Sydney local and fashion aesthete Natalie Knoll of Bird & Knoll shows us what it means to enjoy the Aussie “Coastal Lifestyle.”
The meeting of a fashion mind and a creative eye, Bird and Knoll was founded by photographer Natalie Knoll and fashion aesthete Macayla Chapman in 2013. Conceived on the beaches of Hawaii, the bespoke luxury scarf brand is an artistic blend of Natalie’s passion for travel, photography and fashion and the person she works closely with to create this “wearable art” is friend and fashion industry creative, Macayla. In less than two years since their first collection, the trans-Tasman duo has made a firm statement in the luxury goods market. Sydney based Knoll demonstrates her talent behind the camera as she captures meticulous and mesmerizing images on her global travels.
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“Della Hyde is one of Sydney’s newest bars. With it’s pink and green pastel palette and rows of columns it’s very Wes Anderson style…like walking into the Grand Hotel Budapest (it is on the site of what was once quite a grand hotel foyer.) Try the pisco and apricot brandy shake or the floral negroni (even the cocktails have a surreal feel to them.)” | 34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
“Another favourite of ours is Palmer and Co. – a prohibition style bar hidden behind a private steel door down an alley in the CBD. Everything is vintage-styled from the staff to the jazz soundtrack and the menu of salted meats and warm pretzels with melted cheese fondue. My cocktail suggestions? A Blind Tiger or El Diablo. You’ll just have to visit to find out what is in them! ” | Abercrombie Ln, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
“The coffee culture in Australia is very strong – not only does everyone have their favourite cafe, they also have their favourite barista in that cafe. My local café and organic bakery – Gusto and Bake Bar – is always buzzing with the sound and smell of coffee grinding complemented by the smell of freshly baked goods. Their spelt scones are AMAZING and a weekend is not complete without their perfectly cooked poached eggs on multigrain sourdough with a side of basil pesto yoghurt dressing.” | 67 Frenchmans Rd, Randwick, NSW 2031
“Our favourite restaurant for celebrations and a guaranteed incredible meal is Apollo in Potts Point. Modern Greek – lots of sharing plates and a relaxed family-style atmosphere with a sophisticated twist (in typical Sydney style.)” | 44 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2010, Australia
“Australian designers are really having a moment on the international stage and in many of the high-end boutiques our local labels really hold their own next to global iconic brands. One of our favourite stores is Parlour X. It has more high-end designers including Acne, Chloe, Celine and Valentino. The owner and buyer, Eva Galambos has an amazing eye for what will work for her Australian audience. ” | 261 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
“We live minutes away from a number of great beaches including Sydney’s iconic Bondi beach. So much of what we do revolves around our coastal lifestyle, from exercise (coastal walks, ocean pools and paddle-boarding in the inner harbour) to enjoying our cultural fix of “open air cinema” and opera in surreal settings at the edge of the Botanical Gardens. ”
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
“The stage/ screen is actually set in the harbour water with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the backdrop. Always a pinch yourself moment to be watching Aida while a massive cruise ship slips past the stage in the dusky twilight!”