Find out where to shop local, meet the maker and follow the supply chain from stitch to store, at these markets and studios.
Artist and design markets
Boho Luxe Market
Head to Boho Luxe Market for Mother’s Day inspiration. Shop stylish indie wares from local jewellers, designers and artists. Check out the dedicated vegan market for treats. 3 May.
String Bean Alley at Queen Victoria Market
Pick up the perfect Melbourne-designed cards and wrapping paper at The Paper & Wood Co. Stop by Spotty Dot for old fashioned Australian toys. Wander up and down String Bean Alley and into twenty-six indie stores. At Queen Victoria Market.
Shop the best in the West at Kensington Market. Head to Kensington Town Hall for more than 70 eclectic stalls. Stock up on fresh produce and rummage for vintage wares whilst you whistle with the buskers. The third Sunday of every month.
Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Wander rows of treats and treasures at the Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market. Boasting more than 80 stalls, this is a Melbourne institutions on the edge of the CBD. From silk scarves to edible art, everything is handmade by local artisans.
The District Makers Market
Peruse the stalls for produce, jewellery and homewares at The District Makers Market. From the crew of Fitzroy’s Rose Street Market fame. Find arts and crafts amongst an ever-changing line-up live entertainment. The last Sunday of the month, until 28 June.
Boutiques, shops and studios
Gray Reid Gallery
Take heirloom pieces for repair or redesign. Or commission something unique at Gray Reid Gallery. Meet the pearl specialists and gemologists in the open studio. You’ll want to spend hours coveting the sparkling displays.
Handmade Millinery Pop-up
Whether your off the races or a winery wedding, set off your outfit with a headpiece. Try elegant boaters, floral fascinators and garden party creations at Handmade Millinery Pop-up. Until 29 April.
Iconic Melbourne-made silhouettes meet modern African prints in forever pieces at Collective Closets. Designs by this sister duo pay homage to their Nirobi roots and Melbourne home. Step in store for sustainable A’sika jewellery and support female-owned business.
Find floaty fabrics, perfect platforms and slow fashion at Kuwaii’s Cathedral Arcade boutique. Shop luxe pieces made in Melbourne and made to last.
Brendan Dwyer Custom
Visit Nicholas Building legend and bespoke footwear artisan Brendan Dwyer Custom. Step inside his timeless studio to talk dream shoes and boots. Customise colour, materials and finishing details.
From statement shoulder-grazers and chunky seed-pod pieces, Elk is a Melbourne staple. Shop their Little Collins flagship store for local designs, handmade with love.
Step into July’s sleek Emporium digs for the only suitcase you’ll ever need. Local designs feature clever lockable handles and scratch-proof shells. Get yours monogrammed and avoid airport carousel doubt ever after.
What do Melbourne labels Studio K and Moku have in common? They started out at Melbourne Central’s 100 Squared Emerging Market Place. find your new favourite label at this fashion incubator first.
Thank Lisa Gorman for bringing bold prints and bright patterns to the city streets. They’ve been tempting Melburians out of black for 20 years. Shop iconic chandelier earrings, chunky clogs and colourful cushions. Want more?
Want more? Check out this round up of Melbourne made design.