Marais first opened its doors in Melbourne’s Royal Arcade almost a decade ago and has since become a hidden oasis for high-end fashion. In its newest iteration, Marais combines a mix of modern style with old-world charm. The boutique is renowned for housing some of the world’s most sought-after designer labels, including Balenciaga, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy.
A glistening, glazed metal entry welcomes customers into the double story boutique created by F2 Architecture and BUILT. An enormous six-metre chandelier forms a centrepiece to the room, radiating light through around 8400 quartz crystals. Mannequins mimic knights in shining armour, hallways simulate drawbridges and visitors can reach the upper floor via a vintage lift – or take the marble staircase.
A VIP salon, used for private fittings as well as a luxurious lingerie area with seashell pink marble walls, awaits customers on the first floor. For the high-end connoisseur who has it all, there is also a gift area featuring a carefully curated selection of candles, perfumes and other smaller trinkets.
With the launch of its much grander sister store, which targets the female market, the original Marais Royal Arcade store will soon transform into a menswear boutique.
73–77 Bourke Street
Phone: (03) 9639 0314
Mon to Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm