Bianca Spender
1087 High Street
The Armadale boutique, which opened earlier this year, is designer Bianca Spender’s only Melbourne outpost. Spender’s eponymous line balances masculine cuts with soft draping and luxurious fabrics. Here’s a brand where you can find floor-length gowns and tailored pantsuits. Before striking out on her own in 2009, Spender spent her formative years designing for label Carla Zampatti. Zampatti is her mum.

The High Street location isn’t purely a coincidence – Zampatti has had a boutique up the road for more than a decade.

Mon to Fri, 10.30am–5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am–5pm


Scanlan Theodore
1061 High Street
Scanlan Theodore is one of Melbourne’s most established brands. For 30 years, the brand has quietly been making directional and intelligent clothes that endure, often using unexpected fabrics and textures.

Mon to Thurs 9.30am–5.30pm
Fri 9.30am–6pm
Sat 9.30am–5.30pm
Sun 11am–5pm


Acne
1065 High Street
With its minimalist range of everyday essentials, this cult Swedish brand appeals to both young hip things and moneyed-up mothers. The Armadale store stocks a range of men’s and womenswear, including an extensive denim and lifestyle range, as well as the brand’s more fashion-forward looks from the season.

Mon to Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 11am–5pm


Zimmermann
1027-1029 High Street
Another pioneering Aussie brand, the Zimmermann sisters made a name for themselves with swimwear back in the ’90s. Since then, it’s been the brand’s ready-to-wear collections (marked by overt femininity mixed with warrior-like detailing), that has landed them celebrity and overseas fans. This store is the label’s biggest in Melbourne and holds the most extensive range of its clothing anywhere in the state. Natural light floods in through north-facing windows, illuminating a stucco vaulted ceiling and the ruffled swimsuits on the racks.

Mon to Fri 9.30am–5.30pm
Sat 9am–5pm
Sun 11am–5pm


Jac + Jack
1021 High Street
Sydney label Jac + Jack set up its new Melbourne shop on High Street last year. Since 2004 designers and founders Jacqueline “Jac” Hunt and Lisa “Jack” Dempsey have used high-quality natural materials including cashmere, merino, cotton, silk, linen and bamboo to carve out a local niche for wearable luxury. The range of women’s and men’s clothing offer simple, unadorned basics that are designed to be worn again and again.

Mon to Sat 9.30am–5.30pm
Sun 10am–5pm


Dion Lee
1052 High Street
This futuristic store tells you everything you need to know about the Dion Lee brand. Beams of polished metal and a line of mirrored walls reflect the Australian designer’s immaculate attention to detail, highly technical designs, engineered textiles and precision cuts.

Mon to Thurs 9.30am–5.30pm
Fri & Sat 9.30am–6pm
Sun 11am–5pm


Ryder
1073 High Street
Armadale residents might remember the Ryder store as Arabella Ramsay, back before Ramsay shuttered her eponymous brand in 2012. Ryder originally launched as a diffusion line of Arabella Ramsay in 2011, but has since become a separate brand. Now headed by designer Penny Brown, Ryder makes girlish, preppy separates with a good dose of denim and vintage-inspired prints.

Mon to Sat 10am–5.30pm
Sun 11.00am–5pm


Mecca
1048–1050 High Street
The centrepiece of this sleek, industrial-style store is the angular wood and metal skylight that runs through the middle, flooding it with natural light. Beneath it you’ll find Mecca’s range of cult beauty products (many of which you can’t get anywhere else) including Nars, Hourglass, Chantecaille, Sunday Riley and Rodin Olio Lusso, and the brand’s own luxe range. Elsewhere, the geometric theme continues, with squared off metal benches and glass and marble shelving filled with Byredo, Comme de Garcons and Diptyque perfumes.

Mon to Fri 9am–5pm
Sat 9am–6pm
Sund 12pm–5pm


Camilla & Marc
1067 High Street
The signature style of Sydney-based, brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman is luxury cocktail wear and classic tailoring. Their distinctive version of glamour has gained them an international following, including young Hollywood stars such as Kristen Stewart and Selena Gomez.

Mon to Fri 9am–5pm
Saturday 10am–4pm


Assembly
1062 High Street
This basics label inspired by NSW coastal living has spread its brand of laid-back dressing down into the inner suburbs of Melbourne. With an increasingly sophisticated (and accessibly priced) range of cotton and linen separates, Assembly pieces can be dressed up or down, and fit into nearly any wardrobe – whether you live in the city or by the beach.

Mon to Fri 9am–6pm
Sat & Sun 10am–5pm


Bul
1077 High Street
Virginia Martin’s label Bul is distinctly Australian in its relaxed but mature approach to getting dressed. The ocean is the main inspiration for the brand, which favours free-flowing shapes in soft silks, and boxy cotton separates that don’t haven’t an expiration date.

Mon to Sat 9.30am–5.30pm
Sun 11am–4pm


Lee Mathews
1046 High Street
With 16 years in the business, the Lee Mathews brand has refined its vision of quiet elegance. The Lee Mathews woman (emphasis on woman, not girl), values form and function in equal measure. Whether it’s a high-impact, silk-satin dress or demure cotton poplin shirt, the brand knows how to make an instant classic.

Mon to Fri 10am–5.30pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 11am–4pm