Shop­ping: Buy­ing the best in town

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Work As­so­ci­a­tion which es­tab­lished tea­rooms at num­ber 6 Block Ar­cade in 1893. The as­so­ci­a­tion dis­banded in 1907 but the tea­rooms named after its founder have sur­vived in their orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion to this day. Hopetoun Tea Rooms is one of more than 30 fas­ci­nat­ing out­lets within the ar­cade, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from the lat­est fash­ion to unique gifts.

Then there is the shop­ping. From as early as any­one can re­mem­ber, Collins Street has been the place to shop. To­day it's no dif­fer­ent, the only change be­ing the sheer num­ber of op­tions. Se­ri­ous fash­ion buy­ers with few bud­getary re­straints can be found brows­ing the many stylish bou­tiques at the top end of Collins (also re­ferred to as the Paris end) be­tween Spring and Swanston Streets.

La­bels such as Prada, Gior­gio Ar­mani, Max Mara, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lau­ren, Gucci, Louis Vuit­ton and Her­mès await their lov­ing fans in their sig­na­ture stores. Shops such as Made in Mi­lan and Cose Ipanema are must vis­its for those in search of a per­fect out­fit while Paul Smith has cho­sen to open his first Aus­tralian store here. Hugo Boss and Kookai also have many fans.

Visit Rox­anne Fash­ions for an af­ford­able and ex­clu­sive range of de­signer mix and match co­or­di­nates that have a mod­ern point of dif­fer­ence. The Rox­anne brand prides it­self on hav­ing ex­clu­sive Aus­tralian made gar­ments. They also sell other lead­ing brands in­clud­ing Verge, Not Your Daugh­ter's Jeans, Seven Sis­ters and Joseph Ribkoff.

Shoe lovers are equally well catered for, with Peter Shep­pard and Dolce and Gab­bana all pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.

Many top jewellers also call Collins Street home in­clud­ing Ge­org Jensen, Bvl­gari, Mont­blanc, Paspaley, Tif­fany & Co. and The Hour Glass, which stocks a fine col­lec­tion of lux­ury watches.

Stop by Franco Jewellers for a great range of high qual­ity watches, in­clud­ing U-boat time­pieces from Italy, and Effy Jew­ellery from New York.

The Gray Reid Jew­ellery Gallery lo­cated in a her­itage listed show­room dis­plays and re­tails an ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion of an­tique and con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery. The Gallery also deals in in­ter­est­ing col­lecta­bles and ob­ject d'art.

As a mem­ber of the Gold and Sil­ver­smiths Guild of Aus­tralia, Gray Reid Gallery show­cases and sells the di­verse work of fel­low jewellers. En­gage­ment rings, cel­e­bra­tion pieces and fine Australiana are a spe­cialty. Many of Aus­tralia's finest jewellers are avail­able. The Gallery truly have some­thing for ev­ery­one. The on­site work­shops al­low for a per­son­alised ser­vice in mak­ing, re­pair and re­mod­elling. With con­tin­u­ally chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, there is al­ways some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to buy. Treat your­self to Melbourne's finest lo­cally made lux­ury.

Ash­ley Jewellers, lo­cated at the 'Paris end' of Collins Street, is recog­nised lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for its jew­ellery of dis­tinc­tion with a unique style and rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity of de­sign. They spe­cialise in Aus­tralian white and gold South Sea pearls, black Tahi­tian pearls, di­a­monds and pre­cious gem­stones, and high qual­ity Aus­tralian opals fea­tured in con­tem­po­rary trend­set­ting de­signs which cre­ate mod­ern day mas­ter­pieces that will be cher­ished for eter­nity.

An­other wel­come ad­di­tion to the ‘Paris end' of Collins Street is Paspaley's el­e­gant new bou­tique. Fea­tur­ing their dis­tinc­tive ‘pearl cas­cade' and glow­ing light box, vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of Aus­tralian South Sea pearls.

Cen­tre­way Ar­cade fea­tures numer­ous high-end bou­tiques and book­stores. If you're after a spe­cial gift, then you can't go past Temelli Jew­ellery. They of­fer a beau­ti­ful range of en­gage­ment rings, fine di­a­mond jew­ellery and rings, nat­u­ral coloured gems, Wil­lie Creek Aus­tralian South Sea Pearls and Aus­tralian Ar­gyle Pink Di­a­monds. Temelli also show­case a range of Swiss Watches in­clud­ing 88 Rue Du Rhone, Aerowatch, Ro­tary Watches and Edox Swiss Watches With eye-catch­ing pieces, and a pas­sion for qual­ity, we guar­an­tee you will love your Temelli cre­ation.

It's this mix­ture of old and new, whether it be ar­chi­tec­ture or fash­ion la­bels which makes Collins Street so fas­ci­nat­ing to ex­plore, no mat­ter what your bud­get, age or in­ter­est.

Collins Street. Photo: Josie Withers Photography/visit Victoria.

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