Paddo sale to mark the end of an era
DESIGNER Collette Dinnigan is selling her first ever Sydney store. It was 1992 when, in her mid-20s and living above the shop, she moved her business into the William St, Paddington premises.
It wasn’t long before her lingerie collection was sold to department stores, such as Barneys New York and Harvey Nichols in London.
Dinnigan bought the boutique space for $625,000 in 1998, vacating it when she relocated to a Queen St site, which closed in 2014. The closure was due to her desire to seek new adventures outside fashion, which includes honing in on property with her husband Bradley Cocks.
Dinnigan’s shop has a $1.7 million guide for its July 7 auction through BresicWhitney agent Ivan Bresic.
“Yes, it is a very emotional decision and certainly marks the end of an era,” Dinnigan told me. “William St was good to me and gave me the exposure I needed in the Australian market to build my brand.
“It’s such a fantastic area for local artisans and up-and-coming designers and bespoke retailers.
“I still drive in from the Southern Highlands and make Alimentari (the deli) at the bottom of William St my first stop. Interiors and home is what excites me at the moment and I am having lots of fun with projects in Australia and Italy.
“Although it’s taking a little longer than anticipated, Bradley and I hope to launch Dinnigan Cocks Bespoke Homes later in the year.”
Since she departed the 33 William St space, the occupants have included Bailey Nelson optometrists.
The fashion street’s most recent tenants are Mara & Mine — the shoe shop launched by Jasmine Yarbrough, the fiancee of TV’s Karl Stefanovic, and her best friend Tamara Ingham.
The street’s recent sales included an original mixed-use zoned Victorian terrace for $1.55 million which had a $1.4 million buyers guide — and another fetched $1.9 million, up on its $1.7 million trade in 2016.
Collette Dinnigan kicked off her stellar career in fashion at the shop (inset).