With new shops popping up almost every week, there are plenty of reasons to crank the credit card into overdrive this month
Caroline Ball, Matt Gurry and Ant White are connoisseurs of the art of giving. Passionate about those five special words – ‘sorry’, ‘thanks’ and ‘I love you’ – the three pals have lived and worked together in Paris, New York, Melbourne and Sydney and have sourced luxury gifts from around the world. For one month, this wonderland of meaningful, rare creations will set up shop in Pran Central, just in time for Mother’s Day. Don’t miss your opportunity to taste, touch and smell all the beautiful things that this carefully curated shop has to offer, including locally-made smoked Murray-Darling salt chocolate, Parisian silver origami jewellery and fresh flowers. Prahran.
Paul Allen and Renae Maxwell have a record collection that you’d call extensive, to say the least. After operating in St Kilda, the music lovers have recently re-located over 33,000 records to their new digs in Brunswick, where they’ve filled a warehouse with pre-loved vinyl as well as new local releases and reissues. Brunswick.
Sydney designer and artist Camilla Franks has spent the last ten years forging a brand that is now worn by fashion leaders and celebrities all over the world. Known for its colourful, free-spirited designs, Camilla clothing draws inspiration from tribal and spiritual motifs. Women's, men's and kids' wear is available, but the brand is undoubtedly most famous for its oversized kaftans, which come in a range of necklines, lengths and colourful designs. Melbourne.
Melbourne – welcome to the Japanese kingdom of high quality, low cost basics. Australia's first UNIQLO has spread its super-comfortable 'Life Wear' range across approximately 3,000 square metres in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, taking up three floors. Think non-branded jeans, cashmere jumpers, vests and T-shirts, all presented in meticulously-folded rows. The effect is like an endless display of paint swatches, and it's easy to get lost in the mix-and-match vibe of the collection. The clothes might be plain, but they fit together perfectly and they're incredibly comfortable. Melbourne.
Japanese homeware and clothing retailer MUJI has nestled into Melbourne Emporium. With a strict no-brand policy and a focus on environmentally conscious yet affordable products, MUJI offers quality, well-designed products without the hefty price tag. Despite the large size of the store, you'll feel at home in the Zen-like fitout filled with simple, functional accessories, furniture, electronics and fashion. Melbourne.
Designed and made in Germany, the intense colours and unusual textures of the brand's Autumn/Winter collection embody European elegance at its finest. Class is key here, but in addition to tailored blazers, vests and skirts, you'll also find breezy button-up tops and cardigans. And while you'll expect to pay high-end dollars here, you can be sure that this is the place to go for basics that will last forever and for the occasional special dress. Melbourne.
Paying homage to the skate scene of New York, the Manhattan-based brand's flagship store is its first stand-alone shop outside the US. Rumour has it that Zoo York were attracted to Melbourne's vibrant street art scene, reflected in the graffitied designs on their men's sweaters, T-shirts and caps. Melbourne.
Yes, Henry Bucks has been trading in Melbourne since 1890, and yes, modern young gentlemen and suave silver foxes alike have been decking themselves out like lords here for years. But they've just re-opened the store after months of refurbishment, and the result is a contemporary, modern fitout befitting of their new Autumn/Winter collection. You can’t argue with the classically cut suits or even their Italian stretch cotton Bermuda shorts, but we all know that it’s ties and socks that really maketh the man. Hit up a pair of Bresciani Argyle socks ($29.50) or a playful Atkinson Hot Air Balloons silk tie ($120) and become the king of style you've always aspired to be. Melbourne.
It's here. Have you been yet? Or have you been avoiding the endless queue? Thankfully, the crowds have died down now, meaning that it's high time you explored all three floors and 5,000 square metres of pure H&M glory. All of the clothing, shoes and accessories – even the essentials including jumpers, lingerie and jeans – are fashion-forward and extremely well priced. At the moment, you can purchase clothing from the exclusive Australian range, only available in the GPO store. It's a tad pricier than the rest of the collection, but you can be sure that only a few hundred people in the world will be wearing it. Melbourne.