Fashionista's Guide to James St
Whether it’s the colourful flowing kaftans at Camilla, the uber-cool streetwear designs at Nudie Jeans or the sartorial craftsmanship at Pistols At Dawn, the James Street precinct is Brisbane’s home of fashion. Here are some favourite destinations to inspire your next visit.
For anyone chasing the latest items straight off the runway in Milan, Paris, London or New York, head straight to Calexico. Calexico is home to the who’s who of fashion, and owner Nicky Hendrie only stocks the best of the best. Stocking the very latest and rarest items, Calexico has established itself as one of the top boutiques on Australian shores. Playing host to brands such as Acne, Isabel Marant, IRO, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, 3.1 Philip Lim, and Clover Canyon, Calexico isn’t the type of store you just walk past.
Tucked neatly into James Lane lies Brisbane’s best-kept secret. Upon stepping into Sans Peur, your eyes are drawn straight to the metallics, dark leathers, and cotton dresses lining the boutique’s walls. For those with a fixation on craftsmanship and tailoring, Sans Peur offers the best of a range of international imports such as MSGM, Ilaria Nistri, and A F Vanderforst.
Stone & Metal
The beauty of Stone & Metal is in the raw and undefined nature of its precious metals and gemstones. Designer, goldsmith and owner Samantha Anderson is leading the pack of innovative jewellery designers straying away from one particular aesthetic to create a unique collection of trinkets inspired by life’s diversity. Every piece of jewellery in store is handmade with love to create a piece of individualism that you can showcase on your neck, wrist, chest or ears.
No-one does chic like the Parisians, and so it goes that James Street would be incomplete without its own little touch of Paris. French Rendez-Vous is a distinguished and homely clothing boutique owned by French fashion expert Virginie Delamare. Book in a personal styling appointment for a chance to embody your unique Parisian style, and to browse her extensive collections of designers including Mimilamour, Bonheur, Yvonne Yvonne, Fred Marzo, Monsieur Paris, and Maison Olga.
Run by mother-daughter power duo Shan and Prue Bauer, Camargue boutique has grown into somewhat of a James Street icon. With a unique array of brands that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else, such as Zambesi, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Carven, Bassike and Dries Van Noten, you can thank the ladies at Camargue for many of the well-dressed women strutting their stuff around Brisbane.
Pistols At Dawn
Pistols At Dawn proudly produces garments retaining the craftsmanship of a time-honoured profession. All garments in the Pistols At Dawn collection are finished to the highest standard – fully canvassed jackets, reindeer horn buttons and cotton lining showcase just some of the subtle detailing that has become its signature. The James Street store has also seen the inception of Initial Denim, Australia's first made-to-measure denim service, offering cloth from Japan, the US and Turkey. The service offers three fit models and five steps of customisation to ensure one result – your perfect pair of jeans.
Cult Brisbane label Gail Sorronda has brought its dark romanticism to James Street. Gail Sorronda’s unique monochrome designs have attracted the likes of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who cherry-picked Gail Sorronda to be stocked in the Dolce & Gabbana Spiga2 store in Milan. The pair was quoted in Vanity Fair that Gail Sorronda was one of the top-selling labels in its store and Gabbana was quoted in The Wall Street Journal saying: “I love Gail Sorronda. It’s my taste”. Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld also named Gail Sorronda “one to watch”.