In­sider

Chris­tian Kim­ber, de­signer, shares his in­ter­na­tion­ally in­spired Aussie style, get­ting stopped in the street, and Mel­bourne picks.

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De­signer Chris­tian Kim­ber gets us on the fast track to Mel­bourne’s best bars, cafes and the mouth-wa­ter­ing break­fast fixes that gets this city go­ing.

Catchin­gup with Chris­tian found us re­flect­ing on the joys of lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures and Mel­bourne get­aways.

My lat­est col­lec­tion...

A fresh vi­sion of mod­ern Aus­tralian style. My brand vi­sion has al­ways fo­cused on mak­ing lux­ury qual­ity cloth­ing and footwear more at­tain­able to men in terms of meet­ing the needs of mod­ern life­style. I try to use re­ally lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures and in­cred­i­bly wear­able fits to re­flect the con­fi­dence and ver­sa­til­ity of an in­ter­na­tional life­style with an Aus­tralian sen­si­bil­ity.

Grow­ing the brand…

We’ve re­ally grown or­gan­i­cally from an on­line store to our first brick and mor­tar flag­ship, to serve our grow­ing clien­tele. So­cial me­dia has been great but word of mouth is more im­por­tant. Our clients of­ten tell us that they were stopped in the street and asked where they got our footwear or cloth­ing from, which I love.

My travel des­ti­na­tions…

Sri Lanka re­ally cap­tured my heart. The peo­ple are the most wel­com­ing, the coast­lines are ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing and I could hap­pily eat curry for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

Favourite city…

I love Firenze, we work with a lot of fac­to­ries in that re­gion of Italy and I also got mar­ried there, so that is a re­ally spe­cial place for me and I love to make it back when­ever I can. The his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture never gets old, it’s mag­i­cal.

Travel must-haves…

Bose wire­less noise-can­celling head­phones, a soft eye mask, hand san­i­tizer, a good book, a pair of Chris­tian Sneak­ers (of course) and Chris­tian Kim­ber draw­string cargo pant.

A week­end get­away in Mel­bourne…

Jack­a­lope in Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula – it’s beau­ti­fully de­signed for a week­end get­away, with a top-notch win­ery to boot.

Break­fast in Mel­bourne…

My favourite spots are Ali­men­tari at Smith Street, Fitzroy, Cu­mu­lus in Mel­bourne CBD and Fara­day’s Cage at Gore Street, Fitzroy.

Favourite res­tau­rants in Mel­bourne…

Tipico – sim­ple, au­then­tic Ital­ian with im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice Lon­grain – a great vibe in bustling China Town and Chin Chin – Ben­jamin Cooper is a friend and very ta­lented.

Favourite bars in Mel­bourne...

The Builders arms at Gertrude Street, Fitzroy is the per­fect pub dur­ing the sum­mer with al fresco ta­bles for peo­ple watch­ing and Toorak Wine Cel­lars has a roar­ing fire­place for a cheeky San­giovese in the win­ter and you can or­der piz­zas from the restau­rant next door.

Mel­bourne has a lot go­ing on, it’s the per­fect city.

Chris­tian Kim­ber in his Mel­bourne store

Fab­ric sam­ples in store

Chris­tian Kim­ber shoes

Cu­mu­lus wine bar

Moon­light Cinema

Fara­day’s Cage

Flinders Street rail­way sta­tion, Mel­bourne

Builders Arms Ho­tel, Gertrude Street

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