the top level was converted into a winter garden and restaurant, with room for over 1000 diners – a suitably lush indoor hangout to avoid the frosty north German winds.

With a grand total 60,000m2 shop floor– the equivalent size of an Olympic Stadium and then some, this magnificent department store puts a number of global contenders to shame for its symbolic strength, quality and product choice. But the best reason to shop here over Christmas is quite simple… It’s just so darn pretty!

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How many department stores can boast permanently flowing bubbly?

 

Kick it in Cairns

October 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

Jewellery at Shi Sha

For too long Byron Bay and Nimbin have held the eastern coast crowns of best ‘alternative’ towns. Ryan Auberson-Walsh thinks it’s time to have another look at somewhere a little further north – 1874km to be exact – and wander the streets of Cairns – the human hub of the Great Barrier Reef.


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