Marais is the retail equivalent of French fine dining. Stocking labels such as Balenciaga, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy set the tone for what is predominantly and suitably a French label nirvana. Add Victor & Rolf, Junya Watanabe and Lanvin and this becomes, arguably, one of the most sophisticated shopping experiences in Melbourne today.

The store is tucked away in the Royal Arcade. If you walk up a flight of stairs and around the corner you'll come out into a wide expanse of bright natural light and a hidden oasis of contemporary fashion. And unlike many Melbourne shops, Marais doesn’t follow the usual trends and styles. It collects rare and exceptional and present it to customers like works of art.

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Updated: May 17th, 2017

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