Shopping in Armadale

Hailed as one of Melbourne’s most stylish suburbs, Armadale is a city slicker’s paradise packed with designer threads that deserve a spot in every fashionista’s wardrobe. Although no easy task, we have handpicked eight must-visit boutiques along the lively High Street.

Aje | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

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Aje

Natural fabrics with a luxe twist

Design duo Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson, created this cult brand in the winter of 2008 to bridge the divide between urban and coastal style. Devoted to the sustainability of artisan techniques, each seasonal collection accentuates handloomed and hand-woven fabrications, handsewn embellishments, and hand-painted prints inspired by the rugged beauty of natural and urban landscapes. Aje Signatures include the Simple Stripe Tee and the Aje Logo Tee.

1045 High Street, Armadale, VIC 3143

Aje | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa
Aje | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Assembly Label

Ageless wardrobes for men and women

If timeless pieces and contemporary basics are synonymous with your personal style then Assembly Label is just the place for you. Assembly Label prides itself on being the epicentre for wardrobe essentials for both men and women. Think low maintenance yet high style looks based around coastal living. The label’s debut in May 2011 saw a collection of refined menswear but has since has expanded to womenswear, fashion accessories and a modest range of homewares.

1062 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Assembly Label | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa
Assembly Label | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Ivy Muse

Plant stands and botanical wares for modern homes

If your house is beginning to look like the photo below, you’ll need a smart way to display your plants. Enter Ivy Muse, a botanical ware studio that designs beautiful, functional plant stands and botanical wares with an aim to encourage creative with greenery. Crafted by hand, using quality materials, Ivy Muse plant stands suit a variety of pots and botanical vessels, giving plant lovers ultimate freedom to showcase their greenery in and around the home.

1250 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Jac + Jack

Knitwear and beyond

Though established as a highly sought-after knitwear label, Jac + Jack has grown to encompass all aspects of the contemporary wardrobe for men and women. Its signature collections carry luxurious knitwear with a strong focus on cashmere and luxurious yarns like Australian superfine merino and fine cotton, silk, linen and bamboo twill – making Jac + Jack – your go-to boutique for chilly nights and beyond.

1021 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Jac+Jack | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Megan Park

From London to Melbourne

After Australian-born Megan Park launched her eponymous label in London, she followed her heart back home and now has three boutiques across the country. Renowned for her artisan’s touch, the women’s fashion label creates a collection that mixes the ancient traditions, printing techniques and craft of hand embroidery with modern cuts, shapes and fabrics, all of which are designed and developed in-house. The result – modern silhouettes clad in some pretty mean prints and patterns.

1039 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Megan Park | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa
Megan Park | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Ryder

For the free-spirited women

Created out of founder and design director Penny Brown’s love for making old things new, the collections from Ryder are drawn from vintage inspirations, showcasing a quintessential Australian style. RYDER works with a unique mix of denim, flannel, lace and leather and explores palettes from the bush to the ocean, creating a feeling of nostalgia for the free spirited.

1073 High Street Armadale, VIC 3143

Ryder | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa
Ryder | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Skin and Threads

Dedicated to the appreciation of cool, simple style

Built on a simple principle that pure and natural fabrics are the building blocks for a luxurious and casually elegant lifestyle, Skin and Threads make clothes that are destined to become future classics. Select from effortlessly cool and chic work and play staples for women made from fabrics like cashmere, merino wool and organic cotton.

1104 High Street Armadale VIC 3143

Skin and Threads | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Viktoria & Woods

“Sports-luxe” vibes to elevated basics

Get out of your workwear style rut and pay a visit to Viktoria & Woods. With a simple approach to creating effortless wardrobe staples with a pared-back and contemporary feel, this women’s fashion label is perfect if you’re on your toes from day to night. From collections with a cool “sports-luxe” vibe to elevated basics and crisp outerwear you are sure to make a statement at any occasion.

