One of the best things about Dunedin is the SHOPPING! But where do the cool kids go? There are so many options so I’m going to narrow it down for you. Depending on your personal style, each of these shops cater to different needs but the great thing is they do have something for everyone of any age! Perfect!
Slick Willy’s is an iconic Dunedin store which has been around since the 90’s. It has two stores in one! Upstairs is for the younger unisex crowd, lots of street wear for all ages, they have great sales and captures the youth market in Dunedin. Downstairs is for a more mature market or anyone who doesn’t need street wear. My fav is the downstairs store, it boosts labels from NZ & around the globe including Kowtow, Blak, Creeps and Violets & Lazy Oaf just to name a few. Owner Amy is hugely supportive of up & coming local designers often stocking them before they have a following. The staff are super friendly & down to earth & I love that!
Right beside Slick Willy’s is Bell Bird. Bell Bird is a beautiful boutique store that stocks lots of feminine NZ designers. It has a wide range of products from clothing, shoes & bags, to lingerie & jewellery. This is a “must stop shop” on the way down George St, one of the only stockists in town of NZ favs like Deadly Ponies & Lonely Hearts Lingerie. They also exclusively stock their own range called ” Danger Birds”, designed by the talented owner Shelley. It’s a cool casual street range that does really well in the store.
Across the street from Bell Bird is The Company of Strangers store called Company store. It’s a gorgeous little store that has a real vibe to it. The company of Strangers store stocks it own brand along with another local designer New Lands & a handful of talented NZ & overseas designers including Underground Sundae, Lela Jacobs & P.A.M. They have amazing hand crafted jewlery & leather pieces designed & made by Company of Strangers as well as eye ware, shoes, belts, nail ware & lots more. Company store to a must see in Dunedin, as it captures the Dunedin vibe so well. One of my favs!
Plume in Dunedin is another iconic store that has been around for decades since 1978. Local owner & designer Margi has long captured the vibes of Dunedins creative culture & has influenced how the cities residence dress themselves. The Plume store in Dunedin is large & stocks a number of designers along side Nom*d, other NZ favs Zambesi & Jimmy D & amazing international designers like Bernard Willhelm & a COMM des GARÇONS PLAY.
SHOES!!! Who else loves shoes. In Dunedin there are the usual chain stores for shopping & shoes but if you are after something a bit different, the only place to go is I LOVE PARIS! Every time I go there I spot something to buy. Owner Ava has had the store in Dunedin (there’s also one inWellington) since 1989, after having years of being frustrated at not being able to find edgy & fashionable footware, she decided to bring the fashionable footware to Dunedin herself & she never fails on that front. Stocking some great international brands like Beau Coops, Miista, Pons Quintana & local Kiwi fav Chaos & Harmony. I Love Paris is a MUST for shoes lovers!
Until next time,