Stick it to the big guys, and find something unique at these City of Vincent retailers.
Sick of seeing those fab new shorts you just bought on every second person you pass on the street? There’s a simple fix. Stop relying on purchasing from chains, and start buying from independents.
Whether you’re looking for books, homewares, or fashion, the little guys always do it better. There’s a ton of great boutique stores around Perth, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite independent retailers on the northern fringe of the city below.
And better yet, Easy Park has made it easier than ever to visit each retailer. It’s available throughout the City of Vincent, and the first hour of parking is free.
31 Angove St, North Perth WA 6006
What doesn’t the Angove St Collective do?
Well, not much. Labelled as a ‘concept store’, the collective is an urban warehouse stocked with an ever evolving collection of independent retailers, most of which are local to WA.
You can find literally almost anything in this huge space on Angove Street. There’s a range of indoor plants as you first walk in the door, homewares and larger scale furniture in the middle section of the space, and a boutique selling clothing, accessories, and skincare right up the back. Heck, they even have a cafe taking up residence next door. They make it super easy for you to just ‘grab a coffee and do a spot of shopping’.
28 Angove St, North Perth WA 6006
Wandering along Angove Street, you can’t help but be lured into Lula & Sasha boutique. It’s light, bright, white, and oh-so-inviting.
Everything about the store oozes femininity; from the ornate white cabinets, to the frills, pastels, and prints on display. Perfectly colour coordinated, the racks are full of pieces from the likes of Wish, August The Label, Billini, and We are Kindred. If it’s accessories and homewares you’re looking for, you’ll find items from Glasshouse, Django & Juliette, Mollini, and more.
You’ve got to snap up pieces that catch your attention right then and there, because Lula & Sasha only stock one size run of everything they sell.
54B Angove St, North Perth WA 6006
Sustainable practice is the new black.
Tsuki Store, on Angove St in North Perth, are well and truly doing their bit for the environment, by filling their racks with pre-loved garments.
Unlike other stores selling pre-loved items, Tsuki store don’t work on consignment, sourcing all their own products from markets. There’s an eclectic mix of pre-owned product in store, from fully sequined dresses and clutches, to vintage vases and tea sets.
Shop local, and shop sustainable.
638 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6050
If ever there was a place to lose a few hours poring over a paperback, it’s Planet Books. They wouldn’t have strategically placed couch or two, if they weren’t encouraging you to stay a while.
One of Beaufort Street’s treasures, Planet Books is your go-to store for anything a little out of the ordinary. Sure, you can pick up the Harry Potter series, and probably 50 Shades of Grey, from them. But, you can also find titles like ‘Livin’, Lovin’ Perth’, and ‘The World’s Best Bowl Foods’, hidden amongst the shelves. If you thought it was something too obscure to have a book written about it, guaranteed you’ll find it at Planet.
Books aren’t all they do either. Their extensive gift selection is just as quirky as their collection of books. Think alcohol shot guns, Trump Dump toilet paper, and sushi socks.
452 William St, Perth WA 6000
After 11 years in the business at the top end of William Street, William Topp have amassed an incredible selection of gifts, accessories, and homewares. There’s something for everyone in store – even the person who seemingly has everything, and those that are notoriously hard to buy for.
Every category of gift is covered off at William Topp. There’s something for the kids (the Kewpie dolls and tin cars are adorable), something for your significant other (boutiquey aftershave perhaps?) and of course, a lot of things you’ll probably end up purchasing for yourself. They’re also the exclusive stockists of the David Shrigley range in Perth. If you haven’t seen his ‘ridiculous inflatable swan thing’, you need to head in store and see it, stat!
413 William St, Perth WA 6003
Shopping for ugg boots anywhere other than Elite Choice is sacrilege. It’s a mecca for all things snuggly and sheepskin.
Rather unassuming, this small store on the top end of William St is packed to the brim with stylish, quintessentially Aussie products. This isn’t just any old Australian souvenir store though. There are no tacky magnets here. As well as stocking the traditional ugg we all know and love, Elite Choice also stock wool lined moccasins, fluffy woollen slides, kangaroo hides, gorgeous Aboriginal art gifts, and a range of emu oil beauty products.
116 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
Fresh flowers are always a good idea.
Pop into the Posy Factory on Oxford Street, and you can pick up a bespoke bunch for any occasion. Their specialty is ‘cottage’ style posies, with a cute, whimsical style, but they’re more than happy to make up any bunch to suit your requests.
For the last-minute Larries and impulse purchasers, there is a selection of pre-made posies on display out front. Single varietal posies (i.e. a bunch of sunflowers) start from around $15.00, while mixed posies start from around $30.00.
12/663 Newcastle St, Leederville WA 6007
Men might not understand it, but ladies, you never feel more pulled together than when you’re wearing a matching set of lingerie. Confidence levels go through the roof when you’re in a good set.
