Host Rachael Finch and DJ Didier Dohen with models wearing some of the new fashions available
Conveniently located right next to Southern Cross Station, this shopping precinct officially expands tomorrow (Thursday, December 5, 2013) – and it will be a relief to existing retailers there, after the previous owner, Austexx, went into receivership. Retail management group Retpro has been working to build business back up.
It will unveil its new look at 11am with beauty pageant queen and TV reporter Rachael Finch doing the honours. It adds a new range of retailers – including Cotton On Mega, Trade Secret and Harris Scarfe – to its many staples such as Typo, Kathmandu, Laura Ashley, Grab Denim, Industrie and the Official AFL Store.
In the opening weekend (Dec 7-8) you can expect free activities including a pop-up nail art bar, a photo booth and live music by renowned DJs.… Read more
The talented ladies behind Lonely Hunter Markets will be making your Christmas a little more crafty. Alongside a selection of handmade gifts available at the Lonely Hunter markets, the ladies will also be connecting folks via a fun gift exchange. This isn’t you’re ordinary office Kris Kringle though… The gift will be given to a stranger and can be whatever you like, with one requirement – that it’s handmade. You don’t have to be a craft-queen, and there are no rules so great your creative juices flowing and register. Once you have, you will receive the name and address of your Secret Santa, to which you will send your gift off by December 14 and be ready to receive your own! Why not check out the Lonely Hunter DIY blog for some crafty inspiration?
By Jordan Kretchmer… Read more
Calling all Sci-Fi fans (and trendy-magazine-editors-who-just-enjoy-the-escapism-that-scifi-offers-so-stop-judging-us): the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, thank you very much) is materialising for a short time only in the hip and geek-friendly suburb of Richmond. The new Doctor Who pop-up store will offer all the essentials (stacks of Dr Who DVDs, basically) as well as some charming add-ons – Cyberman tea-towel anyone? Plus you can get your photo with a Dalek! Get there before we buy the whole place out.
Melbourne City Council has announced this morning its plans for a massive expansion of Queen Victoria Market, which will also preserve the historic site. The Victorian Government has given the go ahead for Crown land at the southern end of the market to be added to the market as an extension.
According to the Lord Mayor’s statement, key upgrades to the market (which, incidentally, reopens as a night market on Wednesday, November 6) could include new public open spaces, event spaces, infrastructure for traders, improved car parking and pedestrian access. The market looks set to become a key events space (think Federation Square), to draw numbers in the evening and outside its usual hours of operation.
The Lord Mayor said that in the next 20 years the number of people living within 800 metres of Queen Victoria Market will almost double from 67,000 to 128,000. This renewal, it’s estimated, might generate 9,000 new jobs at the market, as well as 12,000 jobs in the surrounding precinct and thousands of construction industry jobs.
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In Their Shoes: 70-pairs of hand-customised Converse chucks by your favourite bands – and they’re all for sale!
Warner Music Australia have been putting together a kick-arse exhibition for over 18 months now – 70 colourful one-of-a-kind pairs of Converse chucks, illustrated with Sharpies by your favourite Warners artists and bands – from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis toMichael Bublé, from Skrillex to Santigold, from Tame Impala to Tegan & Sara. Even Jay and Silent Bob got involved.
The bad news is it’s in Sydney (if you find yourself there, head along to vizzy them in person at The Standard, on Sunday October 27 from noon till 7pm), but happily for the rest of us they’re ALL up for sale, and the proceeds go to charity: either the National Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of the artist’s choice.
Melbourne is set to boast another Australian retail first with the arrival of Japanese homewares juggernaut, Muji. The brand announced they will open stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre next month and another at Emporium Melbourne, set for a March 2014 opening. Often referred to as the Japanese Ikea, Muji is renowned for its no-brands policy, resulting in an extensive range of slick, minimal accessories, stationery and furniture for the office and home. Head to the Muji online store to get a taste of the Japanese retailer and start scrawling down your wish list now.
A round-up of four very different stores, offering everything from Japanese cute-quirk, to glamourpuss plus-size dresses, to hip-hop streetwear and gentlemen’s attire…
Daiso: QV Building
Good news if you’ve a yen for bargains: Japanese discount variety chain Daiso has expanded its Melbourne presence to seven stores. The new QV store opened in September, joining Daiso outlets at Abbotsford, Bourke/Swanston Streets, Highpoint, Chadstone, Doncaster and Caroline Springs. Everything at Daiso is a flat $2.80. Head there for adorable and ingenious homewares, beauty and personal care items, stationery and craft supplies, and Japanese foods and drinks.
Daiso: QV Building, 221 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Husband-and-wife team Kerry and Angelo Pietrobon founded their niche fashion label Harlow nearly a year ago – and it’s as glam as the name suggests. They specialise in plus-size clothes that do away with frumpery. We talk to Kerry about the ideas behind her designs.
Harlow, 420 Victoria St, Brunswick
Pickings and Parry
Ever wondered how working-class guys in old photos managed to look so dapper? Wonder no more. Jaunty Briton Chris Pickings has just opened Pickings and Parry, a Fitzroy men’s emporium purveying heritage workwear and manly accoutrements. It’s very Ernest Hemingway, with a dash of Steve McQueen.… Read more
Plain dressers, rejoice! Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo have confirmed their Melbourne location. They’ve been sniffing around for floorspace in major cities for a couple of years, but they have now locked in a location in Melbourne’s CBD, set to open in autumn of 2014. The brand in one of many mega-international retailers the descending on Melbourne, alongside Williams Sonoma, River Island and H&M.
The company kicked off in 1985 but expanded out to New York, Hong Kong and Seoul in 2005, becoming a stalwart for clean, classic clothes with no frills. With that much retailing space, Uniqlo could soon dominate the mid-range fashion market – better quality than big box stores, cheaper than General Pants and Industrie, and more dependable than American Apparel.
Awareness is building here. In April, Sunrise’s David Koch cheered the University Of Queensland for sponsoring Novak Djokovic until he was hounded on Twitter that the tennis star was actually sporting a Uniqlo logo.
They also sponsor Aussie golf sensation Adam Scott and they have kitted out Japanese summer and winter Olympic teams.
Uniqlo’s arrival in Australia could see the demise of dadcore fits for the average bloke, tamp down kooky women’s wear, and end Bonds’ stranglehold on the tees, hoodies and sweats market.… Read more
The rumours are true – the first H&M store will open in the GPO building on Bourke Street. Some reports suggest this year, some in early 2014. The flagship store will expand over three floors.
Thousands of people liked the post on the H&M Facebook page when the news landed in March that the store was coming to Australia, and there was plenty of Melbourne v Sydney speculation for the first retail space down under. From the popularity of Topshop and Zara’s store openings in both cities, we hope that the Swedish company will go large and open as many stores as possible, as quickly as possible. (Our fingers are crossed!)