Where to now that we’ve crossed Sephora, Zara and Topshop off the list?
This one’s for anyone who has ever maxed out their luggage quota on overseas retailers – we hear your cries! These are the overseas retailers that will hopefully hit our shores pronto.
Almost every Aussie who ventures to London will return with wide-eyed tales of this cut-price department store. Jokingly dubbed “Primani” by the locals, this megastore offers a mega selection of fast fashion, homewares and beauty products.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the price point! Nothing beats leaving a Primark store with a whole new wardrobe for a fraction of the usual price.
Although we can access J.Crew online, an actual brick and mortar store would be a dream come true for Brisbane’s minimalist fashion fans. We particularly love how the models are always decked out with the perfect “no-makeup” makeup, with nary a smoky eye in sight!
Brisbane shoppers would love: being able to shop the covetable style of former J.Crew president Jenna Lyons.
The uninitiated might see Whole Foods as “just another American grocery store”. This is so far from reality – the massive organic grocer is like a whole other world.
There is good reason why celebrities are always papped outside their local Whole Foods- it’s a mecca for healthy eating buffs. It’s not uncommon for stores to feature smoothie bars, certified cheese professionals and obscure health products.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the most incredible hot and cold salad bar we’ve ever seen – work lunches will never be the same again!
When your brand has been name-checked by some of the greats of the music industry (do the names Jay Z or Justin Timberlake sound familiar to you?), it can be assumed that you’ve got street cred in spades. Dark, industrial interiors with a monochromatic leaning make AllSaints stores leaders in the London look.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the leather biker jackets – the only cover-up you really need to get through our mild winters.
This French sports store is a dream for outdoorsy types. Here, you can find everything from kayaks and snorkels to camping gear and roller skates. Seriously impressive.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the range of more than 200 shoes on offer – everything from running spikes to ballet slippers.
Those lucky ducks down in Melbourne were recently blessed with the first Céline store in Australia, and we couldn’t be more envious. The cult French label is the epitome of Parisian chic, and it’s the fashion house that sets the trends for the season.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the chance to worship at the alter of Phoebe Philo.
If Ikea had a Danish cousin, it would probably look something like Flying Tiger. Unlike the huge Swedish monolith, this quirky homewares store keeps its stock rotation tightly edited, so you won’t need Google Maps to find your way around!
Brisbane shoppers would love: the most adorable products you could ever imagine (think neon-yellow flower vases to attach to your bike handlebars, or heart-shaped dish sponges).
OK, OK, I KNOW that there are already a handful of Victoria’s Secret stores in Australia. But they are mainly in airports, and they sell just a limited supply of cosmetics, handbags, and underwear. No bras! No swimwear! No activewear! We need the full range, damn it.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the bras! The swimwear! The activewear! Please and thank you.
Originally developed by H&M as a high-fashion concept store, COS (Collection of Style) appeals to a more discerning shopper. Sydney and Melbourne currently have two stores apiece, but there aren’t any locations in the Sunshine State and we can’t even access the online store. If you’ve got your finger on fashion’s pulse, this label is definitely on your radar.
Brisbane shoppers would love: the simple, boxy basics and the perfect slouched pants.
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