Australian jewellery label Sarah & Sebastian has nabbed arguably one of the best positions in the city when it comes to culinary convenience. Its new store is in Melbourne’s iconic Crossley Street, meaning it’s just steps from the iconic Pellegrini’s, cocktail spot Romeo Lane, Guy Grossi’s Arlechin, and Italian institution Becco.

“It’s my favourite street in Melbourne,” says Sarah Gittoes, who founded the label with fellow designer Robert Sebastian Grynkofki in 2012. “I remember sitting with Robert at Becco, across from our now-store, seeing the ‘for lease’ sign and immediately knowing it was the perfect space.”

Inside, the tiny shop is all bare brick and reflective surfaces, a juxtaposition of sleek lines and raw, textural finishes. Designed by award-winning interior architect George Livissianis (Sydney’s The Dolphin Hotel, The Apollo, Cho Cho San), it’s the second Melbourne spot for the label and is a stark contrast to the cavernous Armadale space that opened in late 2020.

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“I love the historic fabric; the original facade, old green tiles in the laneway and the exposed brickwork,” Gittoes says.

The store’s petite dimensions inspired Livissianis to create a compactus-like system to house Sarah & Sebastian’s pieces, which are inspired by the environment, architecture and the art world to create a modern, minimalist aesthetic.

Polished chrome drawers open to reveal fine 18-karat gold necklaces; wide, gently curved bands; stunning opal-flecked pieces; delicate diamond bracelets; and the label’s ever-popular letter necklaces.

At the back of the shop, one mirrored panel opens to a hidden studio for the label’s ear styling and piercing service, Ear Alchemy.

First you select your earrings – from playful studs to
fine formations designed for cartilage piercings – then a professional piercer will work with you to find the best placement for your ear.

“So many clients were wanting ear styling advice and asking us where they could get pierced,” Grynkofki says. “We saw there was a need for a luxury piercing experience.”

“It’s unique to each client’s anatomy,” Gittoes adds. “No two appointments are ever the same.”

The studio uses sterile, single-use needles instead of piercing guns, allowing for more precision in placement. You can book in for up to three piercings in one session, mixing and matching different earrings to create a unique combination.

Once your piercing has healed you can switch to other pieces, such as diamond-studded or wave-like hoops. Or, if you're not game for the full piercing experience, there’s a range of grown-up clip-on cuffs, too.

Ear Alchemy piercings start at $80 per piercing plus jewellery. Additional piercings in the same booking cost $20. Walk-in appointments are available, though booking is recommended.

Sarah & Sebastian
Shop 5/20 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Tue to Sat 10am–6pm