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.
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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. Stores now open include Muji, Alice Mccall, Aquila, Converse and Laura Ashley.
287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 8609 8221. emporiummelbourne.com.au
■ 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
■ 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.
■ MELBOURNE CENTRAL. This huge shopping centre boasts fashion, restaurants, entertainment, beauty services and much more. Retailers include Calvin Klein Jeans, Esprit, French Connection, GAP, Levi’s, Nike, Sass & Bide, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Street, Melbourne. 9922 1100. melbournecentral.com.au
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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. 8609 7500. myer.com.au
■ 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
■ 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
■ HIGH STREET, ARMADALE. High Street Armadale is iconically renowned for being Melbourne’s hot spot for the ultimate boutique wedding dress experience, however it has so much more to offer than bridal shopping. From cafés that serve art on a plate, speciality wine bars and restaurants, stunning interior stores, the finest beauty salons, inspiring health studios and boutique and high-end fashion stores. No matter your individual taste, style, desire or needs, this is the ultimate street to visit in Melbourne for a fabulous morning, day or night out.
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
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 find 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 November.
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. Tues–sat 11am–5.30pm. 0487 442 720. theeternalheadonist.com
MARKETS THE ROSE STREET ARTISTS’ MARKET.
The Rose Street Artists’ Market is where those ‘in the know’ find Melbourne’s best art and design talent. There’s everything from art, photography, fashion, jewellery, accessories, homewares, collectables, emerging designers, vintage pieces, tasty treats, cool beats, bike hire and much more.
60 Rose Street, Fitzroy. Sat and Sun 11am–5pm. 9419 5529. rosestmarket.com.au
n ST KILDA ESPLANADE MARKET. Every Sunday since 1970, the St Kilda Esplanade Market has been the destination for those searching for something special. Meet more than 140 artisans offering an exciting range of contemporary artworks. These goods include quality handmade artworks made from wood, glass, paper, resin and recycled materials.
Upper Esplanade St Kilda, between Cavell and Fitzroy Streets. Sun 10am–4pm. stkildaesplanademarket.com.au
n VERONICA GEORGE GALLERY. If you’re looking for a uniquely Australian present then Veronica George Gallery is well worth a visit. The gallery represents a large number of Australian glass artists and has a magnificent variety of their work. Their range includes one-of-a-kind art glass, studio glass and collectables. There is also a fine collection of contemporary jewellery by well-known Australian artists.
1082 High Street, Armadale. Mon–sat, 10am–5.30pm. 9500 9930. veronicageorge.com.au
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