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ATTENTION SYDNEYSIDERS. If you occasionally find yourselves a little envious of Melbourne's rather spectacular indie retail scene, and wishing there was just a little more to go around... fret no more! Two of Melbourne's most loved independent retailers are heading your way, with a combined pop-up shop in the beautiful Old Paramount Building in Surry Hills, this weekend only!
It's really no exaggeration to say that both Mr Kitly (in Brunswick) and Dagmar Rousset (Fitzroy) have somewhat of a cult following. In fact, whilst these two stores differ greatly in their stock and sense of style (minimalist Japanesque home-decor chic vs. hypercolour fashion-forward madness), its remarkable that both these fabulously quirky local retailers share many of the same customers. And so, when proprietors Bree Claffey (of Mr Kitly) and Julia Pound (aka Dagmar Rousset) met in person earlier this year, it wasn't long before plans were hatched to collaborate.
'It was just a matter of time before we introduced ourselves I think!' says Bree Claffey. 'I have loved everything Julia has done at Dagmar from the get-go, but just was too shy to introduce myself! When we finally met, in record time we were hatching this Sydney pop-up plan. It is so great to be working with a likeminded person. We have a similar outlook - whatever crazy scheme you dream up, just do it!'
Julia Pound is similarly enthusiastic. 'When Bree suggested we work together, I very nearly fell off my chair' she says. 'Mr Kitly is such a beautiful example of what I like to call 'retail with heart' (my favourite kind!), so I was beyond flattered that she had considered merging our two little worlds. I think that our shops reflect our personalities (calm and considered vs messy and chaotic - I'll let you figure out who is who!) and this actually makes for a very harmonious balance'.
Vistors can expect a pretty epic lineup of homewares and fashion to be showcased in store, including a number of exclusive collabs especially for this event. Highlights include MANY of our favourite local creatives who have been featured on TDF in recent times - printed leathergoods by Georgie Cummings, a new range of Sydney-inspired rope baskets by super crafter Gemma Patford, ceramics by Bridget Bodenham, 'Potheads' numbered edition of mugs and plates by Kim Jaeger, Greg Hatton cutting boards (made especially for the pop up), and exclusive one-off pieces by local creatives including Beci Orpin and Sarah Parkes of Smalltown. For more pics of the gorgeous products they'll be peddling, do check out the dedicated event Tumblr and Facebook pages.
If you're in Sydney you would be CRAZY not to check this one out. A little slice of Melbourne, in the heart of Surry Hills. Say hello from us!
Mr Kitly x Dagmar Rousset Sydney Pop-up Shop
53-55 Brisbane Street
Opening night event - This Friday 9th August, 6.00 - 8.00pm
Saturday 10th August, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 11th August, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Items created exclusively for this pop up will be available to purchase online in a special online store which opens on Monday August 12th, and will trade until August 26th 2013.