Update your underwear drawer, and get yourself feeling damn fine, with a pretty new set from Silk Elegance Lingerie & Swimwear. Tucked away in the car park off Newcastle Street, this lingerie store stocks everything from lace bras to silk slips, A cups to K cups, and size 6 to 32. There’s a professional fitter on hand at all times too, so you can make sure you’re getting yourself into the correct size.
567 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
A firm favourite amongst locals, Beaufort Street Books has been selling their wares for almost 10 years now.
It’s a quaint little store that caters to everyone – and we mean that. There’s a kids corner full of plush toys and children’s titles, and plenty of books for adults to stick their noses into. If you’re after a particular book that they don’t happen to stock, they’ll happily order the title in for you as a special order.
As well as retailing books, the store runs 5 monthly adult book clubs, 4 children’s book clubs, and 3 of the hugely popular ‘degustation book clubs’. Any member of the adult’s and children’s clubs receives 10% off all their book club purchases, while the cookbook club takes a monthly fee of $11.00 to collectively build a cookbook library.
148 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
Varga Girl is a fashion lover’s haven. The store has been around for some 20 years – in various incarnations – and in that time, they have curated a collection of some of the best local, Australian, and international labels.
From local fashion favourite Empire Rose, to the internationally renowned Missoni, Nom*D, and Baum Und Pferdgarten, they’ve got something for every budget and taste. Call in to pick up anything from a casual day dress or pair of velvet socks, to a fully sequined pencil skirt or an exquisite necklace, dripping with jewels and charms.
197 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
Addicted to Audio is a store for those serious about sound.
Pop into their heritage-home-turned-showroom on Oxford St, park yourself on a couch, and immerse yourself in superior sound.
The store stocks a huge range of high end headphones and audio equipment, making AirPods look like kids’ toys in comparison. They may have a few pairs of $10,000 headphones up for sale, but they also have a great range of more accessible product to take home with you too. Think Bose noise cancelling headphones, Sony portable speakers, and Sonos digital music players.
193 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Lovers of Balinese inspired interiors and holiday home aesthetics need to make a beeline for Homewares Emporium in Mount Hawthorn.
Hidden away behind Casa Bianchi, this homewares store feels like a vacation the moment you step inside. There are giant beaded chandeliers and hammock seats hanging from the ceiling, a wall full of colourful throw cushions, and tables displaying everything from pretty feathered ornaments, to colourfully embroidered table runners.
Bypass KMart, because this is where you come to find that unique, conversation starting piece for your home.
377 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
‘Shopping local’ takes on new meaning at Ilka. It’s ‘local’ in every sense.
Sitting at the Mount Hawthorn end of Oxford Street, the store exclusively stocks product that has been designed and/or made right here in WA. In fact, 2 of the labels stocked in store have workshops right out the back – Jonté, and the store’s namesake label, Ilka. You can’t get much more local than that.
As well as a great range of clothing, you can head in store to pick up fun accessories, homewares, art, and jewellery, from labels like Bianko, Wild Horses, and Monster Alphabets. They even offer a hire service, alterations, and bespoke bridalwear. There’s really not much that they can’t help you with!
159 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Tredways has sat at the intersection of Scarborough Beach Road and Flinders Street for the past 70 years. All that time in the same spot makes them the oldest independently run shoe store in Perth, that’s still in their original location. Quite the feat!
After all this time in the business, they’ve become known as a destination for Dr Martens. In fact, they boast Perth’s biggest range of the much loved boots. Sure, they stock your original black docs, but it’s their range of colourful, printed, and even sequinned docs, that earns them that crown.
If you’re not into Dr Martens, there are plenty of other brands that might be up your alley – Skechers, Django & Juliette, or maybe even EOS.
43/148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Granite Lane is one of the most aesthetic stores on Oxford St, and a one stop shop for all things home and nursery. It’s the retail combo that you never knew you needed.
In store, they carry everything from larger scale furniture and Kip & Co bed linen, to velvet feeding chairs and adorable, plush ‘Dinkum Dolls’. Literally, everything but the kitchen sink. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, or searching for the perfect gift, you can’t go wrong at Granite Lane.
140 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007
After moving around the corner from their original store, the newer, bigger, and brighter Hunter Store has even more fashion forward footwear for you to browse.
With brands like Skin, Pura Lopez, and Zoe Kratzmann, you can be sure that you’ll find more than your run of the mill sandals here. Favouring colourful, structural, and just plain different shoes, everything in the store is totally unique. Think cut out heels, asymmetrically cut uppers, and chunky soles.
They also have a great range of bags, sunglasses, and jewellery to pair with your new, perfect pair.
Take the journey with us
The City of Vincent is running a ‘Shop Local’ competition, where three lucky followers will win a prize pack valued over $1,000. It’s filled with the best the Vincent retailers have to offer, so be sure to keep an eye out their Facebook or Instagram for details.
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