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Valentine’s Day: Gifts that keep giving

Friday 12th February 2016
If you haven't quite clued in on the plethora of greeting cards and heart-shaped balloons lingering in every shopping mall since January first, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Que chocolate gift baskets and over sized plush teddy bears with giant red bows. If you really want to impress your better half this year we suggest you bypass the confectionery aisle in your local supermarket and head down to one of these three (or all three) extraordinarily cool boutiques el pronto.
Posted under: style Tagged: #gifts

Sorry Thanks I Love You

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Sorry Thanks I Love You. Photo: Peter Bozillo.

Like all good ideas and business concepts, Sorry Thanks I Love You was dreamed up in Paris. The online store brings together the four major gift categories: gourmet food, craft beverages, flowers and unique handmade design.  “Everything from caviar to custom made Italian leather baby booties, hand woven cashmere scarves and whiskey distilled in highland Tasmania,” co-founder Matthew Gurry says.

With a mission to translate a really hands on approach of how people design and create their products, every carefully curated piece tells a story. The online shop also doubles as a springboard for up and coming designers. “Having that mix of established and non-established designers is really important and brings something interesting to the audience we’re speaking to.”

Initially just an extension of the website, the STILY pop-up stores (located in Sydney and previously Melbourne) are designed to feel like a gallery space, placing emphasis on the importance of  a tangible experience. Unlike driving down to your closest petrol station and purchasing a bunch of day-old blooms, the idea of giving on Valentine’s Day should be “meaningful and thought provoking,” Gurry says.  For we truly believe that caring about what you’re buying your partner and finding something that you think they will love is actually the biggest gift of all.

A wedding gift registry might just be the next step in the right direction. “This is definitely on our radar and we have a couple of interesting projects along these lines in the pipeline,” Gurry says.

Bromley & Co

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Bromley and Co. Photo: Tash Sorensen for The Urban List

The Windsor gallery come boutique is a unification of artists’ David and Yuge Bromley’s personal aesthetic. The large space is filled with a mismatch of vibrantly coloured furnishings, ceramic statues and nude female portraits (created using various mediums by David Bromley himself). Akin to an artists’ creative studio, the space is enigmatic and completely transportive. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a carefully selected piece of art for your home.

The Cool Hunter

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The Cool Hunter. Photo: Sam Bisso.

As the name evidently suggests, the Cool Hunter team, led by Founder Bill Tikos is dedicated to predicting trends and procuring the most marvelous miscellaneous items, articles of clothing and lavish homewares for your immediate consummation. While the word ‘cool’ is very much open to interpretation and subjective beyond comprehension, the temporary Prahran boutique is abundant with items you never knew existed but incontrovertibly need in your life at once. Studded carrara marble vases, designer accessories by Tom Dixon, crockery and artisan chocolate. Inspired by innovation, style and design the Cool Hunter is a hub of discovery and an ode to modernity. For the last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers, you’ll also find an eloquent selection of avant-garde stationary.

Friday 12th February 2016