Brisbane’s fashion scene is in a constant state of flux – with the advent of huge fashion houses arriving on Queen Street Mall, smaller boutiques and niche outlets have taken up residence off the beaten track, creating small havens for those with more of a discerning taste. Matt Kyte is a long-time lover of fashion who has created his own oasis of stylish street-inspired threads with Contra. Contra is tucked away inside the Blocksidge & Ferguson building on Adelaide Street, and boasts a minimalist design that helps draw attention to the racks of clothes.
Matt has specially curated the offering, focusing on a concise range of well-made, well-cut and colourful pieces that are meant for wearing. The range has been selected to be appropriate for Queensland weather, eschewing leather and heavy knits for garments that can be worn comfortably all season. Contra’s selection has drawn inspiration from a cool European aesthetic, and several European brands have been selected for Contra’s initial output. French brand Études blends nonchalant chicness with a casual coolness, while Soulland brings some fresh Scandinavian artisanship to the fore. YMC offers functional fits and wearable styles, while Lou Dalton is a London label that offers clean cuts and quality materials (Contra is its only Australian stockist). The clothing is complemented by a range of accessories such as umbrellas, wallets, watches and totes as well as stylish publications and shoes from the likes of Doc Martens and Christian Kimber. Contra will seek to bring in the most current styles every season, so be sure to check in regularly to try on the new fits or just to talk fashion with the friendly staff.
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