In all honesty, gift shopping can be a stressful time of the year – but thinking of increasingly inventive, original presents for colleagues, cousins and couples doesn’t have to be a mental chore. We asked five Melbourne city retailers about their favourite places to shop this Christmas, for a little retail inspiration.
Karina Utomo, Baserange Store
“My favourite place to shop in Melbourne is at Slow Waves. The shop owner Marli Atterton has a great eye and has introduced Melbourne (and Australia) to emerging and innovative brands such as Korean brand KYE. My favourite all-time wardrobe piece is a KYE digital ‘flames’ print floor length dress with low back and centre split, it’s intense and impractical for most occasions. I very much admire Marli’s approach to every season, she is consistently progressive in her brand and product selection which is very refreshing in the current retail climate.”
Baserange Store is located at No Order Market on Elizabeth Street.
Kristy Barber, Kuwaii
“I love the new Monk House shop on Driver Lane, it has only just opened and it’s such a beautiful space. Monk House stocks an amazing array of brands, it’s a really unique selection. It’s quite rare to find a multi-brand boutique store in the CBD that stocks so many hard-to-find Melbourne-based and Melbourne-made labels. I also love shopping for food and delicacies at the Queen Victoria Markets.”
Kuwaii is located at Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston Street.
Corey Ashford, Dinosaur Designs
“My favourite place to shop in the CBD is the NGV Design Store at Federation Square. I could spend hours flicking through the pages of all the incredible art and design books. The NGV Design Store always has an inspiring collection of handmade Australian goods, which is a must when I’m shopping for gifts. There’s also an incredible range of Dinosaur Designs, which I can’t help but admire.”
Dinosaur Designs is located at The Strand Melbourne.
Mark Boldiston, (great great grandson of) Lord Coconut
“I love The Junk Company, as it has the most diverse (and often bizarre) range of second-hand decorative items within Melbourne. Who knew there was a shop which sold 50s concrete garden statues, vintage postcards, medical specimens, kitsch porcelain and everything in between? It also sells the kitchen sink – but it would need to have a story behind it, and be a bit out of the ordinary. Much like the store itself.”
Lord Coconut is located on Level 5 at Mitchell House.
Kevin Cheung, Slow Waves
“I enjoy hunting for unique pieces at designer stores with a well curated selection of established international and emerging labels. This includes anything from second-hand consignment stores like dot COMME, and designer stores like Zambesi.”
Slow Waves is located at Suite 47, Level 4, 12 Collins Street or No Order Market.