Flin­ders Lane / City Lanes

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This cen­tral city artery pumps straight to the heart of Mel­lie’s über style scene, with ace art (see Art), eats and retail. Start with a brek boost at hip hub #45 Cu­mu­lus Inc. (see Lunch), then exit right to Craft at #31 / 9650 7775 / Mon-Sat / craft.org.au, a shop­pable show­case of ar­ti­san jew­ellery, tex­tiles, glass, ce­r­ams and wood­work. About face and head the other way up Flin­ders for a block and a half, cross­ing Rus­sell St., and pass­ing Chin Chin and Coda (see Rest./Re­laxed for both), plus ur­ban street art can­vas Hosier Lane on the left. On the cor­ner, de­scend to E.g.etal at #167 / B/F / 9639 5111 / ege­tal.com.au / for arty re­gion-in­spired baubles, and di­rec­tional m/w fash from NZ la­bel Zambesi above at 1/F / 9654 4299 / zambesi.co.nz. Back on the street and carry on along Flin­ders for girly trea­sure chest #181 Chris­tine (see Stand­out Stores), then strike a pause for wow baos at Su­per­nor­mal at #180 (see Rest./Re­laxed). Once you’re su­per­full, sashay on for bou­quet babe Pol­lon Flow­ers at #199 / 9663 8232, and lo­cal hero Al­pha60 at #201 / 9663 3002 / al­pha60.com.au / with mod, sober m/w wear, be­fore dart­ing over and right into the cob­bled laneway by the Westin for shoe­li­cious Miss Louise at 205 Collins St. / (see Stand. Stores). Back on Flin­ders, surge on and cross Swanston St. for the Ni­cholas Bldg on the cnr (en­ter via Cathe­dral Ar­cade for lifts). On the 2/F, keep peep­ers out for con­tempo gallery Ed­mund Pearce / 9023 5775 / Wed-Sat; Ja­pan-in-Oz tex­tile stop Ki­mono House / Rm 7 / 9639 0565 / Wed-Sat or by appt.; and vin­tage hab­er­dash­ery at L’uc­cello / Rm 5 / 9639 0088 / 10am-5.30pm Mon-Sat. Up on 3/F, Mattt / Rm 5 / 9650 7336 / Wed-Fri or by appt. / has hand­made pat­terned bags; Dot.Comme / Rm 4 / Thu-Sat / stocks archival Comme des Garçons, Wal­ter Van Beiren­donck and co.; and shoe-per­star Brendan Dwyer (see Adv. Shop­ping) works his magic. Exit back onto Flin­ders Ln. and head left. First up, you’ll find Scott Al­ley on the left, where Lady Petrova / Shop 3 / 9650 6285 / beck­ons with sug­ary-sweet, sor­bet-hued fem­mewear; then pe­ruse crisp lo­cal gal­togs on the cnr at LIFEwith­BIRD / 241A Flin­ders Lane / 9663 2099. Re­trace and dog­leg across Flin­ders to Manch­ester Ln. for cult skinny jeans, leather and lay­ers of black (m/w) at #19 Claude Maus / 9654 9844 / claude­maus. com.au, plus monthly-ro­tat­ing Oz in­die fash and funky frip­peries at De­sign A Space at #20 / 9663 8991 / des­igna space.com.au. Back on Flin­ders, on you go to play­ful m/w shirt mak­ers Cubec at #241 / 9663 9717, then zip left into De­graves for fine Vic­to­rian food and gifts at Cle­men­tine’s at #7 / 9639 2681, and lim-ed prints at #7A Signed & Num­bered / 9939 9974. Re­trace to Flin­ders and twirl left for glam frock­ster #268 Green with Envy / 1800 674 047, ur­bane men’s ca­su­als by Norse Projects et al. at Incu #274 / 9663 9933, and nat­u­ral skin­care by Ae­sop at #268 / 9663 0862. Opp. at #289 Car­low House, ex­plore Leonard St.’ s / Shop 6 / 9663 1529 / pretty printed togs (w); then pop up to Lord Co­conut / Suite 3 / 4/F / 0450 015 263 / Tue-Sat or by appt. / for quirk­some cuff­links n’ jew­ellery for the mod man. Dou­ble back past De­graves and zip left into Cen­tre Place where Fokus at #18 / 9650 8454 / stocks bold jew­ellery, bags and hats, then fin­ish back out on Flin­ders at #253 Jour­nal / 9650 4399, where a book­ish java jolt awaits ahead of the CBD itin, two right turns around El­iz­a­beth and Collins. Su­per­shop­per!

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