I was asked by Destination NSW to play tour guide of the Intersection at Paddington for Michaela Guzy who is an American Blogger and YouTuber. Micahela travels the world with her production team and films people and places for her show 'Oh the People You Meet'.
On Friday the 25th May, I met with Michaela and her crew and showed her some of Australia's best designers and their flagship stores at the Intersection at Paddington. I also showed her the 'Walk of Style' which I told her is like our Hollywood walk of fame but it's for influential people and brands in the Australian Fashion Industry. In the walkway there is a plaque for Carla Zampatti, Mark Keighery (founder of Marcs), RM Williams and more so I talked about these people and brands and what they mean to Australians.
I then showed her one of my favourite stores, Ginger and Smart, which she fell in love with too. She tried on a great top and a couple of beautiful jackets as well as their latest boots and said “I’ll take it all”.
We then went to Mariam Seddiq's studio which is on Comber St in Paddington and I let Michaela know that Mariam just showed at Fashion Week and Mariam walked her through her new collection. Mariam talked about her background and her inspiration behind the latest collection which came from Afghanistan. Mariam talked about how all her pieces are 100% Australian made which she takes pride in and it also means she can keep control of the quality of each garment. We all loved her white draped jumpsuit and her beautiful beading work.
Michaela Guzy (L) and Mariam Seddiq (R) in Mariam's studio
Inside Mariam's studio
We then had a quick look in Ixiah which inspired Michaela for her next burning man look. No Paddington tour is completed without a visit to Zimmerman which now has a strong following in the US and Michaela said a store has opened up opposite where she lives in New York so she was very familiar with the label.
The shopping tour was so much fun and I loved showing Michaela all my favourite places and Australia's best fashion designers! The full shopping tour was filmed for Oh the People You Meet and I will share it with you all once it has been edited.
If you or someone you know would like their own personal shopping tour of Paddington complete with a personalised styling session, please contact us.