A recent feature in Jetstar Magazine said "In the ever-morphing Surry Hills is a store, more like an emporium, of such brilliance it needs to top this list. In the true spirit of the new fashion trader comes The Collector Store owned by Chris and Nike Balken. As Nike says: “The store is a light-filled emporium with exciting secrets of fresh, emerging Australian talent.”
From fashion to custom furniture, wallpapers, fabrics to shoes and accessories, The Collector Store prides itself on showcasing products by Australian designers at good price points. They also collaborate with local designers to create exclusive ranges for the store — their own label, Foxes, is made in Surry Hills.
In particular, their collection of wallpapers, fabric and cotton voile dresses from Publisher Textiles is unique. My favourite product is the range of Gascoigne and King candles with scents like pear or fig that are lovingly made in the local maker’s kitchen (AU$55)."