Indulge in Mid Winter Shopping


  We know that Canberra winter sucks balls. It’s already dark when you leave work and all you want to do of an evening is curl up at home with a big bowl of pasta. As appealing as that scenario is, if you can brave a mid winter night for a few hours, we know of a couple things that will make it worth your while.   Our friends the Lonsdale Street Traders are throwing a shopping night on Thursday 20 July and everyone is invited. There will be complimentary sparkling and yummy goodies to eat, freshly roasted chestnuts, entertainment… Continue Reading

Some of the New Shops Actually Coming to The Canberra Centre


  So a weird thing happened to us the other day. While Team Leiden were busy scheming away, putting together our guide to all the new shops rumoured to be coming to the Canberra Centre, the Canberra Centre was busy making an official announcement about some of the new shops getting ready to open their doors. Not two hours after we published our rumour-ridden investigation did the Canberra Times break the real news. The next day we got our media release describing the Canberra Centre’s new dedicated beauty and wellness precinct set to open in July.   Here is the… Continue Reading

All the New Shops Rumoured to Be Coming to the Canberra Centre


  If you live in or have visited Canberra, chances are you have been to the Canberra Centre: it’s our biggest and fanciest shopping centre after all. If you have been there in the last year you will have noticed that a good chunk of the mall has been boarded up while Centre management enacts some secret plans to unveil lots of shiny new stores. The new Beauty District has since opened but there are still plenty of boarded up shops to incite the rumour mill to run wild. Having heard a few things on the grapevine ourselves, we thought… Continue Reading

Ori Building Christmas Shopping Event


  With Christmas less than a month away it’s time to start shopping. And where better to find something for everyone (including your hard to buy for aunt) than from one of the unique stores in Braddon’s Ori Building.  Not only will there be a grazing table of delicious Christmas delights from Woodbrook catering, shoppers will also enjoy live music, champagne and a complimentary gift-wrapping service. Many of the stores will be channelling the spirit of Christmas, with some special offers available on the night:   Barrio – This haven for coffee drinkers will be open for dinner. It’s BYO… Continue Reading

Peachy Keen


  Peachy Keen is a new footwear and accessory destination located just a few steps down the road from its big sister, clothing boutique Rebel Muse. Owner Alicia Xyrakis describes her new venture as fun and playful, a haven for those looking for fashion-forward labels, amazing customer service, and that all important girl talk while shopping up a storm.   Who: Ladies What: Expect footwear from Senso, Mode Collective, Jaggar, Superga, Birkenstock, Alias Mae, Dept of Finery, Siren, and Robert Robert. As for bags and accessories you will find Dylan Kain, The Wolf Gang, Pared Eyewear, SundaySomewhere, Elizabeth & James,… Continue Reading

Ori Building Shopping Night


  Team Leiden love to shop so naturally we were very excited to be heading along to the Ori building shopping evening in Braddon last night. As well as the three businesses stocking current pieces from the Fashfest runway that we mentioned in our Fashfest Shopping Guide (Assemblage Project, Braddon Tailors and Rebel Muse) we hit all of the other stores in the area and came away with a swathe of goodies. And an icecream from Frugii of course.   Woodbrook Catering While shopping we enjoyed delicious food from Woodbrook Catering and a glass of sparkling.     Take a… Continue Reading

Shop the Runway – Fashfest Shopping Guide


  The excitement of Canberra’s premier fashion event, Fashfest. isn’t quite over yet, it’s time for the real fun to start: buying pieces from the runway to take home for your very own. Lucky for those of us living in Canberra, there are plenty of opportunities to shop a great number of the designers presented as part of the festival. For those of you interstate, take heart, many of the designers and retailers offer online shopping. Here is our guide to shopping the Fashfest runway.   Braddon Located just outside the city centre, conveniently all within the one building, are… Continue Reading

Braddon Tailors


  Braddon Tailors launched in 2009, drawing from a long family heritage in tailoring. Now with bases in not only Canberra but also Adelaide and Sydney, this local business has garnered international attention. Using their unique ‘Acton’ cut to guide customers though the design process, you are guaranteed to come away with something truly unique and special.   Who: Men and Women What: Expertly tailored bespoke pieces made from quality English, Italian, and French fabrics. How Much: $$$ – $$$$ Why: What could be better than investing in something made to suit and flatter your body? Where: 61/30 Lonsdale St,… Continue Reading