Seven High Street Boutiques that make Armadale a fashion hotspot

Quietly elegant, blue ribbon Armadale has become something of a shopping mecca in recent years. Fashionistas come from far and wide to browse High Street’s high-end boutiques and designer outposts, conveniently clustered close together between Kooyong and Glenferrie Roads. We’ve taken a look at some of the stores that make High Street top of the shops.

Zimmermann, 1027-1029 High Street

With a fit out that makes you feel like you’re at a luxurious Grecian retreat, Zimmermann’s textured white walls and archways provide the perfect backdrop for its floaty, flouncy frocks, swimsuits and resort wear. Sydney sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann launched their shared label back in 1991, and today it’s a firm favourite of celebrities and fashion magazines both at home and abroad. Zimmermann designs are instantly recognisable: dramatic gowns in pretty florals and elegant cuts with ruffled detailing. Opened a little over two years ago, this is Zimmermann’s largest Melbourne store, with several wide, light-filled rooms to explore.

Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 11am-5pm

Aje, 1045 High Street

Citing Australia’s rugged coastlines and raw, natural beauty as key inspirations, Aje co-founders Adrian Norris and Edwina Forest make classic clothes with fun twists. Think: everyday tees with hand embroidery, soft knits in striking cobalt blue, denim mini-skirts with feature frills, and girly dresses in a statement print. The label’s Armadale store is fresh and airy, in keeping with the brand’s natural influences. There’s blonde timber cladding on the walls and curved central counter, sand-coloured statement lampshades and plants in large stone pots.

Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun, 11am-5pm

Camilla and Marc, 1067 High Street

Another sibling success story – founded by a brother and sister from Sydney – Camilla and Marc make sharply fitted suits, classic knits, and elegant dresses ideal for cocktail parties. Nicole Kidman herself wore their new season Juliana blazer in a recent New York Times feature. One of just two of the label’s Melbourne stores sits in the heart of High Street. A roomy, tiered space with concrete floors and stark white walls, it has a gallery-feel to match the wearable art.

Mon-Sat, 11am-5.30pm, Sun, 11am-5pm

Lover, 1039 High Street

Devotees of lace will love Lover. Launched in 2001, this is another iconic Australian brand, best known for delicate gowns and intricately detailed dresses. This store is the label’s flagship Melbourne boutique and carries all of its ready-to-wear designs. Pieces from Lover’s newest collection, Liberty, hang from suspended mannequins and neatly spaced racks in the clean, minimalist space. There are floral prairie-style dresses, frilly skirts and blouses, and some of the label’s signature lacy looks.

Mon, 9.30am-4pm, Tues-Wed, 9.30am-5.30pm, Thur, 9.30am-6pm, Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 11am-5pm

Scanlan Theodore, 1063 High Street

There’s a touch of drama to the Scanlan Theodore boutique: a timber ceiling warms the space, pearl-coloured mosaic tiles cover the floor, and black joinery adds a slightly moody feel. This décor works with the bold flair of the label’s designs. Feminine silhouettes are presented in dark shades and strong prints, for women who like a slightly daring take on classic apparel.

Mon-Thurs, 9.30am-5.30pm, Fri, 9.30am-6pm, Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun, 11am-5pm

Assembly Label, 1062 High Street

Pared-back, minimalist chic is Assembly Label’s way. Launched in 2011 by Damien Horan and Daniel Oliver, this brand designs collections that work just as well in city streets as they do in chilled out coastal settings, with clothes for men, women and children. This store – with its crisp white walls and internal courtyard – was the Sydney label’s first foray in Melbourne. Linen, cotton and denim are very in vogue here, used to make timeless tees, shirts, trousers and dresses.

Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 9am-5.30pm, Sun, 10am-5pm

Jac + Jack

Melbourne is coming into autumn and that makes the cosy cashmere and merino knits at Jac + Jack look especially appealing. For 15 years, Jacqueline ‘Jac’ Hunt and Lisa ‘Jack’ Dempsey have been making comfy, classic clothes from ethically sourced yarns, proving comfort doesn’t need to be sacrificed for style.

Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun, 10am-5pm

Images courtesy of Zimmermann, Aje, and Assembly Label

 

Zimmermann

With a fit out that makes you feel like you’re at a luxurious Grecian retreat, Zimmermann’s textured white walls and archways provide the perfect backdrop for its floaty, flouncy frocks, swimsuits and resort wear.

Aje

The label’s Armadale store is fresh and airy, in keeping with the brand’s natural influences. There’s blonde timber cladding on the walls and curved central counter, sand-coloured statement lampshades and plants in large stone pots.


Assembly Label

This store – with its crisp white walls and internal courtyard – was the Sydney label’s first foray in Melbourne.

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