‘Made in China’ is not what you want to see on the tag when shopping for a memento of Perth. What you’re after is the genuine article; something dreamed up, mapped out and created right here in Perth. From small batch spirits to artworks, jewellery, skin care, home wares and clothing, here are some shops that will satisfy your yearning for unique, authentic gifts from right here.
Found at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Representing artists from Fremantle and wider WA, this little treasure trove at Fremantle’s main arts hub is laden with art prints, paper cuts, jewellery, textiles, stationery, books and ceramics. You can’t really go wrong shopping here; gravitate to what you fancy and find a price point to fit.
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
Angove Street Collective, North Perth.
A swag of independent creative small businesses have joined forces to make a big impact at this go-to gifts and home wares store. The quality is excellent and the wares here are certainly not the same as what you’ll find in every high street gift shop. Many of the retailers are one-person operators without shopfronts of their own, doing interesting things with paper, timber, silver, textiles, planters and flowers. There’s an adjoining café.
31 Angove St, North Perth
Clean Slate, Perth CBD
This place near the hip Treasury Buildings is all about skin care made with natural, vegan and ethically sourced ingredients. Small batch products, elegant packaging, and all cruelty free. You can even see the products – from coffee scrubs to body oils to soy wax candles – being made on site.
Cnr Barrack St and St Georges Terrace, Perth
A pop-up shop with a difference, this collective of local independent retailers set up a temporary shop in an abandoned department store in central Fremantle in 2013. It’s still going. From March 2017, it inhabits a new space on Adelaide Street (once a Spotlight store) and brings the same ethos into play: hard-to-find, locally sourced wares – think hats, vintage clothing, retro furniture, art, jewellery and home wares – in a funky communal space that includes a restorative café.
Kings Square, Fremantle
Hippocampus Distillery, West Perth
Gin and vodka lovers can take home a particular taste of Perth from this craft distillery making traditional style, small batch spirits. The cellar door is open on Fridays, where you can see Kylie, the copper pot still, in action, and pick up some liquid memories of your visit.
19 Gordon St, West Perth
Future Shelter, North Perth
All the gear here is locally designed and manufactured, and inspired by local landmarks, flora and fauna. Beautiful laser etched bread boards, fabric lamp shades, art prints and textiles are among the quality products made by a local design duo.
56 Angove St, North Perth
The Artisan Store, Fremantle
Connecting artists with shoppers, this space features cubes, shelves and walls heaving with the collective work of Western Australian artists. Find paintings, prints, ceramics, glass ware, textiles, jewellery and woodwork that’s unique to the store.
81A High Street, Fremantle
Common Ground Collective, Fremantle
It’s a more youthful vibe at this WA-only artists collective. Tees and other clothing are highlights among the stationery, jewellery and artworks showcasing the local youth culture.
82 High Street, Fremantle
Aspects Kings Park
The local flora and fauna is the common thematic thread running through the artworks, cards, textiles, jewellery and gorgeous ceramics on display in this premium gift store in Kings Park. Local artists are also the heroes. Also: great windows.
Fraser Avenue, Kings Park.