While the the northern hemisphere prepares for hibernation in scarves and roll-necks, summer has officially hit the east coast of Australia – just in time for a wardrobe refresh. But where to head? Well, James Street in Fortitude Valley is officially Brisbane’s style central. But although you’ll find big-hitting Aussie labels like Aesop and Sass and Bide, the concept store game is the real draw: independent, family-owned boutiques that started small and have now built up a strong international following like Camargue and Calexico. “James Street itself is like a catwalk,” says stylist and Brisbane local Leticia Gaskell. “There’s a vibe that’s like no other in town, especially with new hotel The Calile on the block – you dress up to come shopping here.” The vibe? Sun-bleached, light-flooded brunch spots trailing with greenery. Oh, and don’t miss the best Middle-Eastern fine-dining spot in the city, Gerard’s at number 14.
The best shoe shop on the street, Maryon’s was founded in the 70s and stocks the heavy hitters in international footwear. Get ready for the Australian summer with these embellished
Rochas block-heel brocade sandals.
Shop 3/46 James St;
A Brisbane fashion institution stocking international and Australian labels. Known for loud, clashing prints such as this maxi skirt by La Double J – the ideal beachside cover-up.
5/46 James St;
Emerging designers and big-name fashion houses mingle at this fashion-forward boutique. Shop labels like Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim or these starburst Adina Reyter earrings.
Shop 7/46 James St;
This thoroughly Australian boutique stocking organic clothing has been an instant hit on the Brisbane fashion scene. Shop colour-block womenswear but be sure to check out their ace homeware selection, too.
Shop 2/30 James St;
Come to pared-back boutique St Agni for its peerless leather footwear and accessories selection, stay for these boxy pastel-blue Franca sunnies by Auór.
9A/23 James St; +61 7 3257 4368