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.
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. Stores now open include Muji, Alice Mccall, Aquila, Converse and Laura Ashley.
287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 8609 8221. emporiummelbourne.com.au
n COLLINS 234. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, Collins 234 is the perfect stop for those wanting a break from the daily grind. Collins 234 is home to iconic local and international brands such as Braun Büffel, Hannii, Indigo and SABA, as well as indulgent health and beauty stores. Be treated like a local as you browse the fashion and speciality stores, in peaceful and light filled surroundings reminiscent of art deco grandeur. Whether you have five minutes or 50, Collins 234 is the perfect CBD shopping destination.
234 Collins Street, Melbourne. 8539 3000. collins234.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, 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
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 SPENCER OUTLET CENTRE. Conveniently located right next to Southern Cross Station, Etihad Stadium and above the busy Skybus Terminal, Spencer Outlet Centre is Melbourne CBD’S largest outlet centre. With over 110 stores including all the brands you know and love, a visit to Spencer Outlet Centre is a must for all fashion and bargain conscious shoppers. Big brand stores include Cotton On Mega Store, Harris Scarfe and TK Maxx. To receive a copy of the Centre’s VIP Tourists Rewards book and receive exclusive discount offers, visit Centre Management.
201 Spencer Street, Docklands. 8689 7577. spenceroutletcentre.com.au
n ST. COLLINS LANE. Melbourne’s premium shopping destination, St. Collins Lane, is what Melbourne fashion is all about, dressing up and dressing down. It continues the tradition of Collins Street exclusivity, but connects you to Melbourne’s edgy laneway culture. Feel like you’re in the emerald city as you are surrounded by the one-of-a-kind light feature as you shop international and local designer brands such as Coach, TAG Heuer, Sandro, Maje, DÉCLIC, Calibre, Birkenstock, and Debenhams.
260 Collins Street, Melbourne. stcollinslane.com
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
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. 8609 7500. myer.com.au
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 wellknown 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. 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
TUCKED AWAY FROM the hustle and bustle, yet nestled in the heart of the CBD, Collins 234 is where the CBD locals go.
Just a few steps from the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets, and accessible from the iconic Howey Place, Collins 234 is the perfect stop for those wanting a break from the daily grind.
Only have a little time for some life admin? Health and beauty appointments at Collins Nail Boutique, Skin Deep Beauty Therapy and Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic will have you looking and feeling fresh. Pop your favourite outfit in for a trim and mend with Alterations Now, or take a wellearned break with a book and a latte at the expansive Dymocks store.
Collins 234 is home to iconic local and international brands such as Braun Büffel, Indigo and SABA. Be treated like a local as you browse the fashion and speciality stores, in peaceful and light filled surroundings reminiscent of art deco grandeur.
Looking for a last minute gift? Grab some sparkle from Trewarne Fine Jewellery or Sophie Catherine. Box up a cheeky pair of winter boots for yourself at Mollini or craft the perfect winter scarf with fine wool from Morris & Sons.
Whether you have five minutes or 50, Collins 234 is the perfect CBD shopping destination.
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
n 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
SWEET TREATS GÂNACHE CHOCOLATE LOUNGE.
A visit to Gânache Chocolate Lounge is a must for chocolate lovers. Enjoy their exquisite European-style chocolate and patisserie, handmade here in Melbourne. Both their stores boast stunning displays of beautifully handcrafted pralines made with the finest couverture chocolate as
166 Swanston Street, Melbourne. 9654 6805. mdtdesign.com.au
well as an extensive range including decadent chocolate bars, chocolate coated delights, speciality hot chocolate and chocolate High Teas.
250 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9804 7485. 245 Collins Street, Melbourne. 9650 8388. ganache.com.au
n COSE IPANEMA. Cose Ipanema has gained an international reputation as one of the finest boutiques in Australia. The Cose Ipanema stable includes Dries van Noten, Lost & Found, HIGH, Ms Min, I’M Isola Marras, PAUW Amsterdam, Antonio Marras, Wunderkind, Sharon Wauchob, Uma Wang and Simone Rocha.
Shop 2, 177 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9826 4900. Shop 3, 177 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9827 4665. coseipanema.com
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. 714 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. 9815 0703. 1A and 1B, 268 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 9650 4554. 125 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9820 2088. etal-australia.com
■ 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 height-increase 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 two kilometres from the Melbourne City Centre.
91 Johnston Street, Collingwood. 9078 7938. Free delivery Australia-wide and express delivery worldwide. TALLER.COM.AU
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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 29 to receive a 10% discount for the month of March.
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 ■ 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
Spencer Outlet Centre.
Zara at Bourke Street Mall. Photo: Josie Withers Photography/visit Victoria.
Sweet treats from Gânache Chocolate Lounge.