FOR years I walked the length of High St in the West End unbeknown to the closet-sized paragon of design curation.
Nestled between a waxing salon and gallery, Compendium Design Store is a tardis of fine accessories, stationery, jewellery and homewares.
After a few years working in graphic design, owner Jayden Weston wanted to create a design store for the Freo community, so he opened Compendium in 2010, bucking the trend for online retail, believing that true retail will always rest in brick and mortar.
“We really focus on providing a great in store experience, be it through in store customer service, helping with gift ideas, gift wrapping, window display, and pleasant ambience with music and candles,” Westone says.
The shop’s eclectic layout is inspired by the design of contemporary art galleries and brands like Muji, Mr Porter and Warby Parker, rather than other retail outlets, incorporating a mix of muted colours, light timber and clean lines.
The store stocks a concise but weighty selection of creative and progressive local and international vendors such as Hellolulu, Kaweco, Royal Republiq, and Sole Ceramics. Compendium recently collaborated with Apolis, a brand collaborates and supports artisans in developing countries, to create a customised Fremantle Market tote bag.
True to its name, the shelves are adorned with eminent books and periodicals on design, fashion, lifestyle and culture. The store is also the official english TinTin stockists, shelving a generous selection of both hard and paperback copies as well as collectable figurines of the loved comic-book hero.
As an enthusiast for nice looking magazines, I’ve often halted on the street to peruse the latest editions of Monocle, Kinfolk and Fantastic Man only to exit with enough printed text to entertain a voracious bookwork for a lifetime.
For folk that want to splurge, Weston has a carefully picked selection of popular, but expensive, design watches, but, with the store being close to hordes of uni students, the shelves also hold a number of more affordable products and gift ideas to cater for all budgets.
Compendium turned seven on October 11 and Weston attributes their long standing to the store’s close relationship with locals and the ever-changing and growing product range that continues to reflect and cater for the mixed demographic of Fremantle.
“We find we get great support from locals who love Fremantle and the Fremantle brand and we love being apart of the local fabric and community.”