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The Calile welcomes its first wave of boutique retail openings

The scaffolding has come down and the signage is illuminated – it’s not long now until James Street welcomes The Calile to its midst officially. Ahead of the luxury hotel’s opening, the building’s ground-floor retail portion has come to life. Several high-end boutiques and Queensland firsts are welcoming hordes of shoppers this week, with many more to come. more

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Dress Up brings a human touch to divine feminine styles
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Dress Up brings a human touch to divine feminine styles

The very concept of dressing up has so many implied connotations, but at the same time it’s a very personal thing. When it comes to women, society and the media in particular have a lot to say about what occasions constitute a fancy dress code. Dress Up is a Melbourne-based label offering simplicity and comfort that is intertwined with an irresistible femininity, with a mission to imbue a sense of occasion into ordinary life … because every day should be Dress Up day, right? more

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Everything’s coming up ASOS with this vibrant The Simpsons collab
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Everything’s coming up ASOS with this vibrant The Simpsons collab

Real talk – if you didn’t park yourself in front of Channel 10 at 6:00 pm every weeknight to watch the antics of animated yellow legends The Simpsons, you either have no soul or were raised by very conservative parents. All barbs aside, the world’s favourite dysfunctional yellow family is a veritable pop-culture juggernaut capable of inducing some serious nostalgia pangs – and now online retail giant ASOS is giving you the chance to wear your heart on your sleeve. more

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Brisbane-based Rinseu brings global street style with a local flavour
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Brisbane-based Rinseu brings global street style with a local flavour

When it comes to apparel, our country certainly isn’t lacking in the surf and skate department – our outdoor lifestyle means that a whole bunch of talented minds have tapped that market to keep us well dressed. Australia’s streetwear scene is still pretty niche – but someone new has arrived on the scene to give us a much-needed injection of style. Brisbane’s own Jahl Herapath has just launched Rinseu, a unisex label dripping with cool. more

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Ethical, affordable, comfy and cute – Mighty Good Undies ticks all of the boxes
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Ethical, affordable, comfy and cute – Mighty Good Undies ticks all of the boxes

Back in the day, the words ‘fairtrade’ and ‘ethical’ seemed totally inaccessible for a lot of people. For some of us, these sorts of labels are still associated with a high cost – yeah, it’s a nice idea, but what about the price? One place that you can start making a change without forking out the big bucks is with your jocks, thanks to the kind-hearted geniuses at Mighty Good Undies. This Australian brand was born from the belief that you don’t have to trade ethics for affordability – you just have to pay attention, do your research and make the effort. more


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From glistening gems to Japanese treasures – discover the best of Adelaide Street shopping

When embarking on a shopping spree, it's only natural for your mind to immediately wander to the heart of Brisbane City. We don't blame you – it truly is the retail centre of town. When you know where to look, you can discover a treasure trove of boutique gems tucked away on one of the city's key promenades – Adelaide Street. If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket and want to avoid the crowds of the mall, we've put together a quick hit-list of places perfect for a splurge. more

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FRANCES HENDRIE brings a killer athleisurewear edit to James Street
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FRANCES HENDRIE brings a killer athleisurewear edit to James Street

Whether you’re a proper gym junkie or more inspired by the cool-girl aesthetic, athleisurewear is having a real moment. It’s not hard to see why – it’s functional, it’s comfortable and it’s cool as hell. With these core principles in mind, it makes perfect sense that the minds behind luxury basics label FRANCES HENDRIE have decided to dip their toes into the athleisure pool. Now open on James Street, FRANCES HENDRIE ATHLEISURE has arrived to kit you out in the coolest workout gear on the market. more

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LÉ BUNS brings sexy back to basics with its eco-conscious intimates and swimwear
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LÉ BUNS brings sexy back to basics with its eco-conscious intimates and swimwear

When it comes to undies and swimwear, we have a lot of things to consider – but our search often boils down to a range of criteria that is hard to meet. Does it look cute? Is it ethically made? Will this ride up my bum? So many questions! Merging comfort, sustainability and aesthetics is no easy feat, but the brains over at LÉ BUNS have managed to deliver the complete package with their killer range of eco-conscious basics. more

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Let's get loud – meet socially responsible streetwear label IDEY KOKO
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Let’s get loud – meet socially responsible streetwear label IDEY KOKO

