Apart from the Australian Grand Prix that occurs every March, everything seems to be operating at half pace in this neighbourhood. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Albert Park
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Fitzroy
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.
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 sees 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Flinders Lane
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in South Yarra
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.
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.
LITTLE COLLINS STREET
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.
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.
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.
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.