Top Albert Park fashion destination Filly’s Stable has dropped the “Filly’s”, rebranded as Stable and received a bold but approachable refurb. “It’s a bit more relaxed,” founder Lauren Nicolls tells Broadsheet. “[Customers] can shop and play with the jewelery in a non-precious environment.”
Nicolls opened the clothing and accessories boutique in 2008 while still working as an international fashion buyer, which she’s done for two decades.
The shiny new fit-out was guided by Fitzroy North-based interior-design firm Studio Manifold, which transformed the Bridport Street space. The open-plan studio now has gold finishes, baby blue walls, and vibrant pieces by local and European designers. You might find eclectic dresses by Spanish slow-fashion label Celia B, elegant staple pieces from luxury brand Self Portrait, or vintage-inspired collections by Rixo London. Footwear by British label JW Anderson has also proven popular.
You’ll also be able to shop for Nicoll’s own label, On Parks – or OP. The fabrics are predominantly sourced from Italy and Japan, and the pieces are made with subtle details and patterns, shooting for a style Nicolls describes as “humbly fabulous”.
And, of course, a central focus of the store is its carefully curated jewelery collection, in a statement raw-metal cabinet. Nicholls says it’s filled with both high-end and “price-pointed” pieces. “I wanted to make sure anyone could walk into this beautiful store… and walk out with [something] no matter what,” she says, leaning into the advantages of shopping IRL. “It’s a romantic experience and [the pieces] should be enjoyed, talked about, tried on and thought about – rather than just a quick click online.”
Meanwhile, across the road, the space that Stable operated out of during the renovation is now being used as an innovative showroom, with pop-ups, brand collaborations and curated design collections all on the cards for the near future.
130 Bridport Street, Albert Park
Mon to Fri 9.30am–5.30pm