Shop­ping: Buy­ing the best in town

MEL­BOURNE HAS LONG BEEN RE­GARDED AS AUS­TRALIA’S FASHION CAP­I­TAL. SPEND SOME TIME WAN­DER­ING OUR STREETS AND YOU’LL SEE WHY.

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CBD SHOP­PING

n THE BLOCK AR­CADE. The Block Ar­cade is a true Collins Street trea­sure. Built on the site of the orig­i­nal Ge­orges Store, The Block at 282 Collins Street opened in 1892, with the El­iz­a­beth Street wing fol­low­ing some 10 months later. See over thirty fas­ci­nat­ing shops in­clud­ing the stylish Rox­anne Fash­ions, The Hopetoun Tea Rooms and Haigh’s Cho­co­lates.

282 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 5244. the­block.com.au

n BOURKE STREET MALL. Bourke Street Mall is Mel­bourne’s true re­tail heart, link­ing both Swanston and El­iz­a­beth Streets. Wan­der through the bustling city shop­pers and fill your arms with nu­mer­ous bags, rang­ing from depart­ment stores like David Jones and Myer to fashion re­tail­ers like Zara and Cue.

Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. bourkestreet.com.au

n EM­PO­RIUM MEL­BOURNE. Lo­cated in the heart of Mel­bourne’s CBD, Em­po­rium Mel­bourne is a reimag­ined mod­ern day shop­ping mecca that boasts four firstto-aus­tralia brands, over 24 Mel­bourne flag­ship stores and the largest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian de­sign­ers un­der one roof, with 225 high street fashion and food brands. Newly opened stores in­clude Muji, Alice Mccall, Aquila, Con­verse and Laura Ash­ley.

287 Lons­dale Street, Mel­bourne. 8609 8221. em­po­ri­um­mel­bourne.com.au

n COLLINS STREET. A trip to Mel­bourne isn’t com­plete with­out a visit to Collins Street. Filled with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional shop­ping boutiques, along with an ar­ray of ho­tels, restau­rants and the­atres, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Be sure to stop at the fa­mous ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street to check out flag­ship stores, such as Tif­fany & Co. and Louis Vuit­ton.

Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9639 4078. collinsstreet.com.au

n HOWEY PLACE. This roofed laneway, which runs off Lit­tle Collins Street, west of Swanston Street, is home to a va­ri­ety of de­signer and shop­ping boutiques. It’s here you’ll find spe­cial­ist jew­ellers James Alfredson and iconic hand­bag and lug­gage de­sign­ers Spencer and Ruther­ford. On the fashion front don’t miss Aus­tralian style mak­ers Smooth, Euro­pean-in­flu­enced Mon Amore Paris and ac­ces­sories maven Oro­ton.

n MEL­BOURNE CEN­TRAL. This huge shop­ping cen­tre boasts fashion, restau­rants, en­ter­tain­ment, beauty ser­vices and much more. Re­tail­ers in­clude Calvin Klein Jeans, Con­verse, Esprit, French Con­nec­tion, GAP, Guess, Levi’s, Nike, Sass & Bide, Tommy Hil­figer and many more.

Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9922 1100. mel­bourne­cen­tral.com.au

n MEL­BOURNE’S GPO. Mel­bourne’s GPO is a world-class, con­tem­po­rary re­tail, fashion des­ti­na­tion. It is home to the Aus­tralian flag­ship store of Swedish fashion re­tail gi­ant H&M.

350 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9290 0200. mel­bour­nes­gpo.com

n QV MEL­BOURNE. QV is a city within a city that rep­re­sents the quin­tes­sen­tial Mel­bourne life­style. In­ti­mate laneways in the ur­ban precinct give shop­pers the free­dom to wan­der and dis­cover the eclec­tic mix of shops, cafés and restau­rants at their own pace.

Cnr Lons­dale and Swanston Streets, Mel­bourne. 9207 9200. qv.com.au

n THE STRAND MEL­BOURNE. Lo­cated right in the heart of Mel­bourne’s shop­ping precinct, The Strand Mel­bourne is be­tween the laneways and ar­cades that Mel­bourne is fa­mous for. A multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment and some of the best names in re­tail, in­clud­ing Di­nosaur­de­signs and Gor­man, make this one of Mel­bourne’s top shop­ping des­ti­na­tions.

Cnr El­iz­a­beth Street and Lit­tle Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9290 0200. thes­trand­mel­bourne.com.au

DEPART­MENT STORES

n DAVID JONES. David Jones is the old­est depart­ment store in the world that’s still op­er­at­ing un­der its own name. An Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion, its fashion shows are the main high­light of ev­ery fashion sea­son. Here is where you will find a range of top Aus­tralian fashion de­sign­ers like Camilla and Carla Zam­patti.

310 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9643 2222. david­jones.com.au

n MYER. Myer is Aus­tralia’s largest depart­ment store group. They stock ev­ery­thing from fashion, ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances to elec­tri­cal goods and home­wares. They have placed their foot solidly in the fashion and style stakes for over 100 years of­fer­ing a wide range of Aus­tralia’s top fashion de­sign­ers.

