Once a tired strip of one antique shop after another, in recent years High Street Armadale has turned into one of the best shopping strips in Melbourne. With stores to please just about anyone, from twenty-something hipsters to their moneyed-up mothers and pit-stop worthy cafes, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Skin and Threads is the result of Penelope Cohen and Emma Gathercole’s singular vision to create modern, polished basics for those who value style, quality and the environment. Skin and Threads are at the forefront of the new wave of retail. With an already well-established online presence, the Armadale store has been designed as a welcoming space, resembling a home rather than a retail store. It’s a pleasure to know that there are people and companies like this.
George Gross & Harry Who
1123 High St, Armadale
With their technical expertise and flair for design, George Gross and Harry Who have remained one of Australia’s leading fashion partnerships after more than 30 years of trading. Stylish, vibrant and suitable for every occasion, both George Gross and Harry Who are accessible labels to any woman.
Arabella Ramsay is a combined delight of Arabella’s own designs on offer alongside 19th century antique dresses and vintage pieces. Exposed brick walls adorned with illustrations and photographs by Arabella’s family keeps with the rich village charm exuded by the surrounding shopping strip of High Street.
Cult Swedish brand ACNE is known worldwide as being one of the leading brands in denim as well as offering up a diverse clothing range for both men and women. The label originates in Stockholm and the clothing reflects the emerging style of the country’s fashion elite. Their jeans are available in a multitude of textures, hard or washed out fabrics and neutral, classic colours. This is the epitome of Swede cool.
It must be joy for fashion-conscious women in Melbourne to discover a Scanlan & Theodore store. Every surface, fabric and texture has been considered. Every dimension has the quiet class and quality the brand has been cleverly developing for years now. Add to this their entire range, along with beautiful shoes and accessories from Pierre Hardy, Givenchy and Alaia to name a few, and you have a truly elegant fashion experience.