Where does the well-heeled and well-travelled shop in Toorak - that is, when they’re not meandering along Rue Saint-Honore in Paris or across the English Channel, in Conduit Street, London? Malvern Road Hawksburn, remains a fashion destination, as do the few specialty fashion boutiques located at the Toorak Village in Toorak Road … 

1. Husk

Location: 557 Malvern Road –Hawksburn Village

Husk, a Moorish-inspired boutique has become a landmark in the Hawksburn Village. The store’s racks and deep alcoves, filled with perfumes and accessories, are a drawcard for those wanting both casual clothing, as well as, for special one-of-a-kind outfits. The racks include linen tops with bell-shaped sleeves from the label Beau Arts, together with printed dressed from Rebecca Taylor. With autumn on the doorstep, the leather coats and fur-collared jackets won’t last long. For the more casual, there are 1970s-inspired printed blouses and skirts.

2. Fells

Location: 428E Toorak Road –Toorak Village

Fells Boutique is one of, if not THE most enduring fashion boutiques, not just in Toorak, but also in Melbourne. Established in the 1970s by Susan Fell and her business partner Faye Shinewell, the duo still regularly travel to Europe to source the world’s premier fashion labels. Fashion from Italy and America can also be found at Fells. Their loyal clients, who go back several decades, can find everything from designer T-shirts to formal wear. And for those who don’t want to pay full price, there’s the Fell’s outlet store, located over the road in Lunn Lane.

3. Belinda

Location: 584 Malvern Road – Hawksburn Village

Established by Belinda Seper in the 1980s, and now with a new owner, Belinda remains at the forefront of high fashion. Set within a Victorian shopfront that was once a home, each room not only displays finely crafted garments, but also elements of domesticity, such as fireplaces. Here you will find everything from Missoni to Marni, along with coveted designs by Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen. A short shift-style dress at just over $2,000 is for those who know their fashion and are prepared to pay for it. And rather than wait to see what lies ahead, Belinda’s collections are released at the same time they are unveiled in Europe.

4. Trelise Cooper

Location: 580 Malvern Road - Hawksburn Village

The New Zealand-based fashion designer’s only Australian store, Trelise Cooper is, as the store manager says, ‘delightfully eclectic’. “Our clients are definitely not ‘shy’ dressers or ‘shrinking violets’ ”. Heavily beaded 1920s-inspired flapper-style dresses sit along side the latest collections, a series of soft powder-pink ensembles and separates, some of which are heavily embroidered with floral motifs. The mustard plaid coat just unpacked will certainly keep the chill out this winter.

5. Flannel

Location: 574 Malvern Road – Hawksburn Village

Established 12 years ago by Kristy Lawrence, who hails from Western Australia, this pristine white store has established a reputation with its silk slip-style dresses. The raw pre-washed silk is shown in a staple of colours, including black, cream, blush and milk. And every season, a few colours are added. This season, look out for the copper and coral slips, perfect to wear beneath Flannel’s chunky cropped sweaters in the latest tones.

6. Bassike

Location: 617 Malvern Road –Hawksburn Village

You could easily think you were sitting in your living room in your beach house along the coast. The Bassike store, located on the corner of Mathoura and Malvern roads, not only has a coastal ambience, but offers clothing for both men and women that has a distinctly holiday feel. There are loose T-shirts and cotton trousers, with the oversized T’s for women perfect for lazing by the swimming pool or on the water’s edge. Look for jeans, produced in Japan.

7. Barbara Lebek

Location: 416 Toorak Road – Toorak Village

Formerly known as Basler, the German label recognised for its timeless and elegant fashion, Barbara Lebrek, as it’s now known, stocks primarily German labels. Termed as ‘investment’ dressing by the store’s manager, the labels now sold include Oui and Passioni. The latter, including a heavily pearl-encrusted knitted jacket, takes its inspiration from the classics, such as Channel.

8. Christensen Copenhagen

Location: 462 Toorak Road – Toorak Village

Established by a Danish woman who first set up in Double Bay, Sydney, Christensen Copenhagen has moved into new hands. The labels, imported from Italy, America and other parts of the globe, include some of the world’s finest: Diane Von Furstenburg and Marlene Birger, together with Herve Leger from Paris. Those wanting to be noticed on the night may be tempted to try on the Herve Leger shapely fitted black dress adorned with black feathers. From

everyday to high-end, the store covers all occasions.

9. Saphire Cashmere

Location: 511 Toorak Road – Toorak Village

With the chillier months ahead, there’s nothing quite like wearing cashmere against one’s skin. At Saphire Cashmere, enjoy running your fingers along the many cashmere-filled shelves, with everything from sweaters to cardigans available. For those who prefer cashmere around their neck, there are also a variety of sumptuous scarves to choose from.

10. Bogner

Location: 505 Toorak Road – Toorak Village

Willy Senior and Maria Bogner founded Bogner in 1932.  Since this time, it has remained a family-run business, with clothing designed for the ‘slope (ski) or the sidewalk’. But it’s not for those people who prefer the Michelin Man look (think bulk). The quilted parkers and loose knits put the sophistication back into sports dressing. Some of the designs include quilted jackets with chevron patterns, taken directly from the company’s 1970s archives.

Images courtesy of Assembly Label, Fells, Bassike, Belinda

Fells

Fells Boutique is one of, if not THE most enduring fashion boutiques, not just in Toorak, but also in Melbourne. Established in the 1970s by Susan Fell and her business partner Faye Shinewell, the duo still regularly travel to Europe to source the world’s premier fashion labels.

Bassike

The Bassike store, located on the corner of Mathoura and Malvern roads, not only has a coastal ambience, but offers clothing for both men and women that has a distinctly holiday feel.


Belinda

Established by Belinda Seper in the 1980s, and now with a new owner, Belinda remains at the forefront of high fashion.

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