STYLE - Eastside's Historic Department Stores

Sydney is a first class city, with some of the most iconic buildings in the world and home to true trailblazers in fashion, design, music and business. There is a history of style and innovation written on the walls of our historic city.

In times gone by families would make the long trip by train or coach into the CBD for a special occasion… visiting the department store. Before there was a Target, H&M and Sephora on every corner, Sydney’s department stores were a haven for beautiful designs, luxurious tea and cocktails; level upon level of sumptuous and unique styles from around the world. Forget fast-fashion it was the Mark Foys fur section and the Gowing’s cocktail lounge that made Sydney a true destination.

Here are some images of the good old days of Sydney’s most stylish department stores including David Jones and Grace Bros.

STYLE - Best places to shop without sticking to trends

There’s never been a better time for a new wardrobe! If you’re looking to invest in some more quality one-off pieces which never age then we have a few Eastside favourites in mind.

Darlinghurst’s Southwest Trader is the perfect place for those stunning accessories that everyone comments on when you enter the room, whether that’s a gorgeous leather satchel, or a statement ring that transforms the simplest of outfits. Or if it’s jackets, dresses and shoes that you are yearning for then the new Axl Bazaar in Potts Point is where you should be heading. Their stunning airy showroom and racks of vintage designers are drool worthy and very reasonably priced.

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Eastside is where to go for luxurious investment pieces for every shape, age and decade.

For a scarf to hand down to the next generation then take a trip to Kings Cross and Becker Minty, their unique high quality designs are meant for the most sophisticated of fashionistas. While you’re there take a look at their jewellery and bags, you’re sure to find something you want top take home.

By Freer has popped up in Potts Point! Not too far away from their original digs in Vaucluse their classic shapes are flattering for every woman and are the perfect starting place for layering statement pieces. The same goes for their neighbour Arida, with a bit more luxury behind it, here is a store where you can find silks, cashmeres, leathers and the best denims fits. For both men and women, you really don’t need to look further than Eastside.

STYLE: Kryolan has some amazing summer workshops for you to be your most stylish this season.

Kryolan is one of the world’s most celebrated and respected makeup brands and a favourite of professional make-up artists, performers, the drag and trans community, as well as the everyday beauty consumer. They also have a dermatologist recommended range ideal for covering/concealing skin conditions. The brand has has been in Australia for 30 years with two stores in Melbourne and, recently a new store in Darlinghurst.

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One of the things Kryolan is best known for is embracing diversity. Their store is a safe place for all members of the community to come regardless of age, gender, race or persuasion.

The Kryolan brand has been going for over 70 years, starting in theatre before expanding quickly into film, television and fashion, and it would be hard to find a movie, television show or live performance that doesn't use their makeup in some way.

They have some great workshops coming up over the summer which are open to everyone, - they’re popular so if you’re keen, get in fast!

COMING UP:

Back to Basics Personal Makeup Skills workshop - Saturday 12 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 19 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 23 February 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Their full calendar can be found here or go in store - 20 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010