Visit Northbridge for vintage and retro stores and hit up Leederville and North Perth for design shops and galleries. In the city, the William St mall offers major retailers, while King St is home to independent clothing designers.
Buying Aboriginal Art – Ethically
By buying authentic items you are supporting Indigenous culture and helping to ensure that traditional and contemporary expertise and designs continue to be of economic and cultural benefit to Indigenous individuals and communities. Unfortunately, some of the so-called Indigenous art sold as souvenirs is ripped off – it features designs illegally taken from Indigenous people or it's just plain fake – and sometimes made overseas by underpaid workers. Artworks should have a certificate of authenticity. Note that haggling is not part of Aboriginal culture.
It's best to buy art either directly from the communities that have art collectives, or from galleries and outlets that are owned and operated, or supported, by Indigenous communities. You can then be sure that the items are genuine and that the money you spend goes to the right people. However, some Indigenous artists continue to be paid small sums for their work, only to find it being sold for much higher prices in commercial galleries in cities.
To negate this, it’s vital to do some research. Indigenous Art Code (www.indigenousartcode.org) lists galleries considered to observe ethical practices.
Murray Street and Hay Street Malls are the city's shopping heartland, while Leederville and Mt Lawley feature more eclectic shops. If you're after vintage or retro style, head to Northbridge. Lower King St near Wellington St in the CBD is developing as a hub for independent retail stores and designers.
Leederville's Oxford St is the place for boutiques, eclectic music and bookshops.
Subiaco & Kings Park
Rokeby Rd and Hay St boast fashion, art and classy gifts.