Make an entrance, shop in style, learn some life hacks or be immersed in the world of an Aussie art icon. Here’s what’s on this autumn.

Aesop bottled

Aēsop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and, as part of its 30th birthday celebrations this year, has revisited the design of its store in Fitzroy. Created in collaboration with architect Clare Cousins, traditional elements, including steel beams and a rustic concrete slab, are melded with signature Aēsop style as an ode to the history of Melbourne’s first suburb. And good news for anyone who’s ever wanted to bottle the aroma of an Aēsop store (that’s all of us): July sees the launch of a new collection of three scents that you can spritz at home. Aromatique Room Sprays now come in Istros – floral and smoky; Olous – green and citrus; and Cythera – perfect for winter with warm, woody and spicy notes.

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High-flying art

Jetting off overseas on a Qantas business-class flight anytime soon? Take a piece of contemporary Aussie culture with you in the shape of the airline’s new ‘Qantas Curates’ amenity kits. The national carrier has worked with 16 Australian artists, photographers and digital influencers to feature their artworks on the kits’ pouches and eye masks. Two designs will be launched every few months.
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In Melbourne: The launch of Elk in the city flagship store in the CBD

We’ve long loved Melbourne fashion label Elk, so couldn’t be happier that it has opened its first flagship retail store in the CBD. The boutique on Little Collins Street was created with interior designer Fiona Lynch and is a soothing, minimal space. We’ll certainly be stopping by.


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TOMS x Kathmandau: A shade better

In the market for some new shades?

A collaboration between TOMS and Kathmandu can assist: these chic sunglasses not only protect your eyes from UV rays, but your purchase helps restore sight to someone in need.


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In Sydney: The School of Life opens a permanent spot

The School of Life has opened a permanent classroom and bookstore in Sydney, dedicated to developing emotional intelligence: Philosophy for the 21st century, if you will. A global operation that set up shop in Melbourne three years ago, students can attend classes that ruminate on topics like,‘How to Be Creative’, ‘How to Choose a Partner’ and ‘How to Find a Job you Love’; or philosophy salons, workshops and talks with leading thinkers.


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An artful collab has blossomed between Brisbane Art Series Hotel The Johnson and Masini & Chern

Printed with Michael Johnson’s Cormorant 1 of 3, Indian Ink on Paper (1995), these linen robes mean you can lounge around like a muse.

And not just in the hotel dedicated to the abstract artist, but in your own home, too. At a cost of $229, we think these unisex robes are a small price to pay for high art.


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The release of documentary – Whiteley

One of the country’s most iconic artists, Brett Whiteley’s highly absorbing and dazzling works provide a visual overlay of the ideas and identity of Australia in the ’70s and ’80s.

Whiteley was as prolific as he was tormented and a risk-taker in art and life.

Hear the voice behind the art in Whiteley, a documentary featuring his own voice and never-before-seen interviews and notebooks.

The film hits cinemas 11 May.


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