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James Street, Fortitude Valley, is unquestionably Brisbane’s high street when it comes to shopping for fashion and homewares. International labels, Australian A-Listers and local independent boutiques all come together in this cool precinct, right on the doorstep of The Calile Hotel. If you can tear yourself away from The Calile’s poolside cabanas, you’ll find a world of indulgent shopping awaits. We’ve come up with a list of stores that should be at the top of your shopping list.
Museum of Small Things (M.O.S.T.)
This top recommendation is one you can explore without even leaving the hotel. Located on the ground floor of The Calile, the Museum of Small Things is actually a shop, and a very beautiful one at that. It sells an elegantly curated selection of objects themed around sleep, treat, resort and relaxation, sourcing its stock from around Australia as well as pieces specially commissioned for The Calile. Local makers and labels are championed.
Le Labo Fragrances
New York-born fragrance company, Le Labo, is one of the more recent additions to James Street. Their first Queensland perfumery stocks candles, hair and body care products, colognes and perfumes with heady fragrances such as lavender, rose, jasmine and orange blossom. Sniff out their City Exclusive range with scents that will whisk you away to New York, Berlin, Seoul and more.
Close to Le Labo is fineprintco, a beautiful gallery selling premium wall art including limited edition prints, striking works by American photographer, Slim Aarons, and original paintings by talented Queensland artist, Remy Taylor.
Add sparkle to your life with gorgeous bespoke jewellery from Molton Store, a Brisbane jewellery design company that has its flagship store on James Street. Its modern designs are suitable for all occasions and make exquisite gifts. For those who are ready to tie the knot, it makes wedding bands to order.
Aesop’s James Street store is one of the popular skincare company’s largest stores and its design is stunning. The interior is encased in a shell of sweeping, curved fibreglass – the same material used in kayaks and surfboards, a subtle nod to the Queensland outdoor lifestyle. Step into this rose-coloured world and indulge with one of Aesop’s opulent Othertopias fragrances.
Top fashion labels
Many top fashion labels can be found in James Street and you don’t even need to step outside the door for many of them, with boutiques such as Carla Zampatti, Bec + Bridge, Camilla and Marc, Mister Zimi, Dion Lee, and Sass & Bide located in The Calile Hotel.
Seek out brilliant local designers such as Gail Sorronda, popular internationally for her monochrome palette and dark romanticism, and luxury jewellery label Natasha Schweitzer, which regularly shows at New York and Paris fashion weeks.
Calexico brings an international flavour with contemporary and emerging designs in fashion, shoes and accessories. It has curated collections from Alexis, L'Agence, Ulla Johnson, Nili Lotan, Citizens of Humanity and many more. Fresh stock comes in every day, providing plenty of excuses to return. It also offers personal styling services. Its offshoot, Calexico Man, is a great place to find quality menswear from international designers.
If you’re looking for interior design inspo, you’ve come to the right place, with fabulous homewares stores and shops selling unique, designer furniture. The Modern Furniture Store stocks Scandinavian-designed furniture and accessories, while American homewares giants Pottery Barn and West Elm have huge ranges for the lounge, bathroom and bedroom. If you want to take the holiday feeling home with you, pop into St Barts, which stocks luxe homewares with an island vibe. Think of it as the holiday that never ends.
The perfect way to end a day of shopping is an overnight stay at The Calile Hotel. Relax, rest and reinvigorate at the award-winning hotel in James Street. Guests who book direct and sign up to the Friends of Calile program also receive 10% off participating retailers during their stay.