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Paddington & Woollahra

Akira Isogawa

One of the city's most popular local talents, the Japanese native routinely turns out collections that meld disparate silhouettes, like floaty dresses sharpened with origami-like folds.
12A Queen St. WOOLLAHRA 61-2-9361-5221


Like its sister store Arida, this shop caters to a clientele seeking big-name items like Lanvin flats or a Rick Owens jacket. Attic is the more intimate of the two, with a garret-like interior and a tighter edit of wares.
118 Queen St. WOOLLAHRA 61-2-9327-2999

The Corner Shop

The Paddington branch of this local favorite is situated in an impossibly cute Victorian cottage, but like its Downtown sibling stocks a spot-on mixture of the best from regional and international labels, including Biba, Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Friedrich Gray.
43 William St. PADDINGTON 61-2-9380-9828

Fleur Wood

Known for her silky, lace-fringed frocks, Sydney-based designer Wood translates a boudoir influence into feminine pieces for every day.
464 Oxford St. PADDINGTON 61-2-9380-9511

Ginger & Smart

This Australian favorite made its name by combining the sporty with the ethereal—and doing it all in an electric palette.
27 William St. PADDINGTON 61-2-9380-9966


Short for "incubate," Incu cultivates a following for nascent international labels by offering a broad sampling from each collection. Twins Brian and Vincent Wu take as much care in selecting whom to promote as they do choosing the shop's darkly glam decorative elements: charred-wood Maarten Baas chandeliers, ebony railings, and a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas—inspired mural.
256 Oxford St. PADDINGTON 61-2-9331-6070

Kirrily Johnston

Johnston's clothes are the perfect summation of life in Sydney: They're as beachy as they are citified, with breezy shapes fancied up with serious tailoring.
6 Glenmore Rd. PADDINGTON 61-2-9380-7775,


Mellow and inviting, this beauty emporium offers a panoply of hard-to-find grooming goods from around the globe. The house brand features beachy products: sheer lip balm, body lotion packed with skin-conditioning extracts from obscure Australian plants, and nail polish ingeniously custom-blended to match your Havaianas.
140 Oxford St. PADDINGTON 61-2-9360-7711


We swear by the jeans from this label—they kick-started the craze for Australian denim and are largely responsible for the advent of the skinny-leg silhouette.
16 Glenmore Rd. PADDINGTON 61-2-9361-6291

Parlour X

The traditional Australian home is referred to as a "terrace," and these graceful, iron-balconied dwellings look more French Quarter New Orleans than suburban Sydney. Retailers have begun converting these historic habitats into stores, and Parlour X is the most outstanding example, with picks from Viktor & Rolf, Luella, and Hussein Chalayan.
213 Glenmore Rd. PADDINGTON 61-2-9331-0999
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