Old Kingston has received a serious injection of fashion credibility in recent months with two new independent boutiques joining the already popular Honeysuckle and Lace and creating a little triangle of flair around Green Square.
So the next time you’re in the neighborhood, make time to pop in and give these stores the attention they deserve. You will not be disappointed !
Created by designer Megan Luhrs, Goldfinch the Label has an established studio and boutique in Pambula. But a recent family move to the area prompted Megan to open a cute little boutique.
Goldfinch the Label offers designs for women who appreciate sustainable and ethical fashion pieces that last.
Iconic pieces such as organic cotton denim skirts, 70s style wide leg pants and OEKO-TEX approved floaty linen styles that are the real deal when it comes to ethically made in Australia fashion.
Megan also offers a range of Australian-made jewellery, accessories and body products that are focused on eco-friendly values, including Bopo Women, Redpeg Jewelery, Tiggy by Cuddington leather bags and belts, and delicious fragrance candles. Posie and Schmoody.
You’ll also find standout international pieces including Stutterheim rain boots, Maison Hotel clothing and the amazing SÜK workwear for women (for those days when nothing but a boiler suit is going to cut it in the stakes of the wardrobe).
Megan’s love of mid-century style has made this quirky little boutique a fun space to absorb – from the cinder block counter, the mudroom to the velvet curtains and a sweet playlist pulsing from the retro speakers (if you like it, download it here).
Cusack Building, Eyre Street Kingston
Open 7 days at “random working hours for mom, but most days 10am-4:30pm and Fridays until 6pm”.
Follow on Instagram @goldfinch_thelabel
Ted & Olive Shop
Similar to Goldfinch, the Ted & Olive store in Canberra is an offshoot of a successful store that has been operating in Wagga Wagga since 2019.
Founded by two friends, Brenda Tritton and Alexandra Tierney, who first met in the bear pit of the NSW Parliament (before losing their jobs after a by-election), they have created an independent boutique showcasing the best of Australian fashion which was previously only able to be accessed in major conurbations. They have also built a reputation for engagement with their clients, offering private styling sessions, VIP parties and fashion shows where a real community has developed.
This year the Canberra store has become a reality as Alex’s mother Peta lives here (Alex also went to school here) and many of their brands are not available in Canberra such as Agolde, Nobody Denim, Amber Sceats, Hansen and Gretel, Iris and Laine, Jets and Zulu & Zephyr.
With a slogan borrowed from Coco Chanel, Alexandra, Brenda and Peta believe that “a woman should be two things. Who and what she wants.
“From premium denim to fine silk wool and linen fabrics, our brands focus on beautiful detailing and luxurious national fabrics, all designed and some made here in Australia,” said Alex.
2/22 Jardine Street Kingston
Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on Monday.
Follow on Instagram @ted_olive_boutique
Honeysuckle and Lace
Maria Wolters created this treasure trove of Australian and overseas designers nearly a decade ago and has a dedicated clientele of women who love her eye for finding just the right piece.
A former hairdresser, Maria worked for Maggie T when her kids were little and hated how little choice there was for plus-size women in Canberra. She took matters into her own hands and created her own shop.
“My goal with the store was simply to look after my customers as best I could to help them feel comfortable, beautiful and confident and to provide them with quality pieces that they would wear for many years to come. .”
Honeysuckle and Lace offers beautiful knitwear from Eribe from Scotland, Ivko from Serbia, cashmere Mia Fratino and Australian brand Uimi.
Their range of Dea Kudibal stretch silk will change the way you think about silk (it’s durable, easy care and machine washable!) while Mosmosh’s blazer jackets contrast with the quintessential By Ti Mo vintage-inspired pieces. . Keep an eye out for colors from Coster Copenhagen (you can’t really miss their striking prints and detailing) as well as Joey, Australian luxury designed and embellished.
Maria says, “I think women come to us because we’re real and down to earth. We offer great customer service, a safe place where you can be yourself and feel like you’re with a group of girls who want the best for you. Our shop is a feast for the eyes, there are so many wonderful pieces to fall in love with.”
We can testify to that.
39 Jardine Street Kingston
Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Follow on Instagram @honeysuckle_and_lace
Main Image: Ted and Olive Boutique by Bel Combbridge Photography