It might be the season for shopping and trying to find unique gifts; however sourcing design-focused fashion is a year-round affair. With that in mind, add Barangaroo's latest addition to your next outfit-buying trip. Run by the folks who gave Surry Hills the retail haven that is Somedays, The Waiting Room is a Sydney-based offshoot of the stylish Melbourne store of the same name.
Curation is key at the fresh space on the corner of Shipwright Walk and Scotch Row on Barangaroo Avenue, with The Waiting Room as selective about what they sell as you should be about what you wear. Expect a careful balance of clothing and accessories from Scandinavian, European, American and local designers, including Aussie labels such as Backstage, Chloe Gard Pottery and Salty Beach Life, New Zealand favourite Kowtow, and the global likes of Céline, Samsøe & Samsøe, Eton and Royal Republiq.
If that sounds like a hefty list to navigate — and there's plenty more where they came from, too — The Waiting Room's staff are on hand to give you an old-school shopping experience, boasting their own passion for design and helping the store hark back to a seemingly bygone era where being served by someone who had an artisan knowledge of their product was the norm. And as far as matching the products and vibe to the surroundings is concerned, architects Burley Katon Halliday have decked out the space with a marble mosaic floor, timber, brass and leather aplenty, and even a custom ottoman upholstered in Tibetan goats' wool.
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