1087 High Street Armadale, VIC 3143

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Viktoria Woods | Shopping in Armadale | Travelshopa

Shopping at Albert Park

Surrounded by luscious parkland and sophisticated Victorian architecture, Albert Park is the perfect place to take a breather away from its counterparts. The shopping in Albert Park doesn’t stop though. Behind Victorian cottages lies a hive of activity as Albert Park plays home to an eclectic mix of upscale boutiques, hip cafes, local and international designers, eye-popping jewellery, elegant homewares and a wilful quirk factor.

Husk | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

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Filly’s Stable

Strictly for women

Filly’s Stable offers everything for every girl’s wardrobe. Carrying an eclectic selection of Australian fashion designer brands, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Apart from that, you’ll also find pretty home accessories and lovely jewellery. Also a great place for gift shopping.

130 Bridport Street, Albert Park VIC 3206

Filly's Stable | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

Husk

Bohemian style from desirable and coveted designers

Husk plays home to some of the world’s most desirable and coveted designers. Apart from a carefully curated stable of emerging contemporary designers and iconic international labels, the brand also features its own eponymous range of luxury knitwear; lambskin leather jackets and exquisite dresses incorporating Husks’ signature bohemian style. That’s not all, you’ll also find a collection of jewellery and accessories like handcrafted Italian-made bags and footwear.

123 Dundas Place, Albert Park VIC 3206

Husk | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa
Husk | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

Paloma Bleu

From the perfect outfit for a beach trip to that special occasion

Since opening in 2010, founder Laura Kannourakis has brought a meticulously curated and hand-selected range of local and international designers to her quaint boutique in the heart of Albert Park. Paloma Bleu is the perfect destination for you to pull together the perfect outfit for a beach trip to an outfit for a special occasion.

176 Bridport St W, Albert Park VIC 3206

Paloma Bleu | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

Skin and Threads

Classy cashmere, silk and wool items

The love affair with cashmere, silk and wool is pretty evident at Skin and Threads. Standout separates and accessories will make you look effortlessly classy, anywhere, any place. Visit this premium lifestyle store and grab their exclusive knitwear, basics, and accessories to complete your wardrobe.

115 Dundas Place, Albert Park VIC 3206

Skin and Threads | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

Tienda

Spanish for store

Helmed by husband and wife duo, Paul and Sophie Bohan, Tienda is a no-frills and ‘chill’ boutique that stocks a range of simple, no-fuss designs for men and women as well as the occasional stand out pieces. There is a larger range for women but men will be surprised to meet some good buys. Large changing rooms and a playroom for kids makes this shopping encounter a family affair.

53 Victoria Ave, Albert Park, VIC 3206

Tienda | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa
Tienda | Shopping in Albert Park | Travelshopa

Shopping in Albert Park

Shopping in Fitzroy

Fitzroy – Melbourne’s first suburb stands for all things cool and eccentric. Though it has experienced an inevitable gentrification, this iconic precinct has managed to retain its creative edge, thanks to the slew of bookstores, art galleries, local fashion boutiques and artists’ markets in the neighbourhood. For the best shopping in Fitzroy, wander along Brunswick and Gertrude Street, where main drags like multi-label boutiques offering iconic labels and local favourites, Scandi style home accessories and design studios reside.

Great Dane Furniture | Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa

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Dizingof

Unconventional looks for women

What do you get when a designer combines his love for architecture and travel with fashion? Timeless designs that simply stand out. Dizingof is the brainchild of Israeli-born Haim Bzezinski, who is famed for unconventional designs. The brand became an instant hit and 14 years later, still rules the fashion scene with three locations across Melbourne.

292 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

DIZINGOF | Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa
DIZINGOF | Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa

Edgeley

Eclecticism at its best

Edgeley’s designs walk an important tightrope between high glamour and practicality, elegance and kitsch. Not a surprise when you’re home to a medley of handpicked designers curated by the founder’s expert eye. These include hand-made leather accessories by Tusler, pop art perspex earrings by Doodad and Fandango, the modern minimalism of Nevada Duffy, the wild animal print silk scarves of Cleo Ferin Mercury and the list goes on.

220 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Edgeley Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa
Edgeley Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa

Great Dane Furniture

A wonderland for Scandi lovers

A household name and Australia’s eminent purveyor, master, and collector of Scandinavian furniture, Great Dane exudes a fiery passion for timeless Scandi design. Furniture, home accessories and lighting that accentuate minimalism, clean lines and neutral elements are a common sight in this store.

