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North makes it possible to be a walking (RaInBoW!) rorschach test. —erica

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Whoa, black ‘n blue chicness. Nailed it, Secret South. —erica

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Melissa Michelsen’s Shelter Mag Obsession

These are the four pubs she can’t stop flipping through.

Where does Melissa Michelsen find inspiration for her bag line Love Mert, with its spot-on color combos and streamlined shapes? Interior-design magazines—foreign ones to be exact. “It can be the colors of pillows on a sofa, a quilt on a bed, or even a peeling plaster wall,” she explains. These are the ones she’s dying over right now. —monica derevjanik


ELLE Decoration, U.K.
“I like this because of the mix of really old houses and modern colorful furnishings, and that’s what I obsess over. It’s my dream to have some old beautiful house with history to it and details and craftsmanship—but then also to have modern, colorful, interesting new objects.”


Livingetc, U.K.
“This is another interior magazine from the U.K., and this one was actually the first one that really got me started on these kinds of publications. I found it years ago. It just felt so fresh and new to me compared to your typical American interior magazine.”


Inside Out, Australia
“I found this maybe a year or so ago. Australian spaces are just so cool. I always love Florence Broadhurst, who is this textile designer from Australia, and I like the Aussies’ wild use of color and the boldness that has always been part of their culture. I would love to go there.”


Vogue Living, Australia
“It’s the Australian thing again. And there’s something about this magazine and the nature that’s involved—this fresh, indoor/outdoor living that feels so freeing. I’m super drawn to the more tropical climate with the concrete floors and modern furnishings and amazing abstract art and huge palms.”

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Anna McKeon Shops Sydney & NYC

Eight stores, two cities—the Wah Wah designer’s take on shop ‘til you drop.

Now that Anna McKeon of the architecturally simple jewelry line Wah Wah has been living in New York for two years, she more or less has two hometowns: her adopted one and Sydney, Australia, where she spent her formative years (and still visits on the reg). Lucky for us, that means she knows the best shopping to be had in both locales. Here, two sets of favorite stores nearly 10,000 miles apart. —olivia seely

Sydney


Incu

“This is the place to go if you’re shopping for more casual apparel. I think of it as the Opening Ceremony of Australia. They’ll do an entire area for Topshop, which is great because it’s a store we don’t have in Australia. They’ll also do unique window displays, like one based on Where The Wild Things Are.(incuclothing.com)


The Corner Shop
“I go here for a mixture of quirky young designers—those based in Australia as well as abroad. I find the way that the entire store is merchandised to be very inspiring—the window displays give you a sense of culture, and I admire the way they’re able to combine very different designers seamlessly.” (thecornershop.com.au)

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Land’s End
“Land’s End is great for international brands (by international, I mean anything not based in Australia). It’s like a miniature gallery. They carry my favorite jewelry designer, Tom Binns—his bold, statement pieces mix materials that you wouldn’t normally see, like plastics with diamonds. When I first saw his stuff, it was like he was designing in a different era.” (landsendstore.com)


Capital L
“Come here for accessories and peculiar finds. It’s set up much like a vintage store—and they do carry vintage clothing—in the sense that you have to really dig through it all. It’s complete chaos. You won’t immediately find something the first time you go in. I bought a really colorful pleated, printed skirt there.” (capital-l.com)

New York City


Maryam Nassir Zadeh
“This is by far my favorite store in New York, mainly for jewelry and accessories. It’s set up like a small art gallery because the pieces themselves are so unique. They don’t carry any mainstream brands. A lot of the stuff is handmade and one of a kind—you can’t get it anywhere else.” (mnzstore.com)


Creatures of Comfort
“I come here for everything! They always have the best brands. They also stock great shoes. Sometimes they have small exhibitions in the front of the store—recently, that section was dedicated solely to Japanese designers, which I really enjoyed.” (creaturesofcomfort.us)


Love Adorned
"This is the place to go for gifts. You can find beautiful ceramic dishes, amazing soaps, unique vases, and these small boxes of wood that smell like lavender—very similar to incense. They also carry really amazing jewelry, which is the focus of the store. Because there is so much to look at, you can discover something new every time you go.” (loveadorned.com)


Assembly
“I actually like their men’s clothes and accessories for myself. I really appreciate the aesthetic of the store. They use a lot of natural materials so that the pieces stand out. The whole store is very comfortable—it feels like you’re walking into someone’s house.” (assemblynewyork.com)

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Wah Wah

Like many artists, Anna McKeon claims she was the odd one out growing up. “Everyone in my family had business or education degrees, and I was never really inclined that way. I was always the one that had to make the birthday cards!” she says. One of five children, Anna was looking for something else—and she eventually found it, leaving her native Sydney, Australia, to take on NYC back in 2010.

With the move came a line of strong and elegant jewelry—the name of which is an inside family joke about Anna’s full-blown obsession with babies and having children. Wah Wah is what they called her yet-to-be-conceived child. And when her business started to take off, the name seemed fitting: “My passion—my baby—is my jewelry design,” she says.

Now that the line has achieved toddler status, Anna is pushing her work in a tougher direction, drawing on her industrial-design degree from the University of New South Wales. “Plexi has become a bit of an obsession,” she says of her latest pieces. Combine contrasting materials, metal screws, clean lines, and geometric shapes, they’re just the sort of pieces that big kids like us are itching for. —olivia seely

wahwahlabel.com

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Is this a lace bomber jacket, Zimmermann? We hope so. —erica

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So what if it’s not exactly the season for it? The colors in this Primoeza sweater kill. —erica

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This getup, from the Sydney line Secret Squirrel, desperately wants to help you transition seasons. —erica

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Is 2012 the time for metallic-on-metallic? Jade Sarita Arnott—of Australian line Arnsdorf—sure makes a compelling case for it. —jiayi

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This forest green leather ensemble from Dress Up is both utterly amazing and completely unwearable. The shirt on its own, though—well, GIVE IT. —erica

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