Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Melbourne City Vintage Guide

Due to the exorbitant rent prices in the inner city area very few vintage stores abound within the Melbourne city radius. There are two worthwhile places to visit clustered within the Nicholas building. Inspired by Chicago style architecture and completed in 1926, the Nicholas Building is one of the more iconic buildings in Melbourne and home to a variety of different stores. 

The first is a favourite of mine called Vintage Sole, which also has stores in Windsor and Fitzroy (featured in my Fitzroy vintage guide). The store has a friendly and relaxed vibe, and is filled with a variety of vintage in all different styles and sizes. I found a second-hand Tommy Hilfiger skirt here that I'm obsessed with, evidence that there are some definite gems to be found.  They also have a large collection of vintage shoes and a few sale racks. The only down side is that it's not a place where you a can find a true bargain as if it's good, they most likely know it and price it accordingly. It's not excessively expensive but it's hardly cheap. All in all it's a great place to visit as it is well organised and it's easy to rummage through the store. 

The second store is the well-known Retro Star, almost an institution when I was in high school and dressing eclectically for the sake of it was a massive trend. It's a store that favours quantity over quality, a place home to an abundance of clothing but rarely anything that wows. I'm sure there are hidden gems, but there is just so much stuff and none of it is overly riveting so I give up quickly whenever I visit. However, I'm really fussy and it's fair to say RetroStar is the perfect place to develop a vintage wardrobe at a very reasonable price. 

Vintage Sole
Shop 6, 37 Swanston Street 
Melbourne CBD, 3000

First Floor, 37 Swanston Street 
Melbourne CBD, 3000