Many people love fashion and some might even be addicted to buying the latest trends. Both Auckland and Sydney are known as the fashion capitals of their respective countries. However according to Wikipedia’s top 26 fashion capitals in the world Sydney is ranked 7th and Auckland is not even mentioned. Recently the Telegraph also named Sydney as 9th and Auckland was once again not even mentioned in the top 20. But is it worth making that trip to Sydney to purchase the latest trends or is it right in front of us in Auckland?
Many shops have been opening in Sydney lately including Burberry , Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Zara and Gap just to name a few, with Prada expected to open in July and Christian Dior expected to open its exclusive store in mid 2012. Sydney is currently in the spotlight with international retailers who are thinking about setting up stores there as it’s known as the fashion capital and also because Australia is economically strong. Christian Dior general manager for Oceania and Micronesia Mark Browne believes that Sydney is “a premier retail luxury destination.” However for Auckland it has been looking very different. Lately a few shops have been closing in Auckland including Supre and Cue in The Rialto precinct in Newmarket. From what the media has portrayed n the last few years it has shown a clear picture that retailers are finding it hard, especially with New Zealand’s low dollar.
Conclusion: While there may be many fabulous local designers and great shopping malls, nothing beats Sydney. In fact, I think I might just organise a trip over to Sydney every year to stock up on my fashion supplies.
Popular places in Sydney to shop:
Oxford Street: Runs through the heart of Sydney. It’s known for its great atmosphere and it’s selection of striking boutiques.
Market Street: Grace Brothers, at the corner of Market and George Streets, have excellent department stores with products from Australia and the world.
Darling Harbour – Harbourside: Harbourside has many quality stories and eateries. It not only offers a great shopping experience but also entertainment. Shopping includes well known and select Australian and world wide brands. All Harbourside speciality stores are open from 10am to 9pm daily.
The Rocks Market: The Rocks Market is a must see in Sydney. It has filled with around 145 stalls offering things such as fashion, souvenirs and aboriginal artefacts. They are every Saturday and Sunday. It is also a great place to people watch and take it all in.
Sydney Chinatown: Sydney Chinatown, at the south end of the CBD and centered around Dixon St. offers great Asian speciality shops and cuisine.
Westfield Shopping Centre: a large shopping complex located under the Sydney Tower. The centre includes many high-end retailers and fashion designers such as Zara Zara, Gucci and Swarovski.
Popular Auckland places to shop:
High Street, Chancery Lane: If you are a fashion addict and love designer and fashion boutiques then this is the place to be. You will find some of New Zealand’s top designers including Karen Walker and Zambesi.
Ponsonby Road: A key area for shoppers and fashion admirers is Ponsonby Road. This road offers a variety of clothing stores (cheap to expensive), furniture and designer lifestyle shops. It is only a five minute drive west of the CBD.
Newmarket: Newmarket is the place to shop if you want a bit of everything. It has international and local fashion labels as well as the main department stores. You can either walk along the street and browse the shops or visit the shopping mall complex, Two Double Seven.
Botany Town Centre: Located approximately 15 kilometres from Auckland CBD. It has more than 150 speciality stores built into charming streets and lanes.
Aotea Square Markets: Aotea Square Markets is one of Auckland’s favourite markets. It has lots of Kiwiana products, funky New Zealand fashion, ethnic cuisine and live entertainment. It is located on Queen Street in Auckland city and is great for tourists. It is open every Friday and Saturday, 10 am till 6 pm.
Victoria Park Market: Also another great market for tourists with a large range of arts, crafts and fashion. It is open from 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week.