So I briefly mentioned it in my list of places to find inspirational fashion design/shopping in Melbourne but it’s time to settle down with Nomad to take a closer look.
A fusion of Ricardo Amare and his artist partner Yenny Huber’s Mexican and Austrian roots; Nomad is a happy clash of cultures. Amid racks of European fashion labels, Pineda Covalin’s festive prints and Mexican handicrafts you will find locally-made covetables like MOR’s sweetly-scented cosmetics and Owl of Eden jewels.
The store itself has many faces and reflects the changing nature of the seasons. Upon my first visit the floor was strewn with faux snow. Now, as Spring fights back the frost, hats and horses adorn a sunnier space.
In accordance with its founders’ globe-trotting lifestyles (you may as well spin a globe at random to find out where they’ve lived before settling, for now, in Australia), Nomad is a melting pot. The expected fashion, homewares and art – such as photography by Yenny herself and brilliant mirrored mosaic-tile works – are even complemented by food with Mexican cooking classes currently on offer. This store is the kind of place that is more than just “a shop”. It makes me happy, makes me want to touch (and more importantly, buy) everything and it also makes me want a glass of sangria…or two.
You can wander into Nomad at 194 Bridport street, Albert Park.
Photography – Courtesy Nomad and Dansk Photography