Remember when the Gold Coast was mainly known for its tacky party scene (*cough* Surfers Paradise *cough*)?! A lot has changed!
We now live on a Gold Coast in which Palm Beach is the epicentre of coolness and you can be proud to call yourself a local. But the abundance of trendy restaurants, bars and cafes is not all that makes the Gold Coast a striving hipster town. Little boutiques have been popping up featuring Australian design and fashion (amongst others).
Here are our 13 favourite boutiques on the Coast, support local - shop small!
(Listed from North to South)
· Miss Darcy Boutique, Southport
Miss Darcy has hunted high and low to bring you that perfect outfit, from the special occasion frock that you will wear for years to come to comfy stuff for hanging at the beach.
Featured labels include: Auguste, Stevie May, Talulah, Isla, C/MEO Collective, We Are Kindred.
9/253 Ferry Rd, Southport
· Another Love, Southport
Another Love boutique, located at The Brickworks in Southport, offers you a carefully selected collection each season, from the most desirable, fashion forward labels suited to the Australian lifestyle.
Featured Labels include: Alexander Wang, Ellery, Iro Paris, Sass and Bide, Camilla and Marc, Victoria Beckham Denim.
107 Ferry Road, Southport
· Janine Edwards, various locations
For Janine it all started of in 1984 in Melbourne's Chapel Street, with a factory out the back designing and manufacturing ladies ready-to-wear and evening dresses. Her concept has come a long way and has grown into a multi brand fashion importing company, bringing you the best and most in-demand labels from the likes of Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
Featured Labels include: J Brand, FRAME, RtA, 3x1, Equipment, Loveshackfancy, American Vintage.
Shop 136 Marina Mirage, Main Beach
Shop 2763 Pacific Fair, Broadbeach
· About a Girl, Nobby Beach
About a Girl boutique is all about YOU! They always have the cutest stuff for all kinds of occasions. And if there's ever anything you can’t find, a product or label you’re dying to get your hands on, let them know and they will try their best to track it down for you.
Featured Labels include: Mink Pink, Tiger Mist, Little Lies, All about Eve, Silent Theory
1/2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobbys Beach
· The Freedom State, Burleigh Heads
Boho chicks, listen up! The Freedom State is a women's clothing store that is inspired by bohemian creativity with a gypsy attitude of freedom. The lovely team has carefully selected their labels to offer you unique women's boho fashion, that inspires you to dress unashamedly you.
Featured Labels include: Amuse Society, Spell Byron Bay, Fallen Broken Street, Somedays Lovin, Arnhem.
4/64 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
· Bird on a Wire, Burleigh Heads
Bird on a Wire is set amongst the thriving coffee shops of the Lower Gold Coast Highway close to beautiful Burleigh beach. This chic boho boutique offering a diverse range of beautiful but affordable fashion and homeware is the perfect stop after a swim and a coffee.
Featured Labels include: SunnyGirl, Levi, Amuse Society, Auguste, Jaase, Kompanero
5/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
· Emte. Boutique, Burleigh Heads
A must visit store when you're in the Burleigh area. Emte. Boutique was founded by a Gold Coast girl who felt that there was a gap to be filled for fashion jewellery and accessories that are cutting edge, stylish, on trend and affordable.
Featured Labels include: Nakedvice, Quay Sunglasses, The Horse, Assembly Label, The People VS
3 James St, Burleigh Heads
· White Bohemian Store, Palm Beach
As the name suggests, White Bohemian Store is all about boho style… bohemian clothing and accessories, bohemian inspired home wares and the very best gifts for the free spirited gypsy wanderer.
Featured Labels include: Spell Byron Bay, Cabo Gypsy, Kivari, One Teaspoon, Bohemian Luxe
1160 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221
· Alfred's Apartment, Mermaid Beach
Alfred's isn't just your favourite Diner and Barber Shop, they also sell men's fashion and accessories. Only the coolest labels make the cut at Alfred's, making sure you always look your best.
Featured Labels include: Brixton, Carhartt, Byrd, HUF, Deadly Garments, Thrills
2389 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
· Sean Scott Boutique, Burleigh Heads
The Sean Scott Boutique in Burleigh's James Street is a unique space showcasing Sean Scott's breathtaking photography as well as clothing and accessories for the fashion conscious Australian Hipsters. You can also find one of the biggest displays of Valley Eyewear glasses here on the Coast.
Featured labels include: Myra Swim, Deus Ex Mashina, TCSS, Harper, Assembly the Label, Valley Eyewear
21c James St, Burleigh Heads
· The Apparel Collective, Palm Beach
This men's and women's boutique is the embodiment of surf culture. You'll find only the coolest Australian fashion brands and accessories.
Featured Labels include: EPOKHE, MISFIT, Banks, Captain Fin Co., Afends, RVCA,
7/1136 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
· Stock and Supply, Coolangatta
Stock and Supply located in Coolangatta stock Australia’s newest and most interesting brands with a strong focus on surf and street-style. They only ever get low quantities of high quality products, so be sure to check back regularly.
Featured Labels include: Thrills, Afends, Wanderers Co, Andorwith, Salty Shoes, Staple the Label.
72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
· Four Letter Store, Coolangatta
Offering a mad and rad selection of men's and women's fashion, Four Letter Store aims to be the place to head if you're not into wearing the 'stream gear from major retailers.
Featured Labels include: Sunday the Label, Morris Day the Label, Dead Studios, The Fifth Label, Shuturp.
Shop 47a, The Strand 72 - 80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Words by Louisa von Ingelheim