Raise your style game and support the city’s creative community by shopping local. At these markets, stores and studios, discover fashion, jewellery, homewares and more, designed and often made by clever Melbourne hands.
Artist and design markets
The Big Design Market
Over three days, with more than 250 stallholders under the Royal Exhibition Building’s massive roof, The Big Design Market lives up to its name. On 6-8 December, this market established in Melbourne in 2012 is back just in time for Christmas shopping. Find unique presents made by independent local designers, from fashion to stationery.
Boho Luxe Market
Some of the coolest local jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists and makers come together on 1 December to solve your Christmas shopping crisis. Don’t stress about hard-to-buy-for friends, the Boho Luxe Market has a special, stylish gift for everyone. Even those who say no to animal products, because it includes a dedicated Vegan Christmas Market.
String Bean Alley
Twenty-six independent traders are now based at Queen Victoria Market’s String Bean Alley. There are plenty of locally made or sourced options including the Melbourne-designed cards and souvenirs at The Paper & Wood Co and Spotty Dot’s cute collection of Australian toys.
The Victorian Christmas Gift Fair
Some of the city’s best independent designers are gathering for the Victorian Christmas Gift Fair on 7-8 December. Their beautiful, ethical gift possibilities include ceramics, jewellery, homewares, illustrations and fashion. This year’s gift fair is at the stunning Drill Hall, a historic art deco building located just a stone’s throw from Queen Victoria Markets.
Arts Centre Melbourne Market
One of the city’s most popular shopping experiences, the Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market brings together clever creators of everything from silk scarves to heavenly-scented soap. To help you tick off your festive shopping list, they’re also popping up on 30 November and 7 and 14 December for the Saturday Christmas Market.
Boutiques, shops and studios
Gray Reid Gallery
Whether you need an heirloom repaired or redesigned, or want a new piece designed and created, Gray Reid Gallery make jewellery dreams come true. At this workshop and boutique, experts in jewellery design and valuation, pearl- and bead-threading specialists, gemmologists and gem cutters liaise with clients to create unique treasures.
Handmade Millinery Pop-up
Off to the races, planning to walk down the aisle, or just want something fresh and fabulous to wear? Every lady deserves a bespoke hat or headpiece, and Wendy Scully’s Handmade Millinery Pop-up means there’s one with your name on it. Until 15 December, choose from elegant boaters, fancy, flowery hats perfect for summer garden parties, and art-meets-hat creations.
The women’s fashion label of Nairobi-born, Melbourne-raised sisters Laurinda and Fatuma Ndenzako, Collective Closets is inspired by their homelands old and new. Think chic Melbourne silhouettes and wild, modern African fabric design. Their clothes, and other labels in their store including A’sika jewellery, are made in Melbourne in ways that are kind to the planet.
If you’re a woman who hasn’t time to waste on fast fashion, Kuwaii is your kind of label. Their garments, shoes and accessories are made in Melbourne and made to last, both in terms of durability and design. Pop into the Cathedral Arcade boutique and discover your next spring/summer investment pieces.
Brendan Dwyer Custom
One of the creative Nicholas Building’s legends, Brendan Dwyer Custom is the whispered byword for bespoke footwear in Melbourne. Step inside his old-fashioned studio, get measured up and start talking. Shoes or boots? Classic or contemporary? Which colour, materials and details? With Brendan’s guidance and traditional shoe-making skills, you’re in good hands.
A Melbourne-based label, the Elk flagship store on Little Collins Street hosts a bi-annual collection that snugly fits into every wardrobe. Designed in Melbourne and handmade with small manufacturers around the world, every product is carefully considered and ethically produced.
After this Melbourne luggage brand began online-only in 2018, a bricks-and-mortar store recently opened at Emporium that’s as sleek as July’s suitcases. They’re designed right here with lots of clever features like handles that lock at any height and a light, scratch-proof polycarbonate shell with curves that resist breakage. Plus, you can even get yours monogrammed by hand.
What do Melbourne labels Studio K and Moku have in common? They started out at Melbourne Central’s 100 Squared Emerging Market Place. Discover the hot new local designers at this fashion incubator before they blow up!
Lisa Gorman started her womenswear label in Melbourne 20 years ago, rapidly expanded into retailers across the country and the world, then opened her eponymous stores. There are now several in Melbourne so it’s easy to get that distinctive Gorman look of bold, colourful prints and often vintage-inspired design. Not just clothes either – these days her name’s on accessories, shoes and homewares too.
Find out where to shop for more Melbourne made design