Think lo­cally for gifts

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

THIS Christ­mas is about buy­ing some­thing from Perth for some­one from Perth.

As­cot-based stylist Kirsty Noakes from Shop and Style Spe­cial­ists said WA shop­pers had plenty of unique, hand­made and cou­ture op­tions for gifts.

“The qual­ity of th­ese pieces far ex­ceeds prices… peo­ple ex­pect to pay more when the word de­signer or lo­cal is at­tached to a brand, but if you dig un­der the sur­face a bit you will see that this is all great qual­ity stuff,” she said.

She said buy­ing lo­cally would be more than just sav- ing time ne­go­ti­at­ing shop­ping cen­tre car parks.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that it doesn’t take much to think about the gifts you are buy­ing and choos­ing a Perth busi­ness owner,” she said.

“Small busi­ness own­ers will be thrilled; they will be over the moon.

“Buy from Perth where the de­signer has put its heart and soul in to prod­ucts and gifts.”

She said some of her favourite items in­spired her.

“Wish­ful Think­ing is like Aus­tralia’s version of Tommy Hil­figer and Windy Creek Es­tate wines from the Swan Val- ley is so close and such a treat to go out and do a wine tast­ing,” she said.

“Cou­tureKidz is hand­made cloth­ing for chil­dren made by mums and Jes­sica Bratich bags were worn by celebri­ties like Mel B.

“There is a wealth of qual­ity prod­ucts and buy­ing from th­ese de­sign­ers is like buy­ing a piece of Perth.

“Be thought­ful when you are buy­ing, I know a one-stop­shop seems eas­ier but we want to open peo­ple’s eyes to what small busi­ness of­fers.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d447430

Kirsty Noakes and Emma Claire take a Shop and Style Spe­cial­ists cham­pagne shop­ping tour in a chauf­feur-driven car.

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