314–336 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9661 1111. myer.com.au

SHOP­PING PRECINCTS

n BRIDGE ROAD, RICH­MOND. A de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion for smart, thrifty, shop­pers with an eye for a unique buy. Bridge Road’s range of qual­ity gar­ments means the iconic precinct has earned its rep­u­ta­tion as a top-to-toe fashion ex­pe­ri­ence en­com­pass­ing qual­ity ev­ery­day wear, all-bud­get for­mal and bridal cou­ture, pop­u­lar brand names, beau­ti­cians, salons, spas and much more.

Bridge Road, Rich­mond. bridgerd.com.au

n CHAPEL STREET. A Mel­bourne shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t com­plete with­out a trip to Chapel Street. From South Yarra to Prahran to Wind­sor, the street is lined with well-known fashion la­bels, unique boutiques, cafés, restau­rants and bars. There’s cin­e­mas and shop­ping at the Jam Fac­tory and don’t miss funky Gre­ville Street.

Chapel Street, South Yarra, Prahran and Wind­sor. chapel­street.com.au

n HIGH STREET, AR­MADALE. One of the most ver­sa­tile and in­ter­est­ing shop­ping precincts in Mel­bourne has to be High Street, Ar­madale. Walk down the street and you’ll find over 285 spe­cial­ity stores sell­ing ev­ery­thing from an­tiques to home­wares to mod­ern fashion. If you are look­ing for some­thing re­ally un­usual there are High Street’s many an­tique and col­lectable stores and art gal­leries. It’s also known for its cafés, bars and restau­rants. Lo­cated around six kilo­me­tres from the CBD, it is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by car and tram.

High Street, Ar­madale. high­stree­tar­madale.com.au

SOUTH­GATE. The South­gate shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides an eclec­tic mix of what makes Mel­bourne the style cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia. From fashion and ac­ces­sories through to home­wares and gifts, South­gate’s di­verse col­lec­tion of re­tail­ers of­fers unique de­signs and prod­ucts to catch your eye and take your breath away in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful

fashion, ex­quis­ite jew­ellery, crafted ar­ti­san ac­ces­sories and gor­geous dé­cor.

Banks of the Yarra River, Mel­bourne. 9686 1000. south­gatemel­bourne.com.au

TOORAK ROAD, SOUTH YARRA.

On Toorak Road it’s all about spe­cial­ity shops —out­stand­ing fashion at Cose Ipanema and Et Al, hand­made de­signs, su­perb cafés like Gâ­nache Choco­late Lounge, bril­liant restau­rants and bars, ex­cit­ing gal­leries, de­signer prod­ucts, the finest leather goods, home­wares, special gifts and a myr­iad of ser­vices.

Toorak Road, South Yarra. toorakroad­south­yarra.com.au

n TOORAK VIL­LAGE, TOORAK. Toorak Vil­lage is full of fas­ci­nat­ing shops, fine din­ing and sunny street cafés. Spend some time ex­plor­ing Toorak Vil­lage and you’ll see why the term vil­lage is so apt. There are more than 50 fashion, shoe, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sory boutiques of­fer­ing a wide range of both lo­cal and im­ported de­signer wares, in­clud­ing jew­ellery spe­cial­ists IMP Jew­ellery and fashion house Mon Amore Paris.

Toorak Vil­lage, Toorak Road, Toorak. toorakvil­lage.com.au

SPAS

n V HO­TEL SPA. V Ho­tel Spa of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous in­ner city spa lo­ca­tion and award-win­ning mo­bile mas­sages in Mel­bourne. Trained and ex­pe­ri­enced ther­a­pists pro­vide ex­pert treat­ments that fo­cus on your unique wants and needs. V Ho­tel Spa of­fers hy­dro steam and spa bath and the best mas­sages, fa­cials and body treat­ment in Mel­bourne.

Lower Ground, 630 Lit­tle Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9629 6600. vho­telspa.com.au

FASHION

n ET AL. Et Al is one of Mel­bourne’s most ac­com­plished brands with a cult fol­low­ing as an Aus­tralian la­bel well known for its re­laxed tai­lor­ing and time­less pieces that tran­scend gen­der, age and cal­i­bre. Fluid and flat­ter­ing lines, qual­ity fab­ri­ca­tion and thought­ful de­tail­ing are tai­lored to a life­style and a pres­ence that work in syn­chrony with the gar­ments. The staff are en­light­en­ing and pro­vide a per­son­alised styling ser­vice with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the Et Al aes­thetic.

