Creative inspiration at Younghusband Wool Store

If you’ve never been to Kensington, a quick train ride from the city will have you strolling this charming, tree-lined suburb with welcoming eateries and seriously good boutique shopping.
If that’s not reason enough to top up your myki, Kensington has another ace up its sleeve – the Younghusband Wool Store.

Exterior of converted brick wool store building

Kensington’s bustling arts hub


Built in the early 1900s, this complex of vast red-brick heritage buildings sits on the Kensington railway line and is home to some of Melbourne’s most creative business owners, artists, designers and theatre makers.
We paid a visit to this grand old building to learn more about the friendly Melbournians who gather each week in the old wool stores to collaborate, create, trade, build and sell their unique creations and services.
Our first stop was with Tane Design’s Gary Pennington, who pretty much does anything ‘design’ – furniture, restoration, lighting, graphic design and web sites, all created with a friendly grin and a refreshing approach to sustainability and using quality materials.
Ink & Spindle‘s talented designers and screen printers also welcomed us in for a cuppa – their gorgeous designs capture the beauty of the Australian landscape and are hand-printed on ethically-sourced fabrics.
Finally, we met with Phil at Repop, who travels far and wide to find one-off industrial and vintage items you’ll go gaga for.

Take some time to visit the inspiring inhabitants of the Younghusband Wool Store. We’ve already made the first introductions, so pop in, say ‘hi’ and discover what makes this arts hub one of the best-kept secrets in Melbourne.