175 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Great Dane Furniture | Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa
Great Dane Furniture | Shopping in Fitzroy | Melbourne | Travelshopa

Pickings and Parry

Classic styles for the working man

One word comes to mind when you enter this store – Timeless. Pickings and Parry is inspired by a time when men dressed with style regardless of what they did and products were purchased for its quality and longevity. Every product in the store tells a story; be it a shirt, leather jacket or a pair of shoes. Apart from featuring over 35 brands, the shop also offers barber services. Not quite the retail experience one can imagine.

126 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Pickings and Parry | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa

Smart Alec Hatters

Purveyor of hats and other men’s fashion accessories

A prominent fixture at Gertrude Street, Smart Alec Hatters has been a purveyor of men’s fashion accessories for over 10 years. “A well-dressed gentleman without a hat is incomplete,” says founder Michael Albert, who also believes that hats are forgotten accessories. What we love about this store is that it caters to everyone – from the dapper gentleman to the progressive punk.

235 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Smart Alec Hatters | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa
Smart Alec Hatters | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa

Spacecraft Studio

Homewares, fashion and local goodness

This award-winning art and design studio creates artworks and screen-printed designs that are built upon the foundations of technical excellence and innovation in print, and a love for contemporary art. Aside from their studio, artworks, homewares and fashion designs, as well as a carefully curated selection of locally produced artisan goods, are proudly displayed in their lovely Fitzroy store.

225 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Spacecraft | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa

The L I A R

For fun summer days

Inspired by the urge to fill every woman’s wardrobe with unique, timeless pieces that inspire individuality & confidence, The L A I R stocks an enviable portfolio of labels, as well as its in-house label, L A I R. Handmade in Australia, their collection sees are common use of leather on its apparel and accessories. The L A I R also features a swimwear collection, notably from Zulu & Zephyr and Fella Otis.

122 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

The L I A R | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa
The L I A R | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa

Third Drawer Down

A store, wholesale and a design studio

Some know them as a store that sells all sorts of eccentric and hard-to-find objects. Others know them as a wholesaler and design studio that produces artist-licensed objects and bespoke ranges for cultural institutions. Whatever you know them for, Third Drawer Down desires to be a lot more. Their stores are independent concept destinations that curate objects from around the world. You’ll find objects out of the ordinary, homewares, books, jewellery as well as editions produced by their studio.

93 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Third Drawer Down | Shopping in Fitzroy | Travelshopa

Shopping in Fitzroy

Shopping in Flinders Lane

Melbourne CBD boasts a lively laneway culture - filled with awesome cafes, stylish boutiques, curated galleries and hip bars. Flinders Lane is a minor street that runs parallel to Collins Street. Though small in size, the ambitious street surprises with culinary favourites as well as noteworthy, edgy and indie shops featuring some of the most established homebred labels and designers. Join us as we unearth the must-visit shops in this guide to shopping in Flinders Lane.

Nique | Flinders Lane | Melbourne

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Craft

Get crafty with handmade home and fashion accessories

Apart from being an emporium for all that is handmade and unique, Craft is also Victoria’s largest and oldest art organisations dedicated to championing contemporary craftspeople. Their gallery and store see a mix of everything from artwork, jewellery and fashion accessories to home décor, soft furnishings and toys – all created in materials like ceramics, glass, wood, metals, textiles and paper.

31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Craft | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Incu Mens

Street style favourites

Established in 2002 by twin brothers Brian and Vincent Wu, Incu was inspired by their love of travel, international designers and emerging Australian brands. 14 years later, Incu has flourished into a multifaceted fashion and lifestyle business with over 12 retails stores across Australia. The Flinders Lane’s outlet for men offers a bevy of street style favourites from leading Australian and international brands.

Shop 6A, 274 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Incu Mens | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Jack London

Throwback to the 60s

This menswear label takes you back to the British and European Mod Rocker scene of the 1960’s. Think short suit jackets with narrow lapels and narrow trousers, short collared shirts worn with slim ties, polos and leather jackets, dressed in winkle-picker shoes. Quite a picture isn’t it? Jack London’s signature look of rock and roll attitude mixed with classic tailoring has become synonymous with the brand.

