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Fitzroy & Melbourne

Little Salon

Located in the city's hipster heart, the rough-around-the-edges Fitzroy neighborhood, this shop epitomizes the DIY retail feel of the area: It purveys limited-edition goods from local brands and keeps prices fair. Alongside proprietor Geneine Honey's laser-cut wood brooches are porcelain Chihuahua-shaped night-lights and sweatshirts screened with images of telephone cords.
71 Gertrude St. FITZROY 61-3-9419-7123
353 Little Collins St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9670-6996

Marais

Echoes of this boutique's original occupant—a fancy Turkish bathhouse—are still apparent in its elegantly columned, parquetry-floored interior. Glam pieces by venerable names like Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent are found alongside edgier picks, including Viktor & Rolf and Anne Valérie Hash.
Royal Arcade, 314 Little Collins St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9639-0314

Metropolis Bookshop

In commercial downtown Melbourne, a cluster of alternative retailers are centered in a once-derelict office building called Curtin House, including this bookseller, which has a long-standing reputation as the city's premier source for the latest volumes on art and design.
Level 3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9663-2015

Nothing by Nobody

Available only Down Under, jeans by this Melbourne-based label have broad appeal, thanks to their timeless and butt-enhancing styles.
396 Brunswick St. FITZROY 61-3-9419-3700

Obüs

Locals know to look to this trendsetting favorite for unusually proportioned pieces with a playful sensibility.
226 Gertrude St. FITZROY 61-3-9416-0012

Order & Progress

With a name taken from a slogan on the Brazilian flag, it's fitting that Order & Progress would proudly stock South American labels (look for Alexandre Herchcovitch and Maria Bonita Extra). But irreverent brands from Europe, like Eley Kishimoto and Katharine Hamnett, contribute to the inventory, as do ones closer to home, including Melbourne's cheeky Princess Tina.
Level 3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St. MELBOURNE 61-3-9654-1329

Shweshwe

This imports store is a riot of color and pattern, and its onomatopoeic name comes from the swishing sound that traditional African waxed cloth makes when one walks in it. Clothing and pillows made from this vibrant fabric are sold alongside pebble-shaped felt cushions, Zulu wire baskets, and room-dividing curtains made from bright bottle caps that wash up on beaches in Madagascar.
202-210 Brunswick St. FITZROY 61-3-8415-1666, shweshwe.com

Stella & Myrrh

There's no other reason to wander out to the sleepy suburb of Moonee Ponds than to visit this boutique. Though chaotically organized, Stella & Myrrh has an encyclopedic inventory of all the key players in regional design—from Mad Cortes to Karen Walker, plus bikinis by Zimmermann and Mor beauty products.
130 Puckle St. MOONEE PONDS 61-3-9375-2955

Supré

While their cavernous, dimly lit stores—with their turned-up-to-11 dance music—can test your patience, your reward is their ridiculously comprehensive stock.
284-292 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 61-3-9929-9100
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