When Australia is in question, what comes to mind for most social media savvy youths are first and foremost a cup of fragrant coffee - brewed by a chiselled, bearded barista - and afternoons kicking back at wood pannelled and glass cafés. But with more to offer than just delectable eats and Instagrammable interiors, the land Down Under is also known for its homegrown labels that have perfected the laidback bohemian aesthetic down to a T.
In collaboration with Luxe Boutique, an online e-tailer purveying a mix of the local design scene's leading brands and hidden gems, the Buro pop-up will be housing a curated edit of Australian labels for your offline shopping pleasure.
To get you up to speed on the go-to brands to channel the off-duty Bondi babe or polished café hopping regular, here's an introduction to the six designers and the pieces to expect at our pop-up.
1. BEC & BRIDGE
Founded by: Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston who met on the first day of design school in Sydney in the year 2000. A working relationship developed when they first customised jeans for friends in college, piquing the commercial interest of boutique owners as a result.
Around since: 2003
Known for: Its playful and flirty aesthetic with a boho edge.
Loved by: Emily Ratajkowski and Miranda Kerr
Shop: The body conscious luxe dresses and versatile laidback playsuits fit for a day out on Bondi beach, date night and everything in between. Set yourself apart with the Santal Maxi dress (see below) available exclusively in two colours — black and navy — to Luxe Boutique at the Buro pop-up.
Founded by: The enterprising Jessie White whose collection of handmade graphic T-shirts were purchased by an Australian boutique immediately after the first meeting. The label hails from Sydney, but is based in Bali.
Around since: 2006
Known for: Its easy separates rooted in '90s influence with an occasional bohemian twist.
Loved by: Iggy Azalea and model Bambi Northwood-Blyth
Shop: Effortless slip dresses and feminine frilled chambray playsuits — the hallmark of its '90s inspired aesthetic.
Founded by: Nikita Sernack who envisioned a line of clothing tailored to the fun-loving beach babe.
Around since: 2005
Known for: Its daring, skin-baring pieces.
Loved by: Ariana Grande and Cher Lloyd
Shop: The midi pencil dresses that fit like second-skin, perfect for accentuating curves. Slip one on and you're sorted for girls nights out and date nights.
4. SHONA JOY
Founded by: Shona Joy Thatcher, right out of Sydney's Bondi Beach.
Around since: 2000
Known for: Its bohemian sensibilities that take its cues from trends of the '70s.
Loved by: Nikki Reed and Jamie Chung
Shop: The sleek interpretations of floor-length column dresses that amp up allure with cheeky thigh-high slits.
5. STEVIE MAY
Founded by: Newcomer, Cassie Vecchione with a degree in marine biology, hailing from Byron Bay. Despite its short history, the label had an impressive start, launching at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Around since: 2015
Known for: Its attention to detail and ethereal yet fuss-free designs.
Shop: Delicate floral lace numbers and lightweight shirt dresses with unique pleated plackets. These day dresses also make the cut for lounging on casual evenings.
6. SAMANTHA WILLS
Founded by: Samantha Wills at age 21, who is also a frequent global keynote speaker who imparts her experience and advice to women in businesses.
Around since: 2004
Known for: Its luxe bohemian aesthetic that's characterised by raw crystals and turquoise stones.
Loved by: Kate Bosworth and Rihanna
Shop: The statement bardot rings to shine the spotlight on the accessories of an outfit for a change.
AUSTRALIAN LABELS AT THE BURO POP-UP STORE
To explore the labels in person, head down to the Buro pop-up store for a curated selection of dresses and jewellery from the six designers, as well as accessories from House of Harlow.
Available now till 29 January.
Shopping event: Spend an Aussie-themed evening shopping at the Buro pop-up on Thursday 21 January, and enjoy shopping privileges and light refreshments from Down Under.
To RSVP, drop an email to email@example.com.
The Buro pop-up store is located at 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square #01-06/07.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm till 31 March 2016 (Tel: 6443 4771).