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New Kuwaii Boutique | Now Open | Melbourne

Kuwaii MelbourneWhen one door closes, another is sure to open. Melbourne fashion aficionados were saddened to hear that retail destination Alice Euphemia was closing recently. But now we can all rejoice as designer Kristy Barber has just opened her second Kuwaii boutique, a first for the CBD. Following on from the original store – which remains in Brunswick – Kuwaii Melbourne takes up space that was previously home to three shops (next door to the now-vacant Alice site) making them neighbours with fellow new boutique, Limedrop. “We were looking at this space when it transformed from Harry Wragg into Vera & Me and we missed it that time. So we’ve had our eye on it,” explains Kristy, “we looked at other spots, but nothing seemed as right as this one.”

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Kuwaii co-conspirator Laura continues “the arcade’s so beautiful and it’s the perfect balance of being in the city but being off the beaten track a little bit, a little bit hidden away in a beautiful setting, which suits the brand rather than being right on the street front”. “We’re still a discovery in a way, like we are still in Brunswick” expands Kristy.

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The space itself is a canvas of white walls and lilac floors with splashes of metal courtesy lighting by Volker Haug and structures by sculptor Anna Varendorff. “Everyone that was involved was a friend of a friend or something” says Laura. Kristy is lucky to have friends like architect Imogen Pullar of Nest to lend a hand. The designer’s favourite part? “The changeroom room…everything is so pretty and glowing”.

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The store house Kuwaii’s latest “Rationale” collection alongside accessories from Mavro, Nicola St. John and Melanie Rice and custom-designed candles from Takeawei.

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Visit Kuwaii at Shop 7/8 Cathedral Arcade in the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Kuwaii Melbourne

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