August Sales Guide for Sydney Shoppers

Spring is just a month away, but who’s counting, right? From community markets into the Rachel Gilbert clear-out, this month’s sale roster is guaranteed to get you out and about in Sydney. In addition, for the first time each Burberry boutique is offering in-store personalisation, hand-painted by one of their brand’s UK artisans, and Birkenhead Point is opening up Australia’s first Harrold’s store in its recently opened development.


Australian designer Rachel Gilbert is holding her second Sydney warehouse sale of this year and it is among the biggest on the yearly Sydney sale calendar. Famous for lavish and intricate hand-embellished layouts, the five-day sale provides around 80 percent off previous seasons including fall winter 17, spring and resort summer 16, samples, bridal dresses, women’s ankle boots and high heels and much more.

Held in a brand new Paddington store, the brand is looking to clear out all stock, which makes it the ideal time to pick up an outfit for any special events coming up in the next half of this year. Be ready for queues and wear clothing which makes it easy to try on clothing in minimal space.

Have you got monogrammed products in your mind? For the first time a Burberry Artisan has moved to Australia to provide customers a distinctive leather goods painting service. Over the weekend a range of the British fashion house’ signature totes, gifts and accessories can be personalised with up to three hand painted initials. Moreover there will also be exclusive gifts and prizes not usually sold in shops, such as a backgammon set, domino instances, playing cards and travel accessories available, besides Burberry’s signature classic trench coats, scarves and rucksacks which can be personalised online, you can also buy shoes online but they cannot be personalised. The free service for new purchases comes in two fonts and fifteen colour choices, with every bag taking around an hour to hand paint.

One of Sydney’s biggest classic markets is also returning next weekend to Marrickville Town Hall. Round She Goes has sixty handpicked vintage and retro style, handmade jewelry and accessory stallholders selling items from the 1950s onwards, some of these items used to be displayed on plinths but now they can be yours to own. Shoppers can expect to discover a combination of international and local preloved brands such as Gorman, Zimmermann, Max Mara, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Carla Zampatti and much more, if the market held two weeks ago is anything to go by, it is important to get in early.

Australian active wear brand Running Bare is having a three-day warehouse sale this weekend, with discounted prices on spring summer and fall winter samples, discontinued and clearance inventory across its active wear, women’s sneakers and Rival Swim lines in sizes 8-22. The sale will feature the brand’s signature printed and ordered designs to inspire us to remain active in the cooler weather. There aren’t any change rooms on site, so wear something that you can slip things over in the event that you would like to try items on.

If you missed out on last week’s Ellery sale, you are in luck! The Parisian inspired Australian brand that has become renowned for its trademark flares and eyelet bits has expanded their sale for another fortnight. Located in Westfield Sydney, the pop-up features 70 percent off casual wear and spring, including the popular the Sword Bubble apparel and Witch Doctor Sleeve apparel.

Etsy, in collaboration with payment support Square, is holding a community market in Central Park over the weekend. It’s an opportunity to connect with a number of your favourite Etsy Australian designers and creative abilities, with over 70 shops on the day. The market will feature handmade products, vintage items and craft from fashion and accessories to stationery, to museum art and design pieces.

Mark your journal, Friday, August 4 is Jeans for Genes day. It’s practically compulsory to wear denim in support of genetic research and if we’re honest, goodwill is the best trending fashion to follow.

Just Launched

Spring clean your drawers, there is a new beauty participant coming to town. Well technically, it is a cult favourite, but Mecca will be launching their latest eponymous selection, MECCA MAX in-line with the brand’s 20 year parties online and in-store from Tuesday, August 1. The new collection is available and extensive enough for beauty junkies and beginners alike. The products are made for experimentation, personalisation and play.


That is exactly what comes to mind when researching the 206 products from foundations and eye shadow duos to make up brushes and blenders. The best part is that the cost range sits competitively with pharmacy sold goods. Lipsticks are going for $20, concealers for $22, foundations for $32, and an artistry palette is the largest ticket item at $45.


Mecca Brands creative director Marita Burke says that the new brand intends to be a Game-changer from the beauty retail area. “MECCA MAX has been created for the girl who is as obsessed with beauty as we are. Our innovative products are smarter, work harder and will do more for your look than anything else in your beauty arsenal. Think the perfect nude, the best lash, the boldest lip, the brightest illuminator and everything in between. It’s MECCA’s beauty obsession, bottled,” said Burke of MECCA MAX.

Just Opened

With the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the outlet location, Birkenhead Point is a new regional first for Sydney shoppers. Australian luxury style house Bally will be introduced into the centre together with Harrold’s that will open its first and only outlet store. The pair will join other luxe designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors who established their presence in the prior outlet. The revamp has also brought with it home ware store Peter’s of Kensington, in addition to street wear brand Zanerobe.


“With its unrivalled location on Sydney Harbour and just minutes from the CBD, the centre appeals to not only Sydneysiders and domestic visitors, but also to international tourists,” said Mirvac Senior Development Manager, Christina Nelson regarding the developments. This latest development responds to our customers’ wants and needs and greatly enhances the appeal of Birkenhead Point. We’ve enhanced the customer experience by providing a sophisticated and modern palette of finishes, including new mall ceilings and flooring, bespoke furniture and store front updates, whilst embracing the legacy backdrop of the special and much-loved building. The new space will also display work from Australian artists in Cooperation with Art Pharmacy Creator, Emilya Colliver.

What’s Hot This Month

Since the beginning of the year it seems that red colours have spread like wildfire. After Kate Middleton wore a dance girl emoji off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen number during the Royal Tour and Rihanna rocked the Valerian premiere in similar style, we’re seeing red in our cart this week.

The good news is that red can be worn in different seasons, and pairs with just about anything such as denim, leather and clashes perfectly with millennial pink tones. The actual trend this year is a ruby red pair of sneakers, and you can definitely buy a pair of those shoes online. Examine the ones worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz for inspiration. If you want to make a statement with fiery red shoes, keep the remainder of the outfit minimal with neutral tones, a white top, light blue jeans and a trench coat.

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