Shopping in person as our ancestors had planned.
Shopping in person as our ancestors had planned.
In an age where everything we want is ours with the click of a button and leaving home is often a pleasure, many are rediscovering the love of shopping in real brick-and-mortar stores. Forgoing online orders to walk into a store and run your hands over a clothes rack is a simple luxury we’ve taken for granted over the past decade, but there’s something to be said for returning to our old ways. school habits.
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Melbourne is home to a plethora of amazing retail space, whether you’re in the CBD or heading to your favorite inner suburban hotspots. If you’re planning a shopping day or just want to surround yourself with pretty things, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite multi-brand stores across the city.
If you pass by Fitzroy North it would be a crime to miss a trip to the 404 error. All about community, sustainability and promoting creativity, the store is home to a number of brands that make clothes and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else. Find labels like Ka-He, Die Horny, Alix Higgins, and Toile Studios, to name a few.
165 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
Anyone who has braved the stairs to the Rooftop Bar at the top of Curtin House has passed Dot Comme’s alluring entrance. Fusing art and fashion, the boutique is a haven for those unafraid to experiment. The online store lists archive pieces from brands such as Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe and many more, while the physical store offers more accessible streetwear and everyday pieces.
Curtin House, Level 3 and 4/252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Run by artists for artists, Sucker is both a showcase and a rental photography studio. Based in Brunswick, the store stocks edgy Melbourne designers such as Wackie Ju, Stella Vendetta, Ess.Bee, Sorrentino and many more. It’s the place to go for fashion and accessories that are one step ahead of the trendsetters.
438 Sydney Road, Brunswick
A haven for many cool girls who like to save money, Reina is a curated boutique that stocks archival designer pieces. Discover unique vintage finds from the most coveted luxury brands, including Vivienne Westwood, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and many more. Focusing on pieces from the 80s to the mid 2000s, this is the kind of store where you never know what you’ll find.
The Nicholas Building, Level 1/37, Swanston Street, Melbourne
One day store
Inspired by all things Nordic, Someday Store offers a handpicked selection of local and international brands. Covering fashion, shoes, accessories and beauty, you’ll find favorites like Veja, St. Agni, Rollas and Kowtow.
252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
someone loves you
From understated basics to bold pieces, the Fitzroy Somebuddy Loves You store is home to local and international womenswear designers. Fill your wardrobe with Paloma Wool, Kowtow and Permanent Vacation clothing or Reliquia and Post Sole Studio accessories.
193 Smith Street, Fitzroy
In addition to its iconic QV Melbourne concept store, Incu has just opened a new location in the Chadstone Shopping Centre. Both stores are designed to capture a down-to-earth atmosphere and let the wide selection of brands shine, making every trip inside memorable. Find brands like Acne Studio, Ganni, Jacquemus, Comme Des Garçons and more.
Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone and QV Melbourne, 12 Albert Coates Ln, Melbourne
Launched last year, Suku Home’s Dream Baby flagship store is a bright and welcoming manifestation of everything the brand is passionate about. The Fitzroy store is a hub for creatives from Australia and Indonesia. As well as Suku Home’s own range, you’ll find homewares, clothing and accessories from brands such as Blazed Wax, Tessy King and Underground Sundae.
128 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
A store steeped in history, shopping at the Louvre is as much about experience as it is about fashion. Filled with luxury brands like Saint Laurent, Balmain, Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta, the South Yarra store offers a touch of haute couture decadence and sophistication the moment you walk through the door.
2 Daly Street, South Yarra
The most accurate way to describe PAM is “cool”. Located on Swanston Street in the heart of the city, the store not only stocks the brand’s own range of fashion-forward streetwear, but also a host of like-minded brands and collaborators like Eckhaus Latta, Pelvis, Garbagetv and more. .
Level 3/252 Swanston St, Melbourne
The Standard Shop
For a taste of international fashion, head to the Standard Store in Fitzroy. Scouring the globe for labels and styles you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere, the store offers aesthetically pleasing pieces ranging from holy grail basics to head-turning statement makers.
159 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
For refined styles from international luxury brands, check out Grace at Toorak. The store aims to be inspiring, welcoming and environmentally conscious, offering both its own range and cult brands from around the world. Think Alexander Wang, Cecilie Copenhagen, Proenza Scouler, Nanushka and more.
595 Malvern Road, Toorak
The new trend
Hailing from Canada and setting up its first Australian location in Armadale, The New Trend is an international luxury fashion hub. The store features some of the world’s best designers, combined with welcoming in-person service to bring a little humanity back to luxury shopping.
1038 High Street, Armadale
Based in No Order Market on Elizabeth Street, Shifting Worlds is a luxury concept store that cares as much about balanced living as it does about aesthetics. Along with drool-worthy designers like Issey Miyake, Paloma Wool, and Mondo Mondo, the store offers a wide range of beauty and home products to curate your life to perfection.
Level 1/187-193 Elizabeth St, Melbourne