Ringing in GT's 50th year was always going to be epic. As part of the mammoth celebrations we're swinging open the doors to Gourmet Traveller's first-ever bricks and mortar store, thanks to an exciting collaboration with long-time GT friends Sorry Thanks I Love You.
The GT x STILY Christmas Boutique, in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct, will feature a selection of handcrafted, mostly Australian-made items from past Meet Your Maker columns, as well as a discerning edit of GT's favourite smallgoods and food- and travel-related gifts. The thoughtful collection - housed in a 200-squaremetre space next-door to the Museum of Contemporary Art - has been carefully assembled by Caroline Ball, co-owner of Sorry Thanks I Love You, and GT staff writer and Meet Your Maker columnist, Maggie Scardifield.
"The team at Gourmet Traveller have a long history of working alongside the world's best makers, producers, chefs and distillers, and it's a privilege to be able to bring these relationships to life in our new space," says Ball. "The incredible calendar of tastings and workshops we have in the works to take place over the course of the pop-up will bring a dimension to our new store in The Rocks that we could only ever have dreamed of."
A selection of gifts at the GT x STILY boutique in The Rocks.
Sydneysiders will be able to pop into the store and purchase handcrafted items such as borosilicate prosecco glasses and sake cups from New York makers Malfatti Glass, and hand sewn oxblood leather knife rolls from Tasmania's Maka leathergoods. Also on the shelves will be travel quilts from Aneau and linen napery from Shilo Engelbrecht, as well as ceramic, marble and porcelain tableware from makers such as Hayden Youlley, Mukumono and The Seasonal Circle. The likes of chutneys and preserves from Melbourne's Pickett's Deli, smoked maple syrup from LP's Quality Meats and boutique spirits including sheep's whey vodka and Four Pillars gin will have Christmas gifts for gourmands sorted, while framed artworks by Good Food Crap Drawing will also be available, and florist Sophia Kaplan will keep things fresh with plants and flowers.
Can't make it to Sydney before Christmas? The pop-up has got you covered: every hand-picked item available in store will also retail on the Sorry Thanks I Love You website.
"We showcase only the best makers and producers in the pages of Gourmet Traveller," says Scardifield. "To bring all of their products together in one space and make them readily accessible to GT readers is incredibly exciting." Keep an eye out for limited-edition creations designed to mark the collaboration, such as a single-source honey from Honey Fingers in Melbourne, and a pizza cutter fashioned from repurposed skateboards by Sydney designer Skate Shank.
The GT x STILY Christmas Boutique runs from 22 November to 18 December at Sorry Thanks I Love You, 140 George St, The Rocks, NSW,see sorrythanksiloveyou.com.