Shop 1/258 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Jack London | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa
Jack London | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Lady Petrova

Fun and feminine with elements of surprise

Lady Petrova is the brainchild of Petrova Hammond, the bright and energetic figure of Melbourne’s fashion scene. Her eponymous label is a reflection of Petrova’s fun and feminine aesthetic. Dreamy lace, velvet chiffon materials, bold colours and interesting silhouettes with unexpected touches is a common sight in store. What’s most impressive about Lady Petrova is that she is dedicated to empowering women and supporting other female creatives; from the labels she carries, right down to the imported wooden floor boards. Enter her store via Scott Alley.

Shop 3, 237 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Lady Petrova | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa
Lady Petrova | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Life with Bird

Beautifully constructed leather goods

LIFEwithBIRD was established in 2002 by Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner with a desire to create beautifully constructed leather goods and effortless, contemporary clothing. The brand, together with its maiden L.W.B collection, is now known for its contemporary aesthetic and elevated essentials.

241A Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Life with Bird | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa
Life with Bird | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Nique

An independent fashion label

Nique took its first breath when designers and co-founders Nick and Lucy Ennis began designing in the loft of their West Melbourne warehouse. Starting off by creating flyers and street art for the thriving local music scene and big brands and corporates looking for a connection with the youth market, the duo began drafting clothing designs. These designs caught the attention of one of Melbourne’s largest local clothing manufacturers and soon after the designers had their first range rolling off the production line.

Shop 1/234 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Nique | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Zambesi

A juxtaposition of designs

Zambesi possesses a consistent and unique signature for both men’s and women’s fashion. Founder and designer, Elisabeth Findlay takes fabrics in unexpected directions to reflect both realism and imagination on the womenswear pieces. Designer Dayne Johnston however, takes a different route and a disciplined hand to the menswear, with well cut, clever detailing and precisely tailored nods to traditional and utilitarian menswear.

75 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Zambesi Store | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa
Zambesi Store | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Zomp

Shoes, shoes and more shoes

Got a soft spot for shoes? This is just the shop for you. Featuring over 100 footwear brands under-one-roof, Zomp is the footwear boutique of every shoe collection’s dreams. Zomp boasts a vast array of direct imports from Italy, Spain and Brazil thanks to their travels around the world. All of their stores, including Flinders Lane’s outlet, are unique in their look and design and are filled with all the latest looks, brands and styles at affordable prices.

277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Zomp | Shopping in Flinders Lane | Travelshopa

Shopping in Flinders Lane

Shopping in South Yarra

Home to one of the most desirable shopping strips in Melbourne (Chapel Street of course!), South Yarra is THE place to conquer if you are a serious fashionista. This bustling shopping strip comprises of seven different areas, each providing a different retail experience. It’s impossible to cover the entirety of this precinct so as a start; we’ve selected a few boutiques offering men’s and women’s fashion to get you on your toes. After shopping in South Yarra, we suggest heading to one of the local cafes for a quick pick-me-up.

Manning Cartell | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

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A-esque

Leather goods with a touch of chic

A-ESQUE is obsessed with the artistry of creating leather goods for women and men. The result? A range of beautiful leather pieces including bags in every style imaginable, wallets and jewellery. A-ESQUE also features a collection of metallic bags if you’re looking for statement pieces.

555b Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

A-esque | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
A-esque | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Green with Envy

A mix of established and up-and-coming labels

Your shopaholic friend would probably be green with envy once they find out you visited this store without them. Touted as “the Australian destination for fashion” Green with Envy is a result of a curated collection of established and up-and-coming brands. This includes brands like Alc, Bec and Bridge, Rag & Bone, Kitx to Alexander Wang, Celine and Dion Lee.

517 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Green With Envy | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
Green With Envy | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Manning Cartell

For those who dare to make a statement

Manning Cartell is the brainchild of sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning. The distinctive imprint of Manning Cartell is a visual richness framed by craftsmanship and attention to detail on their pieces. Innovative fabrics, unexpected details, colour and print are fundamental to the designs. Their latest Resort 17 Diaphanous collection includes bold graphic stripes, rich textures and vibrant colour clashes.

