"Snow globes and koala magnets won't be found at this gorgeous gift souvenir gallery store, melbournestyle. This is instead the place to locate souvenirs Melburnians would like to buy for themselves. Strategically located halfway between the river and the lake on South Melbourne's Clarendon street, melbournestyle is awash with deliciously different distractions for design-addicted shopping splurges. The shop's designer/curator, maree coote, has a good eye for what the home-grown (or blow-in) downtown hipster wants (there's loads of leather daisy chains, cool coasters, twig swizzle stix, elegant skull-and-crossbones jewellery and chunky leather keytags), as well as offering meaningful Melbourne mementos. Items most likely to end up on the credit card are: Melbourne Cup and Saucer set ($40), insanely intricate Gumnut design or twig-themed chandelier lights ($550 and 680), small or huge Kellyana artworks in the Lim/Ed Big Neds series by Coote (from $380 to $2500) or the Urban images collection by Matt Irwin ($399-550), mad australian history as ceramic platters from Bern Emmerichs (from $36 to $950), and historic-chic jersey knit thermal kellygang T-shirts ($68). For the more restrained melburnian with only $8 to $25 to spare, good finds include funky acrylic tram rings, Savon D'Antipodes soaps, art books or mobiles."
GLOBAL WARMING starts right here at melbournestyle with these hot new accessories from Gardenstate gifts. It's up to you, of course, but we wouldn't want to miss out and not have the best dressed biceps and wrists on the beach/balcony/boat this year. Limited edition, hand-crafted designs. more
BE THE FIRST TO SEE HOW MELBOURNE WILL LOOK IN 2007. MATT IRWIN's iconic 2007 calendar 'shaken not stirred' was launched at melbournestyle on November 15, and an exhibition of these photographs on canvas is currently on display in store..
Come, take a peek into the future...
"Absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen." - Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, speaking of the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens in 1920.
Go there today. Picnic, kiss, wander, read....just go there. Don't let it escape you. It is nourishing, therapeutic, energising, cleansing, relaxing, and diverting. And it's FREE.
NEW TITLES in store this week - melbournestyle gets a new load of gorgeous books about melbourne, australia, and about things melburnian and australian... Kristen Otto's Yarra, Tim Flannery's Melbourne, Kate Grenville's Secret River, John Clarke's Complete Book of Australian Verse, GSP's Hand Made in Melbourne, and of course, Maree Coote's The Melbourne Book - A History of Now.Give/read a little Melbourne this year... more