Aussie Fash­ion

LUXE City Guides - Sydney - - Paddington : Oxford St & William St -

Sadly, Ox­ford St is in a slight funk, so we’ll whisk you off the main drag to where it’s all hap­pen­ing. First, keep the fun po­lice at bay by start­ing with dude-ap­proved Cal­i­bre at 398 Ox­ford St / 9380 5993 / cal­i­bre.com.au / to sort the men from the galahs. Head out left and left again into El­iz­a­beth St, go past Valonz (see Spa) at #20, and at the round­about ei­ther con­tinue straight to arty Lu­cio’s / 47 Wind­sor St / 9380 5996 / lu­cios.com.au / for yum Ital­ian temp­ta­tions, or turn left into Padding­ton St and fol­low it left into Wil­liam St. On the cor­ner is coffee stop Padding­ton Ali­men­tari / 2 Hopetoun St / 9358 2142 / next door to Di Nuovo / 94 Wil­liam St / 9361 4221 / din­uovo.com.au / with pre-loved women’s garb, and shoes at #90 Pelle / 9331 8100. For great retro-feel gal fash hit up Leona Ed­mis­ton at #88 / 9331 7033 / leona ed­mis­ton.com / then zip into #86 Sa­lon X by Renya Xy­dis / 9357 6228 / valonz.com.au / for top hair care. Skip over to cult cash­mere pur­vey­ors Banjo & Matilda at #76 / 8096 2665 / ban­joand­matilda.com, and #58 He­len English for Padding­ton Brides / 9331 0075 / appt only / he­le­nenglish.net. au / with wed­ding dresses worth get­ting hitched for, be­fore cross­ing to #43 The Cor­ner Shop / 9380 9828 / the cor­ner­shop­store.com / for a mix of girlie de­signer and vin­tage. Op­po­site is #42 By Char­lotte (see Stand­out Fash.) with del­i­cate gold and sil­ver adorn­ments, then Neil Grigg at #40 / 9361 5865 / neil­grig­gmillinery.com / clev­erly hat­ting so­ci­ety dames, and G&L Hand­made Shoes over at #15 / 8354 1005 / gan­dl­shoes.com / for heels that ap­peal. Cross once more for #18 Jiva / 93571353 / ji­va­cloth­ing.com.au / with ro­man­tic and drifty 1950s-es­que wom­enswear, then drop into wee wine bar 10 Wil­liam Street / 9360 3310 / 10williamst.com.au / for a quick pour. Next door at #8 Be­lance / 8041 1592 / be­lance.com.au / stocks men’s made to mea­sure and groom­ing prods, and fi­nally Just Wil­liam choco­latier at #4 / 9331 5468 / just­william.com.au. Walk back up to Ox­ford St and cross over for resin den Di­nosaur De­signs (see Stand­out Decor) then up on the left at #261 is Par­lour X (see Stand­out Fash.), your la­bel ma­bel tem­ple of wor­ship. Exit left to #258 Incu / 9331 6070 / incu.com / for cu­rated, cre­ative women’s (the men’s store is next door), then head back to #380 for ro­tis­serie pub grub at The Padding­ton / 9240 3000 / merivale.com.au. Now, if it’s Satur­day am­ble over to Padding­ton Mar­kets (see Shop/mar­kets). Look be­yond the macramé knick­ers, there’s wheat amongst the chaff, plus food trucks. Still not done? No wor­ries, the Ox­ford St II itin is only a 10 min. stroll or quick cab down.

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