Whether you’re a fashion addict or bargain hunter, you’re sure to be surprised by the range of retail
experiences right across Melbourne.
Under One Roof
When the days are heating up, it’s perfectly understandable to want to pick a single shopping destination. Luckily, there are plenty of options.
Get a slice of Australia at RM Williams, update your make-up bag at Sephora and much more at Melbourne Central. It’s a huge shopping centre, but there are also dining and entertainment zones. Emporium Melbourne has hundreds of high-end fashion stores, some cult favourites like Uniqlo and Muji, plus a fancy food court. The District Docklands has arrived with a multimillion dollar facelift and the addition of H&M, as well as brand outlets, specialty stores and an entertainment precinct. emporiummelbourne.com.au melbournecentral.com.au thedistrictdocklands.com.au
Everyone knows accessories can make or break an outfit, so you need to find the right ones. Elk is a Melbourne label that produces hand-crafted leather bags and shoes, including cool clogs, as well as well-priced, eye-catching jewellery. If you’re thinking of adding a statement piece to your jewellery collection, visit e.g.etal, where contemporary jewellery from local and international craftspeople is on sale. Another label that began in Melbourne, but has now gone global, is Mimco. Shop here for chic handbags, wallets and glitzy earrings and necklaces. elkaccessories.com egetal.com mimco.com.au
Whether he’s after luxury streetwear from around the globe or bespoke suiting, it can all be found at Masons. Some of the labels available in the elegant and spacious store include Vivienne Westwood, Marni and Lanvin. Shoes to go with that new designer outfit can be found at Double Monk.
Find imported brands, including John Lobb and Crockett & Jones, at this beautiful store with a whisky bar. Handmade men’s jewellery, cuff links and tie pins are sourced from all over Australia to fill the cases at Lord Coconut. masonsofficial.com doublemonk.com lordcoconut.com
Looking through the stalls at local markets can reveal unexpected treasures. Head towards Arts Centre Melbourne for its Sunday Market, where all the gifts, arts and crafts are made locally. If you’re looking for presents for the kids, find Snail Trail, which makes handcrafted felt kangaroos and koalas that will bring a huge smile to their faces. Also on Sunday is the St Kilda Esplanade Market, where stalls of independent fashion, jewellery, homewares, gifts and more are accompanied by entertainment, fitness challenges, massages and tasty street food. It’s like an open-air, seaside gallery, where each stallholder has had a hand in making the pieces they sell. artscentremelbourne.com.au stkildaesplanademarket.com.au
Something for Home
Cushions made from vintage fabrics, handwoven Turkish towels and plenty of other limited-edition pieces can be found at Cottage Industry, a sweet little store that blends fashion with homewares. Find quirky artist-designed tea towels and trinkets you never knew you needed at Third Drawer Down. At Mr Kitly, stock up on delicate, handmade ceramics, as well as art books. cottageindustrystore.com.au thirddrawerdown.com mrkitly.com.au
Treat yourself to some special products, and marvel at the surroundings, at any of Melbourne’s Aesop stores, where you’ll find luscious formulations for face, hair and body. Anyone with sensitivities should visit The Lab Organics, which stocks natural skincare brands from around the world, including Kjaer Waes, Sodashi and Hunter Lab. You could spend hours breathing in the aromas of the beautiful perfumes at Lore Perfumery. Niche brands, including Fragonard and Penhaligon’s, are available, as is Eight & Bob, the French cologne worn by John F Kennedy. aesop.com thelaborganics.com.au loreperfumery.com.au
In the Neighbourhood
It’s located just a few tram stops from the CBD, which makes bargain hunting at Bridge Road even easier. This Richmond thoroughfare is lined with samples and seconds stores, as well as clearance outlets, from big-name brands. Italian couture is on offer at Claudia, linen kaftans, shirts and pants feature at Havana Blue, and men can get bargain shoes at Batsanis. Local labels, including Alannah Hill, Bonds, Gorman and Perri Cutten, all have clearance stores along the street.
Elk Fiona Lynch
Third Drawer Down, Fitzroy
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Mr Kitly, Brunswick