1003 High Street, Ar­madale. 9822 1777. 186 Fara­day Street, Carl­ton. 9347 1500. 714 Glen­fer­rie Road, Hawthorn. 9815 0703. 1B, 268 Flin­ders Lane, Mel­bourne. 9650 4554. 125 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9820 2088. etal-aus­tralia.com

n JENNEN. JENNEN is the ex­clu­sive re­tailer of men’s height-in­creas­ing footwear in Aus­tralia. JENNEN has helped over 50,000 men stand more con­fi­dently and walk taller, from Aus­tralian celebri­ties, politi­cians and busi­ness­men, to stu­dents, bach­e­lors and grooms. Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2007, its unique prod­ucts have stim­u­lated con­ver­sa­tion on Aus­tralia’s ra­dio sta­tions as well as in news­pa­pers and pub­li­ca­tions all around the coun­try. JENNEN hand­crafted leather shoes of­fer a cush­ioned height­in­crease of 5cm to 10cm, with­out

com­pro­mis­ing style or com­fort. They also sell height-in­creas­ing shoe lift in­soles that can be in­serted into reg­u­lar shoes for ex­tra height. While you’re in Mel­bourne, be sure to visit their unique bou­tique, just 2km from the Mel­bourne City Cen­tre.

91 John­ston Street, Colling­wood. 9078 7938. Free de­liv­ery Aus­tralia-wide and ex­press de­liv­ery world­wide. TALLER.COM.AU

n MADE IN MI­LAN. Made in Mi­lan spe­cialises in both men’s and ladies’ im­ported de­signer cloth­ing. You will find some of the world’s top fashion brands at im­porter’s prices in­clud­ing Moschino, Cavalli, Ver­sace, D&G, Re­play, Dsquared and Shi 4. With a buyer in Florence con­tin­u­ally sourc­ing the hottest Ital­ian de­signs, fashion fol­low­ers will al­ways find the lat­est for­mal and ca­sual attire at Made in Mi­lan.

Ge­orges on Collins, Shop 1, 162 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 4626. madein­mi­lan.net

n MARTI PORT­FO­LIO. Marti Port­fo­lio on High Street, Ar­madale is your on­estop-shop for home­wares, fashion and ac­ces­sories. The fashion in store is uniquely in­di­vid­ual and im­ported from Europe as well as from Aus­tralia and New Zealand’s best de­sign­ers, while the in­te­rior furnishings and dé­cor items are ex­clu­sively de­signed in-house, or sourced from Europe. Marti Port­fo­lio have rounded up the best to un­cover a world of in­spi­ra­tion you won’t fine any­where else.

1018 High Street, Ar­madale. 9500 8894. marti.com.au

n ROX­ANNE FASH­IONS. Rox­anne sells an af­ford­able and ex­clu­sive range of de­signer mix and match co­or­di­nates. They stock Aus­tralian made gar­ments in con­junc­tion with other in­ter­na­tional la­bels in­clud­ing Joseph Ribkoff, Verge, Not Your Daugh­ter’s Jeans and Seven Sis­ters. See their ad on page 31 to re­ceive a 10% dis­count for the month of Au­gust.

304 Lit­tle Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9663 4247. 109 Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9639 6134. The Block Ar­cade, 102 El­iz­a­beth Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 5051. 280 Don­caster Road, Bal­wyn North. 9816 4411. rox­an­nefash­ions.com.au n SMOOTH. Smooth is Aus­tralia’s premier age pos­i­tive, size pos­i­tive brand. De­sign­ers Amanda Owens and Cather­ine Mc­quade met in the 80s when Cathy’s pop group Deckchairs Over­board played at Amanda’s night­club, Stranded. They be­came best friends and in 2000 launched Smooth, de­sign­ing el­e­gant but funky pieces for women over 40. 100% Aus­tralian made, they of­fer an ex­clu­sive range of both special event and ca­sual wear.

17 Howey Place, Mel­bourne. 9639 8520. smoothaus­tralia.com.au

n SPENCER & RUTHER­FORD. Spencer & Ruther­ford is one of Aus­tralia’s most cov­eted and iconic brands, ex­ud­ing glam­our, beauty and ex­cep­tional crafts­man­ship. Sourc­ing the most beau­ti­ful fabrics, leathers and trims from around the world al­lows them to cre­ate their sig­na­ture style, com­bin­ing the lat­est de­sign trends with at­ten­tion to qual­ity and de­tail. The brand’s de­lec­ta­ble bags, lug­gage and ac­ces­sories are ad­mired by fash­ion­istas and col­lected by stylish devo­tees.

22 Howey Place, Mel­bourne. 8609 6379. spenceran­druther­ford.com.au

n THE ETER­NAL HEADONIST. The Eter­nal Headonist stocks unique, con­tem­po­rary women’s hats, head­wear and millinery from the world’s top de­sign­ers and milliners, with one of the finest col­lec­tions of head­wear in Aus­tralia. If you want a stun­ning fas­ci­na­tor for the races, a beau­ti­ful hat for the sum­mer or the per­fect head­piece for your wed­ding, their store has you cov­ered. The Eter­nal Headonist is the only place to go for head­wear with a dif­fer­ence!

Shop 9, Ge­orges Ar­cade, 195 Lit­tle Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 0487 442 720. theeter­nal­head­on­ist.com

The Block Ar­cade. Photo: Visit Vic­to­ria.

South­gate shop­ping precinct.

Right: The Eter­nal Headonist.

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