It’s one of the hottest shops in Sydney where local designers and mass-retailers compete along one of the city’s trendiest and most popular shopping neighborhoods. Assin is one of Sydney’s most fashionable micro-department stores selling an assortment of native Australian designers next to more recognizable Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester and Maison Martin Margiela. The store is arranged within an architectural loft-like space of concrete floors, minimalist displays and edgy staff that knows the difference between a Lanvin desert boot and pair of ratty Converse. Exposed rafters, concrete buttresses and staircase that links the mens and women’s areas offer one of this hemisphere’s top shops that’s familiar vocabulary for local celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Deborra-Lee Furness.
Keep in mind that most store have extended opening hours on Thursdays with more festive atmosphere and sometimes even a DJ or an open bar.
While Darlinghurst is known for its more mainstream mass-retailers, Paddington is a more urban neighborhood known for avant-garde shops and hip eateries often only open for dinner.