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Since it opened in the roaring 1920’s, Le Louvre has dressed the socialites of Melbourne (during an era when you either had to earn or be born into the title; not just be dating a random footballer). Originally located in the CBD, Le Louvre is almost single handedly the reason why we still refer to a certain section of Collins Street as ‘the Paris end’ today. Now in its third incarnation just off Chapel Street, the boutique is still as captivating as ever. Leopard print, gilt-edged mirrors, glossy surfaces and even a giant glowing clam make the store anything but shy and retiring – and this after almost 90 years. And even though its original founder never stepped her fashionable foot in Paris, Le Louvre certainly brings the best of Europe’s wearable icons to our shores. Try Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Christopher Kane or a little Karl Lagerfeld on for size.

 

A stop at Urban Jungle is like taking a whirlwind around the world trip. There’s everything from bright scatter cushions, earthy timber kitchenware, beaded jewels and new clogs to be lusted after. It’s all very bohemian in an elegant way.

 

Cult skincare label Aesopis known for its innovative and award-winning interior store design and their Prahran space is no exception. It houses row upon row of luxurious lotions and potions to get skin glowing again.

 

Design A Space is a haven to independent local fashion and accessories designers. Its unique concept sees the designers themselves hiring their own space within the store. This means the line-up of labels and the range on offer is always evolving. You’re likely to find experimental pieces and one-off designs too.

 

All hail the power of the written word. Mag Nation is a magazine mecca supplying over 4000 niche and mainstream titles to the reading inclined. The latest issue of ‘Lula’? Mag Nation’s got it. ‘Narrow Gauge World’? They’ve got that too (it’s about trains apparently). Even better, the wireless is free and the coffee is hot.

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