If you're looking for a gift for yourself—because let's be honest, you deserve one after this decade-long year—Visit Victoria’s Click for Vic is brimming with gifts that give back. We’ve rounded up the best Victorian produce, the best Victorian wellness goodies, and now we’ve got the best Victorian fashion boutiques (to feed your out-of-control lockdown shopping addiction). If you’re going to buy way too many clothes, they may as well be Victorian clothes, right?
From high-end fashion at the Paris End of Collins Street to hipster heaven vintage shopping in Collingwood, there's no denying that Melbourne (and Victoria for that matter), is a treasure trove of fashion boutiques. Here are just a few boutiques you can find on Click for Vic.
Northcote locals already know Obus like the back of their hand, but for everyone else, this is one of Melbourne’s sharpest indie boutiques. Located on High Street and in the CBD's Cathedral Arcade, these boutiques showcase paired-back tailoring and some seriously eye-popping colours (Obus makes Gorman look like COS). Kylie Zerbst and the team are re-vamping the Northcote store as we speak, but you can still grab all the new collections online, until you can visit their stores in person again soon. Personally, we’ve got our eyes on the Botanica Smock.
The Boroughs is our favourite spot to while away Saturday afternoons in East Brunswick. These guys pull together the best work of Melbourne’s northern designers, including art, jewellery, textiles, bags, bath towels and shoes. It’s the kind of store where you walk in for a quick browse and walk out with two coffee table books, three prints and half a wardrobe. Their brick and mortar stores are closed for the time being, but you can check out their current collections here, while you wait for doors to reopen.
Monk House Design
Another classic East Brunswick staple, Monk House Design has been slinging indie designer labels on Lygon St since 2005. Contemporary, minimal women’s wear is the name of the game here. You can find local designers, jewellery, books and homewares, plus some hand-picked international brands. The online store has been up and running since 2010, so the guys are pretty used to remote sales. They’re currently offering free shipping on all orders over $150. Or, once retail shopping is back you can skip shipping costs altogether and pay these friendly guys a visit.
The Local Place
If you’ve ever driven through the small town of Koroit, in western Victoria, you might have noticed The Local Place on Commercial Rd. It’s a small boutique that stocks local makers from the Warrnambool-Port-Fairy region. You can find pretty much everything here: eco bamboo toothbrushes, Liberty fabrics (imported from the UK), face masks, unique prints, BBQ spices and rubs and hand-made baskets. It’s like a regional Victorian pic-n-mix.
Dot And Frankie
Dot and Frankie is a sustainable boutique in the Grampians, just three hours from Melbourne. Pretty much everything in store is ethical and eco-friendly, and they stock an awesome range of women’s fashion from indie designers like Tara Walley, Lois Hazel and Mimi Holvast. You can also find a sweet mix of hosiery, aromatherapy candles, essential oils and natural homewares. Beautiful for you, beautiful for the planet. That’s their motto.
Kiitos Living by Design was established by Maria Malakellis in December 2009, and now has boutiques located in Bridge Road in Barwon Head and Bell Street in Torquay. Here you'll find a plethora of stunning designer homewares, gifts, and fashion, with products from some of the world's best known and loved design houses, like Marimekko. With an endless selection of products that spark a true send of joy, the hardest part will be choosing what to purchase.
Always a great pit-stop when you’re doing the Great Ocean Rd, Armadi is Anglesea’s effortlessly cool indie boutique (it’s Italian for ‘wardrobe’, too, apparently). These guys source Australian designer labels from all over the country. Everything is luxe and boho chic, made from natural fibres and wrapped in sustainable packaging. Expect brands like Academy, Friend of Audrey, Al.ive, Sancia and White by FTL.
Sustainable normcore and activewear—that’s what you’ll find at Torquay’s temple of cool, Indigo Luna. Tucked between the Bellarine Peninsula and start of the Great Ocean Road, this boutique brings all of the Nordic vibes as soon as you walk in. It’s a small-ish, family-run boutique, dedicated to slow fashion and looking amazing while sitting on a beach. If you’re tired of your current yoga gear, undies, leggings or swimwear, consider Indigo Luna your all-natural upgrade.
Want to explore more Victorian goodness? Check out Click for Vic’s shopping page for a full list of local boutiques.
Image credit: Armadi
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