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Melbourne Spaces: Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

In opposition to our trademark black, there’s been something of a rainbow infiltration in Melbourne recently. Camilla and Belle Bijoux have both been spreading the technicolour love here recently – perhaps it’s the decidedly tropical weather we’ve been experiencing? Now a newly opened boutique is set to do the same with a latin-American twist. Forget the tacos at Mamasitas, Cruzao’s tasty arepa or the authentic tequila at Maya bar; the latest addition to Melbourne’s mini-Mexico is the Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique.

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

While Ricardo now calls Melbourne his beloved home, the boutique emerged from a simple desire to introduce us to and share the culture of his homeland. Against white walls, the gallery space features buy-able fashion and art such as silk scarves, shoes, bags and jewellery from label Pineda Covalin, Alebrijes folk art and hand-crafted ceramics by Talavera. Vibrant hues and prints are a common theme. I find it tricky to wear wild prints so I’m an instant fan of the boutique’s silk-wrapped beaded necklaces in an array of patterns as an easy addition to my less-than-inspiring outfits.

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

I adore the idea that Ricardo is planning to open a tacqueria dubbed the ‘Senorita’s Room’ alongside the gallery in 2011. So you can pick up a fresh gourmet tortilla along with something special for your home, your friends or yourself. I’ve always been a bit of a Mexi-phile so, while a holiday to Acapulco is not quite on the cards for a few years yet, I can at least get a taste (soon, literally) of the style of the entrancing nation here.

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique

Visit the Ricardo Amare Gallery Boutique at 159 Williams Road, South Yarra.

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