Having got all excited by sartorial Darwin’s recent win at the Melbourne Cup last week, I was inspired to write a post about my favourite local boutiques.
Raw Cloth (Aralia Street Shops, Nightcliff)
Beloved by many a Darwin woman, the bright and beautiful dresses at Raw Cloth are made by mother and daughter team Rhonda Dunne and Jo Dunne-Politis who source incredible fabrics – from Finland’s Marimekko to textiles from Daly River’s Merrepen Arts (see Chloe Moo’s winning dress) and the Tiwi Islands, old kimono material and Indonesian batiks. The styles have a vintage flavour; full skirts and shift dresses are popular but they have expanded their range over the years so there is bound to be something that suits your shape. In the same arcade you can find their lovely homewares store.
Me & My Llama (Star Village Arcade, Smith St, Darwin)
This is the place for fun shoes that don’t cost the earth. Stock is updated weekly, so there’s always something new to try on. Think strappy sandals and cute flats, not to mention my favourite plastic fantastic Melissa’s which are perfect for the Wet season. Me & My Llama also do their own range of clutches and great, cheap earrings. I notice they also now have Erstwilder’s quirky resin jewellery. Join their Facebook page to keep ahead of the sales.
After a sad goodbye to this Star Vilage favourite, I’m delighted that owner Tess has opened an online store where she sells her beautifully curated range of apparel, accessories, homewares and gifts. Having lived in Darwin for several years, Tess appreciates the climate and the town’s easy, breezy, vivid style. Her online store stocks designs by Gillian Tennant, Milk from a Thistle, Lola Australia and Alessandra among others.
The Corner Store (4/1 Vickers St, Parap)
Once you stop oohing and aahing over the achingly gorgeous furniture and collectibles on display at this Parap homewares store, check out the small but well selected range of dresses from the likes of Marimekko and Collette by Collette Dinnigan. They also stock Saltwater Sandals (though you can buy them here for half the price) and Funkis shoes. Unfortunately The Corner Store is closing at the end of the year – so get in quick!
Overlooking the corner of Knuckey and Cavenagh Streets (entrance up stairs on Cavenagh), this light and airy boutique is a beautiful place to browse. They have a range of Australian designers with a focus on natural fabrics, but a better bet is the jewellery and accessories. Great place for gift buying.