Along a lane of small and select boutiques on Crossley Street in the city are some unique and diverse tenants. From Madame Virtue couture and Charles Edwards the shirt maker, to dining institutions Becco and Pellegrini’s on the corner – all are purveyors of an exclusive, craft, making this city laneway one of the most coveted around. The newest addition is jewellery designer Lucy Folk, who is a welcome addition in perhaps the smallest of stores on the strip, where Glitzern used to be next door to Von Haus.
Once a dark store, busting at the seams with jewellery from various designers, the space is now light and bright and feels spacious, despite its tiny size, for now it only holds the work of one designer, Folk herself.
White, gold and silver plates have been custom made for the space and cover the paint-chipped brick walls. Folk’s partner Charlie Inglis, an architect (Inglis Archiects), has designed the space with her, making it a passion project for the two. Custom cabinets have been made with Folk’s corn chip handles to house her foodie jewels, which include everything from the original Pasta range to popcorn rings (Nibbles), corn chips on chunky chains (Nibbles), wish bone cufflinks, as well as crab claws and oyster pieces (Seafood) in gold and silver alongside the ever-popular Mexican friendship bracelets and a limited run taco clutch (Taqueria).
Folk does the design and production all locally from her studio at Pieces of Eight jewellery and object studios in North Fitzroy, so some piece are quite dear, but are always popular in our food frenzied city.
Other features of the space include Tom Dixon chairs from Dedece, a crocheted string of sausages by Rochelle King and a glass top display trolley with wheels that doubles as the meeting table for those who come to discuss commission pieces.
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Like the designer, the space is petite and perky, perfect as the main retail outlet for Folk’s food-inspired jewellery, that can also be found at select stores around Melbourne (Alice Euphemia, Arabella Ramsay, and Pieces of Eight gallery). By night the city laneway of Crossley Street is busy with city workers moving swiftly through the streets as Lucy Folk’s tiny boutique shines bright with a red neon pretzel sitting above the store doorway, letting us know she is there.