Marais‘ new second Melbourne boutique venture is intoxicatingly glossy. Somehow – from the DCG Design quartz chandelier that glows violet to their shiny hall of mirrors – the store makes it feel as if touching their lovely wares is welcome. The ground floor is home to Givenchy, Celine, Balenciaga, Linda Farrow and covetable shoes. Up the grand spiral staircase there are miniature boutiques featuring the likes of Lanvin, Rick Owens, Gaultier, McQueen alongside tempting jewels and lingerie. Here the individual designers have had major input into their departments (I hear Rick Owens even chose his own carpet). It’s a place to get lost in.
Go forth and shop for that special something at Marais; 77-73 Bourke Street, Melbourne.