Shop 7, 542 Chapel St, The Colonnade VIC 3141

Manning Cartell | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
Manning Cartell | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Providence Clothing Co.

Men’s apparel sorted

Providence Clothing Co. is an independent multi-brand men’s clothing store that showcases a curated selection of sought-after brands from around the globe. These brands focus on well-made, classic items that offer great quality & value. Apart from business and dress shirts to grooming products, the brand also offers a small range of dog accessories for furry friends.

534 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC 3141

Providence Clothing Co. | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
Providence Clothing Co. | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Swish Clothing

Dresses for every occasion

Swish Clothing has formal dresses for the most exciting events in your calendar. Inspired by the newest designs right off the runways of Paris, New York and Milan, these looks range from classic to modern and demure to daring. You will find plenty of looks to suit your taste and the occasion. The hardest part is… to choose just one.

469 Chapel, St South Yarra VIC 3141

Swish Clothing | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
Swish Clothing | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Zomp

Over 100 footwear brands under-one-roof

Featuring over 100 footwear brands under-one-roof, Zomp is the footwear boutique of every shoe collection’s dreams. Zomp boasts a vast array of direct imports from Italy, Spain and Brazil thanks to their travels around the world. All of their stores are unique in their look and design and are filled with all the latest looks, brands and styles at affordable prices.

Shop 9, 546 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Zomp | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa
Zomp | Shopping in South Yarra | Travelshopa

Guide to Shopping in South Yarra

Shopping Precincts in Melbourne

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A city brimming with rich culture and pizazz, a trailblazer for dynamic arts and design, a world-class culinary master, an eclectic shopping mecca – call it whatever you want because Melbourne is truly a vivacious city that offers something for everyone.

With an influx of homebred designers, artists and entrepreneurs scattered across every precinct, it’s safe to say that shopping in Melbourne is far from the ordinary. We unravel some of the best local shopping spots in our guide to shopping precincts in Melbourne.

CBD

Scouring for local designer boutiques may require a bit of a scramble in most cities but we can safely say that you’ll unearth the most coveted boutiques right in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Make a beeline for Flinders Lane; an ambitious street that surprises with ample indie shops by established homebred labels, the dynamic Little Collins Street for eccentric designers and Crossley Street for Melbourne’s most iconic shops.

ARCADES

CROSSLEY STREET

FLINDERS LANE

LITTLE COLLINS STREET

EAST

A contrast from the frisky streets of the CBD, East Melbourne is a quiet urban escape complete with Victorian houses, gothic cathedrals, bountiful gardens and congruent streetscapes. Shoppers flock to Hawthorn – specifically Glenferrie Road to get their shopping fix.

HAWTHORN

NORTH

Drenched with rich and diverse cultures, and a vibrant arts scene, North Melbourne is probably the most eclectic out of the lot. Amongst street art spotting, indie galleries and cool cafes you’ll find quirky fashion boutiques, arty homewares, handmade jewellery and accessory shops at Abbotsford, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Northcote.

ABBOTSFORD

BRUNSWICK

FITZROY

NORTHCOTE 

SOUTH-EAST

Melbourne CBD may have some stellar local shopping spots but South East Melbourne comes in a close second. The relentlessly cool suburb boasts the “bests of the city” – best weekend market, best culinary scene and of cause, the best shopping destination. From hit fashion boutiques congregated at Toorak and South Yarra to a treasure trove of vintage goods in Prahan, it is no wonder the underrated suburb is quickly gaining street cred. If you’re up for more, be sure to explore local treasures at the famed South Melbourne Market.

ARMADALE

PRAHAN

RICHMOND

SOUTH YARRA

ST KILDA

TOORAK

SOUTH

Melbourne’s oldest suburb is quietly evolving into a stomping ground for foodies, fashionistas and the cool crowd – not only because it hosts the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. Behind Victorian cottages lie upscale boutiques, hip cafes, local and international designers, eye-popping jewellery, elegant homewares and a wilful quirk factor.

ALBERT PARK

ELWOOD

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