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Fashion forward: 10 reasons to explore Armadale

/ 06 Feb 2018
Armadale, in Melbourne’s well-heeled inner south-east, is famous for high-end, designer shopping and the finer things in life, but there’s certainly more than meets the eye when it comes to the sophisticated shopping strip of High Street.

1. Fashion

High Street Armadale is Melbourne's Rodeo Drive, an elegant haven for shoppers wanting to find that little something special, whether it’s a leading Melbourne designer like Scanlon Theodore, Thurley, búl, Lisa Barron and Megan Park, or international brands Acne Studios, Dion Lee or newly opened Scandinavian giant COS set in a stunning 20th Century Edwardian building, Armadale has something for everyone. New brands are continually opening along the stylish strip with Rebecca Vallance, who originally hails from Melbourne, opening her new flagship boutique in Armadale last August. High Street dresses shoppers of all ages from head to toe, with chic shoes for men and women from Bared Footwear and L’Eclisse, the latest designer threads for little ones at Balloon for Kids and on-trend athletic gear at Nimble Activewear. Duzenman create beautiful hand-crafted leather bags, pouches, clutches and accessories, with the option to add personalised embellishments and monogramming. Canadian brand The New Trend have opened their flagship Australian boutique in Armadale, housing the most coveted international designers. 

2. Jewellery

Some of Melbourne’s best jewellery designers and stores specialising in engagement rings can be found along High Street, plus one of a kind gifts and more. Catanach’s on High Street is a true Melbourne icon, they have over 140 years’ experience in creating fine jewellery, focusing on handmade and bespoke pieces. Their diamonds and precious stones are sourced from Australia and around the world... because diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all. Nicole Fendel brand started in designer Fendel’s apartment almost 10 years ago and is now one of Australia’s leading jewellery brands, well known for her unique engraved sentiment pieces and signature hammered and organic finishes. MP Jewellery source the highest quality diamonds and coloured stones for bespoke engagement rings, wedding bands and designer pieces. Bora Bora Pearls specialises in rare and magnificent pearls.

3. Something borrowed, something blue

Leafy Armadale is well-renowned as the home of bridal boutiques, with an extensive collection of leading designers and bridal service stores all conveniently in the one place. Many brides-to-be travel from far and wide to shop at the High Street strip in preparation for their big day. Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes creates exquisite wedding gowns for trend conscious women, both bespoke and off the rack, and her collections are now coveted the wold over. Luci Di Bella Design House has called High Street home for 20 years and specialises in affordable made-to-measure gowns made from the highest quality materials and tailored to suit each individual bride’s style and personality. Rachel Gilbert, Anna Campbell, Raffaele Ciuca and Brides of Armadale are also a must look for anyone on the hunt for ‘the dress’ or simply an aspirational window shop. 

4. Eat

A full day of shopping calls for a strong cup of coffee and delicious food to go along with it and Armadale has plenty of options. Moby 3143 is a trendy and inviting café with an impressive menu, their head chef Christina Higgins worked under London’s illustrious chef Yotam Ottolenghi.Newly opened Bruno & Co’s menu focuses on using seasonal local and organic produce to offer mouth-watering dishes for breakfast and lunch. Beloved local café Coin Laundry is just that - a converted laundromat, serving Allpress coffee and locally sourced ingredients to create their scrumptious all-day breakfast menu. For outstanding home style Italian fair, visitors can’t go past Zia Rina’s Cucina, chef Rina D'Alessandro’s career spans 30 years, beginning in Abruzzo Italy, before moving to Melbourne and opening her own restaurant. The Beatt Café are a health-conscious café and holistic wellness centre offering yoga, meditation, massage and more, just the right thing after a hectic day of shopping.

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The New Trend Boutique

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Otter's Promise

5. Drink

Wine 1160 is a romantic and homely wine bar, boasting an overwhelming list of 160 bottles to choose from. The food is designed to complement the food, and the design is warm, cosy and sophisticated. Toorak Cellars is a wine bar and bottle shop located just a short stroll from High Street, offering 20 different wines by the glass on rotation. For the non-wine drinkers, Otter’s Promise is a dedicated beer bar and bottle shop, with more than 400 beers to choose from, most of which are Aussie brands. Their six taps rotate through all local options and they host regular tastings, education sessions and events suitable for beer aficionados or amateurs.

