In the past couple of years, Lauren Urquhart and Maya Webb have steadily been bringing hard-to-find, avant-garde clothing to Melbourne. They did so first with ARCHIVE, a consignment store selling second-hand Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto. Now there’s Shifting Worlds, the pair’s second concept, and a luxury destination for niche labels from around the world. With names such as Pleats Please, Bao Bao and Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Shifting Worlds’ rollcall of designers is for fashion nerds who were once relegated to navigating Japanese eBay or scrolling through New York e-boutiques.
But that’s all changed with Urquhart and Webb’s No Order Market, their brand-new retail space, housing ARCHIVE, Slow Waves (Marli Atterton's curation of youthful, progressive labels such as MM6 Maison Margiela, Ann-Sofie Back and Filles à papa) and Shifting Worlds under the same roof. Struggling to keep up? Think of it as three separate departments in the one store.
“Bringing in the three stores meant we could create a hub where people can find things they wouldn’t otherwise anywhere else in Melbourne,” Urquhart says. “Each of the three stores was conceived separately and represent totally different visions. With special labels, it’s really important to honour each one by providing the right platform. Merging the three was never an option.”
In addition to clothing and accessories, No Order Market stocks a small range of books and publications, ceramics, perfume and skin care. How fitting that the store occupies the space formerly held by Bernard’s Magic Shop on Elizabeth Street – who’d have imagined we’d ever be touching so many exclusive designer goods in Melbourne? That’s got to be some kind of fashion magic right there.
No Order Market
Level 1, 187–193, Elizabeth Street
Mon to Wed 11am–6pm
Thu & Fri 11am–7pm