A mini indie mecca arrives in Sydney's Darlinghurst. By Lisa Dionisio
Like its growing brood of skyrocketing designers (Josh Goot and Lover to name a few), Sydney's shopping scene is just as much on the rise. One shop in particular that has us believing Australia's coastal nirvana is fast on its way to becoming a full-fledged shopping mecca: Our Spot.
Housed in a former gallery space, Our Spot is Claire Cooper and Dion Kovacevic's answer to the absence of high-end street-wear in the area. Cooper, who had worked in the music industry, and Kovacevic, a former pro-skater, were both pining for the selection of urban duds they'd seen throughout their European travels but were unavailable to their fellow Aussies. With his connections in the skating industry, Kovacevic's original vision for a street-savvy shop quickly emerged. As a result, Our Spot is now the spot for the city's like-minded fashion-heads. "As the shop grew, so did our clientele," says Cooper. "It was such a natural progression to start housing labels that reflected this point of view."
Those labels include Refinery29 favorites like United Bamboo, Common Projects, Rittenhouse, and Nom de Guerre all housed in a minimalist converted gallery space. Located in Darlinghurst—a neighborhood once famous for its historic gaol (prison), terrace houses, and heritage buildings—the area has been tagged a destination for night crawlers and their fellow style-seekers. Set in a converted gallery space, Our Spot is one of the area's prime retail destinations. With soothing warm tones and plenty of natural light, Cooper adds, "we wanted to create a space that reflected the architecture of the building in its original form." Sleek white walls contrasted against rich veneers, and polished concrete floors form a striking backdrop for the shop's handpicked offerings.
Clothing and accessories include sneakers by Common Projects, shirts by Nom de Guerre, dresses from Sunshine and Shadow, as well as pieces from A.P.C., Florian Dennicourt, and a mix of homegrown designers, such as Rittenhouse, Arnsdorf, and lesser-known labels including Maw from New Zealand and the Sydney-based Beat Poet. "Claire and I both wanted to start fresh with labels that were previously unavailable here," Kovacevic says. "But these collections are our personal favorites, too."
A mini indie mecca arrives in Sydney's Darlinghurst.