Whether you’re in need of a last minute Christmas gift, the perfect outfit for the festive season or a bargain in the Boxing Day sales, we’ve got your retail therapy sorted. From modern to vintage and brooches to bold prints, these city retailers will have you decked from head to toe in your Christmas best.
One-stop shop: Pigeonhole
As an Australian company specialising in independent fashion from around the world, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter a case of matching-outfits at your Christmas day lunch should you visit Pigeonhole.
Treading the line between vintage and modern, their range showcases a motley collection of items inspired by creativity, design, travel and entertaining, and includes men’s and women’s fashion, gloves, bags, accessories, jewellery and a bundle of quirky and unique gifts. If things are still looking a little bare under your tree this could be the perfect one-stop shop for all your fashionably last minute gifts. Melbourne Central, 183-265 La Trobe Street.
Vintage Touch: American Rag and Madame Vintage
Stocking vintage clothing and footwear for men, women, and children, American Rag is your best bet for that retro outfit. Part of Melbourne’s vintage soul for over 22 years, American Rag is a Melbourne institution with stock that has been handpicked and imported straight from the USA. With items from the turn-of-the-century to now, vintage lovers or vintage-dabblers will all be perfectly cloaked. QV Retail, 221 Little Lonsdale Street and Southgate, Upper Level, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank.
If you’re looking for a touch of vintage to extend beyond wearable fashion, then Madame Vintage is the place to go. Stocking bijoux, frou frou, objet d’art, antiques and other treasures, you’re bound to find something of interest. Their range includes cutlery and crockery, silverware, glasses, ornaments, vintage suitcases, furniture, mirrors, lamps, jewellery and chandeliers. Queen Victoria Market.
An ornamental addition: Erika
There’s something très classique about a brooch. Located in a beautiful heritage building on Little Collins Street, Erika is the largest brooch supplier in Melbourne with over 1,000 items in stock. If your Christmas outfit needs that final ornamental addition, check out their range of Christmas brooches to have you looking the merry part. 437 Little Collins Street.
Modern: Ava & Red, Tiffany Treloar and Zokky
For those with more modern tastes, there’s plenty in the way of unique pieces from independent retailers to be found. These stores are great places to start for lovers of beautiful fabrics and bold prints.
Tiffany Treloar is an Australian textile and clothing designer making contemporary, sustainable and innovative clothes and accessories for women. Tiffany creates her collections around her signature digital prints. 191 Flinders Lane.
Tucked away in Scott Alley off Flinders Lane, Ava & Red is the perfect destination for off-beat and sophisticated fashion. Stocking quality pieces from Australian and international designers with unique prints and sassy yet elegant designs, they also now sell accessories, hand-crafted jewellery and bags. Shop 2, 237-239 Flinders Lane (access via Scott Alley).
With a great variety of clothing, Zokky stocks a range of unique, quality designer wear for women, limited to small quantities or made to order. Made in Melbourne using beautiful fabrics sourced locally and internationally, Zokky offers pieces for travel and special occasions. 43 Bourke Street.