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Fitzroy & Melbourne

Alannah Hill

After a colorful career that included a stint in the circus, Tasmanian-born Hill founded a clothing line, and its theatrical flourishes—flamenco-ruffle dresses, lavishly beaded cardigans—have made it a hit.
17 Howey Pl. MELBOURNE 61-3-9654-9203

Alice Euphemia

For the past decade, Karen Reischieck has given Australian designers like Josh Goot and Tina Kalivas their first exposure in her tiny stained-glass-windowed shop. She continues to take chances on offbeat brands, such as Romance Was Born (beloved for its bizarre appliquéd sweatshirts) and Lucy Folk (a jeweler who turns out gold pretzel-charm necklaces).
Cathedral Arcade, 35-37 Swanston St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9650-4300;
114 Gertrude St. FITZROY 61-3-9417-4300

Alpha 60

Named after a nefarious computer in a Jean-Luc Godard film, Alpha 60 offers streamlined pieces in a somber palette.
179 Brunswick St. FITZROY 61-3-9416-4296

Cactus Jam

Now a mini empire with branches across the city, this irreverently named chainlet sells on-the-cusp local labels, such as Camilla and Marc and Alice McCall, plus established international ones—and it's this expansive mix of European names, like Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Matthew Williamson, that makes Cactus Jam so great (overseas lines aren't as easily found in Australia as you'd think).
12-14 Albert Coates Ln. MELBOURNE 61-3-9654-0472

Claude Maus

Deftly tailored classics with a unisex feel, like leather anoraks, are perennials at this Melbourne favorite.
19 Manchester Ln. MELBOURNE 61-3-9654-9844

Country Road

You can always count on digging up classics like cashmere cardigans and voile sundresses at this chain; currently, its old-school canvas duffels are all the rage among the nation's teens.
260 Collins St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9650 5288

Craft Victoria

This nonprofit arts center exhibits and sells the work of crafters, jewelers, and ceramists who live in Victoria. Many of the items have a one-off, found-object appeal, like porcelain figurines cast from vintage Matchbox cars and swingy necklaces strung with an unusual combo of birch slivers and bright beads.
31 Flinders Ln. MELBOURNE 61-3-9650-7775

Fat

This fast-growing boutique chain has spawned four Melbourne locations. Our favorite is found in the lobby of a stately downtown post office—the building's high ceilings and marble-slab floors provide an arch contrast to the street-influenced pieces, like Antipodium snap-front skirts, Maisie high-waisted denim shorts, and Tatty Devine acrylic jewelry.
350 Bourke St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9662-3332

Glitzern

Quite possibly the smallest store we've ever encountered—it measures just 100 square feet—this accessories boutique actually benefits from its cramped alleyway. The atmosphere is so warm and intimate, it makes you want to take your time and linger over every Natalia Brilli leather-covered brooch and Scott Stephen tartan-bead necklace.
1A Crossley St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9663-7921

Left

This store's environs are moody and minimalist, as is the understated clothing from free thinkers like Rei Kawakubo and Veronique Branquinho.
161 Gertrude St. FITZROY 61-3-9419-9292
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