It’s hard to deny the appeal of a bold African print, but a lot of the time Western folk will fail to recognise the significance of the culture it comes from. These aren’t just clothes – each design tells a story, with many commemorating events, culture and art references. It seems like a cheap shot when big corporations appropriate these designs for massive profits without giving anything back to the country of origin, so how do you embrace the culture while helping the people behind it? IDEY KOKO is a Sydney-via-Ghana-based streetwear label bringing the fun, flavour and beauty of African prints to a brand-new market with the utmost respect, served with a serious side of social responsibility. more

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Make your designer fashion dreams a reality at the Harrolds mid-year sale
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Make your designer fashion dreams a reality at the Harrolds mid-year sale

Jeans, jackets, boots and sweaters are items that typically don’t get to make much of an appearance during our sweltering summers, but once the temperature drops we finally get to play with some new options. What better excuse to update your style than some serious discounts? Luxury department store Harrolds is holding a mind-boggling sale with up to 50% off its huge range of premium brands – that’s Balenciaga, Acne Studios, Saint Laurent, Balmain and loads more for half the price. We’ve picked five winter essentials available at the sale to kickstart your shopping inspo, but this is just a taste – shop the full range from Friday June 1. more

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Savage X Fenty brings sexy back with body-posi lingerie
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Savage X Fenty brings sexy back with body-posi lingerie

Real talk – is there anything Rihanna can’t do? The RnB superstar made some serious waves in the makeup world with the launch of her super-inclusive Fenty Beauty line, which includes a range of products and shades for literally everyone. She’s continuing her quest to make people feel fabulous with her new project Savage X Fenty, a collection of lingerie that is designed to suit all shapes and sizes without skimping on the sex appeal. more

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Queensland-first flagships announced for The Calile Hotel's boutique offering
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Queensland-first flagships announced for The Calile Hotel’s boutique offering

Just when you thought James Street couldn’t get any more chic, along comes an announcement that will cement the promenade’s reputation as Brisbane’s high street. Highly anticipated boutique hotel The Calile Hotel has revealed the fashion labels that will be calling its ground-floor retail precinct home, with some of Australia’s most acclaimed outfitters set to open flagship stores this spring. more

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is back with five days of fabulousness
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is back with five days of fabulousness

When it comes to Brisbane’s fashion scene, there is one event that we wait for every year with bated breath. Get ready to exhale with a sigh of rapturous relief because the wait is over – dates for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane have dropped and we are more than ready. Returning to Old Government House from August 26–30, the festival is set to spread style around the city for five fabulous days. more

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Elevate your basics – Silk Laundry opens its anticipated James Street boutique
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Elevate your basics – Silk Laundry opens its anticipated James Street boutique

Few materials add as much a sense of luxury to our lives as silk. Soft to the touch and sweet on the eyes, there’s a reason that the phrase ‘silky smooth’ is so commonly used. Silk Laundry is a sustainability-focused label that specialises in silk basics for everyday wear. If you like the sound of that, then you’ll like the sound of this – Silk Laundry is opening its first bricks-and-mortar store on James Street this Saturday April 21. more

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autark brings the flow and femininity to slow fashion
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autark brings the flow and femininity to slow fashion

If you’ve been looking to dip your toe into the slow fashion pool, you may have noticed two things – the designs are generally minimalist, and the price point tends to be pretty steep. One brand breaking this mould is autark, an Adelaide-based label bringing a fresh take to the genre. Forget the basics – this is high fashion that doesn’t ditch the function. more

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Culture is dead – Skim Milk drops its socio-politically charged spring/summer collection
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Culture is dead – Skim Milk drops its socio-politically charged spring/summer collection

Although we may not be living in the US of A, it’s hard to deny the influence that America has on the rest of the world. Thanks in large part to its deranged president, the world’s most powerful country has been spending even more time in the global spotlight than usual. It seems like every day there are stories coming out that beggar belief – but there are some upsides to the crazy times we live in. Skim Milk is a brand turning this uncertainty into art, all while giving people a vehicle to wear their heart on their sleeve. more

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Easy breezy – Jume makes dreamy ethical basics that won't go out of style
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Easy breezy – Jume makes dreamy ethical basics that won’t go out of style

We love to shop sustainably as much as the next person, but this can often seem like an impossible task when the word ‘ethical’ tends to come with an inflated price tag. While you can’t really put a dollar value on the safety of our environment, the (deserved) hype surrounding slow fashion means that it often pushes costs right up. That’s just the way it is, right? Wrong, pal. There are designers out there working to shatter the illusion that ethical production means we have to shell out more. A portmanteau of founder and creator Jessica Blume’s own name, Jume the label has landed on the fashion scene to bring us affordable and ethical basics with a truly dreamy touch. more