Shopping sustainably is easy once you know where to look. Here are some places to get you started – covering everything from shoes to dresses and design.
A gallery and retail store rolled into one tantalising space, Craft Victoria supports local makers with a bricks and mortar shopfront. A not-for-profit organisation, the contemporary crafts and designs showcased here are made sustainably. Explore their latest exhibit, JamFactory ICON, until 9 March.
A spot for the dapper gentleman, ditch the streetwear this season and ‘suit up’. Carl Nave’s individualised consultation covers styles, fitting, fabrics and the finer details (think: lining and buttons). You’ll never want to take this suit off.
No Order Market
A retail space housing established and emerging fashion labels, No Order Market is essentially two bite-sized stores in one. A unique fashion hub you won’t find anywhere else, you can rest assured you’re shopping at the best.
Made in Melbourne, Kuwaii is equal parts beautiful and versatile. Intelligently designed for long-lasting wear, Kuwaii’s light-filled Cathedral Arcade store is a relaxing place to shop. Using environmentally friendly fabrics, sustainable fibres feature in each collection. Kuwaii also works with makers to ensure workers are paid a fair wage.
An Australian company influenced by Swedish design, Funkis crafts their gorgeous shoes from natural veggie dyed leather and sustainable plantation timber. Inspired by Sweden’s environmentally-conscious population, they demand sustainability and responsibility from all aspects of the business.
All bags and purses are handmade in Melbourne from the finest Italian hides. A-Esque‘s fun, unique designs lack the overt branding that’s signature to most luxury labels, as the 18-carat gold logo is discretely sewn on the inside. The label isn’t needed because it doesn’t take an expert to know quality design.
Elk specialise in contemporary fashion, accessories and handcrafted leather goods, and are proud supporters of UNICEF and the Go Green initiative. Practicing sustainable, fair, socially positive operations, everything at Elk is proudly ethically produced. Meaning you don’t have to feel guilty for reaching to buy that gorgeous soft grey sweater.
At Obus you’ll find womenswear of exceptional quality, made with sustainable materials and fibres. Obus only engage suppliers who comply with their high environmental and ethical standards, and in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment are a partner of Seed the Change’s tree-planting program.
Find the best of Melbourne’s vintage, recycled and up-cycled fashion at Hunter Gatherer. Handpicked from hundreds of thousands of items donated the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s op shops around Victoria, find hidden treasures for a cut of the original price.
Nestled in Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, Radical Yes marries comfort with fashion. Originally founded on the idea of an active-fashionwear shoe, everything at Radical Yes is designed in Melbourne, with each collection based on intuition and experimentation.
Representing a local community of makers and designers, everything at Melbournalia is made in Melbourne. Browse the the forever-changing timber wall for the latest gifts, surprises and unique treats.