Nells Emporium is like a little girl’s dream come true: a space filled with bright bouquets of flowers and pretty dresses, a secret garden and the supplies to make a seriously fabulous tea party.
But it’s the grown-ups who get to have all the fun. Nells Emporium is a quirky clothing shop cum café in a leafy corner of Mosman Park. The brains – and creativity – behind Nells is fashion designer Fenella Peacock, a third of London-based label Antipodium.
Nells Emporium is housed in a gorgeous converted cottage. Between its tall ceilings, hardwood floors and vintage furniture are racks of beautiful women’s clothing. Fenella’s self-titled label makes up the majority of what’s on offer. Silk and the softest of cotton have been transformed into feminine and flowy dresses and shifts. Her brand new Poetica line is a collection of soft and ethereal pieces for Autumn. I’m head over heels for the Noir Sofia Dress. Nells also stocks labels such as TotoMoto, Robert Gordon home wares and ICA jewellery by Jessica Baxter.
Once you’ve had your fix of fashion, venture to the back of the shop to find yourself in Nells café, a pocket-sized café attached to a sun-dappled courtyard. “French inspired food with an exotic twist” is how they describe it. The menu changes daily, but there always seems to be fresh baguettes, crepes and lemons, as well as baked treats from Fremantle’s Little Bakery.
Deciding upon the perfect occasion to wear that Fenella Peacock dress, while sipping a mug of Fiori coffee and nibbling on a slice of red velvet cake? Not a bad way to spend an early Autumn arvo.
(Also published in Agenda)