If you have a love for all things quirky and retro, then a visit to Pigeonhole is well overdue. Based in Perth, but with stores also in Sydney and Brisbane, Pigeonhole has carved its own unique niche into Australia's retail scene, describing itself as 'a hidden hub of creative goodness' that specialises in 'independent fashion, design, art, photography, stationery, vintage and other fun stuff for guys and girls.'
Even if your pockets are empty, Pigeonhole is a fascinating place to hang out and browse away for an hour or so. With its five Perth stores ingeniously located in some of the city's grooviest and most desirable shopping precincts, each Pigeonhole outlet is decked out creatively, and with much imaginative flair. Enhancing the art-school ambiance, window and in-shop displays are fun and off-beat, somewhat reminiscent of an avant garde installation at a contemporary art gallery. Alternatively, some friends of mine have likened Pigeonhole's creative vintage decor to the miscellaneous ephemera you might unearth at your favourite nana's or great auntie's house.
Pigeonhole stocks a terrific range of cool items which you simply won't find anywhere else. If you want to get a gift for a friend who's got it all, this is definitely the place to come. Items in the Pigeonhole range are either created in-house or carefully selected from quality local and international labels.
While I love Pigeonhole's fashion and jewellery ranges, some of my favourite products would have to be the cute and quirky stationary items, many that are quite unlike anything I've ever seen elsewhere. These include funky greeting cards made from sustainably-harvested birch wood (sourced from a designer in the US), giant pencils, finger print ink-pads and simply gorgeous notepads. Pigeonhole also stocks a deliciously unconventional range of homewares and gifts. Where else would you find gnome trinket dishes, weird animal coat-hangers, table-top terrariums, retro music players, hanging test tube vases, yawning hippo vases, moustache hip flasks and bizarre crumpled vases? Perhaps they're the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative?
Pigeonhole also claims to house Perth's largest range of analogue cameras and films, so if you're into experimental or vintage photography you may want to pop into your local store for a look. If you're looking for a gift for someone, and are completely spoilt for choice, it's also possible to purchase gift vouchers to the value of $30, $50, $100, $150 or $200, taking the dilemma out of your hands.
Perth is currently blessed with five fabulous Pigeonhole stores scattered around its CBD, including flagship stores in both Forrest Place and Enex100. They've also opened two stores in Sydney (one in Central at Central Park and a partner store, Via Alley, in Surrey Hills) and two in Brisbane (one in Macarthur Central on Queen Street and the other in the Wintergarden on Queen Street Mall). Take a look here for a detailed list of addresses.
If you'd love to get your hands on some of Pigeonhole's awesome products but don't live close to any of these stores, they also have an online shop which purveys many of their best products.
In a nutshell, Pigeonhole is a fabulous spot to shop for anyone who loves quirky yet quality products, created by talented and imaginative designers from all around the world. To find out more, pop into a store near you or take a look at the Pigeonhole website.
Address: At various locations in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane (see website)