I was lucky enough to have a day wandering around Surry Hills with Damian...we were able to spend time browsing in the many design and homewears shops that are normally off limits with two small children in tow.
One of my favourites was Koskela where I picked up a few early Christmas gifts- I couldn't resist the bag they came packaged in ( usually I pull out one of my own reusable ones). The bag is made from recycled broadsheet by young adults and village women at 'Karm Marg"- a center and initiative set up to help children and young adults living on the streets in New Delhi. This paper craft is one of the many projects used to help the center become self sustained as well as teach skills to help the children survive.The bag is surprisingly sturdy and lasted a day of being lugged around filled with bits and pieces.Every where I went it attracted attention - not bad for a bag made out of someone's discarded newspaper!
By the way, if you're in Surry Hills,it's worth the effort to stop in for a quick( or not so quick) look at Koskela- inspiring homewears, textiles and furniture and warm friendly service as well. Other enjoyable places of note were David met Nicole, Planet Commonwealth and of course Chee Soon & Fitzgerald.