Sydney's long-established shopping enclave Paddington is getting a dose of youthful vigor, now that a crop of fashion-forward boutiques has planted itself along Oxford and Glenmore on the area's once desolate northern edge. Stocked with hard-to-find cult cosmetics such as Hei Poa body oil from Tahiti and Mudlark's goat's-milk soap, Kit Cosmetics (140 Oxford St.; 61-2/9360-7711) is Oz's answer to Sephora, with an artisanal twist. • The flagship of Australia's hottest design team, Sass & Bide (132 Oxford St., No. 4; 61-2/9360-3900) sells flirty tanks and bohemian dresses in unabashedly feminine fabrics. • Come As You Are (126 Oxford St., No. 5; 61-2/9331-3350) is filled with an international assortment of designers, including boldly patterned men's pants from Italian-based Ra-Re and Michiko Koshino's tribal-inspired Yen Jeans line. • Scanlan & Theodore (122 Oxford St.; 61-2/9380-9388) specializes in brightly printed yet sophisticated dresses for the martinis-after-work set. • Men's stovepipe pants and customized T-shirts are all the rage at Roy (2 Glenmore Rd., No. 8; 61-2/9331-3144). • Up-and-comer Kirrily Johnston (6 Glenmore Rd.; 61-2/9380-7775) has a romantic clothing line (think Empire waists and lots of soft pleats), but don't miss her hip-hugging lingerie. • With styles ranging from de rigueur skinny pants to flares and boot cuts, streetwise Tsubi (16 Glenmore Rd.; 61-2/9361-6291) is the spot for jeans in a city of denim connoisseurs. —AMY FARLEY
Kirrily Johnston exemplifies the laid-back Down Under aesthetic with her earthy-urban, feminine clothes (think billowy red skirts with high cinched waists).
Scanlan & Theodore
Clean lines and simple designs layer on each other, forming the complex and feminine looks that are the hallmark of Scanlan & Theodore. This Paddington shop's interior mirrors the clothes’ aesthetic: Gray floors and white walls balance with a wood-paneled ceiling and green accents at the entrance and dressing room. Launched in 1987 by fashion designers Fiona Scanlan and Gary Theodore, the brand is now known for its well-crafted women's clothing that combines rich fabrics with uncommon patterns or colors. Scanlan & Theodore frequently works with local textile designers, as well as collaborate with international artists to create new accessory lines.
Come As You Are
This Paddington neighborhood shop is part of Edwards Imports, a company that works with international fashion brands to bring the latest trends to Sydney. The glass-fronted location has displays of outfits out front; the white interior includes low shelves and tables carrying clothing and accessories (think jewelry, scarves, and leggings), and the perimeter is lined with clothes racks boasting the current fashions for men and women. Labels include J Brand, American Vintage, Velvet, and Fifiluxe by women’s designer Janine Edwards.