23 Albert’s flagship boutique in Freshwater, Sydney, is openhearted, modern and inspired.
Here, the latest international fashion labels, accessories, gifts and homewares are blended artfully together in an atmosphere of discovery.
Prominent Australian fashion retailer, Marlene Mangioni, commands the shop floor and leads an experienced, hand-picked team. Her philosophy, tried and tested over 30 years, is that every woman can make fashion work for her, that it’s a tool she can use to build the confidence she needs to meet her lifestyle demands, effortlessly, every day.
Marlene first met co- director, Judith Stewart, as a client. Ten years on, 23 Albert is a joint endeavour, which gives Marlene the scope to continue to do what she has done so well for so long and Judith a platform to explore the role of clothing in building a woman’s confidence and well being.
Marlene has over 30 years of fashion and retail experience and has been the creative and driving force of some of Australia’s most successful multi-brand fashion stores. For her, 23 Albert is the personal culmination of a career spent buying, selling, styling and merchandising the best of contemporary women’s fashion from around the world.
"I feel it is so important to build trust with the women who shop with me. I truly love dressing women, and the part I play in making them ready to conquer the challenges of their world, every day."
Judith is a former lawyer and an experienced Australian executive, leader, strategist and board member. She understands the potential of intelligent dressing to give women the confidence to overcome their hesitation, and to step up and succeed, whatever the challenge.
"Perhaps clothes are like armour but I prefer to think they can be an important affirmation of how we see ourselves – confident, in control, feminine and smart."