Jewellery – Fitzroy
A little known fact about Melbourne is that it is one of the top four jewellery centres of the world in terms of makers. Creative hub Fitzroy is where many of them live and work. Marion Marshall Studios specialises in chunky gold and silversmithing with precious and semi-precious stones. Studio Ingot sells artist made jewellery as well as offering custom made commissions. The delicate and beautiful designs of Love Hate are available for purchase at maker Geneine Honey’s Fitzroy workshop and store. Many other local jewellery designers can be found at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Market every weekend.
Art – St Kilda
From the well-established Linden New Art gallery, Jackman Gallery, Brightspace and the artist collective, studio and gallery space Studio 106 – there can be no questioning St Kilda’s affinity with and appeal to artists. Its bayside aspect providing inspiration for many well-known artist of past and present - including the late Mirka Mora. The long-running Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Market offers local makers and artist a platform to sell their works. Visitors can also get a deep dive into the precinct’s arty history on a guided art walk visiting studios, galleries and meeting the artists with St Kilda Art Tours.
Fashion – Armadale
Elegant High Street Armadale has become synonymous with Melbourne fashion designers. Names along the hip strip include Scanlon Theodore, Thurley, búl, Lisa Barron and Megan Park. New brands entering the competitive Melbourne scene tend to flock to the fashion forward precinct including Rebecca Vallance, who originally hails from Melbourne, opening her new flagship boutique in Armadale. 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.
Music – Brunswick
Ranking as one of the world’s most musical cities, Melbourne dominates the annual top songwriter postcode rankings with edgy Brunswick the top suburb in Australia for song writers. The large inner-north precinct also has more than its fair share of music venues, the thoroughfares of Lygon Street and Sydney Road packed with dedicated venues such as The Spotted Mallard, The Retreat Hotel, The B.east and Howler as well as lots of smaller cafes, pubs and bars that offer everything from jazz to pop and good old rock n roll any night of the week.
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