THE BEST MAKERS IN MELBOURNE AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
It’s not only world class sporting venues and brilliant coffee that Melbourne is renowned for. While you’re in town, discover the designers of fashion and food some of the wonderful wares and decadent tastes from our magnificent makers. Here’s where to find them.
The talented designers at womenswear label Kuwaii are passionately opposed to the ‘churn’ model of fast fashion. Instead, their approach is set up to be completely different: smaller, slower and more simple. They produce very limited runs, made to order, with a strong focus on designing forever – and masterful techniques, quality fabrics and materials to boot. As well as gorgeous clothing and shoes, you’ll also find a carefully-sourced selection of vintage and locally-created jewels in their store.
Take a look at the lovely designs yourself at 37-39 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick.
From the humble beginnings of a one-man stall at the Prahran market back in 2006 to being stocked in more than 80 stores across the country, Monsieur Truffe is one of the city’s most delectable success stories. The initial small selection of bars has grown to a full bean-to-bar range, speciality bars (including Berries & Cream and Coconut) and unmissable hot chocolate. Forget Willy Wonka – visit this real-life chocolate factory at 351 Lygon St, East Brunswick.
Ceramicist Hannah Lawrence hails from Cornwall, but now calls her beloved Melbourne home. Drawing on ancient techniques from Japan, Africa and India, her pottery process follows nature’s cycle of rain, earth, hands and fire. Hannah says her pieces “act as a daily reminder of human’s natural union with this earth in fulfilling their purpose as a part of your life”.
You can touch and feel Hannah’s creations for yourself at Mr Kitly, 381 Sydney Road (upstairs), Brunswick.
A converted Collingwood warehouse is the stellar setting of brewery and beer hall, Stomping Ground. Undercover, and brimming with happy hops, this one is perfect no matter if the unpredictable Melbourne weather decides on rain hail or shine. There’s a kids cubby house and gorgeous potted vibes and greenery to invite the outdoors in. A paddle of designer beer will give you six delicious tastings, and if you’re peckish, there’s suggestions for paired bites.
Drop in at 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood.
If you’re stuck for a Melbourne-centric gift, look no further than a Third Drawer Down designer tea towel. The Fitzroy collective is three things: a store, a wholesaler and a design studio. The team has collaborated with influential artists including Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, David Shrigley, Alex Katz and Chris Ofili for their linen and cotton tea towels. They come ready to grace your kitchen with their brilliance, be it stretched onto a canvas or framed.
See them – and a range of other locally-sourced goodies – at 93 George Street, Fitzroy.