The incessant frequenting of Fountain Gate shopping centre by Jane Turner and Gina Riley’s Kath and Kim in their fictional nom de plumes’ eponymously titled television show of the early noughties was a parody of Australia’s love affair with the suburban money-spending obsession, but an accurate insight into the experience enjoyed by so many Antipodeans on a daily basis. However fancily you word it, Australians love to shop, and as a result we boast some of the best shopping centres in the world. One such place has been in existence since 1977, but not as we currently know it.
Having just enjoyed a $670 million revamp, Pacific Fair shopping centre in the heart of the Gold Coast’s Mermaid Waters is now Australia’s fourth largest mega-mall and the largest in Queensland. And what a revamp it is. The new-look Pacific Fair is a nod to the luxury boutiques and fashion stores of any opulent shopping district, and a much welcomed addition to an area that has been crying out for an adult shopping haven for some time.
From the valet parking service to the visitors’ lounge where you can relax and coordinate your Pacific Fair experience, this is a place that’s been designed with human interaction in mind, and interact you certainly can, with a raft of new stores catering to the needs and whims of every shopper imaginable.
If whipping out some serious dosh on the finer things in life is your cup of Jarrah, then you can bask in the retail therapy clinics of Bally, Calvin Klein, CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Furla, Givenchy, Hermes, HUGO BOSS, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Maje, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sandro Paris, SNEAKERBOY, Tiffany & Co. and Tommy Hilfiger. If you want to support a local brand then you can spend your hard-earned dollars on Alice McCall, Aje, CAMILLA, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Gorman, Jan Logan, MIMCO, Oroton, R.M. Williams, sass & bide, Scanlan Theodore, Seed Heritage, Tigerlily, UGG Australia and Zimmermann.
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The centre also features boutiques from international labels Diesel, Gant, H&M, M DREAMS, Superdry, Tommy Bahamas, Topshop and Topman (via Myer) and UNIQLO, as well as active wear outfitters Adidas Originals, Kit and Ace, Lacoste, Lorna Jane, Lululemon and Nike.
But possibly of most interest to Man of Many readers is the addition of our very own shop-for-everything-a-man-could-ever-want, Harrolds. The exclusive Australian home to some of the best men’s threads from over 70 global designers, including Brioni, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, and um, did we mention Tom Ford? That’s right fellas, you can now step out on the Gold Coast decked out in the very same glad rags as James Bond and Harvey Specter.
They’ve also built the atrium of all atriums which they’ve named ‘The Resort’, a huge open-air space with flowing water, palm trees, cabanas and sunshine for shoppers to relax and take a breath in between practising consumerism at its finest. There is also a plethora of dining options to leave your appetite sated in between dropping coin on shiny new things, so you’ll never find yourself hungry at the checkout.
Pacific Fair may not have the fame gifted to Fountain Gate by an internationally renowned television series, but it does have a hell of a lot going on, and only adds to the already veritable list of reasons to take a trip to Australia’s playground, the Gold Coast, and is well worth a visit the next time you decide to take the mini-mal for a wave on our most celebrated stretch of beachfront.