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Published September 27th 2017
Luxe Fashion, Food and Homewares
Not long after stepping into the historic Brisbane Arcade in the CBD I was met by the signature white sign of the Keri Craig Emporium – an invitation to enter the fashion, food and homewares store which has been self-described as "a legendary destination".
So, I gently held the polished copper hand rail and with one step after the other glided down the short flight of stairs to the Emporium, located on the Lower Ground Floor of the arcade. I was immediately greeted by the WOW factor of a sophisticated, elegant and feminine space. Think florals and traditional romanticism.
The name Keri Craig has been synonymous with Queensland fashion, style and design for over 40 years built on a reputation for feminine styling. She has even been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the clothing manufacture sector, business and the community.
So, what makes it an Emporium? Well, there are 3 parts to the Emporium to explore with a range stocking stylish fashion, elegant homewares and a high end café.
While the shop is below ground level and without natural light, it doesn't feel claustrophobic, in fact it is quite the opposite, light and spacious. Racks of clothes and wooden cases are located on one side of the shop and the café is on the other.
Keri Craig Fashion The Emporium's range includes casual wear, day dressing, and evening and bridal gowns. Yes, there were some with sparkles and shimmers on the evening gowns but with a refined edge. The sequined children's dresses were divine for that special princess.
Designers including Trelise Cooper are in stock. Along with the individual clothing items are bags and accessories to finish the look. Did you know that Keri Craig even designed the bridal gowns for Elton John's wedding to Renate Blauel in 1984 and has received multiple REIQ Awards along the way.
As someone who loves visiting cafes, of course this was where I spent most of my time. Glass-topped tables and steel chairs with cushions await each visitor to make their stay comfortable. The café is built in the classic tradition when everything stops for tea. It is glamourous and very chic with attention to details. Gold rings on crisp, white serviettes sit beside white crockery.
Looking to re-vamp your home? The Emporium has a range of mirrors, flowers, lamps, books, jewellery, teapots and tea sets, fragrances (brands including Michel Design works) to bring a sense of style to your home. The children's toys were delightful with a wall of teddy bears being a standout. On the day of my visit, the Christmas display was being assembled and there were some beautiful gift ideas on show.
The Brisbane Arcade
The Emporium is in good company with other high end boutiques housed in the magnificent Brisbane Arcade. Remember to look up at the stained glass windows of this majestic shopping arcade.