6. Beauty

After a full Armadale agenda of shopping, eating and drinking, some pampering should certainly be included, and High Street has plenty to offer. Séchoir (it’s French for ‘dryer’) is a blowout bar offering the perfect blow wave, up-do, cut, colour or hair treatment. The Séchoir team are ahead of the trends when it comes to hair and they make sure their customers enjoy being pampered and leave the salon feeling glam. The motto at Missy Lui nail salon is “you are what you use” and they take this very seriously by only using organic, non-toxic products. Missy Lui have vegan and cruelty free nail polishes, creams and scrubs, so customers can enjoy a relaxing mani, pedi or extra special nail art without the nasty fumes, all in the comfort of their ultra stylish salon. Clover Skin & Body specialise in skin management, relaxation and advanced skin correcting treatments. Newly opened Paragon Studio offers the best quality haircuts, in their ultra-modern, highly ‘instagrammable’ hipster barbershop. 

7. Homewares and design

Armadale is not only the epicentre for fashion, it’s also home to some of the best homewares, furniture and premium rug stores. Charlie & Fenton is a boutique, luxury, textile company that focus's on producing fashion-forward, quality soft furnishings for the home. The boutique specialises in quirky, designer cushions and digitally printed textiles, in bright geometric patterns, made locally of the highest quality and sustainable materials. Rose St Trading offers its customers beautiful homewares, giftwares and furniture sourced from all over the world, as well as interior design services to turn clients houses into a sanctuary. Gaudions furniture and homewares is inspired by the 18th century Europe, mainly of French, Italian and Spanish style. Jenny Jones Rugs is a family-owned business specialising in exquisite, handmade rugs designed by Jenny Jones, recognised as one of the best contemporary rug designers in the world. Abba Persian Rugs is a High Street mainstay, operating since 1978, offering handmade Persian, Oriental and contemporary carpets and rugs in a range of designs, patterns and materials.

8. Galleries

Armadale is rich with art galleries offering a variety of different exhibitions, showcasing a diverse mix of local and international artists. Letitia Morris Gallery was the first to bring the original Bally posters by Villemot to Melbourne and has continued sourcing vintage posters for over 23 years, mainly from France. Scott Livesey Galleries represents Contemporary Australian, Indigenous and International artists. Silver K Gallery stocks the finest in animation art and rock and roll photography with over 30 years’ experience and thousands of items for enthusiasts to add to their collection or beginners to enjoy exploring. Metro Modern Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, constantly evolving and exhibiting innovative works, they are well-renowned for promoting and presenting innovative Australia artists working across a range of mediums.

9. Antiques

Unique and treasured items from generations gone by can be found at one of Armadale’s many antique treasure troves. Armadale Antique Centre offers thousands of unique items to suit every taste and budget, from silver, glass, fine porcelain, clocks, prints, Australiana and European paintings and more. Family-run Capocchi collects French furniture, lighting and unique decorative items spanning from 1770 – 1970, inspired by contemporary international trends. Antique collectors travel from as far as the United States and Asia to shop at Capocchi’s bright and inviting High Street store. Fabrile, set in a period Art Deco building, sources fine jewellery, furniture and decorative items from the 1920s and 1930s, from across the globe. Douglas Stewart Fine Books is an antiquarian bookseller that buys and sells books locally and around the world, with a focus on travel and exploration. As well as rare books, the shop also specialises in all types of heritage material including photographs, manuscripts, maps and globes. Graham Geddes Antiques, Virtanen Antiques and Helene’s Antiques and Collectables are also a must-visits when on the hunt for treasure.

10. Kings Arcade

The historic Kings Arcade, built in 1915 by fruiterer Fredrick King, is an architecturally beautiful arcade providing a memorable shopping experience. Kings Arcade is still owned by the King family and is home to an array of stores ranging from all the best things Armadale has to offer in the one place. Mister Zimi creates versatile, vivacious clothing, with bold statement prints and a philosophy to not be dictated to by trends. Mister Zimi’s Australian flagship store is based in Kings Arcade. Core Performance Physiotherapy is a highly qualified and experienced physiotherapy, myotherapy and clinical pilates studio that specialises in massage, pre- and post-natal and elderly care. D’Lan Davidson - Australian, Indigenous & International Art, buys and sells impeccable pieces of art with the highest level of expertise expected from a top-tier auction house, without the cost. Euro Lounge Patisserie is the perfect shopping detour to refuel with a croissant and café latte. 

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Duzenman

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