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