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Hooray for Marais | Melbourne Shopping

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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.

Coming Soon | Marais | Retail Therapy

Marais Bourke Street Melbourne

The Parisian-inspired emporium that is the Royal Arcade’s Marais is welcoming a little sister. Marais mark II is being touted as nothing less than “a portal into a mythical space”, taking up residence soon within a 19th century building on what we might now call the Paris end of Bourke

Melbourne Spaces: Kings Domain

There’s a little barbershop in Buenos Aires called Le Epoca, known for giving being the best straight-blade shaves around. As the oldest in the area they’ve had a lot of years to practice. A hint of this experience has now come to Melbourne, as acclaimed hair stylist Joey Scandizzo and

Melbourne Spaces: Timothy Oulton

Thoroughly British furniture designer Timothy Oulton has made his first foray into Melbourne in conjunction with Coco Republic. Having grown up on Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers books, I can see how his pieces speak to the imagined nostalgia of boarding school. There’s weathered leathers intended to be jumped upon against

Melbourne Spaces: A-Esque

Label whore? You can probably just go right ahead and ignore Amanda Briskin-Rettig’s latest venture. Founding the undeniably successful Mimco brand many moons ago, Amanda’s new label A-Esque is quite the antithesis to accessories that demand attention. Oh, you’ll still coo over supple Italian leathergoods but this time around her

Melbourne Spaces: North St. Botanical

North St. Botanical is not your typical florist. The new space founded by North St. Flowers’ Emily Bradbury is two brick rooms plus a backyard nursery filled with the expected, as well as slightly odd blooms. Terrariums by Lulu and Angel, exotic and carnivorous plants, tiny potted succulents and purple chillis

Melbourne Spaces: Swoon

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Sandwiched between a haute perfumerie and an op-shop, Swoon seems right at home. Elgar & Lyle and Margery Daw designers Brahman Perera and Keegan Hunt have set up a shop devoted to emerging and under-the-radar fashion labels and homeware designers. Having literally raised the roof and revealed the archways within

Melbourne Spaces: Mon Bijou

Mon Bijou Melbourne Bar

Don’t be fooled by the rather “weathered” street level entrance. Once you alight from the elevator, what a pleasure it is sip a passionfruit-scented cocktail upon the airy, white-washed rooftop of Mon Bijou. Officially launching as a special events space this week; the lower level is more akin to Mon

Melbourne Spaces: Senorita’s Taqueria & Mezcaleria

Senorita's Mexican restaurant and bar in Melbourne.

As one who believes guacamole was invented by benevolent gods, I’ve been keenly awaiting the opening of Senorita‘s for years. I first heard of the Ricardo Amare’s concept of opening a taqueria and mezcaleria – something of a ladies’ parlour – when he ran his temporary gallery boutique in Armadale.

Melbourne Spaces: Nomad

Nomad in Albert Park

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