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Melbourne Made

26 Nov 2018

There is something special about buying something locally made and taking a little piece of your trip home with you.

Signed & Numbered [7A Degraves Street] is art on a budget; with Australian and international street art, pencil drawings, watercolours and photography to choose from, you'll find the perfect memento to remember your time in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s fashion scene is the envy of much of Australia, and local label Bul [Level 3, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street] is the epitome of the local scene. Despite only existing since 2010, designer Virginia Martin now displays her elegant women’s range at Melbourne’s premier fashion events. For a fashionable reminder of your visit to Melbourne, it’s hard to find better.

Visit Queen Victoria Market’s [Corner Victoria & Elizabeth Streets] newest retail precinct, String Bean Alley—a series of repurposed shipping containers transformed into artisan workshops and stalls. Open every Sunday, the Design Market near M Shed hosts some of Melbourne’s craftiest wares, making it one of the city’s funkiest pop-up shopping spots.

While the souvenirs that you can get from the Queen Vic Market are sure to appeal to the folks back home, for something a little more unique, you’ll find the perfect gift or memento at The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi [Shop 2, Driver Lane - behind GPO building].

Although it’s home to products from across the world, a quintessential Melbourne shopping experience is to visit Melbourne Central [211 La Trobe Street]. Stand and marvel at the towering glass dome above you, and for a virtually unknown (and free) history lesson, visit the Shot Tower Museum inside the R.M. Williams store on the ground level.

Another all-in-one designer superstore is Melbourne’s very own David Jones [Bourke Street Mall]. With its reputation for quality and service, you will not be surprised to find an entire floor dedicated to women's designer labels from new era designers like Josh Goot and Alexander Wang.