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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

Fin­ish­ing Touches

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

Men Only

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

Mel­bourne Mar­kets

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

Beau­ti­ful Feel­ing

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.

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Dou­ble Monk

Em­po­rium Mel­bourne

Elk Fiona Lynch

Third Drawer Down, Fitzroy

St Kilda Es­planade Mar­ket

Mr Kitly, Brunswick

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