Ten years ago, Holly and I had just set up a trade fair stand for Australian designers at Darling Harbour. We were walking up Union Square towards Harris Street in the heat.
A great gust of wind sent the sprawling British trees into a spin that parted the leaves long enough for us to glimpse an oasis; a stately, original sandstone store that despite its Australian DNA could have been transported from SoHo: tall front windows and massive ceiling height.
Then a ‘For Lease’ sign appeared. I forgot the heat and catapulted towards the window. Holly just said, ‘Let’s do it’, so we did.
From then on boxes of beautiful Australian designs – salad bowls from a Sydney girl, leather trays from a Melbourne team, architectural brooches, lamps, bags, dresses, hats, porcelain cups, glass vases, serving trays and hand screen-printed linen – lined up at the door of this first Urban Oasis and thankfully, so did you.
So we’d like to repay your loyalty by presenting our new online store.
You can have the same hand-picked, lovingly wrapped items you choose in our store, being sent to you or anyone you choose, 24/7: Like right now, for instance!