The Last Word

Avant-garde Aus­tralian de­signer Kym Ellery shares her per­fect day in the city

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I’ve al­ways had an affin­ity with the ocean and I’m very ca­reer­fo­cused. Sydney is the per­fect place for both of th­ese things. The most in­cred­i­ble sub­trop­i­cal coast­line with pris­tine beaches is on your doorstep, yet the city it­self is an awesome hub for de­sign, arts, cul­ture, restau­rants, bars and live mu­sic.

I live in the city’s north, in Palm Beach, which is on a spit bound on one side by the Pa­cific Ocean and the other by Pittwa­ter. A typ­i­cal day for me be­gins at 7am. My yoga in­struc­tor comes to my house and we do an hour of yoga and med­i­ta­tion on the bal­cony. The 180-de­gree view of the ocean and the salt in the air cre­ate a very ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. We’re of­ten joined by a row of kook­abur­ras perched on the rail­ing—the record num­ber at any one time is eight.

I’ll of­ten have break­fast at a restau­rant near me called The Boathouse, which is housed in a beau­ti­ful old build­ing on the shore of Pittwa­ter—and a post-egg pad­dle­board is a must. Af­ter break­fast, I drive into the city to my stu­dio and ate­lier to meet with my team. I love talk­ing to my art di­rec­tor and graphic de­signer about the dif­fer­ent prints and fab­rics we will be us­ing.

Fratelli Par­adiso in Potts Point is one of my favourite lunch spots. The scampi pasta is in­cred­i­ble and there are plenty of gluten-free dishes to choose from. They even do gluten­free wine. It’s a per­fect spot for light busi­ness lunches and also pop­u­lar with the city’s de­sign­ers—we’ll quite of­ten end up there for a late din­ner af­ter a party.

On a week­end, I can of­ten be found at one of the city’s gal­leries. The Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art and the Pow­er­house Mu­seum have great col­lec­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions. For some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, the Brett White­ley Stu­dio has been left ex­actly as it was when the fa­mous artist died, com­plete with un­fin­ished works and walls full of in­spi­ra­tion. It’s a lit­tle bit eerie, but truly com­pelling.

Shop­ping in Sydney is ex­cit­ing. My friend’s shop, Par­lour X, re­cently moved into a her­itage-listed church that had been va­cant for a long time on Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. The shop really cham­pi­oned bring­ing new lux­ury goods into Aus­tralia. For some­thing a lit­tle more lo­cal, the Strand Ar­cade in the city has a lot of Aus­tralian brands, and Padding­ton’s Glen­more Road, where my store is lo­cated, also has some great bou­tiques.

When­ever I’m ex­plor­ing, I al­ways pack cash­mere; it’s com­fort­ing and warm. My favourite shoes for mov­ing around a city are some­thing clunky—my style—but also easy to wear. I take my film cam­era wher­ever I go; I love tak­ing pho­to­graphs and have de­cided I want to ex­hibit my work.

The best way to end a day in Sydney is at Ice­bergs over­look­ing Bondi Beach. The restau­rant and bar are run by Mau­rice Terzini, who is a fan­tas­ti­cally ec­cen­tric Ital­ian gen­tle­man and a real icon of the city. The food is in­cred­i­ble, but the high­light is the cock­tail bar—the per­fect place to enjoy sun­set drinks with a quintessen­tially Sydney view.

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